Natalia Baryshnikova holds an MA in cultural studies from the Higher School of Economics (Moscow). She wrote her Master thesis on aestheticization of former prison spaces in Russia. Among her professional interests are museum and urban practices of representing the Soviet history and media presentation of archival and database materials. She is a co-author of various educational projects at International Memorial, such as: “74.The Board game on soviet history”, the art-project “The Way Out” (creating road signs pointing to former sites of repression) and audio guides for city tours and exhibitions. She is currently working on exhibition projects and on the representation of the database “Signs of Memory”, a subproject of the website “It Is Right Here”.
Tamara Kutsaieva is a curator (senior research fellow) and a historian. She got her PhD degree of Contemporary History of Ukraine at the Faculty of History of Taras Shevchenko-National University of Kyiv. Since late 2016, she has worked at the National Museum of History of Ukraine (NMUH) in the Department of History of Ukraine of the XX. century and became the founder of the NGO »Culture for the Future«. Her current research interests include Jewish and Holocaust studies, museology and long-life learning in the frame of museum communication.
"The fact that I became the only representative of Ukrainian museums at the Programme encourages me to study theories of curating Contemporary history more purposefully as most Ukrainian museum institutions still rely on the theory of museology less than should be the case.
The time spent during these two weeks in conversation with lecturers, curators and museum practitioners was very valuable – it was a good opportunity to study, share, compare and discus our experiences with the aim to identify the current trends of the exhibiting of Contemporary history in EU, non-EU countries and the USA, the specific differences, common problems and challenges that museums and exhibitions encounter in everyday practice. Perspectives of networking and the wide list of relevant literature provided the participants with additional possibilities for studying."
Filip Kuzman graduated from History at the History Department of the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Montenegro with a professor's degree. In the past two years he has held the position of curator at the History Museum of the National Museum of Montenegro. He was co-author of the exhibition "Vaccinations – Half the Health" at the National Museum, and is one of the coordinators of the interdisciplinary project "Eight". He also co-authored the publication The Petrovic's, rulers and warriors.
Hanna Lehun is a junior scholar at Humboldt University, Berlin. She wrote her Master thesis on photography of Ukrainian forced labourers during the Second World War and continues her research on Ostarbeiter private postcards and photos from the former secret archive in Vinnytsia, Ukraine. She has an academic background in Cultural Studies (National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Kyiv) and Photography (Middlesex University, London). In London Hanna was working on an artistic project about the dimensions of precarious labour of modern Ukrainian migrants. Currently she works in the research and exhibition department of TASWIR Projects/ ha' atelier, Berlin.
"The first part of the Exhibiting Contemporary History programme was organised on a very high level. The most valuable experience for me personally was the communication with people, who are working in the museum sphere, both students and lecturers. Thanks to professionally selected seminar topics and literature we had a chance to see good examples of how theoretical frameworks can be effectively implemented in practice. Visits to Buchenwald and the Ruhr museum consolidated the learned material and were generally a very useful experience."
Verena Meier studied History, English Philology, European Art History, and Philosophy at the Ruprecht-Karls University Heidelberg and Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has previously worked at the Documentation and Cultural Centre of German Sinti and Roma and assisted with creating a new traveling exhibition. She also worked with the Working Group on Minority History and Civil Rights in Europe, at the memorial site Grafeneck, and the Documentation Center of North African Jewry during WWII at the Ben Zvi Institute in Jerusalem. Since August 2018 she is a PhD candidate at the Research Center on Antigypsyism (Forschungsstelle Antiziganismus) at the University of Heidelberg. The topic of her dissertation project is the persecution of Sinti and Roma under the Nazi-regime in Magdeburg. Her research interests include minority history, the history of ideas, and research on historical stereotypes.
"I really enjoyed being part of an international group of young professionals, who work in the museum field or deal with museology and public history in their academic research. We got the chance to meet numerous world-known exhibition makers and visited and analyzed award-winning museums and exhibitions. The combination of thereotical aspects and practical engagement with various forms of exhibiting contemporary history helped us to dive deep into discussions and reflections and gave us inspirations for further exhibition projects."
Jovana Nedeljković (b. 1986) is a historian and a curator in the Museum of Yugoslavia in Belgrade. She graduated at the History department of the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade and obtained a Master’s degree in Curating Art, including Management and Law at the Stockholm University. During her studies in Stockholm she participated in several group exhibitions and co-edited the publication Coming into Being. Since 2012, she has been working on digitisation and interpretation of the photo archive of Museum of Yugoslavia, where she also collaborated on various exhibitions and international projects. She is currently working on the new permanent exhibition of the Museum, focusing on the topics of Antifascism and Non Alignment. Among her professional interests are: Yugoslav Second World War memorials, contemporary art practices thematising Yugoslav history and phenomena, documentary photography and cultural memory.
Vukan Ražnatović graduated from History at the History Department of the Faculty of Philosophy and is an MA candidate in International relations at the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Montenegro. He is working at the History Museum of the National Museum of Montenegro as a curator. He was a co-author of the exhibition „Vaccinations – Half the Health“ and also a coordinator of the interdisciplinary project „Eight“. He also collaborated in the publication „The Petrović's, rulers and warriors.“
Magdalena Sacha studied Polish and German philology in Warsaw and Gdańsk and earned her Ph.D. in 2004 with a dissertation on the cultural life of prisoners in the Nazi Buchenwald Concentration Camp between 1937 and 1945. She has worked since 2004 as a research assistant at the Institute for Cultural Studies at Uniwersytet Gdański and teaches cultural theories, regional and Polish cultural history, as well as museology. From 2001 to 2009 she was the director of the Regional Museum in Krokowa in Northern Poland which was a branch of the West Prussia Museum in Warendorf in Germany. In 2017 she was a co-curator at the exhibition “Luther in Gdynia?” at the Town Museum in Gdynia. Since 2017 she has been a member of museum council in Museum of Upper Silesia in Bytom. In her recent research she analyses the presence of social and religious minorities in the museum exhibitions with focus on displaced persons.