Mukha Olha

Culturologist, academic editor and compiler, project manager and curator in the sphere of culture and education, civil rights and freedoms activist.

Born on 31 March 1981 in Lviv. Curator of congresses, committees and new centres of PEN International (London, UK) since 2018. Chairwoman of the Lviv: UNESCO’s City of Literature Office (2014–2017), co-founder of Ukrainian Association of Culturologists in Lviv (Program Director since 2019) and Academic Religious Studies Workshop (since 2004). Member of the British Society of Aesthetics.

PhD in Philosophy (2007) and LLM (2008), docent. Researcher in culture studies of religion and aesthetics (aesthetic perception, kitsch and camp).

She defended her PhD dissertation on “Category of Human Physicality in Philosophical and Theological Tradition in the Early West European Middle Ages.”

She is completing her Doctor’s dissertation on “Kitsch and Camp: Aesthetic Setting at the Turn of the XX–XXI centuries.”

She was teaching at the Franko National University (2003–2011) in Lviv and Drahomanov National Pedagogical University (2011–2018) in Kyiv.

Since 2008: curator of a number of academic and cultural projects (i.a.,Religious Scholar’s Handbook, Human in Contemporary World, Narrative War, Tolerance in Theory and Practice, Kitsch Angels, History of Ukrainian Culture in Achievements and Victories, Basia in the City of Literature multiplication series, and others). Expert counseling at Territory of Terror Museum (since 2017). Member of editorial board at Religious Essays Journal.

Author of over 80 academic publications, numerous articles and columns. Compiler and co-author of the illustrated literary encyclopedic guide “Lviv: An Inspirational City. Literature” (Old Lion Publishing, 2017).

Photo credit: Valentyn Kuzan.