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Natalia Khanenko-Friesen Professor

Research Area(s)

  • Oral history, ritual, vernacular culture
  • Diaspora, ethnicity, migration
  • Post-socialist transition
  • Ukraine, Eastern Europe, Canada, Ukrainian Canadian culture
  • Community engaged scholarship

Education

2001   Ph.D.   Department of Anthropology
Department of Modern Languages & Cultural Studies
University of Alberta

Research Projects

Current Projects

Decollectivized: The Last Generation of Soviet Farmers on Agency, Meaning, and Social Change in Rural Ukraine

The 'Quiet' Work of the Immigrant Letter: (Un)doing the Self, the Family and the Community in Personal Correspondence between Canada, Ukraine and the World in the 20th Century

Selected Publications and Presentations

Books

2015             Ukrainian Otherlands: Diaspora, Homeland and Folk Imagination in the Twentieth Century. Madison: University of Wisconsin. https://www.kobzarbookaward.com/past-finalists/

2015             Reclaiming the Personal: Oral History in Post-Socialist Europe. Khanenko-Friesen & G. Grinchenko, (Eds.). Toronto: University of Toronto. https://utorontopress.com/ca/reclaiming-the-personal-3

2011             The Other World or Ethnicity in Action: Canadian Ukrainianness at the End of the 20th Century //нший світ, або етнічність в дії: Канадська українськість кінця 20-го століття. Kyiv: Smoloskyp. https://smoloskyp.com.ua/product/inshyj-svit-abo-etnich-nist-u-diyi-kanadska-ukrayinskist-kintsya-dvadtsyatogo-stolittya/

2011             Orality and Literacy: Reflections Across DisciplinesCarlson, K. Fagan, & N. Khanenko-Friesen, (Eds.). Toronto: University of Toronto. https://utorontopress.com/us/orality-and-literacy-3#

2010             In Search of Voice: Oral History as Theory, Method, and Source // В пошуках власного голосу: усна історія як теорія, метод, і джерело. Khanenko-Friesen & G. Grinchenko (Eds.). Kharkiv: Karazin National University. http://oralhistory.com.ua/publikacii/pidtrimka-uaui/u-poshukax-vlasnogo-golosu-publ.html

Book Chapters

2018           “Betrayal and Public Memory: The ‘Myroslav Irchan Affair’ in the Diaspora-Homeland Disjuncture.” In G. Grinchenko & E. Narvselius (Eds.), Traitors, Collaborators and Deserters in Contemporary      European Politics of Memory (pp. 361-382). London: Palgrave Macmillan.  

2017             with J. Fedun, “Ukrainian Foraging in Western Canada: Practices in Ethnobotany of East Central Saskatchewan.” In Z. Karanovic (Ed.), Peony Mountain: Plants and Herbs in the Traditional Slavic Culture (pp. 227-243). Novi Sad: Felton.

2017             “Migrant Self-Reflectivity and New Ukrainian Diaspora in Southern Europe: The Case of Portugal.” In M. Nikolko & D. Carment (Eds.), Post-Soviet Migration and Diasporas: From Global Perspectives to Everyday Practices (pp. 47-63). London: Palgrave Macmillan.

2015             with G. Grinchenko, “Introduction: Reclaiming the Personal: Oral History in Post-Socialist Europe.” In N. Khanenko-Friesen & G. Grinchenko (Eds.), Reclaiming the Personal: Oral History in Post-Socialist Europe (pp. 3-18). Toronto: University of Toronto.

2015             “In search of History’s Other Agents: Oral History of Decollectivization in Ukraine in the 1990s.” In N. Khanenko-Friesen & G. Grinchenko (Eds.), Reclaiming the Personal: Oral History in Post-Socialist Times (pp. 231-255). Toronto: University of Toronto. 

2015             “Negotiating Good Luck: Rituals of Vernacular House Construction in Central Ukraine.” In C. Geambasu (Ed.), Omagiu Profesoriului Ioan Rebusapca la 80 de Ani (pp. 49-72). Bucharest: RCR Editorial.

2011             “From Family Lore to a People’s History: The Role of Oral Culture in Ukrainian Claims to the Canadian Prairies.” In K. Carlson, K. Fagan, & N. Khanenko-Friesen (Eds.), Orality and Literacy: Reflections Across Disciplines (pp. 177-196). Toronto: University of Toronto. 

2011             with K. Carlson & K. Fagan, “Introduction.” In K. Carlson, K. Fagan, & N. Khanenko-Friesen (Eds.), Orality and Literacy: Reflections Across Disciplines. Toronto: University of Toronto.

2007             “Robinson Crusoes, Prostitutes, Heroes? Constructing the Ukrainian Labour Emigrant in Ukraine.” In A. Gow (Ed.), Hyphenated Histories: Articulations of Central European Bildung and Slavic Studies in the Contemporary Academy (pp. 103-120). Boston: Brill Academic.

2003             "Making Ukrainian House Calls: On Diasporic Tourism and Rituals of Homecoming."                      In S. Ingram, M. Reisenleitner, & C. Szabó- Knotik (Eds.), Ports of Call: Central European and North American Cultures in Motion (pp.121-154). Fankfurt: Peter Lang. 

2002             "On Local Readings of the Overseas Kin: Visions from Ukraine." In S. Ingram, M. Reisenleitner, & C. Szabó- Knotik (Eds.), Reverberations: Representations of Modernity, Tradition and Cultural Value in-between Central Europe and North America (pp. 201-222). Frankfurt: Peter Lang.

2000             "Overseas Brethren and Local Identities." In T. Dekker, J.Helsloot, & C.Wijers (Eds.), Roots and Rituals: The construction of Ethnic Identities (pp. 405-416). Amsterdam: Het Spinhuis.

Articles 

2019             with A. Halko-Addley, “Language Use and Language Attitude among Ukrainian Canadians on the Prairies: An Ethnographic Analysis.” East/West: Journal of Ukrainian Studies, 6(2), 53-71.

2015             “Letters from the ‘Old Country’: Exploring and Defining Ukrainian Canadian Vernacular Letter Writing.” Canadian Ethnic Studies Journal, 47(4/5), 145-169.

2013             Трудова Міграція та літературна творчість: на порозі транснаціонального в українському культурному просторі // Labour Migration and Creative Writing: Carving Transnational Spaces in the Field of Ukrainian Culture.” Схід/Захід: Історико­­-культурологічний збірник // East/West: The Journal for History and Cultural Studies, 16/17, 488-520. https://www.spilka.pt/images/spilka/trud_migrasia2013.pdf (used with permission)

2010             “Ритуали повернення або канадсько-українські траекторії діаспорного туризму // The Rituals of Homecoming or the Ukrainian Canadian Diaspora Tourism.” Ukrainian Folklore Studies in Canada: New Visions of Traditional, Traditional Visions of New – Special Issue of Народознавчі Зошити // Ukrainian Journal of Ethnology, 3/4, 60-74. 

2010             “У пошуках нового суб’єкта історії: усна історія деколективізації 1990-х – Селянський досвід // In Search of History’s Agents: Oral History of Decollectivization in Ukraine in the 1990s.”  Український історичний журнал // Ukrainian History Journal: An Academic Journal of the Institute of History, Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, 5, 188-199.

2008             “Усна історія деколективізації в Україні 1990-х рр.: селянський досвід // Oral History of Decollectivization in Ukraine in the 1990s: Rural Experiences.” Схід-Захід: Історико-культурологічний збірник // East West Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies, 11/12, 370-376.

2008             “Про усні свідчення та продукування значень – українсько-канадські дослідницькі практики // Oral Evidence and Interpretations: Ukrainian Canadian Research Practices.” Схід-Захід: Історико­­-культурологічний збірник // East/West: The Journal for History and Cultural Studies, 11/12, 109-138.

2007             “On Oral History and the Production of Meaning: Notes from the Ukrainian Canada.” Україна Модерна // Modern Ukraine, 11, 25-47. http://uamoderna.com/images/archiv/11/3_UM_11_Statti_Shostak.pdf

2006             “In Search of Cinderellas, in Naples and Beyond: Popular Culture Responses to Labour Migration from Ukraine.” Spaces of Identity: Tradition, Cultural Boundaries & Identity Formation in Central Europe, 6(2). https://doi.org/10.25071/1496-6778.7991

2006             "Baba phenomenon: Communal Cooking and Local Ukrainianness in the Canadian Context.” Canadian-American Slavic Studies, 40(1), 127-151. https://doi.org/10.1163/221023906X00753

2004             “Through Networks and Ordeal Narratives, or Making Meaning of One’s Displacement: Labour Migration from Western Ukraine.” Spaces of Identity: Tradition, Cultural Boundaries & Identity Formation in Central Europe, 4(3/4). https://doi.org/10.25071/1496-6778.8006

2003             “Zustreech, or Encounters of a Transnational Kind: Negotiating Ukrainianness in Western Canada.” Ethnologies, 25(2), 77-105. https://doi.org/10.7202/008049ar

2002             “To Whom Does a Poet Belong? The Reburial of Vasyl Stus (1989) as a Ritual of Cultural Appropriation.” Spaces of Identity: Tradition, Cultural Boundaries & Identity Formation in Central Europe, 2(3), 7-18. https://doi.org/10.25071/1496-6778.8026

1999             "Scholastic Before and Scholarly After? Ukrainian Folklorists and their Folklore after 1991." Ethnologies: Post Socialist Ethnography, 21(2), 73-97.

1999             "Introduction" (with A. Nahachewsky). Ethnologies: Post Socialist Ethnography, 21(2), 5-15.

1999             "Value Village in My Village: Western Ukrainians and Overseas Kin." Anthropology of Eastern Europe Review, 17(2), 56-62. https://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/aeer/article/view/631/724

1995             "Ukrainian Peasant Home: Space Domestication." Canadian Folklore Canadienne, 17(2), 51-71.

Other Select Publications

2018             Invited article: “Oral History and National Renewal: Politics of ‘Truth and Reconciliation’ in Canada since 2008.” Krytyka: Thinking Ukraine. January. https://krytyka.com/en/race-and-postcolonialism-ukraine-and-north-america/articles/oral-history-and-national-renewal

2016              Editorial: “Engaging with Indigenous Communities, in Canada and Beyond.” Engaged Scholar Journal: Community-Engaged Research, Teaching and Learning, 2(1), i-vi. https://journalhosting.ucalgary.ca/index.php/esj/article/view/61474/46482

2016             Translation: Україна Модерна // Modern Ukraine: International Journal for the Study of Ukrainian History, 2015 book chapter on decollectivization, in Ukrainian. http://uamoderna.com/md/khanenko-friesen-decollectivization

2016             Invited article: “У пошуках інших суб'єктів історії: усна історія деколективізації в Україні в 1990х роках // In Search of History’s Other Subjects: Oral History of Decollectivization in Ukraine in the 1990s.” Україна Модерна // Modern Ukraine, Summer 2016. http://uamoderna.com/md/khanenko-friesen-decollectivization 

2015             Editorial: “Building Engaged Scholarship in Canada.” Engaged Scholar Journal: Community-Engaged Research, Teaching and Learning, 1(1), 3-11. http://esj.usask.ca/index.php/esj/article/view/30/7

2015             Interview: “Conversation with Randy Stoecker, University of Wisconsin-Madison.” Engaged Scholar Journal: Community-Engaged Research, Teaching and Learning, 1(1), 193-196. http://esj.usask.ca/index.php/esj/article/view/35/10

2014             Reprint: Україна Модерна // Modern Ukraine: International Journal for the Study of Ukrainian History, published segments of the book The Other World or Ethnicity in Action. http://www.uamoderna.com/md/259-259

2014             Invited article: "Трудова міграція та літературна творчість: До питання визначення феномена заробітчанської літератури // Labour Migrants’ Creative Writing: Defining the Phenomenon.” In Ukraiinoznavchyi Almanakh (Vol. 15, pp. 230-238). Taras Shevchenko National University.

2001             Article: “A Pioneering Oral History of Collectivization." Journal of Ukrainian Studies, 25(1-2), 195-199.

1999             Invited article: “Перетинаючи кордони: діаспора та її переосмислення наприкінці століття (Нотатки з української конференції в Торонто, жовтень 1998 р.) // Crossing the Borders: Diaspora and its Rethinking at the end of the 20th century (Reflections on Ukrainian studies conference in Toronto, October 1998).” Етнологічні Записки // Ethnological Notes: Journal of Ukrainian Ethnology, 2(26), 256-259. 

1998             Article: “Коріння та ритуали, або організація етнічності: міжнародна конференція етнологів, 20-22 квітня 1998 р. Амстердам // Roots and Rituals or Organizing Ethnicity: Conference Review, 20-22 Аpril, Amsterdam.” Етнологічні Записки // Ethnological Notes: Journal of Ukrainian Ethnology, 6(24), 700-701.

1994             Article: “Бачити обома очима: Провінційний музей Альберти // To See with Both Eyes: Provincial Museum of Alberta.” Родовід // Rodovid: Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies, 9(91-92).

