is a political scientist at the University of Vienna and Research Director at the Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna. She is the guest editor of the Eurozine focal point Politics of border making and (cross-) border identities and one of the editors of Russia in global dialogue. Her most recent book is Borderlands into Bordered Lands: Geopolitics of Identity in Post-Soviet Ukraine, Stuttgart 2010.
With Russia's annexation of Crimea and the military conflict in eastern Ukraine, the era of post-Soviet tolerance of blurred identities and multiple loyalties has ended. Borderlands, writes Tatiana Zhurzhenko, have once again turned into bloodlands. [more]
Ukraine from November 2013 to February 2014
In these impressions of the Maidan protests collected by Timothy Snyder and Tatiana Zhurzhenko, one hears the voices of those who witnessed history in the making. The role of civil society and the Russian-speaking middle class, as well as individual existential decisions, also come to the fore. [more]
Putinism is not communism, yet it seems that many in the West are willing to understand and even accept Moscow's actions. So how firm will the West's stance be in protecting the foundations of European security subverted by Putin's actions in Ukraine? [more]
A conversation with Tatiana Zhurzhenko
In an interview conducted before Euromaidan commenced, Tatiana Zhurzhenko discusses the intricacies of regional tensions surrounding Ukraine, taking into consideration questions of memory, language and a putative civic, liberal Ukrainian nationalism. [more]
She was once the female icon of the Orange Revolution. Lately, the drama of repressed Ukrainian democracy has been staged upon the tortured body of the imprisoned opposition leader. But how much longer can this postmodern political spectacle go on? [Ukrainian version added] [more]
The controversy around the statue of the Soviet soldier in Tallinn in April 2007 provided a striking demonstration that memory politics is less about the communist past than about future political and economic hegemony on the European continent. [Swedish version added] [more]
An interview with Gleb Pavlovsky
Gleb Pavlovsky, erstwhile political advisor to Vladimir Putin, whose election campaigns he masterminded in 2000 and 2004, talks to "Transit" about the workings of power in the Soviet Union and in post-Soviet Russia. [Hungarian version added] [more]
The Second World War in post-Soviet memory politics
In post-Soviet societies, narratives of suffering have overtaken heroic triumphalism. Tatiana Zhurzhenko examines reasons for this shift, asking whether new victim narratives reconcile former enemies or provide additional opportunities to articulate hostilities. [more]
As voters go to the polls in Ukraine, Tatiana Zhurzhenko considers the future prospects of a weak and embattled leadership. Do parliamentary elections still matter? Can the cultural and political divide between western and eastern regions of the country ever be overcome? [more]
Ukraine, the EU and the Tymoshenko case
The Ukraine-European Union summit, planned for 19 December, was to have brought talks on an Association Agreement to a conclusion. But conflict with the EU over the prosecution of Yuliya Tymoshenko means Ukraine's future hangs in the balance, writes Tatiana Zhurzhenko. [more]
What remains of revolutions in the globalized world?
Unlike the Orange revolutionaries, Bolivian president Evo Morales challenges the global hierarchy -- hence his lukewarm reception in the West. [more]
The Ukraine elections saw a significant drop in public support for the leaders of the Orange Revolution after just one year in office. Tatiana Zhurzhenko looks at what went wrong. [more]
Parts of Ukraine threaten to seek autonomy from the capital Kiev. Tatiana Zhurzhenko looks at what is behind these threats. How big is the risk of Ukraine falling apart? [more]
Have borders become irrelevant with the project of a united Europe, which is supposed to overcome the historical divisions of the continent and the political isolation of its East? No, just the opposite. In a focal point guest-edited by Tatiana Zhurzhenko, essayists and researchers look at the dilemmas of border-building and cross-border cooperation in the EU and its neighbourhood. [more]
A Commentary on Mykola Riabchuk's "Ukraine: One State, two Countries"?
Can the Ukraine overcome the rift between the 'europeanized' West and the 'russified' East of the country? [more]