Imagined Geography of Ukraine from the Late Eighteenth till the Late Twentieth Centuries: Regions, Cities, Landscapes, Population

Kateryna Dysa, Associate Professor, Department of History, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy

The course will explore how various entities of Ukraine, such as regions, cities and landscapes were imagined and constructed from the late eighteenth till the end of the twentieth century. We will discuss how travelers, scholars, artists etc. both from the local imperial centers and from the west perceived and described these entities and how these representations evolved over time. Among the topics we are going to address are othering, contact zones, mental mapping, expansion, and modernization.