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M.A. Andrei Zavadski


Emmy Noether Junior Research Group


Project - Emmy Noether Junior Research Group "Mediating (Semi-)Authoritarianism: The Power of the Internet in the post-Soviet Space"

Otto-von-Simson-Straße 3
Room 120
14195 Berlin

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Short bio

Andrei Zavadski is a PhD-candidate and researcher in the Emmy Noether Junior Research Group “Mediating (Semi-)Authoritarianism – The Power of the Internet in the Post-Soviet World.” He graduated from Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO-University) with a BA in Regional Studies (2009)). He also holds a dual MA in Public History from Moscow Higher School of Social and Economic Sciences and Manchester University (2014). His master’s thesis, Remembering Today and Tomorrow: Memory of the Holocaust in the Jewish Museums of Moscow, was a comparative study of three museums and ways in which they differently mediate memory of World War Two and the Holocaust. In 2010-2015, Andrei worked as the editor of the “MGIMO Experts Speak” column, on MGIMO-University’s website, which provides space for commentary on current international affairs. He also worked at Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design (2011-2012) and Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow (2013). In 2014, Andrei curated the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Russia’s project Unknown Russia: Powered by Entrepreneurs.

Research interests

Andrei Zavadski’s research interests include cultural memory and memory politics, public history, memory and media, and memory in (semi-)authoritarian regimes, with Belarus and Russia being his main areas of focus.

Selected publications:

Litvinenko, A., & Zavadski, A. (forthcoming). Memories on demand: Narratives about 1917 in Russia’s online authoritarian publics. Europe-Asia Studies. The Authors’ Accepted Manuscript of the article is available here

Zavadski, A., & Töpfl, F. (2019). Querying the Internet as a mnemonic practice: how search engines mediate four types of past events in Russia. Media, Culture & Society, 41(1), 21–37. 

Zavadski, A., Sklez, V., & Suverina, E. (eds.) (2019). Politika affekta: Muzei kak prostranstvo publichnoi istorii [Politics of Affect: The Museum as a Public History Space]. Moscow: Novoie Literaturnoie Obozrenie. 

Zavadski, A. (2019). "Pamiat' na steroidakh": memory studies i novaya ekologiya nauchnoi zhizni. Letnyaya shkola "Mnemonics 2018: Ekologii pamiati (Lyovenskiy katolichskiy universitet, Belgiya, 22-24 avgusta 2018 g." [“Memory on steroids”: memory studies and a new ecology of academic life. Summer school “Mnemonics 2018: Ecologies of Memory” (KU Leuven, Belgium, August 22-24, 2018)]. Novoie Literaturnoie Obozrenie. №2 (156).

Zavadski, A., Isaev, E., Kravchenko, A., Sklez, V., & Suverina, E. (2017). Publichnaia istoriia: mezhdu akademicheskim issledovaniem i praktikoi [Public History: Between Academic Research and Practice], Neprikosnovennyi zapas, 112(2). 

Giesen, A., Zavadski, A., & Kravchenko, A. (2016). Mezhdu rabskim trudom i sotsialisticheskim stroitel'stvom. Zametki o tom, kak v ekspozitsiiakh nekotorykh rossiiskikh muzeev reprezentirovan trud zaklyuchennykh Gulaga [Between Slave Labor and Building Socialism: Notes on How the Labor of Gulag Prisoners is Represented in Certain Russian Museum Exhibitions] // Novoie Literaturnoie Obozrenie. Special issue "Rabstvo kak intellektual'noie naslediie i kul'turnaia pamiat'" (Slavery as Intellectual Legacy and Cultural Memory). №142, Vol. II. 

Zavadski, A. (2015). Nam nuzhna svoia Assman [We Need Our Own Aleida Assmann]: Review of the book "Dlinnaia ten’ proshlogo: Memorial’naia kul’tura i istoricheskaia politika [The Long Shadow of the Past: Memory, Culture and Memory Politics]" by Aleida Assmann // Zhurnal issledovanii sotsial'noi politiki [The Journal of Social Policy Studies]. №3. Vol. 13.P. 501-508.

Zavadski, A. (2015). Pis’ma iz lageria kak sposob sokhranit’ sebia: sluchai khudozhnika Grigoriia Filippovskogo [Letters from the Gulag as a Survival Technique: A Case of the Artist Grigorii Filippovskii] // Laboratorium: Journal of Social Research. №1. P. 147-157.