Executive Committee

The Executive Committee includes the following members:

Natalia Chaban

Associate Professor Natalia Chaban

Jean Monnet Chair in European Identity and Culture; Co-editor of the “Australian and New Zealand Journal of European Studies”

BA (Germanic Languages and Literature, Cherkasy State University, Ukraine), MA (Media Studies and Higher Education Administration, New York University, USA), PhD (Linguistics, Kyiv State Linguistic University, Ukraine)

A native of Ukraine, Dr. Natalia Chaban earned her Ph.D. in Linguistics in 1997 (focus on political and media discourse analysis). She has held research and teaching positions at Cherkasy State University (Ukraine), Lund University (Sweden), and at the University of Maryland at College Park (USA). Her interdisciplinary expertise has been engaged in designing cross-cultural learning activities for the US Peace Corps, Ukraine.

Dr. Natalia Chaban joined the NCRE in March 2002. At present she is Deputy Director at the Centre. In addition to her position at the NCRE, she is Adjunct Associate Professor at the Centre for Study of European Politics and Society, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beer Sheva, Israel.

Natalia is actively pursuing her research interests in the fields of cognitive and semiotic aspects of political and mass media discourses, image studies and EU Identity outside the EU. She is currently directing a multi-national research project “The EU in the Eyes of Asia Pacific” which involves 20 locations in Asia-Pacific since 2004 and is widely published on this subject (including three co-authored books and numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals). Natalia is also a co-leader of a ‘mirror’ perceptions project – “Asia in the Eyes of Europe”. Her other research interests include studies of primary and return migration to and from the EU in cross-cultural and public diplomacy contexts and independent Ukraine as a new fledgling democracy in Europe. Natalia is a co-editor of a newly established peer-reviewed journal “Australian and New Zealand Journal of European Studies”.

Natalia teaches at both under-graduate and post-graduate level and supervises Honours, Masters and PhD students. In 2006, she was awarded a University of Canterbury Teaching Award. She has significant experience in analysing EU Identity outside the EU, markedly advancing methodological training in this regard. She has designed and facilitated 30 extensive research workshops in various locations training international researchers (both young and experienced, from Asia-Pacific and Europe). As a Member of the NCRE Internal Advisory Board (since 2002) and NZ EU Centers Network Advisory Board (since 2005), Natalia contributes to the development of the EU Studies in New Zealand.

Contact details:

Associate Professor Natalia Chaban
National Centre for Research on Europe
Level 4 Commerce Building
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
New Zealand

Phone: +64 3 364 2987 ext 4912
Fax: +64 3 364 2634


Andrew Radion

Andrew Radion

BEng (Hons), BA (Monash 2011)

Andrew Radion is a civil engineer but also an alumnus of the Ukrainian Studies program at Monash University. He is active in the Ukrainian Community in Melbourne.

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Member of the Committee
Dr Halyna Koscharsky

BA, Dip Ed (Monash, 1966), MA (Linguistics) (Macquarie, 1987), PhD (Macquarie, 1994).
Recently retired as senior lecturer and head of Ukrainian Studies at Macquarie University; now Honorary Associate, Faculty of Arts.
1998 – 2013 President, Ukrainian Studies Association in Australia; Vice-President from 1992.
Fellow, Shevchenko Scientific Society.
1989 – 1997 Head, Department of Slavonic Studies, Macquarie University.
Chair, Ukrainian Panel, NAATI, since 1990.
Author: Tvorchist’ Liny Kostenko z pohliadu poetyky ekpresyvnosti (Kyiv, 1994)
Co-editor: Ukrainian Settlement in Australia (Sydney, 1989), Nationalism and Postcommunism. A Collection of Essays (Aldershot, 1995).
Editor: Istoria ukrains’koho poselennia v Avstralii (Sydney, 1990), Ukraine Today, Perspectives for the Future (New York, 1995), First Wave Immigrants. The First Fifty Years of Ukrainian Settlement in Australia (New York, 2000).
Author of scholarly articles in academic journals.

Contact details:

Email: halyna.koscharsky@mq.edu.au

Mobile: +61 437 143 576


Marko Pavlyshyn

Member of the Committee
Professor Marko Pavlyshyn

Professor Marko Pavlyshyn FAHA is director of the Mykola Zerov Centre for Ukrainian Studies in Monash University’s School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics and the co-ordinator of that University’s graduate research program in Literary and Cultural Studies.

He is the author of Ol’ha Kobylianska: Interpretations (Kharkiv, 2008), Canon and Iconostasis (Kyiv, 1997), both in Ukrainian, of translations from the Ukrainian into English of Yuri Andrukhovych’s Recreations (Edmonton, 1998) and Yuri Izdryk’s Wozzeck (Edmonton, 2006), and of more than 80 chapters in books and articles in scholarly journals, mainly on modern and contemporary Ukrainian literature and post-colonial approaches to its analysis. He was the Australian editor of Volume 4 (Australia, Asia and Africa) of the Encyclopaedia of the Ukrainian Diaspora (Kyiv, 1995) and chaired the editorial board of Ukrainians in Australia, Vol. 2 (Melbourne, 1998). He edited two volumes of proceedings (1986 and 1993) of the Shevchenko Scientific Society’s conference series Ukrainian Settlement in Australia and co-edited, with Jonathan Clarke, the proceedings of the 1990 and 1995 conferences of the Ukrainian Studies Association of Australia.

In 2000-2005 Marko Pavlyshyn was the director of Monash University’s Centre for European Studies and, in 2005-2010, head of that university’s School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics.He was the founding president of the Ukrainian Studies Association of Australia (1990-1998), its vice-president (1998-2013), and a member of the committee of the International Association for Ukrainian Studies (1990-1998). In 1998-2003 he was President of the Australia and New Zealand Slavists’ Association and has been, since 1998, President of the Shevchenko Scientific Society in Australia.

Marko Pavlyshyn holds an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant for the project “Bilingualism and Multiculturalism in a National Movement: Ukrainian Writers in the Nineteenth Century.” He participated in the project team that in 2009 established the Languages and Cultures Network for Australian Universities (LCNAU) and is a member of the LCNAU executive.He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

Contact details:

Professor Marko Pavlyshyn
Ukrainian Studies
School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics
Building 11
Monash University VIC 3800

Tel.: +61 3 9905 2259

Email: Marko.Pavlyshyn@monash.edu