Dr. Mariya Lesiv
Education Building, Rm 4049
Department of Folklore
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL A1B 3X8
Mariya Lesiv’s research interests include diaspora studies; folklore and national/ethnic identity building; material culture; folk religion; new religious movements; ritual, belief, and spiritual culture; as well as modern Paganisms (Western and East European). Her doctoral dissertation is devoted to Ukrainian Paganism, a new religious and political movement that strives to revive old rural folklore while creating an alternative vision of a present-day Ukrainian nation in both Ukraine and the diaspora. Her new research project focuses on new diaspora communities established by recent immigrants to Newfoundland from the former Socialist block. Mariya previously worked for the Kule Centre for Ukrainian and Canadian Folklore, University of Alberta, where she taught and was actively engaged in fieldwork and publication projects dealing with various aspects of Ukrainian diaspora culture. Mariya's first book The Return of Ancestral Gods: Modern Ukrainian Paganism As an Alernative Vision for a Nation was published by McGill-Queen's University Press in 2013.