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The Aleksanteri Institute

Unioninkatu 33 (P.O. Box 42)
00014 University of Helsinki

Past Aleksanteri Conferences

Cultural Policy in Today's Russia: Institutions, Discourses and Everyday Practices

Chair: Anna Tarasenko (Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland)
Discussant: Julia Zelikova (Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Russia)
Natalya Zhidkova (Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Saint Petersburg, Russia): Re-volution of Cultural Policy in XXI Century Russia
Svetlana Tulaeva (Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Saint Petersburg, Russia): "Echo" of the State Policy: Companies' Culture Policy in the Northern Regions
Margarita Kuleva (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Saint Petersburg, Russia): "Crazy Art Lovers", "Effective Managers", "Dedicated Bureaucrats" and other Invisible Workers of Big Institutions: Policies and Practices of Cultural Labour in the Public Sector of the UK and Russia

This panel addresses the discussions around cultural policy in Russia, also in comparative perspective. It approaches cultural policy from different angles, namely, institutional, discoursive and from an angle of everyday practices. It looks at cultural policy at international, federal and local levels. The first presentation, “Re-volution of cultural policy in XXI century Russia” by Natalia Zhidkova, suggests to look at the debates around cultural policy based on discourse of laws and institutional structure of cultural policy in today’s Russia. The presentation offers an analysis of a model of Russian cultural policy and its genealogy. The analysis is based on data retrieved from legislative acts, normative documents, strategies and concepts as well as in speeches of federal state officials from 2010 till 2016. The main idea is to show the inertia as the key principle of cultural policy starting from socialist times up until now. The second presentation by Svetlana Tulaeva addresses the question of how commercial companies acts as the agents of cultural policy at local level. Using empirical data of ethnographic research, the author takes a case of oil and gas companies in Arctic region of Russia and poses a question of how they communicate federal cultural policy locally and how this affect indigenous cultures. The third paper, “Crazy art lovers”, “effective managers”, “dedicated bureaucrats” and other invisible workers of big institutions: policies and practices of cultural labour in the public sector of the UK and Russia” by Margarita Kuleva, puts the case of Russian creative workers and the policy towards creatives in a comparative perspective between Russia and the United Kingdom. Drawing from in-depth interviews with creative professionals, this presentation offers interpretations of creative work based on meanings and practices that this work convey. In general, the panel comprises scholars from various disciplines - political science, legislative studies, sociology and cultural studies and therefore offers an interdisciplinary view on the issues of culture and policy.