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The Aleksanteri Institute

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00014 University of Helsinki

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17th Annual Aleksanteri Conference


Time and venue: 25-27 October 2017, University of Helsinki, Finland
Organisers: Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies “Choices of Russian Modernisation” and University of Tampere

The videos of the keynote presentations are available at the Aleksanteri Institute YouTube channel.

The Aleksanteri Institute at the University of Helsinki will hold the 17th Annual International Aleksanteri Conference on 25-27 October 2017. The conference will bring together scholars, experts and advanced graduate students from a variety of disciplines such as economics, political science, sociology, geography, history, law, and cultural studies.

Where Russia will be in 2030 is no longer as clear as it seemed a while ago. Some years ago, ‘emerging powers’ and the BRICS countries, including Russia, seemed to be on a path to experiencing strong economic growth, delivering well-being to their citizens, shaping global cultural trends, and ultimately challenging the prevailing balance of power. For many reasons, such expectations have proved somewhat one-dimensional. As a response to this changing trajectory, the Russian Government has initiated a new development strategy until 2030. World leaders in economy and politics, in academia and outside continue related debates. The 17th Aleksanteri Conference will focus on Russian actors, who are making the choices on the way to 2030; explore the multiple structures and environments within which these actors are making these choices; and analyse the legacies of the pre-Soviet, Soviet, and post-Soviet periods which, in turn, are shaping Russia’s choices.

While we particularly welcome paper, panel, and roundtable proposals addressing this forward-looking agenda, we also wish to see proposals examining any current or historical developments that can be relevant for understanding Russia’s choices and the contexts within which they are made. We also welcome proposals that address the choices of less central actors in Russia, as well as Russia’s neighbours in Europe, Asia, and elsewhere that have a bearing on Russia.

The 2017 Aleksanteri Conference will also be the closing conference of the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies “Choices of Russian Modernisation”.

  • Russia’s economic development and strategies
  • Russia’s industrial policy, industry 4.0, and global supply chains
  • Science, innovation, and technology policy in Russia
  • Energy and sustainability
  • Russia’s welfare regime
  • Russia in global and regional governance processes
  • Russia and global transformations
  • Russian foreign policy
  • Institutions and decision-making in Russia and post-Soviet states
  • Authoritarianism and development
  • Pre-Soviet, Soviet, and post-Soviet legacies
  • The intertwining of culture and economy
  • The Russian state’s new cultural policy
  • Russian cultural statecraft
  • Professor Georgi Derluguian, NYU Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • Dr. Irina Dezhina, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, Russia
  • Professor Barry W. Ickes, Pennsylvania State University, USA
  • Professor Wolfgang Knöbl, Hamburg Institute for Social Research, Germany
  • Professor Tatiana Romanova, St. Petersburg State University / National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia
  • Professor Li Xin, Shanghai Institute for International Studies, China

In addition to plenary sessions, roundtables and panels will be gathered together on the basis of the call for papers. Individual proposals for papers are also welcome.

Paper presenters, chairs, and discussants

100 €

Graduate students, participants from ex-Soviet countries or with an income of less than 30,000 euros

50 €

Participants from the organising institution, keynote speakers and other invited participants, media FREE

Accompanying persons and observers not presenting a paper (partial participation in the conference allowed)

25 €


The deadline for submitting paper, panel, and roundtable proposals was 15 May 2017.

Panel sessions will last 90 minutes each:
Panellists: 15-20 minutes each
Discussant: 10 minutes

The chair will introduce the panel and its participants. Each panellist will have a maximum of 15-20 minutes for their presentations. The discussant will have 10 minutes to give their comments. The papers will be circulated amongst the panel chairs and discussants prior to the conference.

Roundtables will also last 90 minutes. Please be mindful of the time constraints and the fair allocation of time between participants.

The working language of the conference is English. Unfortunately, no translation can be provided.

There is a PC and a projector in every lecture hall.

Participants are requested to make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation and cover the costs related to participation. The conference organisers have secured block bookings at three nearby hotels in different price categories for the conference participants. We ask you kindly to book your accommodation well in advance because there are quotas and deadlines for each reservation. For Helsinki hotel and tourism information, please see

Participants and observers who do not wish to give a paper or organise a panel or a workshop are also welcome to take part in the Conference. All conference participants are required to register. Please see the ‘Registration rates’ section above for details.

For further information, or if you wish to ask any questions, please contact the conference organisers at:


On behalf of the organising committee,
Pami Aalto, Chair of the organising committee, Professor of International Relations, University of Tampere & Cluster Leader, Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies
Anna Lowry, Conference Coordinator, Postdoctoral Researcher, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki
Markku Kivinen, Director of the Aleksanteri Institute & Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies

The Aleksanteri Conference is an annual, multidisciplinary, international conference organised by the Aleksanteri Institute, the Finnish Centre for Russian and Eastern European Studies, affiliated with the University of Helsinki. Aleksanteri Conferences have attracted broad interest among researchers and policy-makers in a wide variety of disciplines, both in Finland and abroad, who are interested in the development of post-socialist countries. The 2017 Conference is organised in cooperation with the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies "Choices of Russian Modernisation".

Interested in past Aleksanteri Conferences? The keynote presentations from the 2015 and 2016 Aleksanteri Conferences are available on the
Aleksanteri Institute’s YouTube channel.