Oksana Dovgopolova

Professor of the Department of Philosophy and Methodology of Knowledge

Degrees:Ph.D. (Odessa State Pedagogical University named after K.D.Ushinsky), Doctorat (Odessa National University named after I.I.Mechnikov), Doctor Habilis (Odessa National University named after I.I.Mechnikov)
Office:Odesa I.I. Mechnikov National University, Ukraine

Dr. Oksana Dovgopolova is a professor in the Philosophy department at Odessa I.I. Mechnikov National University, Ukraine. Dr. Dovgopolova is a program curator of the Past, Future, Art project, which aimed to provide an artistic interpretation of the memory traumas structuring the everyday life of Ukrainian society. Oksana combined her theoretical research on inter-ethnic collaboration and pragmatics of realization of social dialogues on past and present collective memories and memory work on national traumas. Professor Dovgopolova led the Trees of Memory: Roots and Runners, the project winner of the Visualize Competition (Ukrainian Institute). She was a project curator of the Conception of Chornobyl commemoration in Ukraine in 2021, and in 2020 she curated the program Bruederschaft, The Project on Unity.

Panel 3: Internal Displacement: Citizenship and Culture

Ukrainian Art Reflections of the Refugee’s Experience During the Russian-Ukrainian Wars (2014-2022)


Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, started in 2014, caused a mass migration from the occupied territories: about 1.5 million after 2014, and more than 10 million in 2022. Ukrainian society appeared unready for such an experience in 2014. The high level of mobilization of volunteer support for people who lost their homes was accompanied with social tension on the basis of regional stereotypes. Ukrainian Art created the space for the formulation of the actual topics of wounded memory, of regional stigmatization, and relations with the people at the temporarily occupied territories. The artistic practices open a space for stitching the collective memory fabric in Ukraine. Using the methodology of responsive phenomenology (B. Waldenfel’s wound metaphor) and Memory Studies (M. Hirsch’s work with the artistic overcoming of historical trauma) we can analyze the process of working through the traumatic experience in Ukraine in the context of mass displacement.