Online Series Emerging Scholarship on the Holodomor, Session 4

Session 4: February 4, 2021

Overshadowed by Greater Trauma: Sexual Violence during Collectivization and the Holodomor

Presenter: Daria Mattingly

Discussant: Oksana Kis, Department of Anthropology, Leading Research Associate at the Institute of Ethnology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (in Lviv).

Daria Mattingly is Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at University of Cambridge, UK where she  recently received her doctorate degree. Daria completed her MA in History at University of Bristol and studied philosophy at Kyiv Shevchenko University in Ukraine. In her doctoral dissertation, Daria focused on the rank-and-file perpetrators of the Holodomor and their representation in cultural memory. 

Daria Mattingly will discuss her research exploring the sexual violence that accompanied collectivization and the famine in Ukraine. It manifested itself in three major forms: sexual barter, rape and genital mutilation. The study attempts to recover the existing evidence amidst the apparent absence in the existing corpora of oral memory and published collections of archival materials. Investigating the experience of sexual violence provides for a better understanding of victims’ experiences, while research on sexual violence during the Holocaust offers invaluable insights for comparative analysis of this previously overlooked topic in Holodomor Studies.

About the series: Each monthly session in the Emerging Scholarship series features a presentation by an early career scholar on their current research, followed by comments from an expert in the field and discussion with fellow early career scholars. As the series is intended as an opportunity for trying out ideas and approaches, attendance is limited to the early career scholar participants. The series grew from discussions of ways to encourage academic interchange in the absence of conferences and other in-person exchanges. Karolina Koziura, PhD candidate at The New School of Social Research, and Dr. Oksana Vynnyk organize the series on behalf of HREC. If you are an early career scholar interested in participating, please contact Oksana Vynnyk: