Institute Events

9.6.2016 klo at 2.15-3.45 pm
Visiting Fellows' Seminar Series: Dr. Vasil Navumau: Forgetting “Ploshcha”: Quest for Alternative Concepts for Analysis of Belarusian Activism after 2010

PONARS Eurasia workshop:
Regimes, Institutions, and Change: Post-Soviet Eurasia in Comparative Perspective

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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.

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!

Aleksanteri Insight 3/2016: Marina Khmelnitskaya


Expert opinion is an important source of alternative policy advice at times when solutions that have already been tried have failed, writes Marina Khmelnitskaya

Aleksanteri Insight 3/2016: The role of experts in Russian policy-making

This week on Faces of Aleksanteri: Katja Lehtisaari

Katja Lehtisaari is a scholar of Russian media studies and especially media regulations. She was interviewed for the Aleksanteri News 2/2015 while on a visiting fellowship in Oxford. Her fields of expertise include Central Asian media, an area not all that well known in Finland. Katja is currently working on an analysis based on interviews conducted with media experts in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan last winter, and is planning a teacher exchange trip to Kazakhstan for the coming autumn period.

Take a look at our anniversary blog Faces of Aleksanteri to learn more!

Aleksanteri News 2/2016


The summer issue of Aleksanteri News is now online and print copies will be available any minute. This issue contains information on the brand new MA Programme in Russian Studies as well as the first ever FRRESH Summer School for doctoral students.

International study opportunities also include a popular management course "Managing Cultural Diversity" first introduced in the spring term of 2016.

In this issue we are happy to introduce our 13 visiting fellows for the coming academic year and proud to announce a few exciting new projects as well. And of course, there is also a reportage on the Aleksanteri institute Anniversary Seminar. Read it on pages 4-5 if you haven't got the time to watch the videos.

Anniversary seminar videos now in YouTube

The Aleksanteri Institute's 20th Anniversary Seminar took place on April 28th, 2016 at the University of Helsinki Small Hall. The seminar was hosted by Markku kangaspuro and welcoming words were given by Chancellor Thomas Wilhelmsson and President Tarja Halonen. Arto Mustajoki chaired a panel entitled "What remains unknown about Russia?" and the panellists included Irina Busygina, Harri Melin, Anna-Liisa Heusala, Ilkka Herlin and Kai Mykkänen. The seminar ended with Markku Kivinen's presentation outlining the future direction of Finnish Russian studies.

You can now watch the seminar videos at the Aleksanteri-institute YouTube channel.

This week in Faces of Aleksanteri: Vladimir Gel'man

Professor Vladimir Gel'man started to work in his FiDiPro-project Regimes, Institutions and Change: Politics and Governance in Russia in a Comparative Perspective in 2012. In an interview published in Aleksanteri News 3/2012 he stated that there's a strong need for long-term comparative study of Russian politics. Many things have changed since then, but the need for research has not diminished. Read Vladimir's thoughts on the importance and challenges of studying Russian politics in Faces of Aleksanteri blog.

This week in Faces of Aleksanteri: Jelena Obradovic-Wochnik

Jelena Obradovic-Wochnik is one of the favorite visitors and long time friends of the Aleksanteri Institute. In 2008 she was introduced as Face of the Month in Aleksanteri News, as the first scholar to participate in the now well-established Aleksanteri Institute Visiting Scholars Programme. Jelena had then just defended her PhD thesis on victimhood discourse and denial of war crimes in Serbia.

Nowadays Jelena is stationed at Aston University (UK) as Lecturer in Politics and International Relations and Deputy Director of Aston Centre for Europe. Take a look at our 20th Anniversary blog Faces of Aleksanteri to see what Jelena has to say about the situation in Serbia today!

New funding from the Strategic Research Council

The Strategic Research Council (SRC) at the Academy of Finland funds high-quality research that has great societal impact. At its meeting on 9 May, the SRC selected 14 consortia to be included in its strategic research programmes. 

Professor Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen from the Aleksanteri Institute is the leader of one of the work packages of a consortium entitled From Failandia to Winlandia. Professor Tynkkynen's research team looks into issues of energy security and impact through energy, and is funded under the theme of Security in a Networked World.

Read the press release at the Academy of Finland's site.

Saara Ratilainen and popular media in Faces of Aleksanteri

Saara Ratilainen shared her thoughts as Face of the Month in Aleksanteri News 2/2013 just before her PhD defence on women’s print media and consumer culture in Russia. We asked Saara about her current interests and the state of Russian consumerism and popular culture today.

Take a look at our new blog Faces of Aleksanteri to find out more!

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 and 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.



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