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Natasha Klimenko



As of 04/2023: Doctoral Fellow at the Graduate School Global Intellectual History, Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

2012 – present: Freelance English-language copyediting, copywriting, journalism, and editorial assistance

01.2023 – 03.2023: Science Communications Coordinator for Prisma Ukraïna at the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin

12/2022: Received an MA in Global History from Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

11.2020 –12.2022: Student Assistant at the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin

10.2021 –09.2022: Student Assistant for Dr. Kerstin Brückweh at the Berliner Hochschule für Technik in Berlin

04.2019 – 08. 2021: Student Assistant for Dr. Timothy Nunan at the Freie Universität in Berlin

10.2019 – 03.2020: Student Assistant for Dr. Kerstin Brückweh at the Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung in Potsdam

11.2017 – 05. 2018: Data Manager and Graphic Designer at idalab GmbH in Berlin

06.2015 – 08.2017: Art Director at LODE GmbH in Berlin

04/2014: Received a BA in Contemporary Studies and History from the University of King’s College and Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada

10.2012 – 01. 2013: Journalism and Videography Intern at Berlin Art Link in Berlin

Research interests

Soviet Central Asia

Soviet cultural history

Global intellectual history

Art, visual, and material history

Academic articles

“Beyond the Border: Representations of the West in Film-Travel Almanac during the Soviet Thaw,” Past Tense Graduate Review of History vol. 9, no. 1 (forthcoming)


Edited works

Miglė Bareikytė, Natasha Klimenko, and Viktoria Sereda, eds., Images and Objects of Russia’s War against Ukraine (Berlin: Forum Transregionale Studien, forthcoming)


Online/print publications

“Pulling Meaning Out of Matter: Reformations of Ukrainian Cultural Heritage,” post: notes on art in a global context, 24 August 2022, https://post.moma.org/pulling-meaning-out-of-matter-reformations-of-ukrainian-cultural-heritage

“‘A New Form of Evil Emerges Now’ – A Conversation with Olha Honchar,” TRAFO – Blog for Transregional Research, 1 July 2022, https://trafo.hypotheses.org/39379

“‘I live in Ukraine, and Ukraine has been in trouble since 2014’ – An Interview with Sasha Kurmaz,” TRAFO – Blog for Transregional Research, 2 May 2022, https://trafo.hypotheses.org/37326

“Reality Ruined and Rebuilt: An Interview with Victoria Pidust and Volo Bevza,” Berlin Art Link, 15 March 2022, https://www.berlinartlink.com/2022/03/15/victoria-pidust-volo-bevza-interview-ukrainian-artists

“Świetlica: Like a Drawing from Memory,” The Future of vol. 1, no. 1 (Winter 2021/22), also available online: https://kajetjournal.com/thefutureof/nostalgia/swietlica-like-a-drawing-from-memory

“The Urgency of COURAGE: A film by Aliaksei Paluyan,” zeitgeschichte|online, 9 June 2021, https://zeitgeschichte-online.de/film/urgencycourage

COURAGE: Interview with Aliaksei Paluyan,” zeitgeschichte|online, 19 March 2021, https://zeitgeschichte-online.de/interview/courage

“When the Foundation Pit is Just a Pit: On Andrey Gryazev’s Filmic Look at the Pitfalls of Contemporary Russia,” zeitgeschichte|online, 3 July 2020, https://zeitgeschichte-online.de/film/when-foundation-pit-just-pit

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