Dr. Ilya Sulzhytski

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter

Lehrstuhl für Ukrainische Kulturwissenschaft

Ernst-Lohmeyer-Platz 3, Raum E. 49

17487 Greifswald


Research Background

My research background is connected with memory studies, cultural sociology, eastern European studies and digital sociology. I have basic skills in Data Science, Machine learning, Python programming language. Now I am improving my qualifications with the courses in statistics, programming, machine learning and data analysis on the platforms Coursera, OpenEdu, Stepic, Udemy, Kaggle.


Projects :

2015-2016. Discourse-analysis of Ukrainian events in the Belarusian media

I focused on the strategies of describing the Ukrainian crisis within the state, opposition and independent media in Belarus. For this, I have developed a system of categories and indicators to identify propaganda in the Belarusian media. I found out that the opposing sides were represented in the Belarusian media almost identically through elements of anti-fascist and anti-war rhetoric.

2018-2019. The experience of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum visitors

( journals.bsu.by/index.php/sociology/article/view/1708

The project was devoted to the study of the desacralization processes of the Holocaust collective memory in the representations of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum visitors. I found that the growing popularity and commercialization of the Museum led to the disappointment of some users who felt that the Museum lost its special sacred status and turned into an entertainment center.

2019. Analysis of the moral panic over synthetic drugs in the Belarusian media.

I have collected and analyzed the publications about the "spice" drug in the Belarusian media. I found that the strengthening of anti-drug legislation was connected with the moral panic about the smoking mixtures that appeared on the Belarusian drug market. As a result, spice changed the status of an illegal drug to the status of absolute evil, which is the main threat to young people and the national security. Thus, the measures of increasing the social control were strengthened radically.

2019-2020 . The creation of an educational game on the history of the World War II in the format of the chatbot OurMemory (game design + development).

OurMemory educational project is a text-based role-playing game in two formats: visual novel and chatbot. It is based on the diaries of World War II participants. The game makes it possible to immerse yourself in the war reality and repeat the life path of the selected character. The game is interactive: it allows you to change the plot depending on the player's choice, to live the emotions of people who had to expose themselves to bodily and moral tests, regardless of the side of the conflict.


Now I am the scientific supervisor and curator of the volunteer research project "Our Scientific Opinion", in which scientists and developers from Belarus and other countries work. My responsibility is connected with a subproject for the analysis of Belarusian media and Telegram channels. I advise and coordinate a development team that builds tools for interactive data analysis, data markup, and machine learning. My analytical work is related to setting research tasks, developing hypotheses, defining datasets, identifying categories and indicators for automated content analysis, writing analytical texts for the social media.


Teaching and Research

Current Academic Degree in Belarus:  Kandidat Nauk

Last University/Employer in Belarus: Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno

Teaching Languages: Russian, English

Teaching Experience (years): 5

Subject Area/Research Area: Sociology, Memory Studies


Academic Education

Bachelor:                                          University: Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno

Discipline: Sociology                                                                                    Year: 2010 - 2015          

Master:                                              University: Belarusian State University

Discipline: Sociology                                                                                   Year: 2015 - 2016

Title of Master Thesis: Discourse-analysis of Ukrainian events in the Belarusian media             

Doctoral degree (Kandidat Nauk):   University: Belarusian State University                     

Discipline: Sociology                                                                                    Year: 2016 - 2019

Title of Doctoral Thesis:  Durkheimian research program in the sociological study of collective memory


Academic Conferences/Awards/Honors/Funding/Memberships

  • International Conference "Intercultural and Transcultural Dimension in the Linguistic, Cultural and Historical Context", October 12-14, University of Pardubice, Czech Republic, 2017
  • XIX International Student Scientific Conference Europe 2017. From the printed word to knowledge: local traditions and the global transition, May 6-7, 2017, Vilnius, European Humanities University
  • International Scientific and Practical Conference of Young Scientists “Development Vectors of Modern Russia“, April 19-21, 2018, Moscow, Moscow Higher School of Social and Economic Sciences
  • International Scientific Conference "Sociology in (post) modernity", March 14-15, 2019, Kharkov, Ukraine
  • Annual international conference DataFest Online, May 22-24, 2020, Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Lane Kirkland Scholarship Program, February 2021 - June 2021, Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland

Sulzhytskii I. S., Myslivets M. L. Integrative Aspects of Collective Memory. Russian Journal of Philosophical Sciences Vol. 63, No. 10, Moscow 2020, 124–139.

Sulzhytskii, I. S., Kozlovskaia, N. V. Seminar “Zabytyi Oktiabr’” [The Seminar “Forgotten October”]. Journal of theIanka Kupala State University Vol. 9, No. 1, Grodno 2019, 155–162.

Sulzhytskii, I. S. Desakralizatsiia kollektivnoi pamiati o Kholokoste: keis gosudartsvennogo muzeia Aushvits-Birkenau [Desacralization of collective memory of the Holocaust: case of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum]. Journal of Belarusssian State University No. 2, Sociology, Minsk 2018, 48–66.

Sulzhytskii, I. S., Myslivets N. L. Istoricheskaia pamiat’ [Historical memory]. In: Danilov, A. N., Rotman, D. G. (Eds.) Osobennosti stanovleniia i razvitiia belorusskogo gosudarstva: sociologicheskii analiz [The Characteristics of the Formation and Development of the Belorussian State: Sociological Analysis] Minsk 2018, 272–290.

Sulzhytskii I. S. K obosnovaniiu diurkheimianskoi programmy v sovremennykh memory studies: kommemorativnyi ritual i ambivalentnost’ pamiati [On the justification of the Durkheimian program in contemporary memory studies: commemorative ritual and the ambivalence of memory]. Journal of Belarusssian State University No. 1, Sociology, Minsk 2017, 64 –72.

Sulzhytskii I. S. Stanovlenie i razvitie memory studies: sociologicheskii proekt M. Halbvaksa [Formation and development of memory studies: the sociological project of Maurice Halbwachs]. Journal of Belarusssian State University No. 4, Sociology, Minsk 2017, 112–122.

Sulzhytskii I. S. Stanovlenie i razvitie metodologii diskurs-analiza v sotzial’nykh naukakh. [The formation and development of the discourse analysis methodology in the social sciences]. Journal of Yanka Kupala State University Vol. 6, No. 2, Grodno 2016, 120–125