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Guest lecture by Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary: The Future of the EU and the Relations with Russia from the Perspective of Hungary

Visiting Fellows' Seminar Series: Tatiana Artemyeva: Philosophy of Russian Enlightenment in Soviet Historiography

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Welcome to the Aleksanteri Institute!

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.

Aleksanteri Insight 1/2017 A local perspective on energy development in the high north

To date, the impact of the federal energy policy on local sustainable development has not been systematically investigated, writes Daria Gritsenko.

Aleksanteri Insight 1/2017: A local perspective on energy development in the high north


Three open vacancies for assistant/associate professors

The Faculty of Arts at the University of Helsinki is announcing three new positions, located at the Aleksanteri Institute. Deadline for applications is 15 February 2017.
The positions are part of the University of Helsinki City Centre Campus strategic development initiative, which is opening altogether 17 new vacancies for professors or assistant/associate professors.

ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR in Russian law and administration
See the announcement and application instructions.
The deadline for applications is 15 February 2017.

ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR in Russian big data methodology
See the announcement and application instructions.
The deadline for applications is 15 February 2017.

ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR in Russian environmental studies
See the announcement and application instructions.
The deadline for applications is 15 February 2017.

You can find all University of Helsinki current vacancies here.

Aleksanteri Institute Visiting Fellowships 2017-2018
CALL OPEN 9 January – 10 February 2017

The Aleksanteri Institute’s Visiting Fellows Programme invites applications for Aleksanteri Visiting Fellowships for the academic year 2017-2018 from scholars holding a PhD degree and pursuing research that relates to the Institute's research agenda. The fellowship carries a monthly stipend to cover the expenses related to the research visit, which can range from one to three months. The Visiting Fellowship scheme is intended for scholars who reside outside Finland. The call is open from 9 January until 10 February 2017. More information on the fellowships and on the application procedure.


Russian Media Lab seminar brought together media researchers and journalists

The multidisciplinary research project Russian Media Lab, coordinated at the Aleksanteri Institute, organized the seminar “Active Media Spaces: Dialogues on Russian Media, Culture and Institutions” in St. Petersburg 19 through 20 January 2017. The seminar’s panels concentrated on the current developments of Russian media landscape, addressing both institutional and grassroots tendencies. One of the seminar’s highlights was the roundtable “Media Literacy and Media Education in Russia Today,” which introduced the viewpoint of St. Petersburg-based journalists and media professionals to the research community. 


Praises for Competition in Socialist Society

Competition in Socialist Society (Routledge, 2014), edited by Katalin Miklóssy and Melanie Ilic, has been reviewed in Contemporary European History with praises. According to the book review, “the book conceptualises Eastern European history in fresh ways”. The volume is based on a three-year international collaborative project, Competition in Socialist Society (2010-2012).


Module about Eastern European studies


East within Europe – Jean Monnet Module aims to synthesize Eastern European area studies and European integration studies and lighten the role of the former socialist countries in the European integration. It offers a current view to Russia and Eastern Europe through a matter that has only accentuated due to ongoing crisis in Ukraine. The Module consists of three intensive courses of different topics.


Aleksanteri News 3-4/2016


Issue 3-4 of the Aleksanteri News is out now. This special issue is dedicated mainly to the Aleksanteri Conference 2016 “Life and Death in Russia” and contains the detailed programme of the Conference. The Newsletter also introduces our keynote speakers – prominent names from the research field. The “Face of the Month” is the Aleksanteri Conference Coordinator and Post-Doctoral Researcher Marina Khmelnitskaya. In her interview she comments on the Russian policy-making process, drawing upon examples from the housing sphere.



This week on Faces of Aleksanteri: Markku Kangaspuro

Director of Research, Professor Markku Kangaspuro was interviewed for Aleksanteri News 1/2010 when he was starting to head a project within a larger international Memory at War collaborative research project. What does Markku think today as Aleksanteri Institute's strengths throughout its history? What keeps him most motivated in his work? Read it in Faces of Aleksanteri blog!


Centre of Excellence Choices of Russian Modernisation


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