Maria-Alina Asavei is a lecturer at the Russian and East European Department (Institute of International Studies, Charles University) and an independent curator of contemporary art. She has curated several international exhibitions of contemporary art and material culture. She received her PhD from Central European University (Budapest) for a dissertation on political-critical art and the aesthetic. Asavei is a former honorary research fellow at City University of New York (CUNY) and at the American Research Center in Sofia (ARCS). Her research interests revolve around critical (political) theory, cultural studies, aesthetics, ethnography, memory studies and forms of artistic engagement during and after totalitarian regimes.