Eurasia Roundtable: The State and Civil Society in Russia, Georgia, Belarus, and Ukraine

Please join us on Tuesday, November 8th, at 2 pm, for a conversation with our Global Dialogues Fellows from the region on the State and Civil Society in Russia, Georgia, Belarus, and Ukraine!

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.

Andrei Nevskii is a PhD Student at the European University in St.-Petersburg and research fellow in the Sociological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. His research interests lie in the field of contentious politics, social movements and volunteering. Affiliated to Public Sociology Laboratory (, a group of independent researchers from Russia he 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 the state institutions

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. Social  activism  –  volunteering for an analytical organization  that uncovers the truth about Russia military activities in Eastern Ukraine.   In summer 2015, he presented the Database with evidence of Russian military involvement in Ukraine’s East.

Aliaksandr Bystryk is a PhD student in Comparative History at the Central European University in Budapest. Aliaksandr studied History and Cultural Anthropology at the undergraduate level at the European Humanities University in Vilnius, and earned MA in Nationalism studies from CEU in Budapest. His current research deals with intellectual and conceptual history of nationalism in Belarus in early 20th century, however, his wider research interests include history of nationalism in general (especially its social dimension), nation-state building, social identity formation, imperial disintegration, WWI and its memory, as well as intersection of nationalism and Marxism.


Tuesday, November 8th, 2016, 2-3:30 pm

@ The New School

Wolff Conference Room, 6 E 16th St., Rm. 1103