Guest researchers 2018

Alexander Osipov

Senior Research Associate of the European Centre for Minority Issues (Flensburg, Germany)

Period of stay: 15 Nov - 14 Dec

Dr. Alexander Osipov is a Board member of the International Centre for Ethnic and Linguistic Diversity Studies, a think-tank incorporated in the Czech Republic. From September 2010 to May 2017 he was a Senior Research Associate of the European Centre for Minority Issues (Flensburg, Germany) and was heading ECMI’s Justice & Governance Cluster. Previously he worked in the Russian Academy of Sciences and in the Human Rights Centre ‘Memorial’. Currently his research interests include ethnic and racial discrimination, autonomy arrangements, diaspora issues and ethno-cultural diversity policies. He is also doing research on post-communist transformation in Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova. Among his publications are Institutional Legacies of Communism – Change and Continuities in Minority Protection, New York, NY: Routledge, 2013 (ed. with Karl Cordell and Timofey Agarin); The Challenge of Non-Territorial Autonomy: Theory and Practice, Oxford and Bern: Peter Lang, 2013 (ed. with Ephraim Nimni and David J. Smith); (2014) (together with Mikalai Biaspamiatnykh et al.) Policies of Ethno-Cultural Diversity Management in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine: between Soviet Legacies and European Standards, Vilnius: European Humanities University (in Russian); Managing Diversity through Non-Territorial Autonomy: Assessing Advantages, Deficiencies, and Risks, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015 (ed. with Tove H. Malloy and Balázs Vizi).   

Paula Oppermann 

PhD candidate in Central and East European Studies at the University of Glasgow

Period of stay: 11 Nov - 13 Dec

Paula Oppermann is a PhD candidate in Central and East European Studies at the University of Glasgow. Her research focuses on the Latvian Fascist Pērkonkrusts (Thunder Cross) Organisation, how it developed its ultra-nationalist, antisemitic ideology in the 1930s, and how this influenced its members’ actions during WWII. Paula previously studied History and Baltic Languages at the University of Greifswald and completed an M.A in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Uppsala University. Her research interests are the Holocaust and its commemoration in Latvia, and she has published articles on the history of the Rumbula and Salaspils Memorials. She has worked as a research assistant at Berlin’s Topography of Terror Documentation Centre curating a special exhibition entitled ‘Mass Shootings. The Holocaust Between the Baltic and the Black Sea 1941–1944’, and as a sub-editor for the online-project ‘Pogrom: November 1938. Testimonies from “Kristallnacht”,’ developed by the Wiener Library, London.

Lidiya Zubytska

George F. Kennan Fellow at Kennan Institute, Wilson Center (USA)

Period of stay: 1 - 30 Nov

Lidiya Zubytska, a native of Lviv, Ukraine, focuses her research on domestic factors shaping foreign policy choices in states undergoing political transition. In particular, she studies how party politics, economic reforms and social movements impact foreign policymaking in transitional post-Soviet states. Lidiya co-authored publications on Russia’s foreign policy quest for its unique place in the world, as well as on the role of regional organizations in the post-Soviet space. Her current research projects include oligarchic influences in the foreign policymaking of Ukraine and beyond. Lidiya holds a doctoral degree in political science from the University of Kansas, and an M.A. degree in International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to her academic path in the US, Lidiya taught at the Ukrainian Catholic University and worked on the administrative reform in the Ukrainian government after the Orange revolution. 

Małgorzata Kot 

PhD candidate in Sociology at the Graduate School for Social Research of the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Period of stay: 1 Nov - 2 Dec

Małgorzata Kot is a PhD candidate in Sociology at the Graduate School for Social Research of the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Her academic interests revolve around queer sociology, studies of motherhooding, kinship and queer families. She was a visiting researcher at the Centre for Women’s and Gender Research (SKOK) at the University of Bergen. Her PhD thesis is focused on queer mothering experiences and practices among nonheteronormative women’s couples in Poland. She published her work in Adeptus and Demeter Press and presented her research at queer and kinship studies conferences. She’s also a queer feminist activist, affiliated with Campaign Against Homophobia, where her role is a co-chair of the Board. She’s a fellow of human rights programs such as Women Deliver Young Leaders Program and Humanity in Action. She’s been engaged in activism for youth, LGBTQIAP, sexual and reproductive rights for almost 10 years now.

