Igor Casu is currently associate professor at the Faculty of History and Philosophy, Moldova State University, Chisinau. Furthermore, he is deputy chair of the Presidential Commission for the Study and Evaluation of Communist Totalitarian Regime in Moldova. Since October 2010, he is (founding) director of the Center for the Study of Totalitarianism at Moldova State University.
He is writing on different (historical) topics, like Soviet past in Moldova, repression, and conflicts in Romanian, Russian, and English. His primary research interests include Soviet nationalities policy (especially in the former Moldavian SSR), violence and resistance in Soviet Moldavia, and the famine in MSSR in 1946/1947 (the latter being his Fulbright project at Stanford University in 2016). He is currently working on a book about war operations in Bessarabia in 1944 and the relations between the various local ethnic groups with Romanian, Soviet and German authorities. For the first time, these projects bring together the findings from Soviet, Romanian and German archives, as well as oral testimonies.
Violeta Davoliute is associate research fellow at Yale University, MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies Programme and senior researcher at the Lithuanian Cultural Research Institute, Baltic History department. She is the author of “The Making and Breaking of Soviet Lithuania: Memory and Modernity in the Wake of War” (2013, BASEES/Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies) and various publications on memory, identity, and trauma. Previously, she was a project director for the Conflict and Culture Research Centre in Vilnius and senior researcher at the Department of Contemporary History, Vilnius University.
Irina Anatolevna Fliege
Irina Anatolevna Fliege is currently director of the Research and Information Centre “Memorial” in Saint Petersburg. She has been head of various projects, among others The Virtual Gulag Museum. Necropolis of Terror.
Fliege joined Memorial Saint Petersburg in 1988 and has held various positions, 1991 for the first time as associate, since 1998 as board member and since 2002 as director. She has studied history and geography at the Saint Petersburg state university.
Gabriele Freitag is the CEO at German Association for East European Studies (DGO) in Berlin since 2014. Prior to that, she has been research fellow with the Research Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen, programme director with the German foundation “Erinnerung, Verantwortung und Zukunft”, and CEO at the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies at Free University of Berlin.
Sarah Hofmann is editor, reporter and presenter at Deutsche Welle. She has worked as a journalist for Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle since 2009. As part of the culture department, she focuses in particular on German and European history and culture. Sarah Hofmann studied history and comparative literature at the Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, as well as at the Sorbonne and Jussieu universities in Paris. She has just recently been granted the young journalist award, Axel Springer Preis für junge Journalisten, for the historical documentary “When we were 17. Youth at the crossroads.”
Badri Kochoradze is a professor at New Vision University since 2015 and served as director of the Institute for European Studies (IES) at Tbilisi State University in 2008-2010.
He has been delivering lectures in Sociology, Social Psychology, Philosophy, and Project and Contract Management at the American University for Humanities (AUH, Tbilisi Campus) in 1996-2014 as well as General Psychology at the Caucasus University, School of Business and School of Law, in 2003-2013.
He has been working at the UNDP Georgia, World Vision Georgia, Care International, British Council Georgia, Open Society Georgia Foundation, Royal Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and many other institutions and organizations, in Georgia or abroad.
Andrey Makarychev is currently visiting professor of International Relations at the University of Tartu, Estonia. Besides, he is columnist and political analyst for various journals and newspapers. Among others, his research includes Russian foreign policy discourses, international security, regionalism in EU – Russia common neighbourhood.
He has been professor, visiting researcher, and fellow with different institutions, among others the Linguistic University in Nizhny Novgorod, the Free University of Berlin, the Center for Security Studies & Conflict Research, ETH Zurich, Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), Copenhagen, and Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies (Washington, D.C.).
Ekaterina Makhotina is assistant lecturer at the Department of History of Eastern and South-eastern Europe at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. Her first book deals with memory on Stalinism at the White-Sea Canal (Belomorkanal). In January 2015 she finished her PhD on the development of cultural memory of WWII in Soviet and post-Soviet Lithuania.
She is a member of the German-Russian forum Petersburger Dialog / Peterburgskiy Dialog (AG Zukunftswerkstatt).
Currently she is coordinating the international project, that investigates the social practices of war remembering on the 9 May in the post-socialist space (together with Mischa Gabowitsch and Cordula Gdaniec): “Victory—Liberation—Occupation: War Memorials and Commemoration marking the 70th Anniversary of WWII Ending in post-Socialist Europe” and the universitary project “Münchner Leerstellen: Forgotten Sites of Memory on the Nazi Violence in Munich. A Virtual Exhibition“.
