Galina Babak received her PhD in Slavic literatures at Charles University (Prague, Czechia) in 2020, with her doctoral project titled “Reception of Russian Formalism in Ukrainian Culture in the Inter-war Period (1921–1939).” In 2020 – beginning of 2022, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the New Europe College (Bucharest, Romania). Her research is mainly within the area of Intellectual History and History of Science with a focus on literary theory and comparative literatures, mainly Ukrainian and Russian. The research interest is directed towards the project of “Soviet modernization” of the 1920s – beginning of the 1930s in Ukraine, as well as towards political and cultural history of the 20th century.
Galina is an author of the monograph (in co-authorship with Alexander Dmitriev) The Atlantis of Soviet National Modernism: Formal Method in Ukraine in the 1920s – the beginning of the 1930s. (Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie, 2021). Her recent and forthcoming publications include: Ethical vs Ideological in the Literary Discussions in Soviet Ukraine in the 1920s // Historyka. Studia Metodologiczne. 2019. T. 49. Pp. 41–54; “The Avant-Garde and Its Roots: The Poetics of Mykola (Nik) Bazhan”. In: Quiet Spiders of the Hidden Soul: Mykola (Nik) Bazhan’s Early Experimental Poetry, eds. O. Rosenblum, L. Friedman, A. Khyzhnya (Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2020), 14–37; Roman Jakobson and the Development of the Formal Method in Ukraine in the 1920s // Harvard Ukrainian Studies. 2022. Vol. 39. № 3–4 (forthcoming); Ahapii Shamrai in search of synthetic theory of literature: 1920s // Slovo i Chas. 2022. № 2 (forthcoming).