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Eldaniie Abdurashytova

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I am 23 years old, I am a student of The University of Warsaw (East European Studies, M.A.). I was born in the ancient town Yevpatoria, which is located on the Black Sea coast of the Western Crimea. I am interested in history, international relations and culture of the Central European region. I am inspired by traveling and meeting interesting people, so I am interested in the InBetween Project :)




Julia Barandun

Julia Barandun
I was born in 1996 in St. Gallen, Switzerland.

I am an undergraduate student of Political Sciences at the University of Zurich.



Teresa Brenner

Teresa BrennerHello everyone! My name is Teresa Brenner and I’m currently studying Translation at the University of Graz in Austria. I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Transcultural Communication (English and Spanish) in 2015 and also spent one exchange semester with ERASMUS at the Universitat de Valencia in Spain.

I am interested in reading, cooking, travelling and exploring other cultures. I hope to learn more about Austria’s fascinating history while participating in In Between? project.


Rebecca Brown

Rebecca Brown portrait photoI'm a 23 year old illustrator from Inverness in Scotland.

Most of my drawings focus on superstitions and old wives tales gathered in Scotland.

I'm really looking forward to taking part in the In Between? project - visiting Liberec and Warsaw, meeting new people and listening to stories from another part of the world.




Karolina Bukovska

Karolina BukovskaI was born in Prague, where I still live and also study.

For two years now, I have been a student of History and German for Translation and Interpreting at the Faculty of Arts of the Charles University. I am passionate about my fields of study. When it comes to history, I am especially interested in memory studies, oral history, didactics of history and historical culture.

Learning and exploring languages fascinate me too - apart from Czech I also speak German, English, French and I have recently started to learn Russian.

My favourite leisure activities are jogging, going to the cinema, hanging out with friends and travelling around Europe.


Orsolya Csizmár

Orsolya Csizmar PHOTOI study Translation and Interpreting at the University of Graz in Austria. As I moved there from Hungary and my parents were born outside the Hungarian borders, I grew up being aware of layered cultural identities and both the difficulties and options that come hand in hand with this phenomenon.

I love to immerse in different cultures, pick up new languages and try to decipher people’s and peoples’ way of thinking through the way they speak, act and interact.

I am passionate about reading and writing, deep discussions, history, travelling and photography. Through these, I can get a glimpse into others’ hidden personality and try to capture all those little moments that, in the end, make up our whole life.  

Paweł Drymajło

Paweł Drymajło portrait photoI am a student of the Institute of History at Jagiellonian University.

I was a participant of two Erasmus+ programmes: Split, Croatia (2014/15) and Faro, Portugal (2015/16).

I mainly researched the participation of armed Ukrainians in WW2, history of Polish-Ukrainian borderland in 19th and 20th century and socio-cultural history of the Galicia region.

I also wrote an article entitled: “Jerusalem of Eastern Borderlands pray for us. Volhynian slaughter 1943 - Genocidium atrox”, published in “The Twentieth Century Age of the Crisis? The Crisis of Humanity, or Genocide in the Last Century” in Cracow.


Sebastian Guenzel

Sebastian Guenzel portrait photoI am currently pursuing my BA program in European Studies in Eichstätt, a little town in southern Germany.

I love travelling around Europe and hopefully, one day, also the world, making new friends, debating about the past, present and future as well as enjoying the little moments of happiness in life. I like to reflect upon myself and the world around me.

At the age of 23, I now have the energy to change the world for the better.


Evelina Hägglund

Evelina Hagglund portrait photoI’m a visual artist born 1992 in Stockholm, living and working in Ljubljana. Currently enrolled at the Bachelor program in Fine Arts at Academy of Visual Arts, Ljubljana.

I repeatedly aim to explore the relationship between body, otherness and language. The gap, interval, void that emerges through searching for the border between the unsaid and unsayable, the unread and unreadable, I on one hand understand as a state of abstraction, and on the other: as a place of erasure, of hidden histories; of transitory meanings.

My recent shows include: 2016: One month: After the materialization of the art object, Temporary gallery, Cologne, (GER), 2016: To Inhabit Your Column, Kunstpodium T, Tilburg, (NE), 2016: 12 star gallery, Malice in Wanderlands, London, (UK) 2016: Gallery Vzigalica, preshow to In Dialogue with Conceptual Art, (SLO).


Hanna Kovhan

Hanna Kovhan portrait photoI study Intercultural Communication at the European University Viadrina. I have always wanted to acquire deep and comprehensive knowledge in international relations, conflict management, history and cultural issues.

Currently, I am about to complete my academic exchange programme at the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University in Georgia.

During my previous semester abroad in Slovenia at the University of Ljubljana, I was working on the minority rights and collective memory issues connected primarily with the Post-Yugoslav space, during that time I have also successfully completed a three-month internship at the Representation of the German National Tourist Board by the German-Slovene Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the department of Marketing and Sales.


