Ivan Asseev graduated from St. Petersburg State University’s Department of Modern European History in 2013. His undergraduate research was dedicated to imperial history and the history of international relations, particularly the negotiations of the German naval program from 1907 to 1911 and the Russian perception of the British-German rivalry on the seas. Currently, he is a Master’s student and researcher at the European University at St. Petersburg focusing on Russian imperial history and the history of science. His current research explores Russian expeditions of the Arctic and Pacific oceans conducted by the Russian Geographical Society. He plans to examine the actor-networks of imperial elites and imperial geographers as well as to analyze the pragmatic rhetoric and language of Russian geography towards the seas as a space of Russian political and economic interest. His overarching research question is how the Empire operated with regards to unpopulated spaces.
Vitaliy Bovar is a Master’s student at the European University at St. Petersburg. After earning a graduate degree in Medieval European history from St. Petersburg State University, he changed fields to focus on the history of Russian and European psychiatry. Specifically, he examines the construction of asylums and mental hospitals, investigating the professionalization of Russian psychiatrists as well as the transference of scientific ideas across Europe in the second half of the 19th century.
Tymofii Brik is a researcher in sociology and economic history. An assistant professor at the Kyiv School of Economics, he received his PhD with honors from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) and Master’s degrees from Utrecht University (the Netherlands) and Kyiv Taras Shevchenko University (Ukraine). His research interests are focused on religious markets, long-term social mobility, and social network analysis. He is also a co-founder of a social restaurant, Urban Space 500, a member of the supervisory board of CEDOS, and an occasional contributor to VoxUkraine.
Jasmina Husanović (Husanovic-Pehar) is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and chair of Cultural Studies. She earned her PhD in 2003 at the Department of International Politics, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK, with a thesis entitled, “Recasting Political Community and Emancipatory Politics: Reflections on Bosnia.” Her research interests are in cultural and political theory and praxis dealing with the politics of witnessing, equality and solidarity, governance of life and culture of trauma, as well as emancipatory politics with a focus on intersecting public spaces of cultural and knowledge production (critical pedagogies in art, education and activism). She has published widely on these themes in the post-Yugoslav region and internationally, including a monograph, two co-edited volumes and numerous articles in scholarly journals and edited volumes. She is currently engaged in various teaching, publishing and research initiatives and platforms regionally and internationally concerning the issues of memory, trauma, violence, solidarity and social justice.
David L. Ransel is the Robert F. Byrnes Professor Emeritus at Indiana University. He has published nine books, including four monographs, and several dozen articles on topics in Russian political, social and oral history. Ransel served as editor-in-chief of the Slavic Review 1980-85 and editor-in-chief of the American Historical Review 1985-95. From 1995 to 2009 he was director of the Russian and East European Institute at Indiana University. He served as president of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies in 2004. He is currently at work on an oral history study of civic identity and social attachments of the last Soviet and first post-Soviet generations of workers in the industrial suburbs of Moscow.
Georgii Sherstnev is a research associate in the Department of Art History at the European University at St. Petersburg. His research focuses on early Soviet critical and public discourse about cinema, which involved the first attempts to study issues of spectatorship and the first cases of sociological inquiry into film audiences with the aim of shaping the Soviet audience and communicating with it. His research also focuses on the pragmatics of early Soviet film communication, the communicative dimension of cinema art manifestos, and the aesthetic devices used in Soviet film in the 1920s and early 1930s.