Andrei Zavadski (Researcher)

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Andrei Zavadski is a PhD-candidate and has been a member of the Emmy Noether Research Group “Mediating (Semi-)Authoritarianism – The Power of the Internet in the Post-Soviet World” from 2015 to November 2019. 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. In 2015, he was the editor-in-chief of Digital Russia, a project of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Russia that analysed how the digital is changing the country.  Andrei is also a co-founder of Public History Laboratory (Moscow). 

Research interests

Andrei Zavadski’s research interests include cultural memory and memory politics, public history, memory and media, memory museums, and memory in (semi-)authoritarian regimes, with Belarus and Russia being his main areas of focus. Currently Andrei is working on his PhD dissertation, with the title "Mnemonic Counterpublics: Challenging the Political Regime in Russia with Memories of the 1990s" . 




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Free University of Berlin

Institute for Media and Communication Studies

Otto-von-Simson-Straße 3, Room 201
14195 Berlin, Germany


Email: a.zavadski[at]