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Aleksanteri Visiting Fellows 2008-2009 - Presentations

Visiting Scholars

Artemyeva, Tatiana

“Traditions of Russian Utopianism: Forms, Genres, Types”
Fellowship period: January 12 – March 11, 2009

Professor Dr Tatiana V. Artemyeva (St. Petersburg, Russia) is Professor of the Department of Theory and History of Culture at Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, Leading Researcher of the St. Petersburg branch of the Institute of Philosophy at the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Director of Research Programmes at the St. Petersburg Centre for the History of Ideas, and co-editor of the “Philosophical Age” almanac.

Her specialist subject is Russian philosophy in the “long” 18th century, its different aspects, comparative studies and theories of intellectual communication. Among her published works are books devoted to the history of metaphysics, the philosophy of history, natural philosophy and utopianism, and manuscripts of Russian thinkers from various archives.

The research project at the Aleksanteri Institute is “Traditions of Russian Utopianism: Forms, Genres, Types.

Email: tatart [at]

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Balmaceda, Margarita

“The Politics of Energy Dependency: Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania Between Domestic Oligarchs and Russian Power, 1992-2007”
Fellowship period:  February 1 – June 30, 2009

Prof. Margarita M. Balmaceda (Ph.D, Princeton) is Associate Professor, Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University and Associate of the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute and the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University. Her publications include Energy Dependency, Politics and Corruption in the Former Soviet Union: Russia’s Power, Oligarch’s Profits and Ukraine’s Missing Energy Policy, 1995-2006 (Routledge, 2008) and, as editor/co-editor, On the Edge: the Ukrainian-Central European-Russian Security Triangle (CEU Press, 2000) and Independent Belarus (Harvard, 2002). A Fulbright Fellow at UCEPS (Razumkov Center) in Kyiv (2004) and at the Belarusan State University in Minsk (1997 and 1999), her work has also been supported by grants from the Ford Foundation, the International Research and Exchanges Board, the DAAD, and the Humboldt Foundation. At the Aleksanteri Institute, she will working on a book on Dealing with Energy Dependency: Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania Between Domestic Oligarchs and Russian Pressure, 1992-2009.

Email: balmaced [at]

Best, Ulrich

"The controlled space of internationalism: COMECON energy projects between 1970 and 1990"
Fellowship period: May 1 – June 30, 2009

Ulrich Best teaches European Studies at the University of Chemnitz. He has studied geography, sociology and IT at the university of Heidelberg and has been a research assistant at Humboldt-University Berlin and IRS Erkner. Ulrich has studied towards his PhD at the University of Plymouth and the Uniwersytet Wrocławski, Poland. He has also been Lecturer in Geography at the University of Leicester in 2003-2004. Main research interests: critical geopolitics of Europe, border studies, urban politics. Recent publications: (1) Transgression as a Rule. German-Polish Cross-border Cooperation, Border Discourse and EU-enlargement. Münster: Lit, 2007. (2) Definitions of security in German and Polish debates about Russian gas pipelines. In: Geographische Rundschau / international edition , 3 (2007) 1, S. 36 - 42. (3) Between cross-border co-operation and neocolonialism: EU enlargement and Polish-German relations. In: Salvatore Engel-DiMauro (Ed.): The European's burden, New York: Peter Lang, S. 183-207.

Personal web site

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Bogdanova, Elena A.

“Evolution of a Legal Order from the Late-Soviet to the Post-Soviet Russia”
Fellowship period: March 1 – May 31, 2011

Elena A. Bogdanova is Researcher and Acting Deputy Director in the Centre for Independent Social Research, St. Petersburg. She has a Ph.D. (Kandidat nauk) in Sociology since 2006. She has received  the Merit Award Certificate of International Sociological Association for one of her publications. She has taught qualitative methods in sociological research at the State University - Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg, Department of Sociology.  Currently, she is writing a book on the legal order of the Russian society since the late Soviet period till the present day. Her research interests include anthropology and sociology of law and justice, soviet society, social structure, qualitative methods in sociological research.

Email: el_bogdanova [at]

Buzalka, Juraj

"Political mobilization in Eastern Central Europe"
Fellowship period: April 1 – May 15, 2009

Juraj Buzalka is a Senior Lecturer in social anthropology at the Institute of Social Anthropology in the Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences at Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia. He graduated from the Department of Political Sciences in the Faculty of Arts at Comenius University (MA, 1999) and from the Sussex European Institute at the University of Sussex, Brighton, UK (MA in Anthropology of Europe, 2002). As a doctoral candidate at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle/Saale, Germany, Buzalka defended his PhD in social anthropology at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg in 2006. His monograph, ‘Nation and Religion: The Politics of Commemoration in South-east Poland,’ was published by Lit Verlag, Münster, Germany in 2007. His research interests include the political movements and social transformations, especially nationalism and populism, religion and politics, and the role of the past in the modern politics of Central and Eastern Europe.

Email: buzalka [at]

Bystrova, Irina

“The Military-industrial complex of the USSR and post-Soviet Russia: from the period of the Cold War to the present, 1945-2010”
Fellowship period: January 1 – March 31, 2011

Professor Irina Bystrova is a Leading Research Fellow at the Institute of Russian History, Russian Academy of Sciences and Professor at the Russian State University for Humanities. She holds a Doctoral Degree in Russian History (Doktor nauk, 2002) and Kandidatskaya Degree (1989) in history of the USSR of the XXth century. She has received Fulbright Scholarship twice; she was a visiting researcher in Washington D.C. in November 2008 – May 2009 and August 1997 – April 1998. She has also been a visiting researcher at the Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, Nobel Institute in Oslo and Stanford University in USA. Her recent publications include: “The Cold War 1945-1960. Tokyo-Moscow-Washington” ( Moscow, IDEL, 2009), “Soviet Military-Industrial Complex: Problems of Creation and Development (1930s-1980s)” (Moscow, The Inst. of Russian History, 2006) and “The Military-industrial Complex of the USSR in the Years of the Cold War (second half of 1940s- early 1960s)” (The Inst. of Russian History, 2000)

Email: irin-bystrova1 [at ]

Etkind, Alexander

“The Work of Memory in Post-Soviet Russia”
Fellowship period: August 1 – September 30, 2009, March 15 – April 15, 2010

Alexander Etkind is a Reader in Russian Literature and Cultural History at Cambridge University and a Fellow of King's College. Etkind has two PhDs, in Psychology from Bekhterev Institute, Leningrad, and in Slavonic Literatures from the University of Helsinki. His books include Эрос невозможного.История психоанализа в России (1993; translated into seven languages); Хлыст. Секты, литература и революция (1998); Толкование путешествий. Россия и Америка в травелогах и интертекстах (2001); and Книга отзывов. Non-fiction по-русски правда (2007).

Before coming to Cambridge, Etkind taught at the European University at St. Petersburg and, as a visiting professor, at New York University and Georgetown University. He was also a resident fellow at Harvard, Princeton, and Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin. Etkind is working on his book on cultural memory of the Soviet period. Other research interests are internal colonization in the Russian Empire and the cultural transmission of the oil curse.

Personal website

Email: ae264 [at]

Harris, Jane Gary

“The Culture of Aging: The Reality Behind the Fiction in Contemporary Russia”
Fellowship period: May 1 – 30 June, 2011

Jane Gary Harris is Professor of Russian Language, Literature and Culture at the University of Pittsburgh. She earned an MSW in Gerontology (2003) to pursue research on issues of aging and the elderly in contemporary Russian culture for her current project, ‘The Culture of Aging: The Reality Behind the Fiction’. Papers include: ‘Images of Aging and the Elderly in Contemporary Russian Prose,’ ‘Attitudes towards Aging and the Elderly in the Contemporary Russian Press,’ ‘Myth and Reality: Aging and the Elderly in Russia Today,’ 'Ages, Stages, and Aging in Tolstoy's War and Peace.' Publications include topics in Russian Literature (Mandelstam: The Complete Critical Prose and Letters, Ardis, 1979, 1990; Osip Mandelstam, G.K. Hall, 1988 ), Autobiography (Autobiographical Statements in Twentieth-Century Russian Literature, Princeton, 1990), and Gender studies (‘The Crafting of a Self: Lidiia Ginzburg’s Early Journal’; ‘Women’s Periodicals in Early Twentieth-Century Russia’) and ‘Serving the Elderly in Russia Today: Informal Care Networks and Formal Social Services in St. Petersburg (2005-2008)’ (forthcoming in Gazing at Welfare, Gender and Agency in Post-socialist Countries, Cambridge Scholars Publishing. )

Email: jpgharris2003 [at]

Hemment, Julie

"Restructuring of social welfare provision in Russia (examining state-run projects to promote youth voluntarism)"
Fellowship period: August 1-31, 2009

Julie Hemment received her Ph.D. from Cornell University and is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  Her research interests include gender and post- socialism, NGOs and global civil society, feminist anthropology and Participatory Action Research Methodology. She is the author of Empowering Women in Russia: Aid, NGOs and Activism (Indiana University Press, 2007), and has ublished in Signs, Anthropological Quarterly and The Anthropology of East Europe Review. Her current project investigates the restructuring of social welfare provision in Russia by examining provincial projects to promote youth voluntarism.

Email: jhemment [at]

Huang, Lifu

“Study on Social Strata of Soviet Union and the Collapse of USSR”
Fellowship period: 1-31 May, 2010

Lifu Huang is Professor and Doctoral Advisor, and Director of the Section of Russian, East European History Study, Institute of World History, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS). She is the Deputy President of Chinese Association of Russian and east European History study. Her research fields include: The Soviet Unions’ Economic History and Cliometrics, Russian Political and Social History. She has published widely and her publications include: The Social Status and the Radical Changes in the Soviet Union. Social Sciences Academic Press (2006);  Historical Inspection of Socialist Model of Political System (Soviet Union, China, East Europe) (Jiangxi people’s press, 2009); A Comparative Study of the historical developments of social organizations in China and Russia, 20th century (2009); The declassification, compilation and publication of soviet historical archives (2005); A simple Analysis on the clock pendulum and the periodical rise and decline of the development of Russian nationality (2006)

Email: huang552001 [at]

Ilic, Melanie

"Soviet women’s history"
Fellowship period: June 1-30, 2009

Melanie Ilic is Reader in History at the University of Gloucestershire, UK, and Research Fellow at the Centre for Russian and East European Studies, The University of Birmingham, UK. She has published widely on Soviet women's history of the Stalin and Khrushchev periods as well as victim studies of the Great Terror. She is currently working on a study of Soviet women's involvement in the Women's International Democratic Federation in the 1950s and 1960s.

Email: milic [at]

Kravchenko, Volodymyr

Fellowship period: February 1 – March 31, 2010

Kravchenko Volodymyr V., is Professor, Head of the Department of Ukrainian Studies, Philosophy Faculty, V.N.Karazin National University (Kharkiv). He was born on 11 July 1957 in Kamianetc’-Podilskii city (Ukraine), and received his secondary education in Borisovka (Belgorod district, Russia), 1975. Graduated from the Kharkiv University (the Faculty of History) in 1980 (Master’s thesis on Ukrainian-Polish relations after the WW II). Worked as a teacher of history and geography in Derhachi village (Kharkiv district) high school. He earned the degree of Kandidat in historical science in 1986 (thesis on the theme “D.I. Bahalii and his Interpretation of Ukrainian History”, under the supervision of professor Rybalka), and the degree of Doctor in the same field in 1997 (Doctorate thesis: “Historical Writing in the Process of Ukrainian National Revival, 1750- 1850s”). His main fields of specialization are History of Ukrainian historical writing (XIX-XX cc.), history of the Kharkiv University, intellectual history of the Sloboda (Kharkiv) region.

Email: kravch [at]

Laruelle, Marlene

“Engineering the Nation. The Youth and Patriotism in Russia”
Fellowship period: August 1 – September 30, November 1-30, 2009

Marlene Laruelle is a Senior Research Fellow with the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program, a Joint Center affiliated with Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, Washington DC, and the Institute for Security and Development Policy, Stockholm. In Paris, she is an Associate Fellow at the Post-Soviet Studies Department at the Institute of Political Studies (IEP, Paris) and at the French Center for Russian, Caucasian and East-European Studies at the School of Advanced Social Sciences Studies. Her main areas of expertise are nationalism, national identities, political philosophy, and the intellectual trends and geopolitical conceptions of the Russian and Central Asian elites.

Laruelle's English-language publications include Russian Eurasianism. An Ideology of Empire (Woodrow Wilson Press/Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008); In the Name of the Nation. Nationalism and Politics in Contemporary Russia (Palgrave, Fall 2009); ed. Russian Nationalism and the National Reassertion of Russia (Routledge, Spring 2009).

Personal website

e-mail marlenelaruelle [at]

Lyapunova, Olga

"Welfare, Gender and Agency in Russia in the 2000s; Crisis Centres for Women in Russia Today: A National Survey Study"
Fellowship period: November 15 – December 14, 2008

Dr. Olga Lyapunova is an adjunct professor at the Department of Psychology, Pomor State University in Arkhangelsk, Russia. She is also a researcher for the Crisis Centres in Russia Today: a National Survey Study, a sub-project of the Welfare, Gender and Agency in Russia in the 2000s. The WGA is funded by the University of Helsinki and is based at the Aleksanteri Institute

Email: liapounova [at]

Magnúsdóttir, Rósa

“Soviet Anti-Americanism: Propaganda at Home and Cultural Diplomacy Abroad, 1945-1964”
Fellowship period: April 1 – May 31, 2010

Rósa Magnúsdóttir received her PhD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is now Assistant Professor of Russian History at the Institute of History and Area Studies at the University of Aarhus, Denmark.  Her research interests include Soviet-American Cultural Relations, Cultural Diplomacy, and European Intellectuals.  She is currently working on a monograph on Soviet perceptions of the United States in the post World War II period and a biography of Icelandic fellow-travelers.

Personal website

E-mail: slarm [at]

Malinova, Olga

"Reconsidering Russian Collective Identity in the Twenty First Century: the Public Discussions about Russia and Europe / the West"
Fellowship period: January 19 – April 18, 2009

Dr. Olga Malinova is a Leading Research Fellow in the Institute of Scientific Information for Social Sciences at the Russian Academy of Sciences. She is also Professor of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (University) and President of the Russian Association of Political Science.

She is the author of a number of books and articles about political ideologies and political communications, liberalism, nationalism, discursive identity construction, and political discourse analysis. She is currently working on a project about the discursive construction of Russian identity vis-à-vis Europe/the West in the 19th–20th centuries.

Email: omalinova [at]

Maslovskiy, Mikhail

“The Sources of Legitimacy of 'Managed Democracy' in Russia”
Fellowship period: 1-31 October, 2009

Mikhail Maslovskiy is Professor of the Department of Sociology and Social Work, Nizhny Novgorod State University. He has studied philosophy and sociology at Leningrad State University, University of Warwick and Nizhny Novgorod State University. He is the author of five books and numerous articles in Russian sociological journals on Max Weber’s political theory, contemporary sociological theories, historical sociology, sociology of law and political sociology. His most recent publications deal with the multiple modernities approach in historical sociology and its application to Soviet-type societes. The research project at the Aleksanteri Institute is focused on the sources of legitimacy of the political regime in post-Soviet Russia.

Email: maslovski [at]

Medvedev, Sergey

"Limits of Integration: Discourses and Identities in EU-Russia Relations"
Fellowship period: February 1-28, 2009

Sergei Medvedev is Professor and Associate Dean at the State University – Higher School of Economics in Moscow. Born in Moscow, he studied at Universities in Moscow, Prague, and New York City, and holds a Ph. D. in history.

In the past 15 years, he has held research positions and professorships in Russia, Germany, Italy and Finland. He specializes in Russian and post-Communist studies, political geography, international relations and cultural anthropology.

Apart from numerous articles, his recent books include: Good Governance in Europe and Russia (Moscow, 2008); EU-Russia Relations: Alternative Futures (Helsinki, 2006), The Kaliningrad Partnership in EU-Russia Relations (Moscow, 2005); Russia and the West at the Millennium (Berlin, 2003) and Mapping European Security After Kosovo (Manchester, 2002, with Peter van Ham).

Email: smedvedev [at]

Mikeshin, Mikhail

“Nordic Countries in Political Ideas of Russian Ambassador Simon Vorontsov”
Fellowship period: January 1 - February 28, 2011

Professor Mikhail Mikeshin is Professor of Philosophy at St. Petersburg State Mining Institute (Technical University) and Director of St. Petersburg Center for the History of Ideas. He holds a Doctoral Degree (Doktor nauk, 2005) in history of philosophy and Kandidatskaya Degree (1986) in history and methodology of science. He was a visiting researcher and a participant of the East-West Seminar, Muenster University, Germany, 17 July - 18 August 1995; a visiting research fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Edinburgh University, Scotland (a Caledonian Research Foundation / Royal Society of Edinburgh Fellowship), 01 April - 31 May 2000; a visiting scholar and professor at Smith College, Northampton, MA, USA, in 2002 and 2006.

He has been the leader or a collaborator of more than forty research, conference and summer school grants of national and international foundations. He worked as an expert of the Civic Education Project. He is also a co-editor of 36 issues of “The Philosophical Age” almanac (1996-2010). His recent publications include: “A.M. Beloselsky-Belozersky and His Philosophical Heritage” (St. Petersburg, 2008), “The Reception of the British Socio-Philosophical Thought in Russia in 18-19 Centuries” (St. Petersburg, 2006), “Social Philosophy of the Scottish Enlightenment” (St. Petersburg, 2005) and “M.S. Vorontsov. A Metaphysical Portrait in the Landscape” (St. Petersburg, 1997).

See also the website
Personal blog:

Email: literatus18 [at]

Mitrofanova, Anastasia

"The influence of Orthodox Christianity on world politics"
Fellowship period: November 1-30, 2008

Dr. Anastasia Mitrofanova is a senior research fellow at the Center for World Economy and Global Studies, Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Moscow) and an expert on religious politicisation with a special accent on Orthodox Christianity. Her current research project concerns the influence of Orthodox  Christianity on world politics. Other topics include nationalism in today’s Russia as well as the government-initiated nation-building projects in Belorussia and Moldova. Her recent publications include Politicization of Russian Orthodoxy: Actors and Ideas (Stuttgart: Ibidem-Verlag, 2005). There she argues that the influence of Orthodoxy on socio-political life in contemporary Russia tends to be exaggerated. Instead, the Russian leadership has been attempting to form some kind of civil religion.

Email: anastasia-mit [at]

Nadkarni, Maya

“Subjects of Crisis:  Anxieties of national identity in postsocialist Hungary”
Fellowship period: June 1 – June 30, 2011

Maya Nadkarni received her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology at Columbia University and is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Swarthmore College.  Her research focuses upon memory of the socialist past and the challenges of national subjectivity under postsocialism. She has published articles on socialist nostalgia, Budapest’s Statue Park Museum of communist monuments, and spectacles of criminal and celebrity culture in postsocialist Hungary, and she is also completing a book manuscript titled “Remains of Socialism:  Memory, nation, and the afterlives of state socialism in Hungary”.  At the Aleksanteri Institute, she plans to complete two articles from her current research project on rhetorics of crisis and cultural anxiety in contemporary Hungary.

Email: nadkarni.maya [at]

(Previous visiting period May 1 – June 30, 2009 "Remains of Socialism: Memory and anxieties of the national in postsocialist Hungary")

Obradovic, Jelena

”Critical perspectives on ‘truth and reconciliation’ in the Balkans”
Fellowship period: September 23 – December 22, 2008

Jelena Obradovic completed her PhD in Russian and East European Studies at the European Research Institute, University of Birmingham. Her PhD thesis is entitled Victimhood Discourse and Denial of War Crimes: Serbian National Mythology in Narratives of Ethnic Conflict. Her research interests include the Western Balkans and cooperation with ICTY, Serbia and nationalism, “Coming to terms with the past” and denial of war crimes in former Yugoslavia, ethnic conflicts of the 1990s, current political situation in the Balkans, socio-cultural legacies of the 1990s conflicts and human security issues.

Read more about Jelena Obradovic, her research and stay at the Aleksanteri Institute at

Ochirova, Irina

“Russia’s Foreign Policy as a Tool of its Modernization”
Fellowship period: October 1 – November 30, 2010

Irina Ochirova has recently completed her doctoral degree (Dr. phil) in European Studies at the Institute for European Studies of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Chemnitz University of Technology. Her doctoral thesis with the title “The EU’s Kaliningrad Policy: Mapping the Place of the Kaliningrad Oblast of the Russian Federation inside the European Union” is dedicated to EU-Russia relations in general and the EU’s policy towards its Russian exclave in particular. Ochirova has MA in Gender Studies from the Central European University/Budapest and in European Studies from the Bulgarian-Romanian Interuniversity Europe Centre/Rousse, Bulgaria. Her primary research interests include Russia’s foreign policy and EU-Russia relations. The current project focuses on the role of Russia’s foreign policy in its strategy for modernization. She is currently Lecturer at the Department of European Integration of the Chemnitz University of Technology.

Email: irinaochirova [at]

Rat Christina

“Undeserving daughters of hero mothers. Family policies and poverty in rural Romania”
Fellowship period: September 15 – November 15, 2010

Dr. Cristina Rat is Lecturer at the Sociology Department of the “Babes-Bolyai” University Cluj-Napoca. She received PhD in Sociology at the same university in November 2008, with the thesis: “The Social Segregation of the Poor in Romania during Post-Socialist Transition. The Impact of Welfare Transfers”. Her most recent publications include: “The Impact of Minimum Income Guarantee Schemes in Central and Eastern Europe” (2009) in Cerami, A., Vanhuysee, P. (eds.)  Post-Communist Welfare Pathways: Theorizing Social Policy  Transformations in CEE, Basignstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 164-181; and, together with  Livia Popescu and Adina Rebeleanu (2008): “Quasi-Marketization and Security in Health Care Systems: The Case Study of the North-Western Region of Romania”, Studia Universitatis “Babes-Bolyai” Seria Sociologia, Vol. 53(2), pp. 79-99.

Email: crat [at]

Read, Rosie

“Volunteering, Gender and Neoliberal Welfare: Feminising Care Work in Czech Hospitals”
Fellowship period: March 15 – May 15, 2010

Rosie Read is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Social Work and Social Policy, Bournemouth University, UK. She gained her PhD in Social Anthropology from Manchester University in 2002. Her research interests encompass gender, caring work, welfare and the state, and she has conducted a number of research projects in the Czech Republic on these themes. She is currently working an ethnographic study exploring the gendered politics of volunteering activities in Czech hospitals. Her recent publications include:

  • Read, R. (2007) ‘Labour and love: competing constructions of ‘care’ in a Czech nursing home’, Critique of Anthropology, 27(2): 203-222
  • Read, R., and Thelen, T (2007) ‘Social Security and Care After Socialism: Changing Notions of Need, Support and Provision’ in Focaal: European Journal of Social Anthropology, 50: 3-18
  • Hall, T.M., and Read, R. eds. (2006)  Changes in the Heart of Europe: recent ethnographies of Czechs, Slovaks, Roma, and Sorbs. Stuttgart, Germany: Ibidem-Verlag.

Personal website

Email:  rread [at]

Rethmann, Petra

“Irony and the Profane in Post-Soviet Material Culture”
Fellowship period: August 1 – September 30, 2009

Dr. Petra Rethmann is Associate professor of Anthropology, a faculty member in the Cultural Studies & Critical Theory program, and a member of the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition. She is the author of Tundra Passages: Gender and History in the Russian Far East (2001) and co-editor of Globality: Frictions and Connections (in press), and the author of numerous articles that have appeared in edited volumes and in journals such as American Anthropologist, American Ethnologist, Anthropologica, Cultural Critique, and Anthropologie et Société. Over the past decade, she has devoted her attention to thinking about a number of interrelated issues concerning: cultural creativity and agency; the afterlife of particular historical movements and moments; the production of history and the place of art within it; fetishization and the violence of culture. In her writings on all of these issues she attends to questions of cultural politics and representation.

 Petra Rethmann is currently working on two book-length projects. The first one seeks to understand the specific afterlife of Soviet culture in contemporary Russian and popular culture, including its aesthetics and forms. The second project examines the cultural politics of left-wing collectives and movements that emerged in West Germany in the 1980s. 

e-mail rethman [at]

Scherrer, Jutta

"The «civilisational turn» and identity construction in contemporary Russia"
Fellowship period: May 1 – June 30, 2009

Jutta Scherrer is Director of research at the l’ Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris, and a research associate at the Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin. She teaches Russian history and is particularly engaged with analysis of socio-cultural and political phenomena of the 19th and 20th centuries. She has published extensively on Russian intelligentsia, Marxism in Russia, orthodox religion, and religious philosophy. Her more recent work deals with identity construction in post-Soviet Russia.

Jutta Scherrer has been a visiting professor at the University of Columbia and the New School for Social Research, New York, a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin, "Leibniz-Professor” at the University of Leipzig and Research Fellow at the Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin. She is s member of the scientific council of the Institute of Cultural Studies at Essen (Wissenschaftszentrum Nordrhein-Westfalen), and a member of the scientific councils of the Institute for the Study of Eastern Europe in Leipzig and of the German-Russian museum Berlin-Karlshorst.

Among her recent books:

Requiem für den Roten Oktober. Die russische Intelligenzija im Umbruch, Leipzig 1996.
Kulturologie. Russland auf der Suche nach einer zivilisatorischen Identität, Göttingen 2003.

(With A. Pok and J. Rüsen), European History: Challenge for a Common Future, Hamburg 2002

Email: scherrer [at]

Segert, Dieter

"Were They Tactical Democrats Only? Reformer in State Socialism as Actors of Democratization and Their Present Heritage"
Fellowship period: April 1 – May 31, 2011

Dieter Segert is Professor of Political Science and Head of the Institute of Political Science at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Vienna. He was born in 1952 in Salzwedel (GDR) and studied philosophy in Berlin (HUB) and Moscow (MGU). Since 1978 he has been Assistant Professor/Professor at Humboldt University Berlin, and he is co-founder of the academic discipline political science in GDR (1989-1990). In fall-winter 1989-1990 he was one of the activists of a rank and file movement within the state party SED. He has been Guest Professor at University of Bath, Charles University Prague and European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder). He was employed by the German Agency for Civic Education in Bonn in 2002-2005.

Email: dieter.segert [at ]

Shnirelman, Victor

“From Social Class to Ethnos to Immigrants: Origins and Development of Racism in Russia in the Twentieth and the Very Early Twenty-First Centuries
Fellowship period: January 1 – February 28, 2010

Victor A. Shnirelman is a Chief Researcher in the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy of Sciences, and a member of the Academia Europaea. He is an author of more than 300 publications, including more than twenty books. His books published in English are “Who gets the past” (Woodrow Wilson Press and the Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 1996), “The Value of the Past. Myths, Identity and Politics in Transcaucasia” (Osaka: National Museum of Ethnology, 2001), “The Myth of the Khazars. Intellectual Antisemitism in Russia, 1970s – 1990s” (Jerusalem: The Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism, The Hebrew University, 2002), and a booklet “Russian Neo-Pagan Myths and anti-Semitism” (Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem, 1998). Since the early 1990's, he is studying nationalist ideologies in Russia and CIS, racism and xenophobia, ethnicity and nationalism, contemporary Neo-paganism, politics of the past, social memory, interethnic conflicts.

e-mail shnirv [at]

Simons, Gregory

"Russian mass media, and how they frame and report on the Russian war on terrorism"
Fellowship period: April 1 – May 31, 2009

Dr Greg Simons gained his doctorate from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand for his thesis titled Ideology, Image-making and the Media in Putin’s Russia in 2004. His primary research focus is on: the Russian mass media, Russian Orthodox Church and crisis communication. He has published a number of articles and small books since, including in the European Journal of Communication and Demokratizatsiya. Currently he is completing two book contracts; on the Russian Orthodox Church and its role in identity and influence with the Edwin Mellan Press in New York, and on the role played by the Russian mass media in Russia’s war on terrorism with Ashgate.

Email: greg.simons [at]

Steila, Daniela

“Russian Philosophy and its own History: a Contribution to the Reconstruction of National Identity in Post-Soviet Russia”
Fellowship period: August 1 – September 30, 2010

Daniela Steila is Professor of History of Philosophy at the University of Turin (Italy). She studied in Turin, Saint Petersburg, and Paris, and received her PhD at the University of Florence in 1991. She wrote on Russian Marxists (Plekhanov, Bogdanov, Gor'kij, Lunacharskij), Russian reception of empiriocriticism, Russian philosophical historiography, and the philosophical implications of L. S. Vygotskij's thought. Her research interests include the interactions between Russian and European philosophies since the 19th century, the quest for "Russian identity", and the history of Russian thought. Among her books are Genesis and Development of Plekhanov's Theory of Knowledge (Kluwer, 1991) and Scienza e rivoluzione. La recezione dell’empiriocriticismo nella cultura russa (1877-1910) (Le Lettere, 1996). Her current project concerns the role of the history of Russian philosophy within the definition of national identity in Post-Soviet Russia.

Email: daniela.steila [at]

Strukov, Vlad

“New Media Zones: Digital technologies in Post-Soviet Russia”
Fellowship period: February 1 – April 30, 2010

Vlad Strukov is Assistant Professor in the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies and the Centre for World Cinemas, University of Leeds. He was a visiting scholar at the Universities of Moscow, Pittsburgh and London. He is a new media curator and the founding editor of Static, an international journal supported by the Tate and The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London. He is a member of the Russian Cinema Research Group, University College London. He is the editor of Digital Icons: Studies in Russian, Eurasian and central European New Media. His volume on discourses of glamour and celebrity, co-authored with Helena Goscilo, is coming out with Routledge in 2010. Dr Strukov's research on film, animation, mass media and national identity has appeared in Slavic and East European Journal, Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal, and other publications.

Personal website

Email: v.strukov [at]

Tchalakov, Ivan

"The Entrepreneurship in Socialist and Early Transition Economies"
Fellowship period: April 1 – June 30, 2010

Ivan Tchalakov is Associate Professor at University of Plovdiv, Department of Sociology and senior research fellow at Technology Studies Group at Institute of Sociology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. He is working in the fields of Sociology of Knowledge, Sociology of Sciences and Technologies and Economics of Technical Change. Between 1993-1997 he has carried out an ethnographic study of holographic laboratory (CLOSPI) at BAS, where he developed the notion of heterogeneous micro-community, constituted on the relationships of passivity and responsibility between human and nonhuman actors. Currently he is elaborating these ideas, studying the Byzantine contributions to the Aristotle’s theory of action and its relevance for understanding scientific and engineering practice. Since the mid-1990s he has also extensively studied the transformation of the research and innovation systems in post-socialist countries. He is working in the filed of historical sociology of socialism and focuses on science and technology development in South-Eastern Europe after WW II.

In 1999 Tchalakov received The Award of Bulgarian National Fund for Scientific Research for the book "Making a Hologram: A book about Light, about Scientists and their world”, Marin Drinov Academic Publishers, Sofia, Bulgaria. Between 1999 and 2003 he was elected as president of Bulgarian Sociological Association.

Personal website

Email: tchalakov [at]

Tesser, Lynn

“Ethnic Separation or European Integration?  The Impact of Contradictory Peace Projects in Central Europe and the Balkans”
Fellowship period: January 1 – February 28, 2011

Lynn Tesser teaches international relations courses at the new International University of Sarajevo.  Prior to Sarajevo, she spent several years in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Institute of Peace, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Center for American Progress.  Tesser completed her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago in 2003.  She then taught at Loyola University Chicago and later at American University’s School of International Service.  She is also the recipient of numerous fellowships from the Fulbright Commission, MacArthur and Mellon Foundations, and the Social Science Research Council, among others, and has had articles published in East European Politics and Society, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, and Geopolitics.   She is presently completing a book entitled The Aftermath of Ethnic Cleansing in a 'Post-National' European Union.

Email: lmtesser [at]

Toepfl, Florian

"Reconstructing Stalin. A Comparative Study of Media Discourses on State Television, in Print Media and in the Blogosphere”
Fellowship period: August 1 – October 31, 2010

Dr. Florian Toepfl received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Passau in Southern Germany in July 2009. After finishing his thesis, he worked as a Lecturer at the LMU University, Munich, for six months. In the academic year 2009/10, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harriman Institute for Russian Studies at Columbia University, New York. At the Harriman Institute, he coordinated a project on “New Modes of Communication in the Post-Soviet World” which he plans to continue after his stay in Helsinki. In his Ph.D. thesis, Dr. Toepfl investigated the transformation of Post-Soviet media systems in the years after 1985. Recently, his research focused on the impact of the growing internet usage on Russian politics. Two papers on “Scandals on the Russian Internet” and on “The Blogs of Russian Governors” are to be published shortly.

Project website:

Email: florian [at]

Torsello, Davide

“Theory and practices of political corruption and institutional trust in Eastern Europe"
Fellowship period: August 1 – September 30, 2010

Davide Torsello is Associate Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Bergamo, Italy. In 1999 he obtained an MSc in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics. In 2003 he received his PhD from the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle/Saale. His main research interests are: trust, social networks, corruption and civil society. He has undertaken fieldwork based research in Japan, postsocialist Central Eastern Europe and Italy. He has published extensively in English, Italian and other languages in academic journals, and is the author of seven books, among which in English: Trust, property and social change in a southern Slovakian village (Lit Verlag 2003) and Social networks in movement: time, interaction and interethnic spaces in Central Eastern Europe (co-edited with Melinda Pappova, Lilium Aurum 2003).

Email: davide.torsello [at] 

Trubina, Elena

“Post-Soviet Urban Mobilities: Charting the Differences”
Fellowship period: January 1 – February 28, 2010

Elena Trubina is Professor of Philosophy and Social Theory at the Ural State University. Her publications include Rasskazannoye Ya (The Narrated Self) (2000) which explores the relations between the post-Soviet subjectivities and the fundamental themes of the 20 century philosophy, such as authenticity,  action and creativity, ideology, social and political change, and history and memory. She worked as a member of a few international research teams on the issues of the post-Soviet space, diversity after the Soviet Union, changes in the value systems, and trauma. She co-edited the collection of essays devoted to the social dimensions of trauma Travma: Punkty (Trauma: Points)(2009). She is currently working on the interface between various mapping practices, mobility, art and the post-Soviet space.

Email: eletru [at]

Utekhin, Ilya 

"Analysis of documentation recorded during the closure of the European University at St. Petersburg"
Fellowship period: January 1-31, March 1-31, June 1-30, 2009

Ilya Utekhin, PhD in Anthropology, is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the European University at St. Petersburg, and Director of the Program on Semiotics and Theory of Communication St. Petersburg State University. He graduated from St. Petersburg State University in 1992 as a linguist, and completed his graduate studies in the Russian Academy of Sciences Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera). Since 1996, he has been teaching at the European University at St. Petersburg. Among the courses he has taught are semiotics, conversational analysis, ethnomethodology, visual anthropology, and methods of field research.

His best known research is in the anthropology of everyday life and in social history of the Soviet society, with particular focus on the ways in which living together in communal apartments reflected the Soviet mentality. Utekhin currently works in cognitive science, conducting research on communicative interaction as a part of socially distributed cognition. His academic interests include the anthropology of technology and human-computer interaction, ethnomethodology, and visual anthropology/visual ethnography.

See also the website - The web-based museum of Soviet everyday life:

Email: ilia [at]

Vázquez Liñan, Miguel

“Political use of history for constructing a "sole" identity in present-day Russia: an approach to History of Communication and Propaganda"

Fellowship period: April 1 – June 30, 2010

Miguel Vázquez is a Lecturer in Social History of Communication at the Department of Journalism I (University of Seville, Spain) and Head of the “Eurasia Observatory”. Dr. Vázquez has a PhD in Information Science from the Complutense University of Madrid (Department of History of Social Communication). His research areas include Soviet and Post-Soviet Propaganda History (especially War Propaganda) and Russian Media System. Over recent years, his research work has been keyed to the study of the political use of history in Putin’s Russia, as well as the analysis of the “campaign” (and the discourse accompanying it) orchestrated with the aim of disseminating the version of history promoted by the Kremlin. Vazquez's English-language publications include “History as a Propaganda Tool in Putin’s Russia” (Communist and Post-Communist Studies, 2010) and “Putin's Propaganda Legacy” (Post-Soviet Affairs, 2009).


Email: mvazquez [at]

Vittuari, Matteo

“Renewable Energy Governance in Rural Balkans: the Case of Bosnia and Herzegovina."

Fellowship period: March 15-June 15, 2011

Matteo Vittuari is currently post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Agricultural Economics and Engineering at the University of Bologna. He completed his Laurea in Economics at the University of Bologna where he received also a PhD in International Cooperation and Sustainable Development Policies. He has been also post-doctoral fellow at the Sustainability Science Programme at the Kennedy School of Government at the Harvard University (2009).

He has been visiting researcher in a number of universities and research institutions, including FAPRI – Food and Agricultural Research Institute – University of Missouri (Colombia, 2007 and 2008), the K.U. Leuven (Leuven, 2004), University of Banja Luka (Banja Luka, 2007 and 2008). He is collaborating since several years with the UniAdrion Network on different projects of cooperation related to the Adriatic-Ionian Basin.

He is specialized in agricultural and rural development policies related fields with a specific focus on Central Eastern Europe and the Balkans: agricultural and rural policy analysis and evaluation; agricultural and rural areas transformation and change; bioenergy. Most of his research activities and publications are on agricultural and rural change in Central Eastern Europe and the Balkans, European integration issues, multifunctional role of agriculture, bioenergy.

Email: matteo.vittuari [at]

Williams Chris

Dr. Christopher Williams is currently Professor of Contemporary History and Politics in the Department of Education and Social Science, University of Central Lancashire, UK.

He studied at the universities of Portsmouth, Swansea and Essex, UK as well as Moscow State University, Leningrad State University and Kiev Institute of Foreign Languages.

He previously worked at the Universities of Amsterdam, Helsinki and Cork. In the year 2000, he was awarded an Honorary Degree in Political Science by the Institute of Socio-Political Research, RAN and made a member of the Russian Academy of Political Science, Moscow. He served as Secretary of the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies from 1998-2001.

His recent books include Youth, Risk and Russian Modernity (Ashgate 2003); (co-ed.), Sotsial’naia politika: Istoriia i sovremenost´ (Udmurtskii gosudarstvennyi universitet, Izhevsk, 2005) (co-ed). Yazykovoe i etnicheskoe vozrozhdenie v Udmurtii: Ot politiki k kul’turnomu mnogoobrazhii (Izd, Udmurtskii gosudarstvennyi universitet, Izhevsk, 2008) and (co-ed.) Sub-cultures and new religious movements in Russia and East-Central Europe (Peter Lang, forthcoming 2009).

Whilst at the Aleksanteri he will be working on a new research project entitled ‘Energy supplies, consumers and competitors and its impact on Russian foreign policy, 1999-2010’

Email: CWilliams2 [at]
Personal website:

Worobec, Christine

“Moving Faith: Pilgrimages in Modern Russia and Ukraine, 1700 to the Present”
Fellowship period: March 20 – May 20, 2011

Christine D. Worobec is Board of Trustees and Distinguished Research Professor at Northern Illinois University. A recipient of numerous NEH fellowships, a 2010 fellowship from the Institute of Advanced Studies in Paris, and Outstanding Achievement Award from the Association for Women in Slavic Studies, she has published widely on Russian and Ukrainian peasants, women and gender issues, and religious history. Both her Peasant Russia: Family and Community in the Post-Emancipation Period (Princeton University Press, 1991) and Possessed: Women, Witches, and Demons in Imperial Russia (Northern Illinois University, 2001) won the Heldt Prize. Her recent publications include the co-edited two-volume Women and Gender in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Eurasia: A Comprehensive Bibliography (M.E. Sharpe, 2007); the edited The Human Tradition in Imperial Russia (Rowman and Littlefield, 2009); and “The Unintended Consequences of a Surge in Pilgrimages in Late Imperial Russia,” Russian History 36 (2009): 62-76.


Email: worobec [at]

Elena Zdravomyslova

“Arrangements of Care over the Elderly Family Members in the Russian Urban Middle Class Households: Gender Perspective”
Fellowship period: November 1 – December 31, 2009

Elena Zdravomyslova is Professor at the European University at St. Petersburg and co-coordinator of  Gender Studies Program. Her research and teaching fields include: gender studies, women’s movements, qualitative research methods. Her recent publications include:

  • 2009. Co-editor and author of Health and Trust: gender perspective in reproductive healthcare
  • 2008.Co-editor and author of: Novyi byt: in contemporary Russia: gender studies of the everyday life. SPb EUSPb
  • 2007. Co-editor and author of: ‘Russian Gender order: Sociological Perspective’. SPb EUSPb (in Russian)
  • 2007. Soldiers’ Mothers Fighting the Military Patriarchy In: I.Lenz, Ch.Ullrich and B.Fersch (eds.) Gender Orders Unbound? Barbara Budrich Publishers, Oplanden&Farmington Hills. Pp.207-228
  • 2007. Anna Rotkirch, Anna Temkina, and Elena Zdravomyslova
    Who Helps the Degraded Housewife?: Comments on Vladimir Putin's Demographic Speech // European Journal of Women's Studies, # 14: 349-357.

Zhuravlev, Sergei

“Post-Soviet Reforms and the Impact of the “Soviet Heritage”: The Russian Giant Avto VAZ in the Times of Transformation From the late 1980s to 2008”
Fellowship period: May 1 – June 30, 2010

Sergei Zhuravlev is a Leading Researcher at the Institute of Russian History of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. He has graduated from the Moscow State Institute for History and Archives (1984) and received Ph.D. in Russian History from the Russian State University for the Humanities (1989), and Doktor nauk degree from the Institute of Russian History, RAS (1999). His major field is Soviet and post-Soviet history.

Zhuravlev has co-edited volumes of documents on everyday life under Stalin, including Stalinism as a Way of Life (Yale University Press, 2000), and authored monographs, including a history of Maxim Gorky historical initiatives of the 1930s, Fenomen “Istorii fabrik i zavodov” (Moscow, 1997); of a major Soviet automobile factory, AVTOVAZ mezhdu proshlym i budushchim, 1966-2005 (Moscow, 2006); and concerning foreign workers in the Moscow electro-technical plant Elektrozavod in the 1920-30s, “Malen’kie liudi”  i” bol'shaya istoriya” (Moscow, 2000), “Ich bitte um Arbeit in der Sowjetunion”(Ch. Links Verlag, Berlin, 2003). Currently he is concluding a manuscript on the history of Soviet fashion industry.

e-mail svzhuravlev [at]

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