Dr. Lina Klymenko

Adjunct Professor

Karelian Institute, University of Eastern Finland
Postal address: P.O. Box 111, FI-80101 Joensuu, Finland
E-mail: lina.klymenko (at) uef.fi

Research Interests

Memory, identity, political language, foreign policy and international politics, interpretive research methodology and methods, Eastern Europe and Former Soviet Union

  • 2016 Adjunct Professor (Docent)
    University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland
  • 2009 Ph.D. in Political Science
    University of Vienna, Austria
  • 2003 M.A. in Germanic Studies
    University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA
  • 2000 Diploma in German, English, and Comparative Literature (Honors)
    Teacher Training University of Poltava, Ukraine
Academic positions
  • Researcher
    2012–present, Karelian Institute, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland
  • Adjunct Lecturer
    2012–present, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland
    2011–present, Department of Political Science, University of Vienna, Austria
Research projects
  • Cultural Statecraft in International Relations: The Case of Russia; participating researcher; funded by the Academy of Finland at Tampere University, Finland; 2016–2020; project leader: Prof. Tuomas Forsberg
  • Reconstructing Memory in the City: Transnational and Local (European) Sites of Memory; participating researcher; funded by the Balzan Prize at the University of Konstanz, Germany; 2018–2020; project leaders Prof. Aleida Assmann and Prof. Jan Assmann
  • Coming to Terms with the Stalinist Past: What Citizens Think in Georgia, Russia, and Ukraine; principal investigator; 2014–2017; funded by the Academy of Finland, Finland
  • Uses of the Past in Foreign Policy Making: The Eastern European Context
  • Politics of Memory in Eastern Europe
  • EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood: Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine
  • Post-Soviet Transition to Democracy and Authoritarianism
  • Ukrainian Foreign Policy
Professional Activities
  • Reviewer of East/West: Journal of Ukrainian Studies, Ab Imperio, Nationalities Papers, Eastern European Politics, East European Quarterly, CEU Political Science Journal
Visiting research and teaching fellowships
  • Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO), Leipzig, Germany (2018)
  • Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada (2015)
  • Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies, University of Uppsala, Uppsala, Sweden (2014)
  • Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology, Lisbon University Institute, Lisbon, Portugal (2014)
  • Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research, Braunschweig, Germany (2013)
  • Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies, University of Uppsala, Uppsala, Sweden (2013)
  • Department of History, Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi, Georgia (2013)
  • Centre for the Study of Political Change, University of Siena, Siena, Italy (2013)
  • Centre for EU-Russia Studies, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia (2012)
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

2019: Choosing Mazepa over Lenin: The Transformation of Monuments and Collective Values in Post-Soviet Ukraine. Europe-Asia Studies. Forthcoming.

2019: Understanding the Donbas War in Terms of World War II: A Metaphor Analysis of the Armed Conflict in Eastern Ukraine. Ethnopolitics.

2019: Forging Ukrainian National Identity through Remembrance of World War II. National Identities.

2016: Nation-Building and Presidential Rhetoric in Belarus. Journal of Language and Politics, vol. 15, no. 6, pp. 727−747.

2016: Narrating the Second World War: History Textbooks and Nation-Building in Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine. Journal of Educational Media, Memory and Society, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 36–57.

2016: The Holodomor Law and the National Trauma Construction in Ukraine. Canadian Slavonic Papers, vol. 58, no. 4, pp. 341–361.

2015: World War II or Great Patriotic War Remembrance? Crafting the Nation in Commemorative Speeches of Ukrainian Presidents. National Identities, vol. 44, no. 5, pp. 756–777.

2014: “Involve me, and I will understand”: How to Engage Students in Political Science Classes. Österreichische Zeitschrift für Politikwissenschaft (ÖZP), vol. 3, pp. 293–304.

2014: World War II in Ukrainian School History Textbooks: Mapping the Discourse of the Past. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, vol. 44, no. 5, pp. 756–777.

2012: Determinants of Positive Attitudes towards an Authoritarian Regime: The Case of Belarus (with Sergiu Gherghina). Soviet and Post-Soviet Review, vol. 39, pp. 249–270.

2012: Why Look Back? Citizens' Attitudes towards the Communist Regime in Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine (with Sergiu Gherghina). Problems of Post-Communism, vol. 59, no. 1, pp. 55–65.

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

2020: Saving Kurapaty: Memorialization of Victims of Political Repressions in Belarus as a Transitional Justice Mechanism. Contested Memory in Urban Space: Materiality, Traces, and Monuments in Global Context, ed. by S. Dornhof and U. Capdepón Busies. London: Palgrave Macmillan. Forthcoming.

2019: The Meaning of Kruty: Remembering the 1917–1921 Revolution and the Struggle for Ukrainian Statehood. 1917 and the Consequences, ed. by G. Besier and K. Stokłosa. London: Routledge, pp. 96–110.

2018: Transitional Justice and the Revision of History Textbooks: The 1932–33 Famine in Ukraine. Transitional Justice and the Former Soviet Union: Reviewing the Past and Looking Toward the Future, ed. by C. M. Horne and L. Stan. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, pp. 197–215.

2017: Cutting the Umbilical Cord: A Narrative of the National Past and Future in Ukrainian De-Communization Policy. Law and Memory. Towards Legal Governance of History, ed. by U. Belavusau and A. Gliszczyńska-Grabias. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, pp. 310−328.

2017: The Language of Party Programs and Billboards: An Example of the 2014 Parliamentary Election Campaign in Ukraine. The Routledge Handbook of Language and Politics, ed. by R. Wodak and B. Forchtner. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 440–453.

Articles in Other Scientific Journals

2013: Mourning or Celebration? Commemoration of the Battle of Poltava and the Politics of History in Ukraine. East/West Journal, vol. 15, pp. 179–190.

2009: Der Holodomor und die ukrainische Geschichtspolitik (Holodomor and Ukrainian Politics of History) (with Anne-Katrin Lang). Blätter für deutsche und internationale Politik, no. 11, pp. 93–102.

Publications for Professional Communities and General Public

2019: “Perm-36”: Die umkämpfte russische Erinnerung an die politischen Repressionen in der Sowjetunion (“Perm-36”: Contested Russian Memorialization of Political Repressions in the Soviet Union), Russland-Analysen no. 368, University of Bremen, Germany.

2019: Die Politik der Umbenennung: Nationsbildung und Straßennamen in der Ukraine (The Politics of Renaming: Nation-Building and Street Names in Ukraine), Ukraine-Analysen no. 214, University of Bremen, Germany.

2016: Historische Narrative und nationale Identität: Der Zweite Weltkrieg in russischen und ukrainischen Geschichtslehrbüchern (Historical Narratives and National Identity: WWII in Russian and Ukrainian History Textbooks). Ukraine-Analysen, no. 162, Research Centre for East European Studies, University of Bremen, Germany.

2013: Making Sense of World War II: How Russian and Ukrainian Textbooks Foster National Identities, EU-Russia Papers, no. 7, Centre for EU-Russia Studies, University of Tartu, Estonia.

2012: Citizens' Perceptions of the Political Regime in Post-Soviet Belarus (with Sergiu Gherghina). Belarus and its Neighbors: Historical Perceptions and Political Constructs, ed. by A. Łahvinec and T. Čulickaya. Warsaw: Łazarski University, pp. 215–223.

2011: Polen und die Ukraine: Pragmatismus schreitet voran (Poland and Ukraine: Pragmatism Steps Forward). Ukraine-Analysen, no. 97, Research Centre for East European Studies, University of Bremen, Germany

2009: What Holds Ukraine and Poland Together? On External and Internal Factors of the Ukrainian-Polish Relations. Ukraine on its Way to Europe, ed. by J. Besters-Dilger. Peter Lang: Frankfurt am Main, pp. 253–274.

2012: Разом - Ukrainisch für Anfänger und Anfängerinnen (with Jan Kurzidim). Vienna: Verlag Holzhausen.
Book Reviews

2013: Kübler, E. Europäische Erinnerungspolitik: Der Europarat und die Erinnerung an den Holocaust. Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, 2012. Politische Vierteljahresschrift, vol. 3, pp. 18–19.

2012: Urban, M. Cultures of Power in Post-Communist Russia. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010. CEU Political Science Journal, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 500–502.

2012: Halman, L. and Voicu, M. Mapping Value Orientations in Central and Eastern Europe. Leiden: Brill, 2010. CEU Political Science Journal, vol. 7, no. 2, 2012, pp. 233–235.