Natalia Khanenko-Friesen - On Sabbatical July 1, 2018 - July 1, 2019

    • Professor, Cultural Anthropology
    • St. Thomas More College
    • 1437 College Drive Saskatoon, SK S7N 0W6
    • Phone: 306.966.6456
    • nfriesen@stmcollege.ca
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    Education | Research Interests | Research Projects | Selected Publications
    Teaching Responsibilities | Administrative Responsibilities

    Education

    • PhD, Cultural Anthropology and Ukrainian Folklore, University of Alberta

    • MA, Ukrainian Folklore, University of Alberta

    • BA, Geography, Kyiv National University

    Research Interests

    • Oral history, vernacular culture, folklore

    • Post-socialist transition

    • Diaspora, ethnicity, migration

    • Ukraine, Eastern Europe, Canada, Western Canada

    Research Projects

    • Oral History of Collectivization Online Oral History Archive

    126 interviews with elderly villagers, recorded in the early 1990s, are digitized, databased and exhibited in the bi-lingual online archives. link

    • “Many Faces of the City Core Neighbourhood: Oral History of 20th Street” Online Oral History Archive

    Research collection of 27 oral history interviews with various members of the neighbourhood, digitized, transcribed, documented and archived.

    Sask History Online - link & Documentary - link

    • Letters from the Old Country Archival Collection

    Some 1,600 letters exchanged between Ukrainian Canadians and their ethnic homelands.
    Collection is housed at the Prairie Centre for the Ukrainian Heritage, University of Saskatchewan - link

    • “Oral History of Decollectivization in Ukraine in the 1990s.” Archival Collection

    123 interviews with former collective farmers in Ukraine in ten regions, interview transcripts, audio files and other project documentation.
    Collection is housed at the Prairie Centre for the Ukrainian Heritage, University of Saskatchewan - link

    • “Oral History of Sociocultural Change on the Canadian Prairies” Archival Collection

    103 interviews with Ukrainian Canadians in Saskatchewan and Alberta
    An archived collection of interview transcripts, audio files and other documentation, housed in the University of Saskatchewan Library system (in Shannon Library) and accessible through the Library Catalogue - link

    Selected Publications and Presentations

    Books

    • 2015 Ukrainian Otherlands: Diaspora, Homeland and Folk Imagination in the Twentieth century. University of Wisconsin Press, 2015.

    Short-listed for Kobzar Literary Award (Canada) (2018).

    • 2015 Reclaiming the Personal: Oral History in Post-Socialist Times. Collection of Essays, with. Gelinada Grinchenko (Eds.), University of Toronto Press.

    • 2011 The Other World or Ethnicity in Action: Canadian Ukrainianness at the End of the 20th Century / Inshyj svit abo etnichnist u dii: kanads’ka ukrainskist kintsia 20 stolittia. Kyiv: Smoloskyp Press.

    • 2011 Orality and Literacy: Reflections Across Disciplines, with Keith Carlson, Kristina Fagan, (Eds). University of Toronto Press.

    • 2010 In Search of Voice: Oral History as Theory, Method, and Source, with Gelinada Grinchenko (Eds.) Kharkiv: V.N. Karazin National University: Torgsin Plus, Ukraine.

    Selected Publications

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

    • 2017 with Jennifer Fedun, “Ukrainian Foraging in Western Canada: Practices in Ethnobotany of East Central Saskatchewan.” In Peony Mountain: Plants and Herbs in the Traditional Slavic Culture. Zoja Karanovic (ed.) Felton: Novy Sad. Pp. 227-243.

    • 2017 “Migrant Self-Reflectivity and New Ukrainian Diaspora in Southern Europe: The Case of Portugal.” In Post-Soviet Migration and Diasporas: From Global Perspectives to Everyday Practices. Eds. Milana Nikolko and David Carment. Palgrave Macmillan. Pp. 47-63.

    • 2015 “Letters from the ‘Old Country’: Exploring and Defining Ukrainian Canadian Vernacular Letter Writing.” Canadian Ethnic Studies Journal, Vol. 42. No. 2. 145-169.

    • 2015 “Negotiating Good Luck: Rituals of Vernacular House Construction in Central Ukraine”. In Omagiu Profesoriului Ioan Rebusapca la 80 de Ani, ed. Constantin Geambasu. Bucuresti, Romania: RCR Editorial, 2015, pp. 49-72

    • 2015 “Reclaiming the Personal: Oral History in Post-Socialist Scholarship,” with Gelinada Grinchenko; In Reclaiming the Personal: Oral History in Post-Socialist Times. Pp…. Eds. Natalia Khanenko-Friesen with Gelinada Grinchenko, University of Toronto Press.

    • 2015 “Building Engaged Scholarship in Canada.” Engaged Scholar Journal, 2015. Vol.1 (1): 3-11. link

    • 2015 “In search of history’s other agents: oral history of decollectivization in Ukraine in the 1990s,” In Reclaiming the Personal: Oral History in Post-Socialist Times. Pp…. Eds. Natalia Khanenko-Friesen with Gelinada Grinchenko, University of Toronto Press.

    • 2014 “Labour Migrants’ Popular Culture: Defining the Phenomenon.” Naukovi Zapysky — Academic Journal of Kiev National University, special issue on Labour Migration. Forthcoming Fall 2014.