anton Shekhovtsov

Research Associate at the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation (Ukraine)

Period of stay: 6 Oct- 6 Nov

Anton Shekhovtsov is a Research Associate at the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation (Ukraine), an expert at the European Platform for Democratic Elections (Germany) and General Editor of the “Explorations of the Far Right” book series at ibidem-Verlag (Germany). His main area of expertise is the European far right, illiberal politics in Europe and contemporary Russian politics. He is the author of New Radical Right-Wing Parties in European Democracies (2011) and Russia and the Western Far Right (2017), as well as co-editor of Radical Russian Nationalism (2009) and The Post-War Anglo-American Far Right (2014). He is also a member of the Editorial Board of Fascism: Journal of Comparative Fascist Studies, and has published several academic articles in Journal of Democracy, Russian Politics and Law, Europe-Asia Studies, Nationalities Papers, and Patterns of Prejudice, among others.


Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Political and Nationalities’ Studies, Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Period of stay: 1-31 October

Mykola Riabchuk is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Political and Nationalities’ Studies, Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, and a lecturer at the University of Warsaw and Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv. Since 2014, he heads also the Ukrainian PEN-center and chairs the jury of the “Angelus” international literary award. Dr. Riabchuk penned several books and many articles on civil society, state/nation building, nationalism, national identity, and postcommunist transition in Eastern Europe, particularly in Ukraine. Five of his books were translated into Polish, and one into French (De la petit Russie a l’Ukraine, 2003), German (Die reale und die imaginierte Ukraine, 2005), and Hungarian (A ket Ukraina, 2015). His work was distinguished with a number of national and international awards and fellowships, including Fulbright (1994-96, 2016), Reagan-Fascell (2011), and EURIAS (2013-14).


Period of stay: September 3 - August 31, 2019

Alexandru Lesanu has received a Swedish Institute fellow and will be staying at IRES for a year.  He received his PhD in East European and Digital History from the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University (Fairfax, Virginia, USA). He was employed as a lecturer at the Free International University of Moldova and received his Master of Arts in History from Central European University (Budapest, Hungary) in 2005. His research interests are: Soviet history, post-Soviet quasi-states, borderlands studies, labor history and history of technologies. His forthcoming article "Removing a German Sugar Factory to the Soviet Borderlands: A Case Study of the Post-War Technological Transfer in the Soviet Moldavia (1946-1952)" will be published in April 2019, by Technology and Culture.

Maryia Danilovich

Assistant professor and researcher at the Belarusian State University

Period of academic stay: September 1st – August  31st

Maryia Danilovich is an assistant professor and researcher at the Belarusian State University. She holds a PhD in history, obtained for her thesis on China’s Foreign Policy in Central Asia in 2001 – 2013.  Her background in the Oriental Studies (China Studies) allowed her, as part of her doctoral research, to conduct extensive fieldwork in China and the Central Asian states.

As a lecturer, Maryia has been actively teaching courses on the current issues of Eurasian security, contemporary Chinese foreign policy, regional conflicts, and political systems in North-East Asia.

She is a co-author of the monograph The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and Central Asia’s Security Challenges (2013). Her recent publications focus on the implementation of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in Central Asia: The BRI in the Discourses of the Central Asian States (Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies 16/3, 2018) and Bridging Westward to Open the Gates of Europe (to be published in a collected volume by the Cambridge University Press).

Maryia’s research interests focus on China’s foreign policy in the post-Soviet space.  Her research at the IRES will result in a completion of a monograph on the implementation of China’s BRI in the Central Asian states and Belarus.