As author of various publications Ekaterina Makhotina is highly involved in the topic of commemoration: “Stolzes Gedenken und traumatisches Erinnern: Gedächtnisorte der Stalinzeit am Weißmeerkanal.” Frankfurt am Main 2013, “Vilnius. Geschichte und Gedächtnis einer Stadt zwischen den Kulturen. ” Frankfurt am Main, New York 2010. Edited Volume (with Schulze Wessel, Martin; Götz, Irene), “Krieg im Museum. Präsentationen des Zweiten Weltkriegs in Museen und Gedenkstätten des östlichen Europa. ” Göttingen 2015. (with Martin Schulze Wessel), “Fragmentierte Erinnerungen: Der Zweite Weltkrieg in sowjetischen und postsowjetischen Erinnerungskulturen Litauens” Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2016 (forthcoming), “Comparing ‘Memory from Suffering’ and ‘Memory from Learning’: The Holocaust and Jewish History in Museums and Memorials of Lithuania”, In: Yad Vashem Studies (to be published 2016), or “Tjaželoe obraščenie s prošlym: Opyt nemeckogo Vergangenheitsbewältigung” in: Rossija i Germanija: Vyzovy 21 veka. – St. Petersburg: Rosbalt, 2013, – S.199 –218.
Harutyun Marutyan is a leading research fellow at the Department of Contemporary Anthropological Studies in the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia, and visiting professor of Anthropology at Yerevan State University. Born in 1956, he was educated at YSU (History Department) and the Institute of Ethnography, Academy of Sciences of the USSR, in Moscow (Ph.D.). The second PhD he received in 2007 at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography in Yerevan. His research interests include national identity transformation, Armenian Genocide memory, modern national movements, iconography, traditional Armenian culture, and poverty.
Harutyun Marutyan is the author of three monographs: The Interior of Armenian Folk Dwellings (second half of the 19th – beginning of the 20th century) (Yerevan, 1989, in Russian); The Role of Memory in the Structure of Identity: Questions of Theory (Yerevan, 2006, in Armenian); Iconography of Armenian identity. Volume 1: The Memory of Genocide and the Karabagh Movement (Yerevan, 2009, in Armenian and in English, two different volumes) and more than a hundred scholarly articles.
He is recipient of the President of the Republic of Armenia Prize (2011) in the nomination of persons having made a valuable contribution to the recognition of the Armenian Genocide, for his methodologically innovative research into the continuity of the memory of the Armenian Genocide and its relationships with the Karabagh Movement.
Stsiapan Stureika is a Belarusian historian, cultural anthropologist, full-time lecturer of the European Humanities University (Vilnius), and member of Belarusian committee of ICOMOS. His fields of current research interest are theory of architectural heritage, community-based conservation projects, new museology, theory of nationalism, as well as integration of migrants. Since 2010 Stureika has conducted several research projects on social aspects of architectural conservation and city revitalisation. One current publication is “Overcoming Soviet regimes of memory. The case of Ašmiany,” in: New Eastern Europe, #2, 2015, p. 168-175, another selected publication is “The role of the architectural heritage in the desovietization of the image of Belarusian cities in 1991-2012,” in: Desovietization in the context of Belarusian society’s transformation / ed. U. Matskevich, Vilnius, 2012, p.130-151.
Magdalena Waligorska-Huhle is assistant professor of East European History and Culture at University of Bremen. She is a cultural historian and sociologist and her fields of interest include: contemporary Polish and Belarusian history, memory studies, Jewish heritage and popular culture, Jewish/non-Jewish relations, and music and identity. She has published extensively on the topic of memory and commemoration, especially in relation to the Jewish culture and the Holocaust.
She is the author of “Klezmer’s Afterlife. An Ethnography of the Jewish Music Revival in Poland and Germany”, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013).
Evgeny Efimovich Zakharov is an Ukrainian human-rights activist, mathematician, and current director of Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group. In 2015 he has been honoured with the Lev Kopelev prize for peace and human rights.
Since 1989, E. Zakharov has held various positions in organisations like Memorial, since 2004 – Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union. Besides, he was member of the Moscow Helsinki Group from 1989 to 2002. He is member of the International Society for Human Rights (ISHR) Section Ukraine (since 1995).
Active political participation has accompanied Zakharov throughout different decades. In the 70s and 80s he participated in the dissident movement, in the 90s he has been deputy of Kharkiv town Council. Furthermore, in 1990-2010 Zakharov was a deputy-chair of the Kharkiv town Commission on Restoring the Rights of the Unjustly Repressed.
As author of 11 research papers on applied Mathematics and electric machines design, and more than 200 publications on human rights, civil society and history of repression in the Soviet Union and Ukraine Zakharov has been publishing in a broad range of countries from Russia to Canada.