Collegium Helveticum
Fellow Project 2022–2023

Crimea’s Polylinguism

Crimea’s multiculturality has lived through frequent shifts in state affiliation and was affected by ethnic and linguistic fluctuation due to the Crimean War, the First and Second World Wars, Stalinism, the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, and the annexation in 2014. During her fellowship at the Collegium, Tatjana analyzed Crimea’s “local text” and (semi-)fictional representations mainly in Ukrainian, Polish, and Russian literature and film, but also in the work of Karaim and Crimean Tatar intellectuals. This corpus of sources thus refers to Crimea as a historic place, as an imaginative setting, and as a center of different political configurations.

As part of the project, Tatjana further examined the genre of travel reportage in the 20th century as a European medium of cultural dialogue, especially in times of political upheaval. The project will lead to a book that lies at the intersection of journalism, literature, and mass media.