Institute Events

12.5.2016 at 2.15-3.45 pm
Visiting Fellows Seminar, Prof. Terry Cox: Social Security and Insecurity in Russia and the Debate on Welfare Regimes

19.5.2016 at 2.15-3.45 pm
Visiting Fellows Seminar, Martin K. Dimitrov: The Politics of Socialist Consumption

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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 Conference 2016 - CfP closing on May 15

Life and Death in Russia, the 16th Annual Aleksanteri Conference will take place in Helsinki in October 26-28, 2016.

Keynote speakers of the conference that aims to take a multidisciplinary look at the peculiarities of Russian welfare and social policy are Linda Cook, Chunling Li, Thomas Remington, Svetlana Stephenson, Göran Therborn ja Nataliya Zubarevich.

Call for panels and papers is open at the conference site until May 15.

NB: students and other special groups now get 50% off the registration fee!

Faces of Aleksanteri - people behind the Institute

The Aleksanteri Institute is often identified by a photo of its beautiful facade on Unioninkatu 33. But what makes the Institute so great are not the grand premises; it's the amazing people who've worked here over the years.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Aleksanteri institute, we decided to bring back memories from the past and re-publish some of Face of the Month interviews with fresh commentary. Take a free ride in our time machine during the following weeks to see what Russia and Eastern Europe looked like to our researchers in 2008, 2009, 2010… - and how those same people see it today.

The new blog, Faces of Aleksanteri, begins with a 2008  interview with Mikko Palonkorpi about the aftermath of the war in Georgia.

Russian Hybrid Warfare - Going Beyond the Label

Bettina Renz and Hanna Smith at the publishing event 22.4.

"Hybrid warfare" has become a label that may be used to describe almost any action in Russia's foreign politics. As such, it does not as much add to our understanding of Russia's actions as blur our vision about what the actual actions are: propaganda, military operations etc. Read Bettina Renz's and Hanna Smith's views on the issue in the report Russian Hybrid Warfare - Going Beyond the Label published on April 22nd.

Visiting fellows for 2016-2017 chosen

The call for Aleksanteri Visiting Fellowships for the academic year 2016–2017 was open until 5 February 2016. Altogether 194 applications were sent for the visiting fellowships and we are happy to invite Stacy Closson, Linda J. Cook, Oleksandr Fisun, Stefan Guth, Marcin Kaczmarski, Ilya Kalinin, Luke March, Galina Miazhevich, Ulla Pape, Anna Paretskaya, Olga Shevchenko, Katya Tolstaya and Rustamjon Urinboyev to research visits of one to three months.

We sincerely thank all the applicants for their interest in our programme.

Please see the Visiting Fellowships page for more information.

The 20th Anniversary of the Aleksanteri Institute

The Aleksanteri Institute celebrates its twentieth anniversary in an afternoon seminar in the University of Helsinki Small Hall on the 28th of April. The anniversary seminar addresses current issues and burning questions on Russia and aims to shed light also on future developments.

Follow this link to the seminar page for more information.

Cold War Series 3/2016 focuses on Northern Europe


Northern Europe in the Cold War is a collection of special studies with the common aim of counterbalancing the bias in existing international Cold War historiography. The focus shifts from conflict and confrontation to cooperation and constructive interaction between West and East, and from major actors to smaller states of Northern and Central Europe.

This third volume of the Aleksanteri Cold War Series is edited by Poul Villaume, Ann-Marie Ekengren and Rasmus Mariager.

Special issue of Europe-Asia Studies introduces key findings of the “Choices of Russian Modernisation” Centre of Excellence


The character of Russia’s post-Soviet modernisation has been subject to a series of changing interpretations both among Russian political leaders and analysts of Russia. Academic opinions have shifted from the assumption of a transition to Western-style liberal capitalism to Russia’s own different path of transformation.

With this complexity in mind a new Finnish Centre of Excellence: Choices of Russian Modernisation was established in 2012, based at the Aleksanteri Institute of the University of Helsinki. Its aim was to create a new paradigm for studying Russian modernisation. A newly published special issue of Europe-Asia Studies “Russian Modernisation – Structures and Agencies” (Vol. 68, Issue 1, 2016), introduces some of the most significant examples of the output of the CoE’s research.



Centre of Excellence Choices of Russian Modernisation


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Recent Publications

See database TUHAT for all publications by our staff members