Institute Events

An international symposium: "Evald Ilyenkov – Prospects and Retrospects in Philosophy and Psychology"

24.4.2014 at 14:15
Visiting Fellows Research Seminar with Irina Busygina
"Multilevel Policy of the EU Towards Russia and Russia’s Possible Responses"

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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.

Is the islamization of Russia a real threat?


Islamization is not threatening Russia, but creating images of threat and discrimination against Muslims may enforce the radicalization of Islam in Russia, writes Kaarina Aitamurto, a researcher at the Aleksanteri Institute.

Read Aleksanteri Insight 2/2014 here.

Aleksanteri News 2/2014 published on April 14


The Aleksanteri Institute has been an active commentator of the current Russia-Ukraine conflict. Pictured on the cover of Aleksanteri News 2/2014 are Hanna Smith, Pekka Haavisto and Pekka Sutela in one of the Ukraine related events we've organised this spring.

Face of the Month in this issue is Alexei Yurchak, a visiting fellow at the Aleksanteri Institute, with a fascinating research topic: "Lenin's body: the politics of science and history".

Aleksanteri News 2/2014 wishes to remind you of the Call for Papers for Aleksanteri Conference 2014: Restructuring State and Society in Russia.

As usual, we also bring you news about the upcoming defences and other events at the Institute, so please take a look!

New executive board appointed

Rector of the University of Helsinki has appointed a new board for the Aleksanteri Institute for the period of 1.4.2014 - 31.3.2018.

President of the board is Dean Kimmo Nuotio (Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki). Other board members include:

  • Vice Dean Jussi Pakkasvirta (UH)
  • professori Pia Letto-Vanamo (UH)
  • Head of International Affairs Anna Korhonen (UH)
  • Professor Tuomas Forsberg (UTA)
  • Professor Marja Järvelä (JyU)
  • Professor Kari Liuhto (TU)
  • Professor Riitta Kosonen (Aalto University)
  • Clerk to the Committee Juha Martelius (Defence Comittee, Parliament of Finland)
  • Senior expert Simo Mannila (THL)

Each member also has a deputy member. Read more about the executive board here.

Visiting Scholars programme received 176 applications

The call for Aleksanteri Visiting Fellowships for the academic year 2014–2015 was open until 24 February 2014. Altogether, a record number of 176 applications were received from 40 countries; the top three countries were Russia, USA and UK.

The selection of the fellows for the academic year 2014–2015 will be concluded in April 2014. Stays of 1–3 months at the Aleksanteri Institute will be granted.

Starting from the academic year 2008–2009, the Visiting Scholars Programme has invited over 80 Visiting Fellows working on various fields and themes within social sciences and humanities, and representing 22 countries from Europe through North America to China.

Post-Socialist Societies and Cultures

The Aleksanteri Institute offers an intensive, interactive course entitled Post-Socialist Societies and Cultures as part of the Helsinki Summer School -programme. Read more about the course and how to apply at the Helsinki Summer School site.

New Volume on Russian Energy and Security

Susanne Oxenstierna and Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen have edited a volume that discusses the changing challenges in Russia’s energy sector and the resulting security implications.

Russian Energy and Security up to 2030 is published by Routledge in 2013, in Routledge Contemporary Russia and Eastern Europe Series.

ISBN 978-0-415-63964-4

The presentations at the book launch seminar (13.2.2014) can now be found at the seminar page.

Aleksanteri Conference 2014 - Call for Papers

The Aleksanteri Institute and the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies, "Choices of Russian Modernisation" will hold the 14th Annual International Aleksanteri Conference on 22-24 October 2014 in Helsinki, Finland.

The conference, entitled Restructuring State and Society in Russia aims to examine the intersections of and interrelationships between state and society in Russia and other post-Soviet and post-Communist countries in diverse theoretical and comparative perspectives - with the focus on critical issues of political, economic, and societal developments and in-between macro and micro levels of analysis.

The call for the panels and papers for the conference is now open at: /


Centre of Excellence Choices of Russian Modernisation


Recent Publications

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