Department of History

Department of History
Department of History

Iryna Skubii

Ph.D. Candidate
Consumption, Material Culture, Famine, Food, Environment; Ukrainian and Soviet studies



Candidate of Historical Sciences, V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University
MA (Honours), V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University 
BA (Honours), V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University



Under the supervision of Dr. Rebecca Manley, in her doctorate dissertation Iryna Skubii will explore the consumption as a survival practice in the midst of the famines and wars in the first half of the twentieth century in Ukrainian lands. Her research aims to recast the history of this period and famines in particular through the prism of things and person-things relationships, as well as it will allow rethinking of the meanings of food, things, and natural resources during extraordinary periods. 


“Goods for the Smallest Citizens: Consumption, Spaces, and Material World of Toys in early Soviet Ukraine,” Childhood in the Past (Forthcoming 2021)
Women consumers in urban Soviet Ukraine in the 1920–30s: between ideology and everyday life,” History of Retailing and Consumption 6:1, (2020): 30-44.
Bogactwo w czasach radzieckich: wymiar materialny życia ukraińskiej elity ekonomicznej w latach dwudziestych i trzydziestych XX wieku.” [Wealth in the Soviet Times: Material World of the Ukrainian Economic Elite of the 1920s–1930s], Res Historica 48 (2019): 193-213.
Trade in Kharkiv in the years of NEP (1921-1929): economy and everyday life,” Peripheral histories?
Trade in Kharkiv in the Years of NEP (1921-1929): Economy and Everyday Life. [Torhivlya v Xarkovi v roky NEPu (1921-1929): ekonomika ta povsyakdennist’]. Kharkiv: Rarytety Ukrainy, 2017.