Olga Glinskii

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Ortiz Policy Fellow Academic Year 2016-2017

Olga Glinskii is a PhD Candidate in Ethnology. She has a BA in Anthropology from the University of Missouri, and MA in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico. Olga’s research interests include post-Soviet language ideologies, Ukrainian diaspora communities, historical representations of identity, voice and indexicality, semiotics of ritual performance, multiculturalism, transnationalism, Canada and Eastern Europe. Her research examines the semiotic processes involved in politically-vested representations of Ukrainian subjectivities at the Bloor West Village Toronto Ukrainian Festival within the context of the transnational negotiations of the on-going political crisis in Ukraine. The dissertation engages with the key issues raised by members of the Ukrainian-Canadian communities and Canadians of non-Ukrainian descent as they engage with transnational publics. In close collaboration with the festival organizers and attendees, the research foregrounds the nuanced yet powerful role of the festival as a platform in both Canadian and transnational politics of representation.