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An independent scholar and researcher of art and memories of WWII with a focus on unofficial art and its potential to trigger empathy and create ‘prosthetic memories’ in viewers.

Coming from a business and marketing background, I started researching memories of WWII and their reflection in visual artworks from 2012. In 2013 I organised the first exhibition of unofficial Soviet artists in Cambridge, which raised an unexpectedly active interest and positive feedback from British viewers.

In 2014 I received MA in Arts Policy and Management from Birkbeck College, University of London. In my thesis I explored official wartime art which is still being produced by the Grekov Studio of War Artists in Moscow, and its place in the collective memory of WWII in Russia. The focus of my study was art of dioramas and panoramas, which has become increasingly popular in Russia. As part of my research I interviewed artists and collected feedback from viewers.

I then worked with witnesses and active participants of war both in Russia and the UK and organised a series of public talks and seminars “Memories and histories of WWII” in Cambridge with the participation of Russian, British and Canadian veterans and historians from the University of Cambridge in 2015, 2016, 2017 - together with my colleagues at The Cambridge Russian-Speaking Society.

In 2016, together with the British artist Jon England, we organised the first cross-cultural project which explored memories of two artist-veterans of WWII as recorded in a series of personal drawings. The exhibition, “Dual Perspectives: Second World War Drawings by Architect-Veterans from Russia and Britain”, took place during the Architectural Biennale of 2016 in Moscow and then moved to Moscow Architectural Institute.

Following success of this project, we were invited to show this exhibition at the Saint Petersburg State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering in 2017. On both occasions the popularity of the display and the emotional feedback from visitors exceeded our expectations.

In 2017, Libby Howie, John Barber and I co-curated an exhibition dedicated to the Siege of Leningrad: “Art and Endurance in the Siege of Leningrad” which took place in Cambridge. It showed selected lithographs and engravings by Elena Marttila based on her memories of the siege as well as sketches which she made as a young artist in Leningrad during the winter of 1941-42. The display was accompanied by a series of public lectures, films screenings and open discussions with academics, specialising in history and culture of war on the Eastern Front, as well as representatives of the local community who shared their personal and cultural memories of the war. This project proved to be one of the most popular events of the year where visitors travelled across the UK to view the artworks.

My long-standing experience in marketing research and communications helped me to collect and analyse visitors’ feedback, which included personal interviews with various audiences. The results showed the amazing power of artworks to trigger empathy and better understanding of history and other cultures.

I am currently working on a new series of exhibitions and an English edition of the publication "Unofficial Art of the Second World War. Elena Marttila. Pavel Afonin. Sergey Babkov. Personal History and Memory"- Kriga, St Petersburg (2020).

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I am Ph.D. student of the university of Tokyo. My section reconsiders the role of Jews in the historical development of agricultural business, focusing on the rise of the Jewish peri-urban agriculture in Galicia, a former multiethnic region populated by Poles, Jews, and Ukrainians. Although the agricultural business of Galician Jewry was short-lived and ceased to work due to the Second World War and the Holocaust,  we can see how pioneering the Galician Jewish farmers adopted advertising strategy to promote selling their own products to the urban population. I will focus on their production branding such as dairy products suited for the Jewish dietary regulations (Kosher) with hygienic qualities.


I am a PhD candidate in Religious Studies. In my scholarly endeavors I focus on the intersections of critical race theory, feminism, and religion, with particular attention to the way they apply to Eastern European context.  I credit these academic interests to having grown up in Eastern Europe (Lithuania) during its turbulent transition from the Soviet Union occupied territories to independent, nationalist states, and to my first-hand experience of the role of religion in geopolitical and state building processes.  
My dissertation focuses on the role of religion in the emergence of the idea of "Eastern Europe" during the Enlightenment. I draw on the travel narratives and cartographic evidence of the period to trace the intellectual history of Eastern Europe and argue that the region was constructed as an intra-European colonial space patterned on a broader, global racial logic.

Tatiana Boborykina

Ph.D. in Literature, Associate Professor of St. Petersburg State University, and Herzen University, delivers courses in Literature, Theater and Cinema. Dissertation: “Oscar Wilde’s Drama”. Studied at Oxford University, UK, was a visiting Professor of Russian and English Literature at Szeged University in Hungary and delivered a course of Russian Literature at Bard College, NY in USA. А literary consultant for a number of professional motion pictures. Dr. Boborykina is the editor and translator of various publications of English poetry; the author of a book on Dickens (in English and in Russian), and of a number of essays on Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, Mark Twain, Bernard Shaw and others. She is the editor (with Annotations and Introduction in English) to the book Boris Eifman. Ascendance, published in Russia in 2005. Her essay Boris Eifman’s Theater Enigma is included in the Collection Theater and Performance in Eastern Europe: the changing scene, published in America in 2008. Her survey Dickens in Post Soviet Russia is published in “Dickens Studies Annual”, NY, 2012. She also publishes essays and reviews on Boris Eifman ballets in Russian and foreign periodicals. T. Boborykina’s English text introduces “The Art of Boris Eifman” album by S.M. Khoury, published in 2012.  Her Russian – English book “Another Realm for the Word” on Boris Eifman’s ballets was published in 2014. And her 2 volume survey of the 40 years history of Eifman’s Ballet "Magic Dance Theater" published in 2020.

