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Anna Ivanova


Anna Ivanova is a doctoral researcher at the Graduate Center for the Study of Culture at the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen. Her current research focuses on how Ukrainian politics of urban space decommunization interacts with social cleavages and antagonisms. Anna’s research interests include analysis of discourse, power and hegemony, postcolonial and critical theories, as well as memory studies and urban studies.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, and a Master’s Degree in Sociology from the Karazin Kharkiv National University (Kharkiv, Ukraine).

As a Research Assistant/Project Coordinator Anna works at Herder-Institut für historische Ostmitteleuropaforschung (Marburg, Germany).

Dissertation working title: De-Сommemoration in the Urban Space of Ukraine: Discourses, Practices, Objects 

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Andreas Langenohl

ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6898-7951

Full CV:


  • "When Bourdieu Meets the City: Approaching Trialectics of (Urban) Space [Review of: Wacquant, Loïc: Bourdieu in the City: Challenging Urban Theory. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2023.]." In: KULT_online 69 (2024).  
  • ‘Capitalism as the Global Social Order: A Critical Perspective’. Sociological Studios, no. 2(19) (1 December 2021): 31–40. 

  • Decolonizing Urban Space of Ukraine as a Response to the Russian Invasion: A Critical Perspective. 11.04.2024, International doctoral workshop of the University of Łódź and the Justus-Liebig-University Gießen, Łódź.
  • 'Decommunization, Decolonization and Derussification in the Urban Space of Wartime Ukraine'. 14.12.2023, Workshop “A Space for ‘Place’ in Social Sciences”, Young Scholars Initiative, Sciences Po, Paris.
  • 'Decommunization in the Urban Space of Ukraine: in the Times of War: Kharkiv Case'. 9.11.2023, Ukraine's Altered Landscapes: Losing and Recovering Alterity in the Face of War, Institute for Human Sciences, Wien.


Master Thesis: Objective and Subjective Democracy: A Comparison of Different Regime Types, 2018, Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main

Master Thesis: Radicalization of the Ukrainian Political Discourse in 2012-2015 (in Ukrainian), 2017, V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Kharkiv, Ukraine

Bachelor Thesis: "United County": Analyzing Ukrainian Discourse of Unity (in Ukrainian), 2015, V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Kharkiv, Ukraine

Research Interests

  • Critical Discourse Studies
  • Power, hegemony and ideology
  • Post- and neo-colonialism 
  • Political sociology
  • Radicalization and polarization
  • Left-wing thought and movements

Co-Teaching with Prof. Dr. Andreas Langenohl: Seminar "Sociological Diagnoses of Contemporary Society in Germany", Summer Term 2024, Institut für Soziologie, Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen.


Within Justus-Liebig-University of Giessen:

  • International Graduate Center for the Study of Culture (GCSC)
  • Giessen Center for Eastern European Studies (GiZo) - Scholarship holder

Within GCSC: