News & Events Archive


In the News & Events Archive you'll find information about past conferences, lectures, seminars and other significant events at the Institute. From 2010 onwards, also research and publication news are included.

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News and Events in 2011

December 12th
Guest Lecture by Dr Dmitry Dubrovski (St. Petersburg State University): Russian Elections 2011 - Preliminary Results and Possible Prognosis
Venue: Aleksanteri Institute, Meeting Room (Unioninkatu 33, 2nd floor, entrance via the inner courtyard)

December 9th
Guest Lecture by Dr Sergiy Kurbatov (Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine): Current Social and Political Situation in Ukraine
For more information visit here.
Venue: Aleksanteri Institute, Meeting Room (Unioninkatu 33, 2nd floor, entrance via the inner courtyard)

November 30th
Election Seminar: Russian Duma Elections: Mapping the Political Landscape
Venue: Aleksanteri Institute, 3rd floor

November 18th
Guest Lecture: Professor Antony Todorov, New Bulgarian University: EU Standards and the Reforms in the Public Policies: How Bulgaria Did Accept the Common Norm
Visit here for more information.

November 17th
Visiting Fellows Research Seminar:
Sean Roberts
, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, Norway, lectures on "How real is ‘virtual’ competition? The role of the internet in the December State Duma election".
Abstract (pdf)

November 9th-11th
Aleksanteri Conference: The Dragon and the Bear: Strategic Choices of China and Russia

News4_2011The latest issue of Aleksanteri News wishes all readers welcome to the Annual Aleksanteri Conference, dedicated to analysing the strategic choices of China and Russia.

Our Face of the Month is researcher Hanna Smith (page 2) who takes a look at the meaning and legacy of Dmitry Medvedev's presidency.

Read the newsletter online >>

November 7th
Cultural Forum: Sibelius, Finnish National Identity, and Russian Culture

October 27th
Guest Lecture by Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kosovo, Dr. Enver Hoxhaj:
"Kosovo's way to the EU". The lecture is followed by a discussion chaired by Director Juhana Aunesluoma (Network for European Studies).

October 31st - November 1st
Workshop: Entrepreneurship in the Socialist and Post-Socialist Space
Program (pdf)

October 20th
Book launch: Myrkyn silmässä - Suomi ja uudet kriisit (in Finnish)
Writers: Timo Hellenberg, Heikki Talvitie, Pekka Visuri and Risto Volanen (2011).
ISBN: 978-951-0-38126-7
Venue: Helsingin kaupungin pelastuslaitoksen auditorio, Agricolankatu 15.

October 13th
Guest Lecture by Prof. Tatiana Stefanenko (Lomonosov Moscow State University):
Образ России в многополярном мире

September 29th
Visiting Fellows Research Seminar: lecturer Zuzanna Bogumil: Gulag cemeteries: Sites of common memory or places of a nation’s symbolic domination

September 20th
Guest lecture by Professor Oleg Kharkhordin: From the Social to the Public: Studies of Classical Republicanism and Contemporary Russia

September 19th
The Aleksanteri Institute Cultural Forum
Discussion on Russian cultural policy and contemporary culture (in Finnish)
Journalists Anneli Ahonen, Anna-Lena Laurén and Kristina Rotkirch and Aleksanteri Institute researchers Saara Ratilainen and Dr. Jussi Lassila.

September 16th

News3_2011 The latest issue of Aleksanteri News 3/2011 contains information about the Institute's upcoming seminars and the Visiting Scholars programme and Graduate School News.

The Face of the Month is Professor Linda Cook, the Aleksanteri Institutes visiting fellow from Brown University.

Read the newsletter online >>

September 7th
Guest lecture by Professor Vladimir Gel'man, European University at St. Petersburg, Russia:
Institutional Trap in Russian Politics: No Way Out?
Invitation and abstract (pdf)

August 25th
Visiting Fellows Research Seminar: Ilya Gerasimov, Ab Imperio Quarterly, Russia: " Writing Degree Zero, and Beyond: Reading Social Practices between the Lines of Anonymous Letters of Extortion in the Late Imperial City". Abstract (pdf).

