Oleg Chupryna is currently enrolled in the PhD programme, under the supervision of Professor John O’Brennan in the Department of Sociology.
The title of his thesis is ‘The role of civil society in the process of democratisation in post-Soviet Ukraine’. In his research, Oleg seeks to understand the role of civil society in Ukraine in the post-Communist transition era and the nature of democratic transformation since the early 1990s. This work interrogates the historic and cultural roots of civil society in Ukraine, how specific civil society discourses emerge from various internal and external forces and how these discourses contribute to understandings of democracy, institutional checks and balances, and elite-society interactions.
His academic career began in Ukraine where he studied History and Social Sciences at Kharkiv Karazin National University. After having completed his studies, Oleg worked as an assistant professor of Politics and Modern European History at the TUCA State University of Kharkiv. Subsequently, he moved to Ireland where in 2016-2017 he completed the HDip. in Further Education at Maynooth University. He taught Politics at Dundrum Adult Training Community Centre. Currently Oleg teaches Politics, International Relations and Social Studies modules for the Irish Defence Force Military College via the Department of History at Maynooth University. He also has published numerous analytical articles on the topical political issues in the post-Soviet space on various international media platforms (UK, US, Canada, Ukraine). Recently Oleg was interviewed and quoted in an article published on the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty website.
Sandor Magyarosi is a third-year PhD student in History, under the supervision of Dr. John Paul Newman. He completed an MA in Central European History at the Central European University, Budapest, and a second MA in Military History and Strategic Studies at the Maynooth University. His research interests include aspects of both the First and the Second World War, the experiences of the rank-and-file on the eastern front, as well as the history of nationalism and state socialism in Eastern Central Europe.
Sven Milekić is engaged in doctoral research on Croatian war veterans from the 1990s wars of Yugoslav Succession in the Department of History. His project is entitled “Defenders of the Homeland: How Croatian Veterans of the War of the 1990s Kept the Dominant War Narrative Alive“. His research interests include conflict resolution, the politics of memory and memory studies in general, historical revisionism, nationalism, and transitional justice.
Sven has worked as a reporter and later Coordinator, for the Balkan Transitional Justice Programme in the regional media network Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN). He also worked as the Coordinator of the Transitional Justice Programme in the Zagreb-based NGO, Youth Initiative for Human Rights. Sven is a graduate of political science at the Faculty of Political Science on the University of Zagreb.