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Hanna Vassilevich


Hanna Vasilevich is a Chair of the International Centre for Ethnic and Linguistic Diversity Studies, Prague. Her research interests include interethnic relations, minorities, diaspora and kin-state relations, linguistic diversity, the issues of equality and non-discrimination with emphasis on language and ethnicity. Her current research explores the role of minority advisory and consultative bodies as a conflict prevention mechanism in the Eastern Partnership countries.

She has worked at the European Centre for Minority Issues after defending her PhD thesis on Belarusian National Identity at the Metropolitan University/International Relations Institute in Prague. Dr. Vasilevich actively participated in the social and cultural life of the Belarusian Diaspora in Prague, and also initiated the process to acknowledge Belarusians as a national minority in the Czech Republic. She participated in a number of projects focussing on civil society in Belarus, worked on policies of ethno-cultural diversity management in Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine, crossborder conflict dynamics (especially in the Western Balkans), and national minorities and ethno-political issues in Belarus, Ukraine, and Moldova, funded, among others by Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Robert Bosch Stiftung, and Carnegie Corporation of New York. Hanna has published on topics of Central and Eastern European politics, history and culture.


She has peer-reviewed book chapters and articles published, inter alia, by Brill, Nomos and ECPR Press:

  • Vasilevich, Hanna. Authoritarianism versus Democracy in Belarus: Does National Identity Matter?, pp. 77-100 in: Bosold, D., et al. (eds.): Democratization and Security in Central and Eastern Europe and Post-Soviet States (Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2012).
  • Vasilevich, Hanna. Majority as Minority - a Comparative Case of Autochthonous Slavs in Lithuania and Hungarians in Slovakia after the Second World War, pp. 99-122, in: Danero Iglesias, J., et al. (eds.): New Nation-States and National Minorities (Colchester: ECPRPress, 2013).
  • Kascian, Kiryl and Hanna Vasilevich. Czech Republic Acknowledgement of Belarusian and Vietnamese as new minorities, pp. 351-70, in: European Yearbook of Minority Issues, vol. 12 (Leiden: Brill, 2016).
  • Osipov, Alexander and Hanna Vasilevich. Transnistian nation-building: a success story?, in: Nationalities Papers (forthcoming).