The Ethnology Institute of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY
Maria Mayerchyk (1971) іs a candidate of sciences (in history with a specialization in ethnology), a senior research associate at the Ethnology Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine; editor-in-chief of a scholarly peer-reviewed journal “Feminist Critique: East European Journal of Feminist and Queer Studies”; vice-director of the “Center for Cultural-Anthropological Studies.” In 2003 she defended a dissertation at the Rylski Institute of Art Studies, Folklore, and Ethnology of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (Kyiv). In 2011 she published a monograph “Ritual and Body: Structural-Semantic Study of Family Cycle Rituals” (Kyiv: Krytyka). Her papers are translated into English, French, Chinese, Polish, German, and Russian. In 2019 her paper “民族志知識生產中的異性戀現象 : 19世紀末20世紀初婚前同居的傳統” [Inventing 'Heterosexuality' through Ethnographic Knowledge Production: Tradition of Premarital Sleeping Together in the Late 19th and the Early 20th Centuries] translated by Cuifeng Ouyang into Chinese got the Best Foreign Scholarly Essay award from the Foreign Literature Society in China.
She has got visiting appointments (visiting professor, visiting scholar, post-doctoral fellow) at Harvard University, University of Alberta, University of South Florida, Lund University, and the Centre for Advanced Studies Sofia. She teaches courses on Slavic folklore, queer theory, feminism, and gender theory. Her research interests include Slavic folklore, diaspora studies, gender studies, East European studies, queer theory and feminist epistemologies, decolonial option, digital activism.