At the Monash graduation ceremony held on 10 October 2013 Stephanie Prociw-Charalambous was admitted to the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours (First Class) in Ukrainian Studies and History.
Stephanie began learning Ukrainian at the introductory level in 2009. Then a student at the University of Melbourne, she took Ukrainian by cross-institutional enrolment for three years. After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree at Melbourne, Stephanie enrolled for fourth-year Honours at Monash. She took coursework in history to enhance her theoretical knowledge in that field and she wrote her thesis in Ukrainian Studies.
Stephanie’s thesis, “Yearning for the Homeland: The Experiences of Ukrainian Post-War Migrants to Australia Through Literary and Other Cultural Texts (1949-1982),” reported findings based on her research into the works of Australia’s Ukrainian writers and poets, on the one hand, and non-fictional writing published in the newspaper Vil’na dumka, on the other. Adopting a definition of “diaspora” developed by the American political scientist William Safran, the thesis showed that the forms of awareness of self and society reflected in much Ukrainian writing in Australia are characteristic of diasporas. A powerful sense of attachment to the land of origin; a wish to see that homeland free and its people happy; and a belief that the country of settlement is never fully “home”: these were some of the common features that the thesis documented in the works of such poets and writers as Lidiia Daleka, Zoia Kohut, Bozhenna Kovalenko, Dmytro Nytchenko and Vasyl’ Onufriienko, and in selected pieces of journalistic prose.
Stephanie Prociw-Charalambous undertook her honours year as a recipient in 2012 of the Dr Anna Berehulak Memorial Scholarship. Stephanie had previously won the Vasyl and Stefaniia Fokshan Memorial Prize (2011) for best results in second-year Ukrainian Studies and the winner’s award for her age group and skill category in the inaugural Australian division of the Petro Jacyk International Ukrainian Language Competition (2010).
Important for the development of Stephanie’s Ukrainian language competence and her knowledge of Ukrainian culture was her participation, in 2010 and 2011, in the Ukrainian Language and Culture Summer School at the Ukrainian Catholic University (Lviv).
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