Institute Events

Concluding Seminar of project MERMAID (in Finnish)

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

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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


The nature of the phenomenon called Stalinism has since long been subject to debates. Although the scholars have agreed on many of its main traits - such as one-party dictatorship and politically motivated terror - there are yet many open questions and no final consensus has been reached. In Discussing Stalinism: Problems and Approaches (ed. by Kangaspuro & Oittinen, Aleksanteri Institute, 2015), six scholars representing different fields of social research are presenting their points of view on the "Stalinism phenomenon".

Read more about the book and order it by electronic form.

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.

For more photos and conference news, see the Aleksanteri Institute's Facebook page and the conference's Twitter page.

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