Dr. Sofia Dyak is director of the Center for Urban History in Lviv, Ukraine. She received her Ph.D. at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (Warsaw). Her research interests include the postwar history of border cities, heritage and urban planning in socialist cities, and their legacies. Another area of her work is public history, including teaching seminars, curating exhibitions, and spatial commemorative projects. She is completing a book called New Lives in Old Cities: Postwar Lviv and the Power of Appropriation. Among her recent publications is “From War Into the Future: Historical Legacies and Questions for Postwar Reconstruction in Ukraine,” Architectural Histories 11(1). She has been a fellow at the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust, and Genocide Studies, the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, the Historical Dialogue and Accountability Program at Columbia University, the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, and the Center for Contemporary History in Potsdam. Dr. Dyak is a member of the academic council of the European Architectural History Network and the Center for Historical Research in Berlin of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
Historian, Director of the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe, Lviv, Ukraine