Postdoctoral research fellow at the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Sobre Cultura y Sociedad (CIECS-CONICET-UNC), Córdoba, Argentina

Period of stay: August 29 - October 21

Adam Fabry is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Sobre Cultura y Sociedad (CIECS-CONICET-UNC), Córdoba, Argentina, where he currently does research on the comparative political economy of neoliberalisation in Eastern Europe and Latin America and the wider shift towards ‘authoritarian neoliberalism’ since the 2008 global economic crisis.

He has previously published on the neoliberalisation of the Hungarian economy (Fabry 2017, 2011) and the rise of the far-right Jobbik party since the mid-2000s (Fabry 2015). He is also the author (together with Lorenzo Fusaro and Jason Xidias) of An Analysis of Antonio Gramsci’s Prison Notebooks (Routledge, 2015), and editor (together with Richard Saull, Alexander Anievas and Neil Davidson) of The Longue of the Far-Right: An International Historical Sociology (Routledge, 2015) and From the Vanguard to the Margins: Workers in Hungary, 1939 to the Present (Brill, 2014). A revised version of his PhD, entitled From State Capitalism to Authoritarian Populism: The Neoliberal Transformation of Hungary, is forthcoming in 2018 with Palgrave.

In addition to his ongoing research, he sits on the editorial board of the Journal for Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe and on the corresponding editorial board of Historical Materialism: Research in Critical Marxist Theory

Yuko Adachi

Professor in the Department of Russian Studies, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan

Period of stay: 20 Aug 2018 – 20 Sep 2018

Yuko Adachi is a Professor in the Department of Russian Studies, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan. She holds PhD from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London (UCL). Prior to her doctoral studies, she worked at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) after obtaining an MA in International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University. Her main research interests focus on Russia’s corporate governance, the development and growth of large Russian firms, as well as business-government relations in Russia. Her publications include: “Dynamics of State-Business Relations and the Evolution of Capitalism in Russia in an Age of Globalization”, in Capitalism and World Economy, T. Hirai (ed.), Routledge 2015; Building Big Business in Russia, The Impact of Informal Corporate Governance Practices Routledge, 2010.

Jessica werneke

Newton International Fellow of the British Academy

Period of stay: 20 Aug 2018 – 3 Sep 2018

Jessica Werneke graduated with a PhD in Modern European History from the University of Texas at Austin in 2015, with an emphasis on Visual and Cultural Studies in the Soviet Union. From 2016 to 2018 she was awarded a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the International Centre for the History and Sociology of World War II and its Consequences at the NRU Higher School of Economics in Moscow. She am currently a Newton International Fellow of the British Academy specialising in Soviet photography. Dr. Werneke is currently working on three projects related to photography in the late Soviet period: a comparative study of amateur photography clubs in the Russian Federation and the Baltic Republics from the 1950s though the 1970s; an investigation into the logic of Soviet photography theory and how Soviet critics interpreted photography as a medium connected to, but separate from, art; and a case study of a Latvian photographer who was charged with producing and distributing pornographic photographs. This final project focuses on KGB reports and investigates how anti-pornography legislation was enforced locally in the Soviet periphery in the late 1950s. More broadly, Dr. Werneke's research interests include Soviet amateur culture, censorship in the Soviet Union, as well as gender and sexuality in Soviet visual culture.

Yaeé Alejandro Oviedo Luna

Intern, MA in Euroculture here at Uppsala University

Period of stay: 13 Aug - 31 Dec

Yaeé Alejandro Oviedo Luna will be carrying out an internship at IRES. Yaeé was born and raised in Mexico and did his bachelor in Philosophy in the National University (UNAM).  He is currently studying the second year of an MA in Euroculture here at Uppsala University. Yaeé will be doing a research internship with Matthew Kott focusing on current state of knowledge regarding fascist studies and movements in Mexico. Yaeé will stay at IRES during the autumn semester 2018.

Kate Petty

Intern, MA student of Russian and European Affairs, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto

Period of stay: 30 Apr 2018 – 30 Jun 2018

Kate Petty is an MA student of Russian and European Affairs at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy within the University of Toronto. Her research interests include contemporary Russian politics and law, Russia’s relationship with the norms of international human rights law, and gendered violence in conflict and its associated transitional justice. She is currently conducting a ten week internship placement at IRES as part of her MA. During her internship, she is assisting with research administration as well as carrying out her own research in order to begin work on her thesis.  

