Ellen Rutten – postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bergen – oversees WW's overall coordination. Rutten is responsible for the collection and presentation of research data, and co-produces the documentary which concludes the project. She is core member of The Future of Russian, the leading international research project on Eastern European new media, and founding editor of the pioneering journal in the field, Digital Icons: Studies in Russian, Eurasian & Central European New Media. A blogger for The Future of Russian & Russian Cyberspace, she published on new media in kultura, Digital Icons, and a number of edited volumes.
has been appointed a postdoctoral researcher for WW by the University of Bergen. Zvereva scrutinizes the ways in which members of Russian and Ukrainian online communities produce and secure cultural memory and group solidarity, and she co-produces the documentary Virtual Pasts. She is affiliated as research fellow to the Russian Academy of Sciences' Institute for General History and as lecturer to the Department of Art History of the Russian State University for the Humanities. An active member of the Future of Russian project, she published extensively on media culture in
is an independent filmmaker based in Amsterdam. For Web Wars, she coordinates the production of Virtual Pasts, a documentary on commemoration practices in Eastern European new media. Gerretsen currently films a documentary commissioned by Marres, Centre for Contemporary Culture on the forgotten Dutch fashion designer Botter and his role in Turkey's modernization process.
Author of the audio-documentaries 'Reasons to Live' ('Redenen om te leven', 2008) – on literary life in Moscow –, 'Sacred Houses' ('Heilige Huisjes', 2009), and 'The Russian Schizo-Revolution' (2010) – on non-conformist art from Petersburg –, she has had a special interest in post-Soviet culture throughout her career.
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