Tena Lavrencic

Tena LavrencicI’m a graduate student of the MA in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Leuven, Belgium.

I did my BA in Zagreb, where I gained important experience in working as a part of student organizations, as well as the local NGO.

Moving to the international and multicultural context of my current University, I have become interested in the questions of history, identity and religion, as well as the local perspective of the people who are undergoing big political and historical changes.

As a part of my studies, I have done an extensive ethnographical fieldwork on the topic of Croatian religious nationalism.

In my free time, I like to learn French, travel and search for opportunities to put my education in social sciences in practice.


Mate Makaji

Mate Makaji portrait photoI study architecture, with main focus on urbanism and urban communities. I like how places are shaped by how we live: our culture, mentality or cooperation. I learn about these social backgrounds and try to understand them (in 2014 I was an intern in Tel-Aviv), as well as use that knowledge to develop my own environment.

I organize programs and exhibitions of architecture in Baja, Hungary.

I'm looking forward to participate in the 'In Between?' project to learn how to approach the history of borderlands.

Other than studying I also volunteer as an interpreter for churches, groups and organizations in Croatia and Romania (in refugee camps or slums). I'm an amateur pianist, rapper and graphic designer.


Nella McNicol

Nella McNikol

As well as a Film & TV Student at the University of Glasgow, I am also an aspiring documentary filmmaker with a passion for history, achieving an A-grade in Advanced Higher history for my dissertation on women in Lenin’s Soviet Russia.

For me, the exploration of history is both remarkably complex and exciting at the same time. Anything remotely related to history or documentaries fascinates me and I simply cannot see myself being involved with anything else in the future. In my spare time, I enjoy cycling, listening to music and watching bad quality reality TV Shows.

Above all, as someone of dual nationality, I seek to encourage young people to learn more about multiculturalism by recognising the importance of the history and identities of Europe’s border communities.


Klaudija Miceva

Klaudija MicevaI was born and raised in Macedonia. 

I hold a high school diploma in Arts & Linguistics. I am currently a Senior at Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, studying tourism, and I also receive a scholarship for outstanding academic results.

I learned that future is unpredictable, so I try to avoid elaborate planning and remain open to many opportunities.

I enjoy exploring natural and urban spaces, reading and writing. Learning languages has become more than a hobby for me.


Petra Mieth

Petra Mieth portrait photoI’m Petra Mieth and I’m at my 3rd year at the University of Pécs. My majors are history and English, but I prefer history. I want to be a teacher and I want to be the best. I am interested in the deportation of Swabian people and I am currently doing some research in this field.

I have taken part in various oral history projects. I really love exploring places where I haven’t been before and learning how people from other countries live, think and behave. I think it is important to collect as many traces of the history now as we can, so the next generations could know the past.

I am motivated and full of life. I always want to do my best, and to enjoy life and what I do. I always try to contemplate the world with eyes wide open, getting to know more and more. I think this is what makes us better than the average.

Dorota Mysior

photo portrait of Dorota MysiorI am Dora, a recent graduate in film theory studies in Poznań, Poland. One of the greatest pleasures of my life is exploring the forces that drive the world around me and in order to achieve that I use for example the means of moving pictures which also helps me to express myself. Moreover, I love travelling and studying foreign languages- fortunately the two passions go happily hand in hand. My biggest dream is to become part of a creative group where I could share and develop my ideas into interesting art forms.


Julia Németh

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My name is Julia Németh and I'm from Hungary. I'm 18 years old studying in a Bilingual High School.

I am a Hungarian folkdancer and singer, I love our folk but I'm also interested in other nations' culture and traditions. I adore languages and I'm into history as well.

I am a travel addict grasping every great opportunity to see the world.


Olena Nikulina

Olena NikulinaMy name is Olena Nikulina. I've obtained Bachelor degree in Political Science in Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and I’m currently studying Sociology in National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.

My main research interest is Eastern and Central European Studies and democratization processes in the region. I'm also interested in development and gender studies, data analysis and philosophy.

I take part in different initiatives concerning the development of the higher education system and science in Ukraine.

Together with my colleagues from the university we created the student organization "Political Club" and are working on the organization of scientific conferences and educational events in the fields of social science and politics.


Noelia Paz Fernández

Noelia Paz Fernandez portrait photoI come from Lalín – Pontevedra, Spain although I have also lived in Valencia, Barcelona and Budapest, Hungary. 

I’m an interdisciplinar learner. As a visual artist from the sculpture and audiovisuals fields, I got attracted by the wildness of the city, exploring urban design, urban life and the creativity of citizenship participation processes. Coming from the public art (and street art) approach, I have started to dive into the remembrance and identity processes related to the place attachment.

Nowadays I conduct a theoretical research and develop cultural projects for public events.

