Dr. des. 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" . 


The dissertation was successfully defended by Mr. Zavadski on January 23, 2020;  the grade "magna cum laude" has been conferred. The doctoral certificate and the academic degree "doctor philosophiae" (Dr. phil.) in Media and Communication Studies will be conferred upon the publication of the doctoral thesis.  




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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]fu-berlin.de