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Research Project

Cultural Memory and Montage

Nataliia Kyva is focused on the montage technique as a mnemonic device by means of which it is possible to construct persuasive narratives that can be retained by the whole generations. Montage is usually associated with the cinema, but is also theorised in theatre, literature and is a well-known practice of the avantgarde artists, its renewal and rethinking can be distinguished as one of the trends of contemporary artistic practice and philosophical thought that theorises montage as a new knowledge paradigm.


Dr Nataliia Kyva graduated from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Kyiv, Ukraine where she got Bachelor, Master and PhD Degrees in Cultural Studies. Her PhD Thesis was devoted to the “Aby Warburg’s Сonception of Image in the Context of Cultural Studies at the End of the XXth – at the Beginning of the ХХІst Centuries”. During her studies Natallia Kyva got a few opportunities that became not only very important for her academic professional career but also had a great impact for her development as a personality. In September 2012 - June 2013 as a holder of the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship for Foreign Scholars Nataliia was awarded an excellent opportunity to work on her research project devoted to the “Cultural Memory and Montage” at the Institute for Cultural Studies in the Arts of the Zurich University of Arts. In October 2005 - October 2006 Nataliia was a holder of the Scholarship of the Greek State Scholarships Foundation (I.K.Y.), Programme for Postgraduate/ Postdoctoral Studies in Greece for collection of research data for the PhD at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens/Athens School of Fine Arts.

Nataliia Kyva was invited by the Professor, Director of the Warburg Institute Bill Sherman, whom she contacted at the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, her stay is generously supported by the University of London that provided Kress Fellowship Stipend (June 2022 – June 2024), initially named as Ukrainian Fellowship Stipend (May 2022 – May 2023) and Accommodation. For Nataliia Associate Fellowship at the Warburg Institute is a unique opportunity to further develop her academic professional career. Overall, she has more than twenty years of professional experience including five years of non-academic postgraduate experience in management of educational and cultural projects and programmes, analysis of cultural and creative industries and sector’s data. Nataliia started her non-academic professional career in the sphere of the project management at the International Office of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, further developing her skills as a project manager and analyst at the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation (analogous to the Arts Council England).