Valeria Korablyova

Valeria Korablyova is Professor of Philosophy at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and URIS Fellow at the University of Basel. She holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University (2006), where she subsequently worked as Assistant Professor and Associate Professor. In 2015 she obtained the Habilitation from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.

Valeria Korablyova has been holding a number of international fellowships. She has been Visiting Fellow at Stanford University (Carnegie Research Fellowship Program, 2014-15), at the IWM, Vienna (Ukraine in European Dialogue Project, 2015-16), at the University of Warsaw (FIAL Open Society Foundations Global Dialogues Project, 2016-17), and at the Charles University (Prague Civil Society Centre Fellowship, 2017). In 2017-18 she is teaching a course at the University of Basel titled “Untimely nation: Ukraine in East Central Europe”, while being also a Guest Professor at the Charles University.

Her latest book Social Meanings of Ideology (Kyiv University, 2014) covers ideological transformations of European modernity, including the rise of market rationality and emerging alternatives to it, revealing the Maidan uprising in Ukraine as a peculiar case herewith. Her research interests include post-Soviet transformations and nation-building in Ukraine and East Central Europe.

Presented Lecture: Twists of nationalism in East Central Europe: lost between universalism and provincialization

The lecture considers different modes of nation-building enacted in East Central Europe within its post-Soviet transformations and various nationalist sentiments they triggered. Countries in the region faced the controversial challenges of European integration built on universalist claims and values, on the one hand, and of nation-building enhancing local identities and cultural specificity (or even purity), on the other. Does the recent rise of populism signify the victory of the latter over the former? Shall we put all CEE cases in the same basket? And, finally, is nationalism a sign of backwardness or a vehicle for modernization and integration? To address these concerns, we will put together the issues of modernity, democracy, and nationalism, proceeding from theoretical points to practical cases.

Selective List of Publications

  • Соціальні смисли ідеології [Social Meanings of Ideology]. Kyiv: Kyiv University, 2014. 350 p.
  • Tracing post-1989 developments in Poland: a lesson for Ukraine. In: Debaty Artes Liberales. Warszawa: Wydzial Artes Liberales, 2018 (forthcoming).
  • EuroMaidan and the 1989 legacy: solidarity in action? In: The Long 1989: Decades of Global Revolution / Piotr H. Kosicki, Kyrill Kunakhovich (eds). CEU Press, 2018 (forthcoming).
  • The EU project of Europe: the inclusion – exclusion game? In: The Power of Norm: Fragile Rules and Significant Exceptions. Junior Visiting Fellows’ Conferences, Vol. XXXV, 2016. Vienna: IWM, 2016.
  • Дискурс идеологии в Пограничье. Кейс 1: Беларусь [The discourse of ideology in Borderlands. Case 1: Belarus]. In: Topos, 2015, # 1: 8-22.
  • Korablyova V. (ed.) Topos, # 2-3, 2015: Neoliberal Economy: Social and Anthropological Implications of Marketism.

Recent Presentations

  • “European (dis)order: new cleavages and ideological transgressions” at the International conference “The end of the region? The future of spatial constructs in the populist era” (University of Liege, University of Cambridge, November 2017);
  • “Post-Maidanian Ukraine: fragile “liberal nationalism” and its discontents” at the International Ukrainian Studies Conference in Prague (Charles University, November 2017);
  • “Ukraine’s Catch-22: How to build a nation without being accused in nationalism?” (Charles University, Eastern European Club; Masaryk University in Brno; May 2017);
  • “Poland and Ukraine between the EU and Russia: desynchronized developments, or away from the Giedroyc doctrine” at the 3 rd Eastern Platform – Tartu seminar “A divided continent in search of a common language?” (University of Tartu, Estonia, April 2017);
  • organization and participation in the International Open Seminar “East Central Europe between nationalism and integration” (with Prof. Liebich and Prof. Zarycki), University of Warsaw, Faculty of “Artes Liberales”; January 2017;
  • “Is New Europe different?” at the conference “Has Europe reached its limits?” (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, December 2016).