Tatiana Boborykina participated in numerous International Conferences on Literature, Cinema and Ballet both in Russia and abroad, including Finland, Japan and Great Britain.



I teach students at St.Petersburg State University of Economics for already 16 years. My research interests include: Management, Economy of enterprise, Corporate social responsibility, Business Ethics, Stakeholder-management, Comparative economics, Orthodox entrepreneurship

In accordance to Russian Science Index, at the moment I have 51 publications in English and Russian with 88 citations, my Hirsch index is 5. I have a team of about a dozen coauthors from 3 countries. Among my publications there are 3 textbooks for students, one research monograph, two international book chapters, many articles and papers in proceedings of international conferences.

My ORCID profile may be found at

For already 5 years I am an expert of Moscow Regional committee for NGO relations to assess effectiveness of social projects of Moscow NGOs.

I am an active member of Russian Business Ethics Network (see actively engaged in research of business ethics and CSR of Russian companies.

Four times I was an official opponent on the dissertations defense in St.Petersburg and Moscow.

I am currently an M.S. Geospatial Information Sciences (GIS) student at the University of Texas at Dallas and a full-time Economic Development Analyst. I am working on my final master's project studying nighttime lights in the Donbas as a potential method of modeling conflict migration patterns. I also have an M.A. in Economics (2016) and a B.A. in International Studies (2015) from the University of Alabama. My previous work experience includes Peace Corps service teaching at universities in Ukraine (2018 to 2019) and two years as an economic research analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas (2016 to 2018). I read and speak Ukrainian, Russian, French, and Spanish. My published papers can be found at and unpublished papers at .

Benedict E. DeDominicis, PhD.

associate professor of political science, the Catholic University of Korea

International Studies Department, room 240, 150th Anniversary Building, Songsim Campus (College of Humanities and Sciences), 43 Jibong-ro, Bucheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, 14662, Korea


office tel:  +82-2-2164-4393, office tel/fax: +82-2-2164-6579, Korean cell: +82 (0)10-2076-4401,

US cell: 419-852-1796, Skype display name: Benedict Edward DeDominicis 

Our published paper about "Speaking Russian and Three Other Languages: Observation of Drawbacks in Multilingual Upbringing"  is available on ResearchGate here.


University professor and professional trainer, I am a specialist of cross-cultural management in Central and Eastern Europe.
French by origin, I studied in France, Holland and Russia. During and after my studies, I worked in Russia, France, USA, Canada and the Czech Republic; and conducted various projects in many other countries.
Specialist in Eastern Europe cross-cultural communication, I advise Universties and companies' managers in the field of cross-cultural management. The services proposed go from "Live and Work" sessions for a new arrived expatriate, till a full course of cross-cultural management in Universities.

My current research focuses on the impact of culture in the reaction of countries to the pandemic together with Fons Trompenaars.

I am a specially appointed Associate Professor of Arts and Cultural Studies in the department of Literature and Human sciences at Osaka City University in Japan. I completed my Ph.D dissertation on the comparative studies between Suprematism and Constructivism of the Russian Avant-Garde Art at Kyoto University. I translated from Russian to Japanese and published От мoльберта к машине by Nikolai Tarabukin, a theorist of Constructivism. Also, I wrote a book of the history of Russian Avant-Garde Art , and some articles about contemporary art concerned with the memories of modernity of Russia and Japan.

My recent research interests are the curatorial and pedagogical activities of Russian art historian Nikolai Punin who visited Japan in 1927 as a curator to prepare the exhibition of "New Russian Art ". And I would consider Japanese modern art in the context of cultural relationships between Russian and Japanese art at the beginning of the 20th century. In addition, I am interested in the reformations of cultural institutions including museums after the October Revolution, from the point of view of the discontinuity and continuation of cultural memory of St. Petersburg in the midst of the drastic change of political circumstances.

