Bohdan Shumylovych – Výzkum & CV

Late (post)Soviet Ukrainian art:
Urban creative groups and their involvement with the place/space of the 1980s–1990s

Research Area 3. Everyday experience of spaces


Bohdan Shumylovych obtained a master’s degree in modern history from the Central European University (Budapest, Hungary, 2004-2005) and a diploma in art history from the L’viv Academy of Arts (Ukraine, 1993-1999). In 2020, he received a Ph.D. from the European University Institute in Florence. He was a fellow of several grant programs and worked with the archive of the Faculty of Visual Arts at George Washington University, Washington (USA), and the archive of Open Society Institute ( in Budapest.

At the Center for Urban History (L’viv), he co-manages the Public history program, gives lectures, participates in the development of the Centre for Urban History’s thematic exhibitions, and carries out research. In his work, he combines history and art history, and as a public historian, he created many exhibitions. At the Center for Urban History, he started Urban Video collections (2008-2011) and became the head of the Urban Media Archive (2011-2019), later turning to Public History projects (2020-2022) and concentrating more on research. At Ukrainian Catholic University, he teaches courses in visual studies and aesthetics, leads the visual laboratory, and coordinates research seminars for BA students. The main focus of his work is media history in East Central Europe and the Soviet Union, as well as media arts, visual studies, urban spatial practices, and urban creativity.

Since the beginning of the Russian war against Ukraine in 2022, he started collecting diaries and ego documents of war, with an important focus on dreams. In 2024 he will focus more on shifts in nightlife during the war and urban temporalities.



2014, August

– 2019, August

Ph.D. in History, Department of History and Civilization, European University Institute, Florence, Italy. Awarded 26 May 2020.
2004-2005 MA in Central European History, Central European University, Department of History, Budapest, Hungary.
1993-1999 Specialist diploma of Higher Education in Art History, L’viv Academy of Arts, Department of History and Theory of Art, L’viv, Ukraine.

Fellowships & Participation in Collective Research Projects

2023 Grant for the project: Dreams of war: documenting life experiences. Hertziana Grants for Art Historians in Ukraine Funded by Getty.


Grant for the project: Diaries of War: Documenting Life Experiences of Spring 2022.Documenting Ukraine”: Non-Residential Documenting Ukraine Fellowships funded by the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM, Vienna) and the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University (HURI).
——– Grant for the project: Recording Lived Experiences of the War in Ukraine: Psycho-social and Cultural Memory Perspectives. Research project funded by the University of Jyväskylä (Finland), made in cooperation with A/Prof. Magdalena Zolkos (University of Jyväskylä).


Visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study (Zukunftskolleg) of the University of Konstanz (Germany). Affiliated with the Department of History and Sociology, May-October. Project: Healing the socialist body: The Ukrainian broadcasts of Anatoly Kashpirovskii.
2005-2007 Fellow, Academic Fellowship Program (AFP), Returning scholar, Open Society Institute, High Education Support Program (OSI HESP), L’viv, Ukraine.
2003-2004 Fellow, Program for MA Courses Development, Center for Humanities, L’viv National University, L’viv, Ukraine.


Accepted: Digital tools and old heuristic methods: placing artists on the map. Colloquia Humanistica (2024), (interdisciplinary journal of humanities of the Institute of Slavic Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences), special issue: Digital studies of culture in Central Europe (edited by Ondřej Daniel, Charles University, and Robert Kulmiński, University of Warsaw).

Accepted: Solid Television: Ukrainian Art of the 1990s and its Media. Television in Eastern European Literature, Art, Film and Theatre (Slavica TerGestina, 2024).

2023 Ukrainian Cinematic Culture During the War. IMAGES. The International Journal of European Film, Performing Arts and Audiovisual Communication, T.XXXIV, Nr. 43., DOI: 10.14746/i.2023.34.43.7
2020 “Ukrainian Labor and Siberian Oil in the Late Soviet Empire” (co-authored with Alexander Etkind and Evgeniy Poliakov). Journal of Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society, Vol. 6 Issue 2, P. 241-280. (ISSN: 1614-3515; 2364-5334)
—— “One Hundred Years of Solitude: Meditating on Tarik Amar’s Book on Lviv.” Nationalities Papers, 1-4. doi:10.1017/nps.2019.134
2019 “Fragmenting soviet mythologies: romantic imagery and musical films in Ukraine.” Studies in Eastern European Cinema – Special Issue CfP: Popular Music and the Moving Image in Eastern Europe (Taylor & Francis Group), 1 March, P. 111-128. (DOI: 10.1080/2040350X.2018.1527162)

Book Chapters

Accepted book: Psychosocial and Cultural Perspectives on the War in Ukraine: Imprints and Dreamscapes, edited Bohdan Shumylovych and Magdalena Zolkos (Routledge)

2023 Soviet Media After 1968: Visuality, Corporeality and Identity. Luisa Passerini and Dieter Reinisch (eds.), Performing Memory: Corporeality, Visuality, and Mobility after 1968, Making Sense of History Series, Volume XYZ, New York/Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2023.
2015  “L’viv 1960h: socialistyčnyj modernizm, konservatyvnyj romantyzm ta molodižnyj protest.” [L’viv of the 1960s: Socialist Modernism, Conservative Romanticism and Youth Protest]. Iskusstvo Ukrainskikh Shestidesiatnykov, Kyiv, Osnovy (in Russian).
2013  “Alternatyvni prostory Lviva 1980kh – 2000kh” [Alternative Spaces of Lviv in 1980-2000ies] Misto I onovlennia: Urbanistychni studii [City and its Regeneration: Urban Studies series], Kyiv: Smoloskyp (published by Heinrich Böll Stiftung), P. 69-83. (in Ukrainian)
2010  “Kulturni industriji v suchasnomu misti.” [Cultural Industries in Contemporary City]. Sociologiia Mista (Urban Sociology, textbook section), Donetsk: Knowledge publishing. (in Ukrainian)
——  “Lenin as Major Urban Hacker in L’viv. From Monument to Market.” Urban Hacking: Cultural Jamming Strategies in the Risky Spaces of Modernity (Gunther Friesinger, Johannes Grenzfurthner, Thomas Ballhausen eds.), Transcript Verlag, Bielefeld.

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