Course directors:

Kateryna Dysa (National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, All Souls College, Oxford):

Martin Kisly (National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy):

Course coordinator:

Nataliia Shuliakova:


The course will explore how various entities within Ukraine, including regions, cities, and landscapes, were conceived and constructed from the late eighteenth to the conclusion of the twentieth century. We will discuss how travellers, scholars etc. from both local imperial centres and Western perspective perceived, constructed, and described these entities. Additionally, we will explore how these perspectives evolved over time. 

We plan to focus on numerous case studies, encompassing regions like Galicia, Sloboda Ukraine, Crimea, and Donbass, cities, as well as cities such as Kyiv and Dnipro. Furthermore, we will examine the perception of Ukraine as a whole. Throughout the course, we will discuss various methodologies used in the field of imagined geography, mental/cognitive mapping, othering etc.