Volha Bartash is historian and anthropologist whose work focuses on the history and ethnography of Roma and other ethnic groups in Eastern Europe. Since 2008 Volha has been engaged in a number of national research projects on the culture of ethnic minorities in Belarus. In her doctoral dissertation (2011, National Academy of Sciences of Belarus) she analysed the effects of the transition to sedentary lifestyle on Roma communities in Belarus. The study was based on nine ethnographic case studies in Roma communities. For the paper based on the outcome of her thesis, Volha received the Marian Madison Gypsy Lore Society Young Scholar's Prize in Romani Studies (2013).
Since 2013 Volha has started to work on the oral history project on the Roma´ experiences of the Nazi genocide in the Belarusian-Lithuanian border region. Her research received support from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, KONE foundation and the Swedish Institute. From 2013 to 2017 she held several international fellowships at the institutes for advanced studies including Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies and Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena. In 2016-2017 she conducted research and taught at the Uppsala University.
As of July 2018 Volha is working as a researcher at the IOS Regensburg. Her current research project is titled ROMPAST. Two Paths of a Shared Past: Memory and Representation of the Nazi Genocide of Roma in Belarus and Lithuania. It is supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship).