Krystsina Kostseva (1988) is a graduate of Contemporary Culture (Jagiellonian University, 2014) and of Management of Cross-cultural Communications (Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts, 2011). She is a PhD candidate in the Graduate School of Social Research, Warsaw, Poland, specializing in cultural critics and social philosophy. Her academic interests include subcultures, political art, cultural policies, media and visual culture and postcolonial studies. Krystsina’s current research is focused on Russian chanson as a phenomenon of contemporary mass culture, its social and political aspects and impact on formation of cultural identity in Russia as well as in Ukraine and Belarus.’
Nika Palaguta (1989) is a graduate of College of Europe (Warsaw, Natolin, 2014) with the MA in European Interdisciplinary Studies; she also holds a Master’s Degree in International Economics (Donetsk National University, 2012). As a PhD student at the Graduate School of Social Research, Warsaw, Poland, she specializes in political sociology, sociology of political parties, political systems, political ideologies, social and political inequalities, and political transitions. She is currently carrying out a comparative research examining the roots, rise, survival and electoral success of right wing populist parties in Ukraine and Poland.