Mariya Ivancheva is an anthropologist and sociologist, whose work focuses on the role of academic and student communities in broader processes of social change especially in transitions to/from socialism. She works at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, and is a founding member of the LeftEast and LevFem collectives.

Agnes Gagyi is a sociologist working on East European politics and social movements from the perspective of the region’s long-term world-economic and geopolitical integration. She is researcher at the University of Gothenburg, and co-founder of Solidarity Economy Center, Budapest.

Vesa Oittinen is Professor of Philosophy at the Aleksanteri Institute of the University of Helsinki. His research focuses on the history of modern philosophy, especially German, Scandinavian, and Russian philosophy. He is currently also a docent of the history of philosophy at the University of Tampere. Vesa Oittinen defended his thesis in the 1990s on French structuralist and post-structuralist readings of Spinoza and he is currently the chairman of the Karl Marx Society.


Dr. Volodymyr Ishchenko is a research associate at the Institute for East European Studies, Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin. His research focuses on protests and social movements, revolutions, radicalization, right and left politics, nationalism, and civil society. He published widely on contemporary Ukrainian politics, the Euromaidan revolution, and the ensuing war. He has been a prominent contributor to The Guardian, Al Jazeera, New Left Review, and Jacobin. He is the author of Towards the Abyss: Ukraine from Maidan to War (Verso, 2024).

Dr. Adriana Qubaiova is Visiting Professor at the Central European University in Austria. She is a feminist researcher specialized in theories of sexuality in West Asia (Middle East). She has held visiting roles in the University of Vienna and the Academy of Fine Arts, and is committed to feminist, queer, leftist, and pro-Palestine politics in her research and teaching.