Ostap Sereda received his Ph.D. in Comparative History from the Central European University (Budapest) in 2003. During 1994-2015 he had been at the department of modern history of the Ivan Krypiakevych Institute of Ukrainian Studies in Lviv (Ukrainian Academy of Sciences); since 2015 he is an Associate Professor of History at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv. He also lectures as a recurrent visiting professor at the Central European University. In 2012 Sereda was one of recipients of the Shklar Research Fellowship at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute. His publications deal with the political discourses and cultural practices of nationalism in 19th-century Austrian Eastern Galicia, and with cultural politics and musical theater in Russian-ruled Kyiv in the second half of the 19th century.
During 2019/2020 academic year, Ostap Sereda will work on the project Preserving HURI’s History: Identifying, Systematizing, and Digitizing Archival Materials. The main aim of this project is to create a digital collection of archival documents with a commentary, Ukrainian Harvard: A Digital History. From its foundation at the turn of the 1970s, Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University changed the pre-existing paradigm of Eastern and Central European studies and later tremendously contributed to the transformation of humanities and social studies in post-Soviet Ukraine. Its history also opens new perspectives on intellectual history of Ukrainian diaspora, international relations, academic and cultural politics at the time of the Cold War and its aftermath. Identifying and systematizing diverse sources to HURI’s history, including but not limiting to institutional and ego documents, correspondence, press releases, shall provide new possibilities for researching and understanding several key issues in the history of Ukrainian and North American academia. The chronological scope of the current project covers the period of the establishing of Ukrainian studies and the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard, and then of the formative directorship of Professor Omeljan Pritsak and co-directorship of Professor Ihor Ševčenko (ca.1968-1989).