The European Humanities University was founded in Minsk in 1992 and closed by Belarusian authorities in 2004. It re-launched activities in Vilnius in 2005 and was granted the status of a Lithuanian university in 2006. Specifically, the Faculty of Social Sciences of EHU, being the umbrella for various research centres and programmes, developed a strong profile in visual, cultural and urban studies. The scholars involved in the RESPECT project are active members of the ‘Laboratory of Visual and Cultural Studies’, the ‘Centre for Gender Studies’ and, most notably, the ‘Laboratory of Critical Urbanism’. Numerous works by the EHU scholars were dedicated to the problems of gender discrimination, political marginalisation, visual propaganda and alternative cultural scene (art, rock music, Web-projects, etc.). The newly born centre for critical urban studies enriched the general agenda by bringing in the question of the planning of urban spaces in various cities of Belarus.
Alexei Pikulik (EHU Unit coordinator) obtained an MA in Sociology and Social Anthropology at the Central European University (Budapest) and is about to defend his doctoral dissertation at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy). He is a Lecturer at the European Humanities University. His main research interests include: political economy, sociology of property-rights, institutionalism.
Andrei Gornykh is Professor at the Department of Media at the European Humanities University, where he teaches courses on Psychoanalysis and Society, Critical Theory, Subject, Body and Power in the philosophy of the 20th century. His current book project is entitled Visual Studies of Capitalism: From Renaissance Perspective to Youtube. He is also a producer and director of several documentary films and of a series of multimedia projects (2008 – DVD “History, Society, Cinema: representation of WW II in the Soviet cinema”, 2006 - CD-ROM “Lines of difference in the history of art” and others).
Siarhei Liubimau teaches at the European Humanities University and is finishing his doctoral dissertation at the Graduate School for Social Research, Polish Academy of Science (Warsaw, Poland). He was trained in cultural studies (EHU), sociology (CSS Warsaw) and urban studies (Bauhaus Kolleg, Dessau). In 2007, he was a co-founder of the Laboratory of Critical Urbanism, serving as a platform for the scholars and practitioners interested in urban research.
Ryhor Miniankou is Professor and Dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies, European Humanities University. His main academic interests include: philosophy of human rights, epistemology, moral philosophy, political and social theory.
Irina Mirea has an MA in Sociology and Social Anthropology (Central European University, Budapest) and is soon to defend her doctoral dissertation in Contemporary History in the University of Tor Vergata (Rome, Italy). Currently, she works as a Lecturer at the European Humanities University. Her main research interests include: social exclusion and marginalization; multicultural environments; anthropology of migration; sociology of music; online communities and the internet.
Almira Ousmanova is Professor at the Department of Media and Director of the MA programme in Cultural Studies at the European Humanities University. Her major publications include: Umberto Eco: Paradoxes of Interpretation (2000); Gender Histories from Eastern Europe (co-edited with Elena Gapova and Andrea Peto 2002); Bi-Textuality and Cinema (ed., 2003), Gender and Transgression in Visual Arts (ed., 2006), Visual (as) Violence (ed., 2007), Belarusian Format: Invisible Reality (ed., 2008). Her current book project is Representation and History: The Cinematic Images of “the Soviet”.
Olga Shparaga is Associate Professor at the Department of Philosophy and Political Sciences at the European Humanities University. She obtained a PhD in Philosophy from the Belarus State University in 2001. Dr Shparaga is co-editor of the Internet journal ‘New Europe’ and editor of the book European perspective of Belarus: intellectual models (EHU 2007). She is also scientific editor of Jan Patočka’s book Kacířské eseje o filosofii dějin (Russian translation).