Sándor FöldváriEmail - Debrecen University; Academy of Sciences of Hungary — Lecturer (part-time); Researcher (part-time). – As for “Full-time”, he is an independent scholar in full-time and academic-employee in part-time. - CV with selected publications here:

Brief Bio/CV Info  Budapest University, Hungary, three MA degrees in 1991: in Russian, Ukrainian, Philosophy; Debrecen University, Hungary, postgraduate 1991-1996, dr.univ. in History (this was the first grade in then-Hungary, not to confuse with the Dr. of Academy!); Academy of Sciences of Hungary: postdoctoral research fellow 1998-2002; recently researcher at the Academy of Sciences of Hungary and part-time university lecturer. - Teaching experience: Esterházy Teacher Training College in Eger, North Hungary (European literature in Baroque and Romanticism); research experience: National Széchényi Library of Hungary (senior research fellow); - published 156 papers, read on 168 conferences; deliverd invited papers and served as panel/sessions chair and has been keynote speaker, too, e.g. at the Lithuanian and Estonian Academies of Sciences. — Mr Földvári has organised panels with good reputation and evaluation on the ASEEES Summer Convention in Lviv, Ukraine 2016, see “2016 ASEEES-MAG-Lviv_Printed-Program”, pages 47-48: Session HiE-3-05; and on the IAH(MAG)-joint-ASEEES Convention in Lviv, Ukraine, 2018 two panels: Hi-6-05 and Hi-7-05; and he delivered his papers in his panels, as well. – Among others, he was the panel organiser and the chair, too, of his session on the 8th International Congress of Belorussian Studies, in Warszawa 2017. Session 7, panel 4 on the topic “Basilians int he Grand Duchy of Lithuania”— Mr Földvári is a current (and active) member of the ASEEES for many years. He is also a member of the Nordic Network for Intercultural Communication (NIC; Sweden-Norway), the Estonian Uralic Society, the Hungarian Association for Byzantine Studies; and an executive member of the Editorial Board of the “Interdisciplinary Readings” in Humanities (Міждисиплинарні Читання) in Kyїv, Ukraine. - First reference at the beginnings of the carier: already his Master thesis, were written in this field in his student-age, was quoted and evaluated excellently by an Ukrainian scholar in an academic journal: Paňko, Serhij, “A v Uhorščyni jak?” Slovo i čas: Žurnal Instytutu Literatury im. T. G. Ševčenka AN Ukrajiny ta Spilky Pyśmennykiv Ukrajini, Kyjiv, Vol. 5. 1992. No. 4. 60‑62., About student-Foldvari: page 61. ISSN 0236 1477 – The citing paper is accessible, too, here: = already 27 years ago. - The site of his professional activity: - List of publications at the official site of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences here:


Curriculum Vitae 
Hiroshi FUKUDA (Mr.) 

Born: January 18, 1971, Wakayama, Japan 
Specialization: Modern History of Central Europe (esp. Czech Republic & Slovakia) 
Education: PhD in Political Science, Faculty of Law, Hokkaido University, Japan, 2003 

Academic Positions:
2017- Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Seijo University, Japan 

Research Accomplishments: 

  1. Hiroshi Fukuda, “Central Europe between Empires: Milan Hodža and His Strategy for ‘Small’ Nations,” in Tomohiko Uyama (ed.), Empire and After: Essays in Comparative Imperial and Decolonization Studies (Comparative Studies on Regional Powers, No. 9) (Sapporo: Slavic Research Center, 2012), pp. 35-51. Available at: 
  2. Hiroshi Fukuda, “Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi and Fascism: Pan-European Movement in the Interwar Period,” Chiiki Kenkyu (JCAS [Japan Consortium for Area Studies] Review) 16:1 (2015), pp. 118-136, in Japanese. 
  3. Hiroshi Fukuda, Shintai no Kokuminka (Nationalization of body: Polarization of Czech Society and Sokol Gymnastic Movement), (Sapporo: Hokkaido University Press, 2006), in Japanese. 


Graduate of the Volodymyr Hnatyuk National Pedagogical University in Ternopil and of the Jan Długosz University in Częstochowa, PhD student in the Unit of the History of Central and Eastern Europe at the Faculty of History of the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, participant in the Scholarship Programme of the Government of the Republic of Poland for Young Scientists 2018/2019. He focuses his research on Polish and Ukrainian relations at the end of the 19th century and in the first half of the 20th century and on the Soviet and Polish border in the interwar period.
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Judith Pallot is Professor emeritus of the University of Oxford and currently is based at the Aleskanteri Institute , University of Helsinki where she holds an European Research Council Advanced Grant (788448), GULAGECHOES in the “multicultural prison”: historical and geographical influences on the identity and politics of ethnic minority prisoners in the communist successor states of Russia and Europe. She has recently been awarded a further grant by the Academy of Finland for research on the penal lagacies in the Balkans. She has been researching the treament of difference in the Russian Prison system since 2005 and is the author of two monographs on the experiences of women drawn into the prison system and articles in academic journals and the media opinion prieces.  She was previously the President of BASEES and is now  honorary vice-president.  


