MYKOLA BALABAN is a Ph.D. student in History at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv. He is writing a micro-history of the massive violence in Lviv during the first two weeks of the German-Soviet War at the end of June 1941. His fields of interest are the European history of the 20th century, violence and conflict studies, and Holocaust studies. He is also active as a volunteer for an analytical organization that does research on Russia’s military activities in Eastern Ukraine. In the summer of 2015, he presented a database with evidence of Russian military involvement in Ukraine’s East.
MALGORZATA BAKALARAZ is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the New School for Social Research (NSSR) and a teaching fellow at Parsons School of Design. Holding degrees in Art History and Sociology, she develops her academic interests around the realms of word and image: her research focuses on discourse and space analysis, visual culture, narratives of dis/placements, and politics (and distortions) of memory. Her research focuses on local reactions to the process of reclaiming of Jewish communal property in three small towns in rural southeast Poland. She studies these cases to further explore social and cultural complexities of Polish transition to democracy in the borderlands.
ALIAKSANDR BYSTRYK is a Ph.D. student in Comparative History at the Central European University in Budapest. He studied History and Cultural Anthropology at the undergraduate level at the European Humanities University in Vilnius, and earned a Master’s degree in Nationalism studies from the Central European University in Budapest. His current research deals with the intellectual and conceptual history of nationalism in Belarus in the early 20th century. His wider research interests include the history of nationalism in general (especially its social dimension), nation-state building, social identity formation, imperial disintegration, WWI and its memory, as well as the intersection of nationalism and Marxism. He has conducted research on these topics at both macro and micro levels. While living in Belarus and Lithuania, Alex was engaged in several civic initiatives, particularly the independent election observation, youth parliament debates as well as the campaign for an abolition of visa restrictions between Belarus and the EU.
ALISSA BOGUSLAW is a Ph.D. Student in Sociology at the New School for Social Research. Emphasizing the fields of Political and Cultural Sociology, her dissertation focuses on state-building and the construction of identity in post-war Kosovo. Alissa is a Teaching Assistant at Parsons School of Design and was a Research Assistant in Sociology. Research interests include collective memory, democratic theory, and the politics of space.
ANDREY NEVSKIY is a Ph.D. Student at the European University in St. Petersburg and a research fellow at the Sociological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. His research interests lie in the field of contentious politics, social movements and volunteering. He is affiliated to the Public Sociology Laboratory, a group of independent researchers from Russia and took part in an extensive research of protest movements in Russia, Ukraine and Armenia in 2011-2015. His own research project is related to newly emerged disaster and rescue volunteers’ movements in Russia and their relations with state institutions.
KAROLINA KOZIURA is a doctoral student in Sociology and Historical Studies at the New School for Social Research and a recipient of a NSSR Prize Fellowship and Fulbright Self-Placed Graduate Student Award. Karolina earned her Master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Poznan, Poland and in Nationalism Studies from the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. An ethnographer by training and passion, Karolina conducted long-term fieldwork on post-socialist urban transformation in the city of Chernivtsi, Western Ukraine. She also conducted several research projects related to memory politics, changing urban landscapes, everyday nationalism, and citizenship politics across Central Europe (mostly Ukraine, Poland, and Macedonia). Her doctoral research is on the ethnography of nation-state formation, violence, and imperial formation in Soviet and post-Soviet Ukraine. She is interested in memory politics and nationalist rhetoric in Central and Eastern Europe, urban transformation, and postcolonial thinking about the post-Soviet region.
MALKHAZ TORIA is an associate professor and the director of the Memory Study Center in the Caucasus at Ilia State University (Tbilisi, Georgia). He received his Ph.D. in History from Tbilisi State University (Georgia) in 2009. His research interests focus on historical discourse and collective memory in medieval and modern Georgia, and on imperial legacies, ethnic minorities and regional conflicts in post-Soviet Georgia. He worked on various aspects of these broad research problems while he was the visiting researcher at the Central European University in Budapest (2009), the DAAD visiting scholar at Zentrum für Literatur-und Kulturforschung in Berlin (2010), the Fulbright Scholar at The New School for Social Research (2011), the visiting scholar at The Harriman Institute of Columbia University (2013), the Carnegie Fellow at UC Berkeley (2013), the OSF visiting scholar at the Mount Holyoke College (2014), and the visiting scholar at the Humboldt Univeristy of Berlin (2016). Currently, he studies imperial legacies, ethnic boundaries and politics of exclusion in Georgia and memories of internally displaced persons from conflict zones in Georgia (nostalgic memories of pre-war homeland and scars of collective trauma).
CAGLA ORPEN is a Ph.D. student in the interdisciplinary program in Politics and Historical Studies at the New School for Social Research. Born and raised in Istanbul, she completed her Bachelor’s degree with a double major in History, and in Political Science and International Relations at Bogazici University (Turkey). After her first Master’s degree in Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science, she worked as a local historian and translator in London. Cagla resumed her studies at the New School for Social Research as a Fulbright Scholar first with a Master’s Degree in Historical Studies. Currently she is pursuing her doctoral degree in History and Politics. She is the Program Assistant to the Ph.D. Program in Public and Urban Policy Milano School and a Research Assistant in the Historical Studies Department. Her research interests include nationalism, democratic theory, public memory, and historiography.