    • 2013 “Labour Migration and Creative Writing: Carving New Transnational Spaces in Ukrainian Culture.” East/West: The Journal for History and Cultural Studies, Kharkiv, Ukraine. Vol. 16-17. Pp. 488-520. 2013b.

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

    • 2011 “Introduction.” In Orality and Literacy: Reflections Across Disciplines, with Keith Carlson, Kristina Fagan. Pp. 3-17. Eds. K. Carlson, K. Fagan, N. Khanenko-Friesen, U of Toronto Press.

    • 2010 “The Rituals of Homecoming or the Ukrainian Canadian Diaspora Tourism (Rytualy povernennia abo kanads’ko-ukrains’ki traektorii diaspornoho turyzmu).” Ukrainian Folklore Studies in Canada: New Visions of Traditional, Traditional Visions of New (Special Issue of Narodoznavchi Zoshyty, Ukrainian Journal of Ethnology (Eds. Andriy Nahachewsky, Natalie Kononenko, Mariia Mayerchyk . Lviv 3-4 (93-94): 60-74.

    • 2010 “In Search of History’s Agents: Oral History of Decollectivization in Ukraine in the 1990s (У пошуках нового суб’єкта історії: усна історія деколективізації 1990-х).” In Ukrainskyi Istorychnyi Zhurnal, Institute of History, Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, Kyiv, Ukraine. No. 5. Pp. 188-199.

    • 2008 “Oral History of Decollectivization in Ukraine in the 1990s — Rural Experience (Proekt Usnoi Istorii Dekolektyvizatsii – Selianskyj Dosvid).” Ukraiins’kyi Istorychnyi Zhurnal , Institute of History, Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, Kyiv, Ukraine. No.2 (479), pp.211-213. In Ukrainian.

    • 2008 “Oral Evidence and Interpretations: Ukrainian Canadian Research Practices (Pro usni svidchennia ta produkuvannia znachen’ – ukrainsko-kanads’ki doslidnyts’ki praktyky).” Sxid-Zaxid (East-West): Ukrainian Journal of modern history, Kharkiv: Kharkiv National University. 2008. No. 11-12, pp. 109-138. In Ukrainian

    • 2007 “Robinson Crusoes, the Prostitutes, the Heroes? Constructing the Ukrainian Labour Migrant in Ukraine.” Hyphenated Histories: Central European Bildung and Slavic Studies in the Contemporary Academy, ed. by Andrew Gow. Brill Academic Publishers. Pp. 103-120.

    • 2007 “On Oral History and the Production of Meaning: Notes from the Ukrainian Canada.” Ukraiina Moderna (Modern Ukraine), No.11. Kyiv-Lviv: Krytyka, 2007, pp. 25-47. In English.

    • 2006 “Searching for Cinderellas, in Naples and Beyond: Popular Culture Responses to Labour Migration from Ukraine,” Spaces of Identity: Tradition, Cultural Boundaries & Identity Formation in Central Europe 2006. 6.2. 18 pp.

    • 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 2004. 4.1. 23 pp.

    • 2004 "Baba phenomenon: local Ukrainianness in practice.” Canadian-American Slavic Studies. 40 (1): 127-51.

    • 2003 “Zustreech or the encounters of a transnational kind: negotiating Ukrainianness in Western Canada,” Ethnologies. 2003. Vol. 25-2: 77-106.

    • 2003 "Making Ukrainian House Calls: On Diasporic Tourism and Rituals of Homecoming," In Ports of Call: Central European and North American Cultures in Motion. Eds. Susan Ingram, Markus Reisenleitner and Cornelia Szabó- Knotik. Frankfurt: Peter Lang. 2003. 121-54.

    • 2002 "On Local Readings of the Overseas Kin: Visions from Ukraine." In Reverberations: Representations of Modernity, Tradition and Cultural Value in-between Central Europe and North America. Ed. by Susan Ingram, Markus Reisenleitner, and Cornelia Szabo-Knotik. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2002. 201-222.

    • 2000 “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 2002. 2.3 - 4: 7-18. link

    Recognitions and Awards

    • 2018 Short-listed for Kobzar Literary Award (Canada, Shevchenko Foundation), Book Ukrainian Otherlands

    • 2013 Nominated Canada’s College of New Scholar, (nominated by St. Thomas More College)

    • 2010 Awarded Pre-Publication Award by the Mellon Foundation, Book Ukrainian Otherlands

    Teaching Responsibilities

    Courses on Cultural Anthropology, Oral History, Ritual, Eastern Europe, Contemporary Ukraine, Ukrainian Canadian culture

    Recognitions and Awards

    • 2017 Nominated U of Saskatchewan Internationalization Award, by St. Thomas More College

    • 2016 Awarded St. Thomas More Teaching Excellence Award

    • 2015 Awarded Margaret Dutli Community Service Award, St. Thomas More College

    Administrative Responsibilities

    Chair, Interdisciplinary Minor in Ukrainian Studies - link

    Coordinator, Spring Session in Ukraine - link

    Spring Session in Ukraine Student Blog - link (Collaborative student project based on research assignments in a study-abroad spring term in Ukraine)

    Founding Editor, Engaged Scholar Journal - link

    Coordinator, Oral History Program and Personal Sources Archives, Prairie Centre for Ukrainian Heritage - link