This project is funded by an Advanced Grant by the European Research Council (ERC) held by Juliane Fürst as Principal Investigator. It aims to explore Soviet people’s thoughts, feelings and actions during the ‘long’ Perestroika of the 1980s and 90s.

Dr. Juliane Fürst

Principal Investigator

see Vita

Dr. Corinna Kuhr-Korolev

Research associate

see Vita

Dr. Irina Gordeeva

Research associate

see Vita

Francis Kirk

Doctoral Student

see Vita

Margarita Pavlova

Administrative Assistant

see Vita

Ksenia Polouektova-Krimer

PostDoc Stipendiatin

see Vita

Vita Juliane Fürst


since 2018
Co-Head of Department I "Communism and Society"
The Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History - ZZF Potsdam

2017 – 2018
Reader in Modern History
Department of History, University of Bristol

2012 – 2017
Senior Lecturer in Modern History
Department of History, University of Bristol

2007 – 2012
Lecturer in Modern History
Department of History, University of Bristol

2003 – 2007
Junior Research Fellow
St. John’s College, University of Oxford

2002 – 2003
Stipendiary Lecturer, Modern History
Magdalen College, University of Oxford

Academic Qualifications

Senior Fellowship in Higher Academy of Education

1998 – 2003
PhD, Government Department, London School of Economics
Thesis Title "Stalin’s last Generation - Youth, State and Komsomol 1945-53"

1997 – 1998
MSc Russian and Post-Soviet Studies
London School of Economics

1994 – 1997
BA(Hon) Modern History (First Class)
Christ Church, University of Oxford

1992 – 1994
Study of Law and History
Ruprecht Karls University, Heidelberg

Vita Corinna Kuhr-Korolev

Since 8/2022
Research associate at the ERC-Project “Perestroika from Below”

5/2019 - 7/2022
Research associate at the ZZF, project “Legacies of Communism. Post-communist Europe from Stagnation to Reform and between Autocracy and Revolution”

2015 - 2018
Research associate and curator at the Museum of Military History, Dresden exhibition and book project: "Clash of Futures. Myths of Nations. 1914-1945 "

2012 - 2014
Research associate at the Kulturstiftung der Länder, Berlin, project: "Russian Museums in the Second World War"

2009 - 2012
Research associate at the Ruhr University Bochum, project: "Conceptions of justice and power in Russia since the 1980s"

2006 - 2009
Research associate at the German Historical Institute Moscow

2002 – 2004
Representative of the German-Russian Forum e.V. in the German Embassy Moscow

PhD theses "Gezähmte Helden – Die Formierung der Sowjetjugend 1917-1932"

1995 - 2000
Research associate at the institute for East European History at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena and at the Philipps University Marburg

1994 - 1995
Event-and project manager, German-Russian Forum e.V., Bonn

1986 - 1994
Studies of Eastern European History, Slavic Studies and Political Science in Bonn, Cologne and Moscow

Vita Irina Gordeeva

since 8/2022
Research associate at ZZF Potsdam in Dep. I

08/2020 - 07/2022
Associated researcher at ZZF Potsdam in Dep. I


2017 - Lecturer in the Chair of History, St. Philarets’ Christian Orthodox Institute, Moscow, Russia

2013-2017 – Lecturer in Dept. of Medieval and Modern Russian History, Institute for History and Archives, Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, Russia

2000-2013 - Lecturer in Dept. of Russian History of Modern period, Institute for History and Archives, Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, Russia

Academic Qualifications

1997-2000Ph.D., Dept. of Russian History of Modern period, Institute for History and Archives, Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, Russia, Thesis Title “The Communitarian Movement in Russia in the last quarter of the 19th century”

1994 -1996 Moscow Social History Program of the International Institute of Social History (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)

1992 - 1997 MA in History and Archives, Institute for History and Archives, Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, Russia

Vita Francis Kirk

Since 01/2023
Research assistant / doctoral student at the ZZF, Dept. I, in the ERC project “Perestroika from Below” (funded by the European Union), Potsdam

Editor-in-Chief at R.Politik

Junior Strategist at M&C Saatchi World Services, London

Freelance teacher, Moscow and London

Studied Post-Soviet Public Policy at Moscow State University/MGIMO

Teacher at Carfax Education, Moscow

Graduate Boarding Assistant at Letovo School, Moscow

MA in War Studies, King's College London

BA in History from Durham University

Vita Margarita Pavlova

Academic Career

since 1.11.2022
Administrative Assistant in ERC Projekt "Perestroika from Below: Participation, Subjectivities, and Emotional Communities across ‘The End of History’, 1980-2000", under the supervision of PD Dr. Juliane Fürst, Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History.

07.2022 – 12.2022
Editorial Assistant of the Journal of East Central European Studies / Zeitschrift für Ostmitteleuropaforschung, Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe. Marburg, Germany.

02.2021 – 12.2022
Editorial Team Member of On_Culture: The Open Journal for the Study of Culture. Gießen, Germany.

09.2016 – 03.2018
Teaching Assistant on the courses “Political Projects of the Twentieth Century”, and “Antiquity and Byzantium”, Higher School of Economics in Saint Petersburg.

09.2015 – 06.2018
Research Assistant at the Center for Historical Research, Higher School of Economics in Saint Petersburg.

Academic Qualifications

since 11.2020
Ph.D. Student at Justus Liebig University, Faculty of History and Cultural Studies, International Graduate Center for the Study of Culture (GCSC), Giessen, Germany.

2018 – 2020
Master of Arts in Comparative History: From 1500 To Present Time (with distinction). Central European University, Budapest, Hungary.

2014 – 2018
Bachelor of Arts in History (with distinction). National Research University "Higher School of Economics" in Saint Petersburg. St. Petersburg School of Sciences and Humanities, Russia.

Vita Ksenia Poluektova-Krimer

June 2019 – present
Lecturer in Holocaust Studies, SEFER Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization


Apr 2011 – present
Lecturer in English, History, Academic Writing, London Gates   Education Group, Moscow, Russia


Sept 2010  –  Dec 2012

Lecturer in Holocaust Studies and Jewish Historiography, Russian  State University for the Humanities, Moscow, Russia


Jan 2017 – present

Translator and historical consultant, Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center, Moscow, Russia


Jan 2019 – Dec 2021

Translator and editor, Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn, Estonia

Apr 2014 – present

Translator and editor, V-A-C Foundation, Moscow, Russia

Nov 2016 – present

Translator and editor, Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Moscow, Russia


Nov 2008 – Feb 2010

Post-graduate researcher for a Frankel Center for Judaic Studies research project (prof. Zvi Gitelman) at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, Israel


Sep 2007 – Jan 2008

Research Fellow at Collegium Budapest with the collected volume project The Exile and Return of Writers from East-Central Europe


Sep 2005 – Dec 2006

Festival program coordinator, catalogue editor, Verzio 3 Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, researcher, OSA Archivum, Budapest, Hungary


June 2006 – Aug 2006

Dorot graduate research fellow, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington D.C., USA


Academic Qualifications

Nov 2008 – Nov 2009

Post-doctorate, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel


Sep 2001 – Sep 2008

Ph.D. in History, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary


Sep 2003 – Dec 2007

MA in Judaic Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA


Sep 2000 – June 2001

MA in Nationalism Studies with specialization in Jewish Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary


Sep 1996 – June 2000

Joint BA Program in English, French and Communications, Lomonosov State University, Moscow, Russia and University of Colorado at Denver, Denver, USA