A guide to the New East


Kit Macdonald

Kit Macdonald is a freelance writer and editor originally from Scotland but now based in east London. He writes on electronic music, travel, eastern European and international affairs and sport for The Guardian, Resident Advisor, The National, The Independent, Vice, Time Out, Electronic Beats, the Sunday Herald and many others. You can follow his retweets of 1990s football clips and Syrian civil war analysis here.

Kirill Maevsky

Kirill Maevsky is a journalist, a publisher and owner of Smena bookshop. He lives between Moscow and Kazan and works as the head of independent publishing company Il-music and is art director of contemporary cultural center Smena in Kazan. 

Giulia Mangione

Florence-born Giulia Mangione is assistant photo editor of The Calvert Journal. She has a passion for photography and photojournalism, and is constantly looking for innovative ways of visual storytelling and photobook making. 

Anastasiia Marchenko

Anastasiia Marchenko is a journalist based in Krasnodar, Russia. She writes about culture and the local community for Yuga.ru.

Anastasiia participated in The Calvert Journal's New Writers Programme.

Lazara Marinković

Lazara Marinković is a freelance journalist, documentary photographer and filmmaker and a media and event producer from Belgrade, where she studied Art History and Communications. Since 2009, she has been involved in producing and promoting various cultural and politically-engaged projects within Serbia and abroad. Her media work since 2014 has covered the refugee crisis, queer culture, sex work, human rights, general politics and more. She has been published in local as well as international outlets such as VICE, Al Jazeera, Dazed and Confused and more. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter

Tom Masters

Tom Masters is a Berlin-based travel writer working closely with Russia, the former Soviet Union and the extended remnants of the communist world. Having started his career as a print journalist at The St Petersburg Times in Russia, he has subsequently worked in radio for the BBC World Service and as a documentary producer for the BBC, Discovery Channel and History Channel as well as writing dozens of books about some of the world’s least visited places for Lonely Planet. 

Will Mawhood

Will Mawhood is the editor of the website Deep Baltic. He spends quite a lot of his time in Latvia.

Emily McDermott

Emily McDermott is a writer and editor based in Berlin. 

Daryl Mersom

Daryl Mersom has written for Amuse, Atlantic, Guardian, Huck, i-D, New Statesman, Time Out Croatia, and Vice, and has worked on content with Monster Energy and Vans. So far in 2018 he’s been in Bratislava, Zagreb, Sarajevo, Tbilisi, and Batumi, working on a series of loosely connected articles. He has also been working on a series of location guides, in collaboration with professional skateboarders, surfers, and mountain bikers, to Hossegor, Cape Town, and beyond. Reach out here.

Valentina Michelotti

Valentina Michelotti is an American freelance writer interested in identity politics, nation-building, and contemporary music — and their intersection. From Chicago originally, she has lived in southern California, Russia, Georgia, and Kazakhstan, writing about club music and the youth of the post-Soviet space. 

Elise Morton

Elise was News Editor of The Calvert Journal for two years (2015 — 2017). She graduated from Cambridge with a languages degree and is now pursuing an MA in Greece. She is passionate about Eurovision, Soviet musicals, mental health and tea (+obligatory cake).

Simon Mraz

Simon Mraz was sent by Viennese auction house Dorotheum to Moscow to look after antique dealers and private collectors. During the financial crisis, he joined the Austrian Embassy and became head of its cultural department in 2009. What was supposed to be a job for 9 months became a labour of love and Simon has now been involved in the Russian contemporary art scene for over a decade. 

Michał Murawski

Michał Murawski is Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Department of Russian, Queen Mary, University of London. He completed his PhD in Social Anthropology at Cambridge in 2014. With a focus on Warsaw and Moscow, his work examines how communist spectres – aesthetic as well as political ones – continue to haunt the everyday lives of East European cities. He is currently completing his book, Palace Complex: Stalinist Architectural Afterlives in Post-Socialist Warsaw, soon to appear with Indiana University press.