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00014 University of Helsinki

Past Aleksanteri Conferences

Keynote speakers (in alphabetical order)

 

 

Georgi Derluguian


Georgi Derluguian — born in Krasnodar, Russia, in 1961; an Africanist by original training, he served in Mozambique during the 1980s. Since 1990 a researcher at Fernand Braudel Center for the Study of Economies, Historical Systems, and Civilizations in Binghamton, New York. Having served for fifteen years as professor of sociology at Northwestern University (Chicago), he recently moved to the new global campus of New York University in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. In 2007 he was awarded Norbert Elias Prize. Prof. Derluguian is best known for such works as Che Guevars in Turbans; Mozambique in the 1980s: Periphery Goes Postmodern; Bourdieu’s Secret Admirer in the Caucasus. The book Does Capitalism Have a Future? (co-authored with Immanuel Wallerstein, Randall Collins, Craig Calhoun) was translated into sixteen languages including Finnish as: Onko kapitalismilla tulevaisuutta? (Helsinki: Gaudeamus, 2015).

His Aleksanteri Conference key-note address is titled:
The Soviet Revolution of 1917: Did It Make a Difference?

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Irina Dezhina


Irina Dezhina is the Head of Research Group on Science and Industrial Policy at Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, Moscow.  She received her Ph.D. in economics in 1992 from the RAS Institute of National Economic Forecasting, and her D.Sc. degree in economics in 2007 from the RAS Institute of World Economy and International Relations. Dr. Dezhina has been a Fulbright Scholar at the MIT Program “Science, Technology, and Society” (1997), a fellow at the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies in Washington, D.C. (1994 and 2013). In 1998-1999 she was a Science Policy Analyst at SRI International, Washington, D.C. She has also served as a consultant for the World Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, CRDF, OECD, APEC, EU Framework Program, and other organizations. In June 2016 she was awarded a title Chevalier, The Ordre des Palmes académiques (Order of Academic Palms, France) for works on Russian science and innovation policy.

Her current research interests include studies of science and technology policies. She has published 11 monographs (two in English) and over 230 articles on these and related topics. Her key monographs are The International Science Foundation: The Preservation of Basic Science in the Former Soviet Union (OSI, NY, 2000), Government Regulation of Science in Russia (Magistr, 2008), Science in the New Russia: Crisis, Aid, Reform (Indiana University Press, 2008) co-authored with Loren Graham, Development of Collaboration with Russian-Speaking Research Diaspora: Experience, Problems, Prospects (RCID, 2015).

Her Aleksanteri Conference key-note address is titled: Science and Innovation Policy in Russia: Back to the "Catch up and Overtake" Model

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Barry W. Ickes


Barry W. Ickes is Head of the Department of Economics and Professor of Economics at the Pennsylvania State University. He is also the Director of the Center for Research in International Financial and Energy Security. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1984. He is also a founder of the New Economic School in Moscow, and President of the American Friends of the New Economic School. Professor Ickes was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, and is a past President of the Association for Comparative Economic Studies. Professor Ickes is a specialist in the economics of transition. He is co-author of Russia’s Virtual Economy (Brookings, 2002) and Bear Traps on Russia’s Road to Modernization (Routledge 2013) both with Clifford Gaddy. His new book (co-authored with Clifford Gaddy), Russia’s Addition: The Political Economy of Resource Dependence, will be published by Brookings in 2017.

His Aleksanteri Conference key-note address is titled:
Resource Rents and the Soviet Experience

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Wolfgang Knöbl

Wolfgang Knöbl (Prof. Dr. Sociology) is director of the Hamburg Institute for Social Research and Guest Professor at the Leuphana University Lüneburg. He graduated at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg and received his PhD at Freie Universität Berlin, where he then worked as Assistant Professor. In spring 1997 he was Theodor Heuss-Lecturer at the New School for Social Research, New York City. He was fellow at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) and the Max-Weber-Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies in Erfurt/Germany. From 2002 to 2015 he was full professor for international comparative sociology at Göttingen University.  His main research areas are political and historical sociology, social theory, and the history of sociology and the sociology of war and peace. Wolfgang Knöbl has published widely on topics such as Modernization Theory and Multiple Modernities. Among his main publications are: Spielräume der Modernisierung. Das Ende der Eindeutigkeit. Weilerswist 2001: Velbrück; Die Kontingenz der Moderne. Wege in Europa, Asien und Amerika. Frankfurt/M. and New York 2007: Campus Verlag; Social Theory: Twenty Introductory Lectures (written together with Hans Joas). Cambridge 2009: Cambridge UP; War in Social Thought: Hobbes to the Present (written together with Hans Joas). Princeton 2012: Princeton UP.

His Aleksanteri Conference key-note address is titled: "Modernization" in times of "globalization"

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Tatiana Romanova


PhD (St. Petersburg State University 2002), MA in Politics and Administration (College of Europe, Brugge, 2001), Specialist in International Relations (St. Petersburg State University 2000). Associate Professor at St. Petersburg State University and at Higher School of Economics. Jean Monnet Chair (2011), Director of Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (2015). Research interests: EU-Russian economic, legal and political relations, normative competition, legal approximation, sanctions, energy markets and security, Russian foreign policy, EU institutions and decision-making.

Some recent publications: Russian Challenge to the EU’s Normative Power? Change and Continuity // Europe-Asia Studies. 2016. No 3. Pp. 371-390; Sanctions and the Future of EU-Russian economic relations // Europe-Asia Studies. 2016. No 4. Pp. 774-796; Russia and Europe: Somewhat Different, Somewhat the Same? Moscow: RIAC, July. 2016. Policy Brief No 5; Is Russian Energy Policy towards the EU Only about Geopolitics? The Case of the Third Liberalisation Package // Geopolitics. 2016. No 4. Pp. 857-879.

Her Aleksanteri Conference key-note address is titled: Russia's Relations with the West: What's Next?
 
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Xin Li


Xin Li is Professor of the Institute of World Economics and Director of the Center for Russia and Central Asia at the Shanghai Institutes for International Studies. Editorial Board member of Chinese scientific journals Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies and Academic Journal of Russian Studies as well as Russian Vestnik SPbSU Series Economics, Spatial Economics, and Problems of Modern Economy. Permanent member of Baltic Forum, Valdai Discussion Club, and World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations.” Research interests: world economy, Russian and Central Asian politics and economy, specifically aligning the Silk Road Economic Belt with the economic development of Russia and the Eurasian Economic Union. Author of over 150 articles and 10 books on Russia in Chinese, Russian, and English languages, including The Choice of the Path of Economic Transformation (1998); Economic Reforms Through the Eyes of Russian and Chinese Scientists (cooperation with St. Petersburg State University, in Russian and Chinese languages, 2000); The Transition to a Market Economy: Russia and China (2002); Thinking About the Reform: Economic Science of Russia (USSR) and Eastern Europe (2002); History of Economic Thought Marxism (the USSR and Russia, 2006); Study of Transformation of the Economy (2007); Comparative Institutional Analysis of Economic Transformation (2008); The Problem of Social Security in China and Russia: a Comparative Analysis (Cooperation with SPSUEF, in Chinese and Russian languages, 2009); and Russia's Economic Transition Again: Innovation Driven Modernization (2013).

His Aleksanteri Conference key-note address is titled: Выборы России в современной международной ситуации [Russia's Choices in the Contemporary International Context]

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