Elen Budinova

Elen Budinova

Doctoral Researcher

Europe’s contested peripheries: Zooming into the Donbas’ post-Soviet sociohistorical downward spiral into a lived dystopia of protracted war for territory and memory

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Elen Budinova studied Political Science (BA at Freie Universität Berlin) and International Relations – Global Challenges (MA in Berlin and Potsdam). Her MA thesis on the annexation of Crimea was awarded the Humboldt-Price in 2019. She fuses her analytical passion for peace and conflict studies, cultural history and post-socialist transformation processes into work-related experiences at “Prisma Ukraïna – Research Network Eastern Europe”; the Chair “Entangled History of Ukraine” at Europa-Universität Viadrina; the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ)–Ukraine and Belarus; and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Bulgaria.