Publications

Books

A Loss: The Story of a Dead Soldier Told by His Sister (Stuttgart: ibidem, forthcoming, 2021).

With a foreword by Andrei Kurkov.

'Grappling. I admire a book that invites me to grapple with knotty questions. Olesya Khromeychuk has written such a book–beautifully. Feminism and drones. Funerals and theater. Shrapnel and combat boots–size 8. "A Loss" explores the lures of militarism at a granular level.'

Professor Cynthia Enloe, author of Nimo's War, Emma's War: Making Feminist Sense of the Iraq War.

'Moving, intelligent, and brilliantly written, this is a sister’s reckoning with a lost brother, an émigré’s with the country of her childhood, and a scholar’s with her own suddenly acutely personal subject matter. A wonderful combination of emotional and intellectual honesty; very sad and direct but also rigorous and nuanced. It even manages to be funny.'

Anna Reid, author of Borderland: A Journey Through the History of Ukraine.

'There has always been too much silence around the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine -- Europe's forgotten war. Olesya Khromeychuk refuses to bend to this silence. In vivid, intimate prose and with unflinching honesty, she introduces us to the brother she lost in the war and found in her grief. Poignant, wise, and unforgettable.'

Dr Rory Finnin, Associate Professor in Ukrainian Studies at the University of Cambridge. 

‘Undetermined’ Ukrainians. Post-War Narratives of the Waffen SS ‘Galicia’ Division (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2013).

'Khromeychuk argues for the need to contextualize the Division's past. She looks at history as something too complex to be boiled down to simplified causalities. The Division has to be understood within the various contexts in which it emerged and functioned. [...] Khromeychuk dances brilliantly in a minefield.'

Review by John-Paul Himka (University of Alberta) East/West: Journal of Ukrainian Studies Volume III, No. 1 (2016), pp. 179-181.

'Khromeychuk argues that the debate over 'collaboration' in Ukraine has created an "impoverished form of politics, representing historiography designed to either celebrate or condemn". [...] It is gratifying to see how these two authors [Khromeychuk and Statiev] have coaxed their histories out of the shallows of long-held assumptions and toward greater accuracy and complexity.'

Review by Kate Brown, Slavic Review 74, no. 1 (Spring 2015), pp. 153-156.

'Khromeychuk provides a fascinating account of how post-war politics came to bear on the discussion of whether to transport the division from the prisoner-of-war camp in Italy to Great Britain, and then whether to give its members civilian status.

Review by Myroslav Shkandrij, Canadian Slavonic Papers, 58:4 (2016), 410-412.

Other reviews:

Christopher Gilley, 'Review of Olesya Khromeychuk, “Undetermined” Ukrainians. Post-war narratives of the Waffen SS “Galicia” Division', Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas 6 (2016).

Andrii Portnov, 'How to Write About Nationalism', video blog (2015), in Russian.

Anna Wylegała, 'Bez osądu', Nowa Europa Wschodnia 1 (2014): 155-163

Book chapters and special issue

‘Glory to the Heroes? Gender, Nationalism and Memory’, in The Burden of the Past: History, Memory and Identity in Contemporary Ukraine, edited by Małgorzata Głowacka-Grajper and Anna Wylegała (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2020), pp. 140-163.
‘From the Maidan to the Donbas: the Limitations on Choice for Women in Ukraine’, in Gender and Choice in the Post-Soviet Context, edited by Lynne Attwood, Marina Yusupova, Elisabeth Schimpfoessl (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), pp. 47-78.
‘Gender and Nationalism on the Maidan’, in Ukraine’s Euromaidan. Analyses of a Civil Revolution, edited by David R. Marples and Frederick V. Mills, (Stuttgart: Ibidem, 2015), pp. 123-146.
Guest editor of a special issue of the Journal of Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society 2 (1) (2016), ‘Gender, Nationalism, and Citizenship in Anti-Authoritarian Protests in Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine’.

Peer-reviewed academic papers

‘Instrumentalisation of War History in Contemporary Memory Politics in Ukraine. A Gender Perspective’, Euxeinos – Governance and Culture in the Black Sea Region 10 (29) (2020): 27-46.

‘Militarizing Women in the Ukrainian Nationalist Movement from the 1930s to the 1950s’ Aspasia - Yearbook of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern European Women's and Gender History 12 (1) (2018): 1-34.

‘Experiences of Women at War. Servicewomen during WWII and in the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the Conflict in Donbas’, Baltic Worlds X (4) (2018): 58-70.

‘Negotiating Protest Spaces on the Maidan: A Gender Perspective’, Journal of Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society 2 (1) (2016): 9-47.

‘Ukrainians in the German Armed Forces During the Second World War’, History. The Journal of the Historical Association 100 (343) (2016): 704-724.

‘The Shaping of “Historical Truth”: Construction and Reconstruction of the Memory and Narrative of the Waffen SS “Galicia” Division’, Canadian Slavonic Papers/Revue canadienne des slavistes LIV (3-4) (2012): 443-69.


Media articles & non-fiction publications

'How to Love Your Homeland Properly', The Los Angeles Review of Books, 22 August 2021.


'Frenemies in a War Zone: On Andrey Kurkov's "Grey Bees"', The Los Angeles Review of Books, 26 June 2021.
‘The Real Challenge is Arrival of the “New Normal”’, Kyiv Post, 17 Dec 2020.
‘Kremlin memory wars and the search for a unifying Ukrainian national identity’, Atlantic Council, 29 Oct 2020.
‘On the edge of a European war, who gets to defend the state’, openDemocracy, 14 Oct 2020.
‘Remembering the Wars of the Past, Let's Not Forget the Wars of the Present’, Spotlight on Research, King’s College London, 7 May 2020.
‘Staging War’, in At the Front Line: Ukrainian Art, 20132019/ La línea del frente. El arte ucraniano, 20132019/ Na linii frontu. Ukrains’ke mystetstvo, 20132019, exhibition catalogue edited by Svitlana Biedarieva and Hanna Deikun (Mexico City and Kyiv: International ‘Renaissance’ Foundation, 2020).
‘A Ukrainian obituary’, openDemocracy, 14 Oct 2019.
‘A Pair of Boots’, Krytyka, March 2019.
‘Militarised society: memory politics, history and gender in Ukraine’ openDemocracy, 12 Oct 2018.
‘What place for women in Ukraine’s memory politics?’ openDemocracy, 10 Oct 2016.
‘All Things Ablaze’, (with Uilleam Blacker), openDemocracy, 30 Jan 2015.
‘Violence for export? Ukrainian “exotic” films in London’, Krytyka, 23 Oct 2014.
‘Where are the Women of Ukraine?’, Current Politics in Ukraine, 8 Mar 2014.
‘A History of Prejudices: Perceptions of the “Galicia” Division in 1947 and 2011’, Historians.in.ua, Jan 2012.