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Katri Pynnöniemi is an assistant professor at the University of Helsinki (Aleksanteri-institute) and holds Mannerheim Chair of Russian Security Studies. The joint professorship between the University of Helsinki and the National Defense University was established in August 2017. Katri Pynnöniemi holds Master’s and Doctor’s degrees in international relations (IR) from the University of Tampere, Finland.

Previously Pynnöniemi has worked as a senior researcher at the Finnish Institute for International Affairs. She has been a visiting researcher at the University of Tarto, Estonia (2012), Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Stockholm (2016) and the Wilson Center, Kennan Institute, Washington D.C. (2017). She is a member of The Scientific Advisory Board for Defence (MATINE).

Pynnöniemi has published widely on the system change in Russia and on Russian foreign and security policy. Her current research deals with Russia's threat perceptions and strategic thinking. Her latest publications include “Perceptions of hybrid war in Russia: Means, targets and objectives identified in the Russian debate” at the Cambridge Review of International Affairs (2020); “Russia’s National Security Strategy: Analysis of Conceptual Evolution” at the Journal of Slavic Military Studies (2018).

She is an editor of the book Nexus of Patriotism and Militarism in Russia: Quest for internal unity (Helsinki University Press, 2021). This open-access book can be downloaded from the Helsinki University Press page:


Current research interests: social history of Soviet science, history of science societies


2013 PhD in History.

2010-2013 doctorate student of Contemporary Russian History Department of St. Petersburg Institute of History of Russian Academy of Sciences

2005-2010 student of History Department of Samara State University





Academic secretary

St. Petersburg Branch of S.I. Vavilov Institute for the History of Science and Technology, Russian Academy of Sciences



Research fellow

St. Petersburg Branch of S.I. Vavilov Institute for the History of Science and Technology of Russian Academy of Sciences



Research fellow

State Museum “Narvskaya zastava”



Research fellow

State Museum of Political History of Russia


Grants, Scholarships

2020 The head of the research project funded by RFBR, project number 20-011-00204

2018-present Researcher of the research project funded by RFBR, project number 18-39-20006

2018-present Researcher of the research project funded by RFBR, project number 18-011-00730

2017-2019 Researcher of the research project funded by RFBR, project number 17-33-00003

2017 Grant of the Commission on the History of Physics – DHST-IUHPS

2016 The Early Career Grant of the European Society for the History of Science


Main publications in English

  1. Sinelnikova Elena (2019). Philosophy of science in Russia: the St. Petersburg Philosophical Society. Filozofia Nauki (The Philosophy of Science), vol. 27, no. 4, p. 79-93.                                              DOI: 10.14394/filnau.2019.0027
  2. Sinelnikova Elena (2019). Scientific Societies in the Soviet Science System during the 1920s. Historia Scientiarum:  International Journal of the History of Science Society of Japan, vol. 28, no. 2, p. 88-114.
  3. Sinelnikova Elena (2018). Soviet Scientists (Members of Scientific Societies) at International Scientific Meetings in the 1920s: Political and Ideological Aspects in Science Overcoming Borders. Praha: Masarykuv ustav a Archiv AV CR, v. v. i., 2018, p. 29-48.
  4. Sinelnikova Elena (2018). Conference on the Legacy of Russian Women Scientists: Dedicated to the Centenary of the Great Russian Revolution, Acta Baltica Historiae et Philosophiae Scientiarum, vol. 6, no. 1, p. 176-179. (together with V. Sobolev)

I'm a second-year undergraduate student in the Department of Slavonic Studies at the University of Vienna. My interests focus on the postcolonial studies in the context of Central Europe continues. I was a speaker at the international conference: Midwest Slavic Conference (Ohio, USA 2019) and I'm actively participating in local conferences and seminars (Austria, Poland). 

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TABATA, Shinichiro is Professor at the Slavic-Eurasian Research Center, Hokkaido University. He is simultaneously working as Professor at the Arctic Research Center, Hokkaido University. His research specializes in economies of Russia, its Far Eastern and Arctic areas. His latest English publications include the edited volume (with V. Tynkkynen, D. Gritsenko and M. Goto) Russia’s Far North: The Contested Energy Frontier (Routledge, 2018) and Eurasia’s Regional Powers Compared: China, India, Russia (Routledge, 2015), “Flow of Financial Resources between the Federal Budget and the Arctic Regions in Russia,” Region: Economics & Sociology, No. 3 (103), pp. 3-25, 2019 (in Russian) [DOI: 10.15372/REG20190301], and “A Note on the Growing International Reserves of Russia,” Eurasian Geography and Economics, published online: March 1, 2021 [].

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