Resident of Scholar at Risk programme at the Villa Decius from October 2022 to February 2023.
Olga Smolnytska (Ukr. Ольга Олександрівна Смольницька) – Ukrainian philologist and philosopher, Leading Researcher of Maxim Rylsky Literature-Memorial Museum in Kyiv. Candidate of philosophical sciences (Ukrainian Studies). Scientist (scholar), writer, translator and literary critic, the author of eight Ukrainian books. (“The Angel of the Night” 2009; “I Shall Find Changeable Comet” 2009; “Lilies for Nila” 2012 etc.). Since 2012 member of National Union of Ukrainian Writers, since 2018 member of the International Council of Museums (ICOM); since 2017 member of the Ukrainian Kipling Society. Winner of the Andrey Sheptytsky Stipend 2021, since 2022 member of the Stowarzyszenie Tłumaczy Literatury. Winner of the "Winged Lion" prose prize (Lviv, 2017) and other competitions and prizes. Author of more than 300 scientific publications, her works and poetry are translated into Spanish, Portuguese, German and English. Due to the outbreak of war between Russia and Ukraine (2022) forced to delay her residence. She is staying for a temporary stay in Switzerland. From October 2022, a scholarship holder of the SAR (Scholars at Risk) program implemented in Krakow, Poland, by the Jagiellonian University and the Villa Decius Institute for Culture.