Project Researchers

Andrei Zavadski

© Andrei Zavadski

I am a postdoctoral researcher in the sub-project Realizations and Reception in the Humboldt Forum, part of CARMAH’s major project titled Making Differences: Transforming Museums and Heritage in the 21st Century.

Having graduated from Moscow Higher School of Social and Economic Sciences and Manchester University with a dual M.A. in Public History (2014), I work at the intersection of memory studies, public history, and media studies. In 2015–2019, I was a researcher at Freie Universität Berlin’s Institute for Media and Communication Studies (Emmy Noether Group “Mediating (Semi)Authoritarianism––The Power of the Internet in the Post-Soviet World”), where I also defended my PhD (2020). Titled “Mnemonic Counterpublics: Challenging the Political Regime in Russia with Memories of the 1990s”, it looks at how memories of the past can become a constituent element of counterpublics in non-democratic contexts. The project analysed a number of offline and online projects (including the museum exposition of The Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center in Yekaterinburg) that actualised countermemories of the 1990s in Russia and thus resisted the narrative of the ‘turbulent (rowdy) 90s’ imposed by the authorities.

I am a co-editor of “Politics of Affect: The Museum as a Public History Space” (2019, in Russian), an editor at The Garage Journal: Studies in Art, Museums & Culture, and a regular contributor to Colta.ru, openDemocracy Russia, and other media.

 

Research Expertise and Interests

Public History

Collective Memory / Memory Studies

Memory museums / Critical Museum Research

Digital Memories

Media Studies