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I started working as an editor in high school, when I was in charge of the Schulschwätzer, a multilingual magazine published by pupils of the European School Karlsruhe, which at the time offered tuition in five languages.

From 2002 to 2006 I was editor-in-chief of the Moscow-based journal Neprikosnovenny zapas: debaty o politike i kul’ture (Private Stock–Debates on Politics and Culture), or NZ for short. In total I oversaw 25 issues of the journal, including two special thematic issues published simultaneously in Russian and German in cooperation with the Berlin-based journal Osteuropa. One of these issues, dedicated to the memory of the Second World War, was so successful that I later produced a revised and expanded Russian edition in book format. Under my editorship NZ joined the eurozine network of cultural journals. Since that time I have also been a regular contributor, editor, and translator for both Osteuropa and eurozine. Those who do not read Russian can take a look at the archived English version of NZ’s website, which features English translations of a number of articles from the journal and the tables of contents for about 30 issues.

Between 2005 I was an advisory board member, copy editor, translator, and guest editor of several issues for kultura: Russian Cultural Review, a bilingual (German/English) online journal published by the Research Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen, which had a total run of 28 issues, each published in both languages.

From 2007 to 2011 I was the founding editor-in-chief of Laboratorium: Russian Review of Social Research, a peer-reviewed journal published in Russian and English. During this time we published five voluminous issues, including thematic issues on the sociology of the South Caucasus and on the comparison between Latin American and post-Soviet societies. Afterwards, at my suggestion, the position of editor-in-chief was scrapped in favor of a rotating editorial board model. I remain on Laboratorium‘s advisory board, as well as that of Slavica Occitania.

Between 2010 and 2016 I was a member of the advisory board for the Berlin Colloquia on Contemporary History, a joint project of the Einstein Forum and the Hamburg Institute for Social Research. This was a series of 25 intense three-day workshops on various topics in 20th and 21st century history that took the form of structured discussions based on a pre-circulated reader, but with no formal presentations. Every meeting was documented in a thematic supplement to Mittelweg 36, the journal of the Hamburg Institute for Social Research. The supplements I edited can be downloaded here. In addition, you can read English and German versions of interviews I gave as a (co-)convenor of five of the colloquia.