Workshop 5 May 2009

research seminar

Imperial Space and Soviet Russian Culture

The workshop welcomes students and scholars to join to discuss the topic of empire, imperial space and history, centre and periphery, nationalism, national and ethnic identity in the study of Russian and Soviet history, society, and culture.

Time: Tuesday, 5 May, 9 a.m – 2 p.m.
Place: Aleksanteri Institute (Meeting Room, 2nd floor)


Preliminary programme

9.00 – 11.00 a.m.

  • Sanna Turoma (Aleksanteri Institute):
    “‘Imperiia’ Re/Constructed: Imaginative Geographies and 1960s Soviet Union”
  • Iina Kohonen (University of Art and Design Helsinki):
    “Picturing Infinity: Space Race and the Cosmic Landscape”
  • Maxim Kupovykh (Helsinki Collegium):
    “Places of Theory: Space, Politics and Soviet kul’turologiia”

12.00 – 2.00 p.m.

  • Katri Pynnönniemi (FIIA):
    “Representations of Post-Soviet Space in Contemporary Russian Political-Economic Discussions”
  • Ivor Stodolsky (Aleksanteri Institute):
    “Cultural Geopolitics in the New Russian Intelligentsia”
  • Anni Kangas (University of Tampere):
    “Land of Giants and Gallows: Russian/Soviet Space in Finnish Political Imaginary, 1918-1939”


Please register by email to sanna.turoma [at] helsinki.fi