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Vladimir Strukov

Vlad Strukov is Associate Professor in Digital Culture at the University of Leeds. His research interests include digital media, visual culture, popular culture, film and television, with a particular emphasis on space, consumption and identity. Prior to his present appointment, he served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at University College London.

The Conservative Turn: Culture as Politics in Putin's Russia

The Russian government responded to the 2011-13 protest movement by introducing a set of laws that limit artistic and individual expression, for example, the law concerning the use of the Russian language in music and film, the gay-propaganda law and so forth. These laws—along with the government actions on the international arena, for example, the annexation of Crimea, anti-Western sanctions, and so on—have been labelled as the conservative turn in Russian culture and politics. This reading of the conservative transformation advocates a top-down approach which largely excludes citizen participation and focuses on high profile scandals such as the Leviathan scandal and the Mezdrich affair. In my paper I wish to examine the biopolitics of the Putin regime by examining and theorizing mundane conservative practice: How do we read culture as politics? What is the outreach of the citizen conservative practice? What forms of citizen participation does in entail? Which aesthetic does the conservative practice utilise? I will interpret a number of case studies using the theories of cultural geography and focusing on visual and participatory practices in urban settings.


Selected publications