Sergiy Kurbatov

Senior fellow at the Institute of Higher Education, National Academy of Educational Sciences of Ukraine

Period of stay: March 26 - April 26

Sergiy Kurbatov, PhD, is senior fellow at the Institute of Higher Education, National Academy of Educational Sciences of Ukraine and affiliated researcher at the Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES), Uppsala University. Kurbatov is alumnus of the US State Department’s Junior Faculty Development Program (2003-2004, Brown University) and the Regional Scholarship Exchange Program (1999, Colorado State University). His research interests include the transformation of university education in the 21st century, national and international university rankings, the shaping of elites in post-Soviet countries, philosophy of time, and the problem of representation of historical facts. Kurbatov is the author of two books as well as numerous book chapters and academic papers in Ukrainian, English and Russian.

Volodymyr Kulikov

Research fellow in the department of history, Karazin Kharkiv National University in Kharkiv, Ukraine

Period of stay: January 21 – June 30

Volodymyr Kulikov is a research fellow in the department of history, Karazin Kharkiv National University in Kharkiv, Ukraine and recurrent visiting faculty at Central European University, Budapest. His publications cover the history of industrialization and entrepreneurship in the Russian Empire and of company towns in Ukraine.

During his stay at IRES, Dr. Kulikov will be working on the project “Eastern European Business in a Global Perspective. The Leading Companies in the Early Twentieth Century.” The aim of the project is to construct, visualize, analyze, and publish a data set of the world’s leading companies before World War I with a specific focus on Eastern Europe and Russia, to integrate Eastern Europe into a global history of leading business enterprises and to have a more nuanced understanding of global developments.

Gustavs Strenga

Senior researcher at the National Library of Latvia

Period of stay: January 21 - February 3

Gustavs Strenga is senior researcher at the National Library of Latvia where he specializes in book history and has curated several book exhibitions. Strenga has studied medieval history at the Central European University and the Queen Mary University of London. His PhD thesis was on the commemoration of the dead in late medieval Livonia. Strenga’s research interests include medieval book history, history of communication, memory studies, and gift-giving as a historical phenomenon. He has been active as an author, writing essays on perception of the past in the present.

Alexandra Yatsyk

Director of the Centre for Cultural Studies of post-Socialism at Kazan Federal University

Period of stay: January 1-June 30

Alexandra Yatsyk is Director of the Centre for Cultural Studies of post-Socialism at Kazan Federal University, Russia and affiliated researcher at IRES. She obtained her PhD in Sociology at Kazan Federal University and has served as visiting fellow or lecturer at the University of Warsaw (Poland), the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna (Austria), University of Tartu (Estonia), University of Tampere (Finland), George Washington University (DC, USA) as well as at the Center for Urban History of East-Central Europe at L’viv (Ukraine). 

She is the author and editor of several works on post-Soviet nation building, sports and cultural mega-events, biopolitics, art, and refugee crisis. Among these are the co-authored books Lotman’s Cultural Semiotics and the Political (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2017), Celebrating Borderlands in a Wider Europe: Nation and Identities in Ukraine, Georgia and Estonia (Nomos, 2016), Mega-Events in Post-Soviet Eurasia: Shifting Borderlines of Inclusion and Exclusion (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), New and Old Vocabularies of International Relations After the Ukraine Crisis (Routledge, 2016), and Boris Nemtsov and Russian Politics: Power and Resistance (Ibidem Verlag & Columbia University, 2018). Among other outlets, her articles have appeared in Slavic Military Review, Demokratizatsiya, Problems of Post-Communism, International Spectator, European Urban and Regional Studies, Sport in Society, and Nationalities Papers. 

Alexandra was awarded the SI Visby Programme scholarship to work on a research project entitled “National identities and the refugee crisis: Sweden and Estonia in contemporary artistic representations”.


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