Olga Shparaga

Olga Shparaga

Academic Director of the Education Office for New Belarus

We aim not only at helping repressed students and teaching staff in their intention to leave the country but also to stay here and work for a new, democratic Belarus


Belarusian Philosopher; Ph.D. in Philosophy.

Dr. Shparaga is a member of the Editorial Board of several journals, including the Ideology and Politics JournalThe Interlocutor and pARTisanкА. Dr. Shpraraga has conducted research at the Ruhr-University Bochum, the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, and the University of Freiburg (Germany), the Center for Theoretical Research in Prague, the Warsaw University of Technology, and The New School for Social Research (New York, the USA).

Dr. Shparaga is the author of three individual monographs. Her monograph “Post-Holocaust Community: Towards an Inclusion Society” (Minsk: Madison, ECLAB-Books, 2018, was recognized as the best philosophical monograph of 2018 by the International Congress of Belarusian Studies and shortlisted as “Book of the Year 2018” by the Belarusian PEN-Center. Her latest book “The Revolution has a female face: the case of Belarus” published in June 2021 by the German publishing house Suhrkamp became its bestseller.

Since August 2020, Olga Shparaga has been a member of the FemGroup of the Coordination Council of the Belarusian opposition. In October 2020, she spent 15 days in prison and was sentenced to 12 more days – the reason she eventually had to leave the country. Olga Shparaga now lives in Berlin, and from January 2022 is going to be engaged in scientific research at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.

Olga Shparaga is also the co-editor of seven collective monographs, including:

  • Feminist (Art) Critique / edited by I. Solomatina, O. Shparaga, V. Hapeyeva, Kaunas: Taurapolis, 2015.
  • Zero Radius. Art Ontology of the 00s. Minsk, 2000-2010 / edited by O. Zhgirovskaya, O. Shparaga, R. Vashkevich. Minsk: Logvinov, 2013 – 532 p. (in Russian and English)
  • After Soviet Marxism: History, Philosophy, Sociology, and Psychoanalysis in National Contexts (Belarus, Ukraine) / compiled and edited by O. Shparaga. Vilnius: EHU, 2013.
  • The Ways of Belarus Europeanization: Between Politics and Identity Construction (1991-2010). Edited by O. Shparaga. Minsk: Logvinov, 2011.