Institute Events

1.9.2016 at 2.15 pm
Visiting Fellows' Seminar Series: Stefan Guth: Neutrons without Borders. Soviet Nuclear Technodiplomacy across the Bloc Divide and its Post-Soviet Aftermath, 1965–2015 

Visiting Fellows' Seminar Series: Rustam Urinboev: Establishing 'Uzbek mahalla' via smartphones and social media: Trust, reciprocity and obligation among Uzbek migrant workers in Moscow

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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.

New online guide to boost the use of information resources

ResearchGuide to Russian and Eastern European Studies helps students and researchers find the most relevant library and online resources in the field of Russian and Eastern European studies including books, journals, articles and electronic resources. The guide provides you with an ample collection of databases and portals as well as tips on using them, news from the special libraries and links to theses, archives and statistical sources etc. While majority of the sources are open access, some are only available in the University of Helsinki network.

ResearchGuide to Russian and Eastern European Studies has been compiled by the Helsinki University Library, the Slavonic Library of the National Library of Finland and the library of the Aleksanteri Institute. We welcome your feedback and suggestions for improvement!

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 on 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.


Centre of Excellence Choices of Russian Modernisation


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