David Kurkovskiy


B.A. Yale University, majors in Russian and Eastern European Studies and Computer Science, 2017.

Yale Parker Huang Fellow and Visiting Student, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, 2017-8.

Visiting Researcher (Młodzi Naukowcy program), Centre of East European Studies, University of Warsaw, 2018-9.

Entered Berkeley program in 2020

Paper submitted with application to Berkeley: “’Where is Raysn?’: Imagining an Early 20th Century Jewish-Belarusian Shared Neighborhood”

Research Interests: Polish/East Slavic/Yiddish philology, Jewish-Belarusian relations, Russian/Soviet Jewry, contemporary Belarusian politics and literature, “marginal” modernisms, early Soviet nationalities policy and cultural production, language revitalization and minority language pedagogy, borderlands studies, critical theory

Languages known and studied: Belarusian, French, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian, Yiddish, OCS (Reading)

Selected conference participation:

“Raysn, Vilnia, Belarus: Belarusian-Jewish Relations at the Beginning of the 20th Century.” Congress of Researchers of Belarus, European Humanities University, Vilnius, September 2019.

“The Experience of World War I and the Belarusian National Movement (A Vilnius Case Study).” Fourth Annual Belarusian Studies in the 21st Century Conference, University College London, March 2019.

Selected published work:

“Belarusians are speaking as one: Alexander Lukashenko’s time is up.” The Guardian 18 August 2020.