Kerstin Bischl brings a cultural and global history perspective to her work as a historian of Eastern Europe. Her PhD at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin was on gender relations and the dynamics of violence in the everyday life of the Red Army from 1941 to 1945. She was subsequently a research associate at the University of Göttingen, where she worked on a research project on Soviet Jews in ‘late socialism’, established cooperations with universities and civil society partners in Russia, Georgia and Belarus, and coordinated the research network Ambivalences of the Soviet. She has been the academic coordinator of the KonKoop research network at ZOiS since April 2022. Her research interests are, on the one hand, the Second World War and the memory of it and, on the other, Soviet/Russian contact zones in the Caucasus and Central Asia.