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Yulia Fil

    Yulia Fil

    • Junior research fellow at the Asia-Pacific Department of A. Krymskyi Institute of Oriental Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine ( );
    • PhD in History, Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, 2017 (title of the dissertation: “The formation of westernized Hindu political elites in North India (1858 – 1921)”;
    • Senior research fellow at the Bohdan and Varvara Khanenko National Museum of Arts, Ukraine, Kyiv (
    • The member of The Workshop for the Academic Study of Religion since 2015.
    • National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Master’s degree, 2011).

    Yulia’s scholarly interests includes Indian nationalism, colonial history of India, the religiosity of Indian middle-class nowadays, interconnections between religion and ecology, International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in the world and in Ukraine.

    Yulia has a wide range of scholarly interests in the field of Indology. In its broadest outline it includes the identity problems. How Indian civilization interacted with Western civilization during the colonial times, how contemporary India responses to the global challenges and how elites feel in the transitional times and their role in such periods, how Hindu identity and religiosity is been transformed under modern circumstances etc. – the range of problematic questions she is trying to find the answers on in the series of investigations.

    Her PhD thesis was dedicated to the formation process of the class of educated Indians in North India during colonial times.

    Yulia Fil is a senior research fellow at the Bohdan and Varvara Khanenko National Museum of Arts, which stores the biggest collection of Asian art in the country. Her main interest here is Buddhist art, especially sculpture.

    The separate branch of scholarly work is dedicated to Vaishnava studies. She is developing such topics as the adjustment of traditional Bengali Vaishnavism to the modern needs in 19th – the beginning of 20th century, focused on Bhaktivinoda Thakur’s works. She also doing fieldwork in Ukrainian Vaishnava communities ( ISKCON) to find out the range of questions on the Vaishnava identity in Ukraine which includes the role of national culture in Vaishnava communities, devotees’ attitude to the so called “woman question”, wars, politics etc. Yulia also investigates the status and state of Vaishnava communities in Donbas region and Crimea.

    Yulia Fil is the author of blog about remarkable Indological events in Ukraine “Scholarly about India. View from Ukraine” –

    The list of publications –