Andrei Zavadski (Researcher)

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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. 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. 

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. Currently Andrei is working on his PhD dissertation, with the working title "Remembrance and Dissent: Digital Memories of the 1990s as a Constitutive Element of an Emergent Counterpublic in Russia". 




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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]