About the author
Felix Ackermann, PhD, is a research fellow at the German Historical Institute in Warsaw. He teaches historical anthropology and applied humanities as a visiting associate professor at European Humanities University (Vilnius). His recent publications focus on the link between state violence, migration, and urban space in the post-Soviet borderlands of Belarus, Lithuania, and Poland. Together with Michael Galbas he was guest editor of a special issue “Back from Afghanistan” within the Journal of Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society (vol. 1, no. 2 ).
Mark Berman, M.A., is a graduate student at the University of Giessen. He completed his M.A. in Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies at Georgetown University in the School of Foreign Service. He has completed several DAAD-funded research stays in Minsk, Belarus.
Olga Sasunkevich, PhD, is a lecturer in the Department of Media and executive co-director of the Center for Gender Studies at the European Humanities University, Vilnius, Lithuania. She obtained her doctoral degree in East European History from Greifswald University, Germany, in 2014. She is the author of Informal Trade, Gender, and the Border Experience: From Political Borders to Social Boundaries (Ashgate 2015). Her current research project “De-essentializing Ethnicity: 'Karta Polaka' and the Process of Ethnicization in the Belarus-Poland border region” is supported by the Open Society Foundation. Her research interests include Belarusian Studies, gender studies, and post-socialist Eastern Europe.