Geopolitical Dimensions of the Conflict in the Donbass Region of Ukraine
Doctoral defence: MA Sigrid Kaasik-Krogerus "Normative Stories of the Formative Moment - Construction of Estonian National Identity in Postimees during the EU Accession Process".
Visiting Fellows Research Seminar Dr. Madeleine Reeves: Keeping the Road Open: Waiting, Migrating and the Domestication of Hope in Kyrgyzstan
- Aleksanteri Insight 6/2015: Katalin Miklóssy on the EU's migration crisis
- Aleksanteri News 3-4/2015
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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.
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. It's 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.|
Doctoral defences in Helsinki, Jyväskylä and Tampere
Early spring of 2016 will give us a chance to congratulate three brand new PhD's in Russian and European Studies. MA Sigrid Kaasik-Krogerus will defend her thesis entitled "Normative Stories of the Formative Moment - Construction of Estonian National Identity in Postimees during the EU Accession Process" in the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, on 12 February.
|MA Tuomas Laine-Frigren's defence of his dissertation "Searching for the Human Factor: Psychology, Power and Ideology in Hungary during the Early Kádár Period" takes place at the University of Jyväskylä, on 13 February. MA Ira Jänis-Isokangas will defend her thesis "Neuvostovallan taistelu huliganismia vastaan 1920-luvulla: käsitteet, politiikka ja käytännön toimet" on 11 March at the University of Tampere.|
A new project on Russia's child welfare and foster care
Research project of Meri Kulmala's workgroup A child's right to a family: deinstitutionalization of child welfare in Putin's Russia has received a three-year funding for 2016-2018 from the University of Helsinki. The project investigates Russia's national child welfare and foster care programming.
The university allocates yearly its funds to support research. The grants for three-year research projects are intended for promising researchers of the University of Helsinki. Kulmala's workgroup was also among the Kone Foundation grant recipients this autumn.
Finnish-Russian research networking got funding
The workgroup of Vladimir Gel'man, Sanna Turoma and Ira Jänis-Isokangas received funding of 200 000 euros from Kone Foundation for the Finnish-Russian network in Russian and Eurasian studies in the field of social sciences and humanities (FRRESH). Network offers new approaches to multidisciplinary area studies and research training.
The main project partner is The European University at St. Petersburg (EUSP). Also another multidisciplinary, international project got funding: Meri Kulmala's A child's right to a family: deinstitutionalization of child welfare in Putin's Russia. Researcher grants were awarded to Saara Ratilainen for her work on Russian Internet subcultures and to Emma Hakala's research on securitization of environment in the post-conflict Western Balkans.
Aleksanteri Insight: Eastern Response to the Migration Crisis
The EU's decision-making capacity is strongly guided by the Eastern members, representing an increasingly unified stand opposing Western proposals regarding the solution to the migration crisis, writes Katalin Miklóssy in issue 6/2015 of Aleksanteri Insight.
Promoting Urban Sustainability in the Arctic
Professor in Russian Energy Policy Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen has received a five-year funding for 2016-2020 from the Academy of Finland and the US National Science Foundation's (NSF) Partnership for International Research Collaboration (PIRE).
Promoting Urban Sustainability in the Arctic Project engages an international network of scientists to develop an Arctic Urban Sustainability Index, which will be used to measure sustainability outcomes and progress toward achieving those outcomes in Arctic cities that are growing due to resource development.
New publication on interpretations of Stalinism
Aleksanteri Conference on culture and Russian society
The 15th Aleksanteri Conference Culture and Russian Society was opened by Paula Lehtomäki, State Secretary to the Prime Minister of Finland. The conference started with a special Roundtable Session in which the state of Russian culture was discussed by writers and journalists Artemy Troitsky, Roman Senchin and Kalle Kniivilä and publisher Irina Prokhorova (photo above). The keynote speakers of the Plenary Session I, Catriona Kelly and Vera Tolz (photo below), focused on changing narratives of Russian cultural and national identity.
Centre of Excellence Choices of Russian Modernisation
- "What is the Cult of Personality and what has it to do With Stalin?": The Role of Ideology, Youth and the Komsomol in the March Events, Jänis-Isokangas, I. In: Georgia after Stalin: Nationalism and Soviet power by Blauvelt, T.K. & Smith, J. (eds.). Routledge, 2015
- Discussing Stalinism: Problems and Approaches by Kangaspuro, M. & Oittinen, V. (eds.). Aleksanteri Institute, 2015
- "Russian and East European Studies with a Finnish Flavour", Miklóssy, K. In: Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe, Vol. 23, Issue 1, pp. 61-80
- Venäjän palatseissa ja kaduilla. Kivinen, M. & Vähäkylä, L. (eds.). Gaudeamus, 2015
- "The Vicious Circle of Post-Soviet Neopatrimonialism in Russia", Gel'man, V. In: Post-Soviet Affairs, 2015
- "Russia's Climate Policies and Local Reality", Skryzhevska, Y., Tynkkynen, V-P & Leppänen, S. In: Polar Geography, Vol. 38, Issue 2, pp. 146-170