NIDID visualizing memory David Leupold




25th March 2019

Visualizing Memory is an ongoing project that seeks to explore the multi-facetted and multi-layered landscape of urban memory in the post-socialist space. The project is conducted by the NIDID members Lilit Dabagian, Media Researcher at the University of Central Asia, and David Leupold, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Michigan.

In May 2018, the first pilot project Visualizing Bishkek was launched to shed light on urban sites that tell new and fascinating counter-narratives on the history of Kyrgyzstan’s capital. Graciously hosted at the art space of Laboratory Ci, an introductory workshop brought together participants from extremely diverse occupational backgrounds interested in the topic – ranging from urban photographers, anthropologists and historians to marketing specialists and journalists.

In initial workshop sessions participants at first acquired profound knowledge on the topics of collective memory and urban space and were introduced to diverse forms of artistic expression including creative documentary and urban photography. At a second stage, they explored four urban sites of Bishkek as multi-layered memory landscapes: Ala-Too Square, Erkindik Boulevard, Intergelpo Rayon and Kuznechnaya Krepost.

Please also check out our NIDID media library for the Visualizing Bishkek project journal.






social scientist & career coach

studied Sociology and Political Sciences at Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Her main interest lies in the transformation of political systems and societal change, with a particular regional focus on Southeastern Europe. As a coach she supports individuals in their quest for purpose and vocations, helping them tell their authentic stories with a firm voice. Having a strong analytical mind, she is driven by empathy and bottomless enthusiasm for the projects she takes on. 




film researcher & curator

is an art curator and media researcher lecturing at the University of Central Asia. She has co-initiated and co-curated various sociocultural, educational and artistic projects such as the Pamir-Moscow. Festival of Cultures (2017), an urban festival on labor migration in Russia, and Visualizing Memory (2018-), a sensory anthropological urban memory project. She studied Liberal Arts at the Bard College Berlin and Media Production in Creative Industries at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.



project manager

studied Sociology and Political Science in Germany and Hungary with particular focus on collective identities, nationalism and Southeastern Europe. Aside from his academic expertise he brings with him many years of professional experience in Germany and Bulgaria as a project manager and counselor in the field of social work for disadvantaged and marginalised people.




knowledge mediator

is a postdoctoral fellow with a doctoral degree from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Institute of Social Sciences. During his working experience in the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Middle East, he co-initiated projects such as Visualizing Memory (2018-) and the German-Turkish film project Es sind wir / Bu bizimki (2011-2014). As a political analyst he contributes to leading German newspapers and is author of the book Embattled Dreamlands: The Politics of Contesting Armenian, Kurdish and Turkish Memory (2020).



civil society activist

is a civil society activist and (video) journalist. Since 2015, he has implemented projects on democratization, conflict trans-formation and socio-economic policy in Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine and the South Caucasus. He holds a Masters in International Relations from the University of Cambridge.



human geographer

is a researcher and PhD candidate at the Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde in Leipzig, where he works on the contested economies of the Global East. An optimist by default, he firmly believes that local action is not unconditionally subordinated to global hyperrealities. If asked what he is striving for at and with NIDID, his answer would be: open up possibilities, whether they are taken or not. With a preference for the former.


social scientist

is a social scientist with a master's degree in Sociology and Political Science from Otto-von-Guericke Universität Magdeburg with a particular focus on Social Theory and International Relations. Fieldwork leads him to post-socialist countries where he explores the socio-cultural and political transformation. In his opinion one picture says more than thousand words. That is why a camera is his constant companion.




video journalist

is a video journalist, media producer and editor from Berlin. With long-standing experience and expertise in the process of producing films, documentaries for German television and virtual tours, he guarantees that our projects employ novel and innovative media formats and create a sustainable output, reaching a diverse and broad audience.






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