I’m a circus arts lover in my free time.


Felix Rapp

Felix Rapp portrait photoI’m a German artist and a recent graduate from Emily Carr University of Art and Design (2016).

Although previously dedicated to the tradition of documentary photography, my artistic practice now critically pursues the traces left behind by documentarians of the last century. Conflicts and complications within the photographic medium become the common ground upon which I challenge the verifiable, investigates incidents and explores histories by experimenting with shattered evidence.

I currently live and work in Dresden, Germany. Visit my website:


Valentina Semeghini

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I am a 21-year-old university student in International Relations at the University of Trento, Italy.

I always look for opportunities and stimulating environments that can widen my horizons and improve my knowledge of the world. I have been member of AIESEC for almost two years, which led me to take part in one of our volunteering programmes: I taught English & shared Italian culture in schools in the area of Toruń, Poland. I also participated in two Model United Nations (one in Rome and one in New York) and was a volunteer during the World Youth Day in Krakow.

I have an entrepreneurial mind: right now I am Social Media Manager at our family-run restaurant and I just became National Representative for the app Spontime.

Last but not least, I love languages. I know English, French and German, and every time I travel I love to communicate in the local language.

Andrea Sierra Baz

Andrea Sierra Baz
I’m Andrea Sierra Baz, graduate of Humanities from Pompeu Fabra University.

This year I’ll start a Masters in Contemporary History and Today’s World at Barcelona University, because I want to get deeper into past events. I’m interested in contemporary history, especially memories of Franco’s dictatorship, but I would also like to learn more about other cultures and their perception of traumatic events (the rise of fascism, Nazism, Stalinism, Cold War...).

I think that history as a field of study is not only important, but also necessary, because it gives us the opportunity to understand our present is entangled with our past. We have to know that we are the result of our ancestor’s actions and also of their successes and failures. 


Anastasiia Soroka

Anastasiia Soroka portrait photoMy name is Anastasiia Soroka, I'm 22 years old. I'm a journalist and at the moment I work for BBC's Ukrainian service in Kyiv.

I've graduated from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv last year, after defending my Bachelor's diploma project about violations of media freedom and journalists' rights during the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. This year I entered Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, where I'm going to obtain a Masters degree in cultural studies.

I'm particulary interested in modern, post-modern and contemporary art and culture and the place that Ukrain and Eastern Europe have or can potentially have in global cultural heritage


Joanna Urbańska

An aspiring cultural anthropologist and Hebrew student at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Passionate traditional music singer and traveller.


Oleksandr Yaroshchuk

Portrait photo of Oleksandr YaroshchukI’m a journalism student at the National University Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. I study everything from press to video journalism. In 2010-2014, I studied international law at the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv.

From 2012 I work in journalism for the main Ukrainian press projects, including,, MediaSapiens, Radio Liberty. My main fields of professional interest are civil society, international relations, agriculture, media, history, energy efficiency. In May 2016 I was selected as a Ukrainian correspondent for the Dutch journalism start-up

I am a member of the U.S. Embassy Youth Council, as well as the Think Twice UA project, Bohdan Hawrylyshyn Foundation’s Association.

In 2015-2016 I was a human rights monitor in Eastern Ukraine for the Center for Civil Liberties. My main tasks were interviews with people affected by war, including former war prisoners and IDPs.

I like languages and cultures. Currently, I know English, Russian, French and Czech. When I have some free time I study Swedish and Turkish.

Sport is my hobby. I practice kung fu and basketball.


Karoline Winter

My name is Karoline and I participated in the first round of the In Between? project. I am a master student of Socio-cultural Studies at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany.

Before, I studied in Maastricht (NL) and Prague (CZ) and obtained a bachelor degree in European Studies.

My academic interests include migration and border studies, diversity, social movements and political participation. During my studies as well as regarding travelling and languages I like to focus on countries of Eastern Europe.


Galya Vasylenko

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I was born in Kyiv, Ukraine.

I graduated the BA in History and the MA in Jewish Studies from Kyiv-Mohyla academy. I wrote my master thesis on the traumatic aspect of the Babyn Yar's commemorations. I worked as a scholar in The Ukrainian National Historical Museum and The Center for The East European Jewry History and Culture Studies.

I have a deep interest in trauma studies, memory studies and the philosophy of history.

Anna Anastasiia Zubko

Anna Zubko portrait photoI'm a history student at Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Ukraine. The main subjects are memory studies, modern history of Central-Eastern Europe.

Besides history, I am very interested in policy, particular in diplomacy and international relations.

Languages are my passion, so I speak English, German, Polish, Russian and know Latin and Church Slavonic. Besides academic interests, I dance Latin-American dances.

My life credo is "Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground" (Theodore Roosevelt), so I am open-minded and ready for new challenges in life.




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Beata Drzazga

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Marta Jakubowska

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Zhanna Wróblewska

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