Welcome to the ZeMKI! Dr. Artem Zakharchenko will be a Visiting Fellow from June 2022 to May 2023 at the ZeMKI. The fellowship is hosted by Prof. Dr. Christian Katzenbach and his lab “Platform Governance, Media, and Technology” and funded by the Volkswagen Foundation in their program for refugee scholars.
Artem Zakharchenko is a scholar and writer from Kyiv, Ukraine. He is an associate professor in Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and research director in the Center for the Content Analysis. Since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion to the Ukraine in February 2022, he launched the volunteering group CAT-UA: Communication Analysis Team – Ukraine. His research interests are: media effects and their measurement, system analysis of the communicative space, and the flows of information. In 2018 and 2019, Artem was a Fulbright Fellow at New York University (NYU) working on the project "How Fake News Stories Go Post-Truth: Dynamics of Social Impact". Artem has 17 years of experience in practical journalism in Ukraine, including the position of editor-in-chief of several leading online media. He also published for fiction books, the recent one “I will die for Ukraine (but it’s not certain)” – a story about political prisoners.
As part of the fellowship, Artem will continue working on his different projects, including a focus project that will analyse the Ukrainian social media space during the current war. It is based on the work of the volunteering group CAT-UA: Communication Analysis Team – Ukraine. This group aims to provide an analysis of the war communication in Ukrainian social media for the Ukrainian military and civil authorities. This includes the moods, messages, peoples` mobilization levels, and emotions they express. Nevertheless, this huge dataset has a scientific value along with a practical one. It allows for studying strategic narratives and their deployment, hybrid communication systems under stress, rules of Russian information special operations, and so on.