Dr Sander Brouwer is assistant professor at the Department of European Languages and Cultures at Groningen University, where he teaches Russian and (post-)Soviet literature and cultural history. Noteworthy among his multiple publications in these fields is his edited volume Contested Interpretations of the Past in Polish, Russian, and Ukrainian Film (Brill/Rodopi 2016). For this volume, Brouwer collected a group of specialists in Polish, Russian, and Ukrainian media from the Netherlands, Poland, Ukraine, the UK, and the USA. In his own contribution ‘Tsar Peter, Mazepa and Ukraine: A Love Triangle,’ he analyzes cultural commemoration in Ukrainian cinema.

Dr Dennis Ioffe is affiliated post-doctoral Research Fellow at Ghent University’s Department of Languages and Cultures; and Research Fellow at the University of Amsterdam’s Department of Slavic Languages & Cultures. Next to Russian literature and culture, Ioffe’s research interests include Ukrainian culture and politics. He published on ‘the Crimean text’ and cultural reciprocity between Russia and Ukraine, and he currently works on Ukraine- and Crimea-related research projects focused on the intersections between art and politics, and between culture and activisms.

Professor Rob van der Laarse is the academic director of the Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture (AHM), and also holds the Westerbork chair on the heritage and memory of conflict and war. He is series editor of Heritage and Memory Studies (AUP) and Cultural Heritage and Conflict (Palgrave), project leader of several international research programs such as Dynamics of Memory, Terrorscapes, and the recently granted HERA program Accessing Campscapes. He also co-edited Religion, State, Society, and Identity in Transition, on contemporary Ukraine (2015).

Mykola Makhortykh is affiliated to the University of Amsterdam for a research project on Second World War memory in Ukraine and its transformations in the digital age. In recent research, Mykola explored the use of social media in the context of the Ukrainian crisis and the role of cultural memory in securitisation of the crisis. For his latest work on Twitter and the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, click here.

Dr. Arent van Nieukerken is assistant professor of Polish literature at the University of Amsterdam’s Department of Slavic Languages & Cultures, and Foreign Member of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Next to Polish literature and culture, Van Nieukerken also researches and teaches on Ukrainian literature, culture, and history; for a description of his UvA Bachelor course ‘Between Warsaw, Vilnius and Kyiv: Multi-ethnicity as a Way of Life and Strife,’ visit this link.

Dr. Boris Noordenbos is assistant professor in Literary and Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam. He published and taught extensively on Russian and post-Soviet literature; his prizewinning dissertation Messages from the Black Hole: Post-Soviet Literature in Search of a Russian Identity is currently in print with Palgrave Macmillan publishers. In recent research, Noordenbos examines how Ukraine is represented in Russian cinema and online weblogs.

Slavic scholar, writer, and curator Sjeng Scheijen is affiliated researcher of the University of Leiden’s department of Russian Studies. Scheijen is the author of an internationally acclaimed biography on avant-garde impresario Sergey Diaghilev. His publications and public interviews on Ukraine include this historical analysis of the Ukrainian avant-garde for newsmagazine De Groene Amsterdammer, and this interview with news show Een Vandaag on the Dutch Crimean Gold exhibition in 2014.

Dr. Matthias Schwartz is research associate at the Center for Literary and Cultural Research Berlin (ZfL). His current research project on East-Western Cultures of Affect interrogates culturally specific modes of affect within the context of globalization. As part of his ongoing critical analysis of literature, theatre, and cinema from Poland, Russia, and Ukraine, he has organized conferences on the Russian-Ukrainian conflict (“Imperial Emotions, 2014) and World-War-II memory in contemporary Eastern European literatures (“After Memory, 2015). Schwartz has also published on cultures of affect and “Euromaidan” (A Crypt of Patriotic Phantom Pains, in German) and co-edited a volume on Eastern European Youth Cultures in a Global Context (Palgrave, 2016).

Ellen Rutten – professor in Slavic Languages & Cultures at the University of Amsterdam – coordinated the research project Web Wars, on media and memory construction in Russia and Ukraine. As founding editor (2008-2015) of Digital Icons: Studies in Russian, Eurasian and Central European New Media, she has actively published research on Ukrainian new media. Rutten co-edited Memory, Conflict, and New Media (Routledge, 2013), on media and memory in Russia, Ukraine, and other post-socialist states. For her talk on Wikipedia and conflict in the region, visit this link.

Olga Ryabets is affiliated with the University of Amsterdam for a research project on off-the-grid apartment performances in Soviet-era Poland and Czechoslovakia. Recently, her research also focused on post-post-Soviet culture, archeology of the everyday and film adaptations of Ukrainian literature. In addition to her work with UvA, Olga is the founder and artistic director of the Centre for Aliative Research (CenAR), an international research-as-practice platform with a focus on theatre and cognition.