Irina Kissin


  • Since 2020 research associate at ZfL Berlin with the project Historical Narratives in Soviet Yiddish Literature
  • 2018-2019 working at the DFG project Sovetish Heymland at the Slavic Institute at the Heidelberg University
  • Since winter semester 2019 lecturer at the ZEGK Historical Department of Heidelberg University, teaching classes Russian Language for Historians
  • freelance teacher and licensed examiner for German language
  • freelance editor and translator
  • M.A. in Slavic Studies and Eastern European History at the Heidelberg University

Jury, Council, and Board Memberships

  • 2014 member of the selection jury for the Gurs memorial in Heidelberg
  • 2016-2017 member of the jury at the autobiographical essays contest Die andere Herkunft - From Another Origin (project of the Columbia University New York)

Research Interests

  • Literary visuality
  • Russian 20-th century literature
  • Yiddish literature in the Soviet Union
  • Comparative Studies: 20-th century European Jewish writers


  • Literary Visuality in Leonid Zypkin's Novel Summer in Baden-Baden - work in process, Mattes Publishing House Heidelberg


  • The Sephardic Narrative in Nathan Zabara's Historical Novel The Revolving Wheel, talk at the annual conference The Making and Unmaking of Soviet Yiddish Literature, Literaturhaus Leipzig, 29.06.2022
  • Das sephardische Narrativ im historischen Roman Nathan Zabaras Dos redl dreyt sikh im Kontext zwischen Lyon Feuchtwangers Die Jüdin von Toledo und Julian Stryjkowskis Der Fremde aus Narbonne, talk at the 14. Deutscher Slavistiktag 2022, Bochum, 22.09.2022