1993             Article:Етнографічні особливості українського народу Ф. Вовка — місце та роль в українській етнографії сьогодні //  F. Vovk's ‘The Ethnographic Uniqueness of the Ukrainian People’: Its Role and Place in Ukrainian Ethnography Today.” Родовід // Rodovid: Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies, 5(9-65).

1991             Article: "Хата села Лихоліти на Черкащині // The Hut from the Lykholity Village, Cherkasy Region.” Родовід // Rodovid: Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies, 1(32-36).

Other Research Outcomes

2018             Online oral history exhibit: Canada 150 Voiced: Looking Back (an Oral History)
An online exhibit of oral history interviews conducted by students in the course ANTH 330 Oral History and Storytelling. The project documented a variety of perspectives as expressed by Canadian representatives of various cultural groups, on what Canada 150 meant to them and their communities.
https://words.usask.ca/canada150voiced/

2017             Online oral history exhibit & archive: Many Faces of a City Core Neighbourhood: The Oral History of 20th Street
An online exhibit of oral history interviews conducted by me and students in ANTH 330 course Oral History and Storytelling, with residents and business operators in Saskatoon’s core neighbourhood. The collection is based on a five-year collaborative, course-based, student-led, and community-engaged project. Project data is digitized, transcribed, documented, and archived and available to the public on the Saskatchewan History Online web portal.
http://oralhistory20st.usask.ca

2015             Online oral history archive: Transformation of Civic Society in Rural Ukraine in the 1920-1930
126 interviews with elderly villagers, recorded in the early 1990s by William Noll research team, digitized, and exhibited in the bilingual online archives. Project developed in partnership with Rodovid Publishing House.
https://drc.usask.ca/projects/pcuh/transformation/eng/

2012             Video documentary: Oral History of 20th Street
Produced with students in my course “Oral History and Storytelling” (ANTH 330), for Saskatchewan Cable Television. Director: Brent Poncelet. This documentary received significant attention (14,500 views as of September 2019) and is cited/used internationally, i.e. in Germany-based oral history courses.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTxQlzqi9qE

2009             Archival collection: Letters from the Old Country
Initiated Canada’s first Ukrainian Immigrant Letter Archival Collection. Collected close to 2,000 ‘old country’ letters from Ukraine, Canada, and the world. Personal correspondence processed, organized, and housed in the Prairie Centre for the Study of Ukrainian Heritage Personal Sources Archives. Collection is accessible to public. The work on this project continues. 
http://pcuh.stmcollege.ca/programs-and-projects/personal-sources-archives/letters-tofrom-the-old-country/

2009             Oral history collection: Oral History of Decollectivization in Ukraine in the 1990s
Research collection consisting of 170 interviews with former collective farmers in Ukraine in ten regions. An archived collection of interview transcripts, audio files, and other documentation. 
Collection housed in the Prairie Centre for the Study of Ukrainian Heritage.
https://pcuh.stmcollege.ca/programs-and-projects/oral-history-program/oral-history -projects/decollectivization-in-ukraine/

2007             Oral history collection: Oral History of Sociocultural Change on the Canadian Prairies
Research collection consisting of 103 interviews with Ukrainian Canadians in Saskatchewan and Alberta. An archived collection of interview transcripts, audio files, and other documentation, is housed in the University of Saskatchewan Library system (Shannon Library) and is accessible through the Library Catalogue.
https://sundog.usask.ca/search~S8?/YKhanenko-Friesen&searchscope=8&SORT=D/YKhanenko-Friesen&searchscope=8&SORT=D&SUBKEY=Khanenko-Friesen/1%2C7%2C7%2CB/frameset&FF=YKhanenko-Friesen&searchscope=8&SORT=D&5%2C5%2C

Teaching Responsibilities

Teaching and Academic Posts

Professor                     Department of Religion and Culture, Anthropology Program
St. Thomas More College
Department of Archaeology and Anthropology
University of Saskatchewan

Adjunct Professor     Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences
University of Saskatchewan

Founding Editor         Engaged Scholar Journal: Community-Engaged Research, Teaching and Learning 
https://esj.usask.ca/index.php/esj/index

Director                        Prairie Centre for the study of Ukrainian Heritage
https://pcuh.stmcollege.ca

Recognition and Awards

2018             Kobzar Literary Award for Ukrainian Otherlands (book), Finalist

2016             St. Thomas More Teaching Excellence Award

2015             Margaret Dutli Community Service Award (by St. Thomas More College)