Iryna Kashtalian

Photo: Maximilian Glas


Institute for European Studies, University of Bremen


Iryna is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of European Studies at the University of Bremen. She received her bachelor’s degree in History at the Belarusian State University in Minsk. Iryna got her master’s degree (MA) in Political Science at the European Humanities University in Vilnius, then she studied for her PhD at the Institute for Eastern European Studies at the Free University of Berlin. She was a member of the non-state Archive for Modern History and research associate at the Belarusian Scientific Research Center for Electronic Documentation, both located in Minsk. Together with her team, she created the Belarusian Oral History Archive, and she was the head of the Historical Workshop Leonid Levin in Minsk. Iryna is currently working on the Archive of the Belarusian Protest, an ongoing project.

At THE NEW INSTITUTE Iryna is one of our Yehudit and Yehuda Elkana fellows.

  • What gives you hope?
    People with a concern.

  • How does change happen?
    It is not visible at first, but then it moves like an avalanche

  • List three important values in your life.
    Freedom, security, and human rights.

The Repressive Factors of USSR’s Internal Policy and Everyday Life of Belarusian Society, 2016

Strangers at Home: Memorialisation of the Armia Krajowa in Belarus, 2015, in: , Cultures of History Forum

Weißrussland im 20. Jahrhundert. Offizielle Geschichtsbilder und Zeitzeugenerinnerungen, in: Thomas M. Bohn et al. (eds.), Bunte Flecken in Weißrussland. Erinnerungsorte zwischen polnisch-litauischer Union und russisch-sowjetischem Imperium, 2013

Belarus im Zeichen politischer Repressionen während der Sowjetzeit (1917–1953), in: Anna Kaminsky (ed.), Erinnerungsorte an die Opfer des Kommunismus in Belarus, 2011

The Challenges in Studying Soviet-Era Repressions as an Indicator of the Freedom of Historical Research in Belarus, in: Siobhan Doucette et al. (eds.), Returning to Europe. Belarus Past and Future, 2011

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