A ’Jewish’ Odessa, Ukraine: (post-)Soviet and other stories of urban coexistence
Vera Skvirskaja /Denmark
The session discusses Odessan myth of cosmopolitan coexistence, focusing on the city’s Jewish residents and tracing changes caused by the emigration of native inhabitants, new international Jewry and the shaky status of independent Ukrainian statehood.
Vera is Associate Professor at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, Copenhagen University. She holds a PhD in anthropology from the University of Cambridge, UK. Her research interests include economic anthropology, migration, authoritarianism and grass-roots propaganda. She has conducted field research in Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Georgia, China, Turkey and Denmark.