Lecture by Oksana Kis

Oksana Kis (National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine), discussed personal narratives of female survivors of the Holodomor, exploring peculiarities and controversies of women’s experiences of survival under genocidal circumstances. Dr. Kis focused on women’s coping strategies and life-saving practices under conditions of starvation. Her research exposed a spectrum of women’s agency aimed to protect family possessions and food supplies from violent expropriation by authorities. She also discussed the social characteristics, motivations, and roles of local female perpetrators of the famine.


  • Dr. Oksana Kis

    is a historian and anthropologist, a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Ethnology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (in Lviv). She obtained her academic degree “kandydat nauk” (Ph.D. equivalent) from Ivan Krypyakevych Institute of Ukrainian Studies, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in 2002. In April 2018, she completed her habilitation (“doctor nauk” degree). Since 2010, Dr. Kis has served as a President of the Ukrainian Association for Research in Women’s History. She is also a co-founder and a vice-president of the Ukrainian Oral History Association. Oksana Kis is an Editor-in-Chief of the academic web-site Ukraina Moderna. Her research interests include women’s history, feminist anthropology, oral history, and gender transformations in post-socialist countries.


Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies; Holodomor Research and Education Consortium, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta.