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Visiting Fellows 2012-2013
Galina Nikiporets-Takigawa, University of Cambridge, UK

“Mapping Russian Protest"
Fellowship period: December 1, 2012–January 31, 2013

Galina Nikiporets-TakigawaBiography:
Dr Galina Nikiporets-Takigawa is MAW Special consultant in linguistics and quantitative approach at the University of Cambridge, member of Clare Hall. She graduated from Moscow State University and has MA and PhD in Linguistics and Russian Studies. Before moving to the UK, Galina worked at the University of Tokyo and Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, where she held the position of Associate Professor from 2001 to 2009.

In 2009, she was invited by the University of Edinburgh to conduct a project on role of digital communication in national identity construction of Russian-speaking community, resulted in a co-authored monograph ‘Negotiating Linguistic, Cultural and Social Identities in the Post-Soviet World (Peter Lang, forthcoming 2012), and dozens of articles in Slavica Helsingiensia 40, Voprosy Iazykoznaniia 2008, etc.  

Her research covers a wide range of issues, but all concern media and society interplay. She teaches and supervises modules on Internet-based research and Russian identity construction. She is currently an Academic advisor for the Higher School of Economics (Moscow) “Blogosphere Impact to ethnic and national conflicts” project.

Abstract of current research:
Among Galina's current research interests are the role of social media in memory wars, national identity construction, language change, ethnic and national conflicts, and in on-going Russian social and political processes.

Since the early stages of her research, which resulted in the volume 'Integrum: Quantitative Methods and the Humanities', she shares the belief that accurately organized and analysed 'big data' gathered from digital space are essential to prove hypothesis. Thus, currently in Cambridge, she is developing a relevant methodology of measuring, tracing and visualizing memory wars, based on mass digital media data and various quantitative approaches. Further details of Galina's work in this area can be found in the East European Memory Studies (Cambridge), in the chapter 'Memory Events and Memory Wars: Victory Day in L'viv, 2011 through the Prism of Quantitative Analysis' (Routledge, forthcoming 2012), also available at :

Within the framework of the 'Memory at War' Project and a new joint project 'How to Map the Past: Mnemonics, a Quantitative Approach to Memory Studies', Galina, together with Memory at War colleagues, monitors the memorial themes of the current protest movement in Russia, and is writing an article and chapters on memorial models in the Russian protest movement. Her second major article is on the role of social media (Twitter, VKontakte) in political activism, submitted for publication in 2012 for the New ICTs and Social Media: Revolution, Counter-Revolution and Social Change (IRIE Vol. 18 (12/2012).

During her research fellowship at the Aleksanteri Institute, Dr Nikiporets-Takigawa will prepare this paper for publication and will work on a co-authored article on 'Memory models in the Russian protest movement, 2011-2012'. She will also continue to work on a chapter for a thematic issue of MAW on the same topic. Upcoming projects include a workshop, together with Aleksanteri colleagues, on the use of Integrum, as well as her distance academic advisor duties.

Email: gn254 [at]
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Academic hosts at the Aleksanteri Institute: Jukka Pietiläinen and Markku Kangaspuro