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3.12.2015 at 2.15 pm
Visiting Fellows Research Seminar
Gertjan Plets: Corporate Security Meets Heritage Politics: Everyday Politics and Cultural Life in Russia's Resource Colonies

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The Aleksanteri Institute functions as a national centre of research, study and expertise pertaining to Russia and Eastern Europe, particularly in the social sciences and humanities. The Institute promotes cooperation and interaction between the academic world, public administration, business life and civil society, both in Finland and abroad.

New publication on interpretations of Stalinism


The nature of the phenomenon called Stalinism has since long been subject to debates. Although the scholars have agreed on many of its main traits - such as one-party dictatorship and politically motivated terror - there are yet many open questions and no final consensus has been reached. In Discussing Stalinism: Problems and Approaches (ed. by Kangaspuro & Oittinen, Aleksanteri Institute, 2015), six scholars representing different fields of social research are presenting their points of view on the "Stalinism phenomenon".

Read more about the book and order it by electronic form.

Aleksanteri Conference on culture and Russian society

The 15th Aleksanteri Conference Culture and Russian Society was opened by Paula Lehtomäki, State Secretary to the Prime Minister of Finland. The conference started with a special Roundtable Session in which the state of Russian culture was discussed by writers and journalists Artemy Troitsky, Roman Senchin and Kalle Kniivilä and publisher Irina Prokhorova (photo above). The keynote speakers of the Plenary Session I, Catriona Kelly and Vera Tolz (photo below), focused on changing narratives of Russian cultural and national identity.

For more photos and conference news, see the Aleksanteri Institute's Facebook page and the conference's Twitter page.

Aleksanteri News 3-4/2015 - your guide to the conference!

The conference issue of Aleksanteri News contains the programme of the 15th Aleksanteri Conference Culture and Russian Society. This issue introduces also the conference keynote speakers and speakers at the pre-conference roundtable, many of them prominent cultural figures themselves. In addition, the issue contains information about recent events at the Aleksanteri Institute, presents the views of some of our visiting fellows this autumn, and new projects and teaching modules that will be launched. The face of the month in this issue is professor Vesa Oittinen, who discusses the position of Russian philosophy in the globalized world.

Russia's cultural policy: Stories behind the media headlines

  Kremlin guidelines for cultural policies define tools for cultural marginalization in the name of "Russian mentality", writes Sanna Turoma in issue 5/2015 of Aleksanteri Insight.

A teaching project on the effects of EU's Eastern enlargement


Senior researcher Katalin Miklóssy has received funding for three years for the Jean Monnet module The East within Europe: An Eastern Angle to European Studies. The project is funded by the European Union Erasmus+ Programme during 2015-2018.

During the project, the history of the EU enlargement is studied from new points of view, the diverging development of the Eastern and Central European countries that joined EU after 2004 is examined, and EU's strategies and policies concerning its eastern neighbours are discussed. The project challenges the story according to which EU's enlargement has signified democracy's triumph in post-socialist Europe. The project implements intensive teaching, MOOC courses and produces learning material.

Elite consolidation in Ukraine through the lustration law?

  The approach of the current Ukrainian administration is not likely to work well in a divided society, writes Yuliya Zabyelina in issue 4/2015 of Aleksanteri Insight.


A new project delves into hybrid warfare


Russia's new hybrid warfare has become a central safety concern for the entire Europe. A new research project by Hanna Smith and Bettina Renz, funded by the Finnish government, strives to tackle the challenges and threats this new situation poses.

It will produce new information on Russia's strategic thinking and various ways of entering into hybrid warfare. For more information about the Institute's projects, see here.

Marina Khmelnitskaya joins the CoE

The board of the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies has chosen Dr. Marina Khmelnitskaya from the University of Oxford as postdoctoral researcher for the period of 1.9.2015-31.12.2017. Dr. Khmelnitskaya's project title is Tools of government for the Russian modernisation. The board received altogether 30 excellent applications and wishes to thank all the applicants!

New title on authoritarian Russia and regime change


Russia today represents one of the major examples of the phenomenon of "electoral authoritarianism" Why and how has the electoral authoritarian regime been consolidated in Russia? What are the mechanisms of its maintenance, and what is its likely future course?

In his latest book Authoritarian Russia. Analyzing Post-Soviet Regime Changes professor Vladimir Gel'man examines regime change in Russia from the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 to the present day. He presents theoretical and comparative perspectives on the factors that affected these political maneuvers and the authoritarian drift of the country.

For more information and how to order, please visit the publishers site!

What went wrong after the Soviet Union? Book launch and seminar

Sarah Whitmore, Edwin Bacon and Bettina Renz participated in a panel chaired by Hanna Smith

Two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union, today’s Russia is not what people both in the West and in Russia expected the country to be. Professor Vladimir Gel'mans new book Authoritarian Russia. Analyzing Post-Soviet Regime Changesdiscusses some of the central questions of Russia's recent past. The book launch seminar entitled What went wrong after the Soviet Union? Authoritarian Russia Today hosted by the Aleksanteri Institute on June 10th widened the picture by providing insights on Russian military thinking, competing narratives and Putin's Ukraine problem.

Visit the seminar page to read more!


Centre of Excellence Choices of Russian Modernisation


RussiaHUB Helsinki

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