August 25th
Fifteen new Visiting Fellows

The Aleksanteri Institute Visiting Scholars Programme provides an opportunity for highly qualified scholars in Russian and Eastern European studies to visit the Aleksanteri Institute and the University of Helsinki for a period of two to four months. Each year, the Visiting Scholars Programme awards a number of highly qualified scholars a grant for short-term visit to the Aleksanteri Institute and to the University of Helsinki. In the four calls since 2008, over 500 proposals have been submitted and 60 Visiting Fellows have been invited to Helsinki. For academic year 2011-2012 the Aleksanteri Institute has invited 15 new Visiting Scholars.
For more information about Visiting Scholars Programme and Visiting Fellows Research Seminars, please visit >>

August 18th
Visiting Fellows Research Seminar
, lecturer Linda J. Cook, Brown University, United States: Access to Health Care in Russia:  the State, NGOs and Private Providers

The Academy of Finland granted two positions of doctoral candidates for the Finnish Graduate programme for Russian and East European Studies for the period of 2012-2015. The call was open in early autumn 2011.

Two new positions for Graduate School are open for calls

The Academy of Finland has granted two positions of doctoral candidates for the Finnish Graduate programme for Russian and East European Studies for the period of 2012-2015.

The multidisciplinary focus of the present call, "Choices", is connected with the Centre of Excellence in Russian studies, beginning next year. The choices made in the past have an effect on the present-day development and are guiding also the choices that are made at present in Russia and Eastern Europe. The question of choices can be approached from the point of view of history, political sciences, economics and cultural research.

The deadline was on 8 September 2011 at 15.45 o'clock.
More information on the graduate school site >>


June 16th
Visiting Fellows Research Seminar Maya Nadkarni: In Hungary's State of "Not Normal": Rhetorics of Crisis, Transparency, and the "Dishonest Mess" of Postsocialism

June 8th
Visiting Fellows Research Seminar Matteo Vittuari: The Role of Territorial Capital and Diversification: Application to South Eastern Europe

June 6th New Centre of Excellence


One of the 15 new Centres of Excellence (CoE) in Research for 2012-2017 funded by the Academy of Finland is Aleksanteri Institute’s Choices of Russian Modernisation, led by Markku Kivinen. In the new Centre of Excellence, modernisation in Russia is understood as a set of choices made under structural conditions. As the traditional frameworks, theories and concepts of individual disciplines are clearly inadequate for analysing the contradictory developments in Russia, the CoE strives to redefine the agenda on Russian modernisation. This new multidisciplinary approach, the Finnish School, will result in a new paradigmatic approach in Russian studies. At the same time, it will also provide a new platform for policy implications at the most fundamental level of EU-Russia relations.

Besides researchers from the Aleksanteri Institute, the Centre of Excellence consists of researchers from the Department of Modern Languages (Russian Studies) at the University of Helsinki and the Department of Political Studies (University of Tampere). In addition, several distinguished scholars both from Finland and abroad are involved as associated partners, including those from CEMAT (Aalto University) and the European University at Saint Petersburg, Russia.

June 6th
To celebrate the 60th birthday of Markku Kivinen, director of the Aleksanteri Institute, a festschrift with twenty contributors, "Between Utopia and Apocalypse - Essays on Social Theory and Russia", was published.

May 26th
Visiting Fellows Research Seminar Jane Harris: Russian Centers of Social Services and the Culture of Aging

May 25th
Russian Politics and Foreign Policy Driven by What? Emotions versus Interests -seminar
The seminar will explore interests and emotions as driving forces of Russian domestic and foreign policy making. Do interests and emotions coincide or are they in conict with each other? Do emotions create interests or vice versa? How should we read the driving forces of policy making?
Time: 25.5.2011, 09:00-12:30
Venue: The Aleksanteri Institute (Unioninkatu 33, 3rd floor banquet hall, Helsinki)
The Finnish Graduate School for Russian and East European Studies, the POLITU graduate
school, the Aleksanteri Institute and the project "Emotions in Russian Foreign Policy" (Academy of Finland)
For further information, please contact hanna.ruutu[at]helsinki. or tuomas.forsberg[at]uta.

May 24th:


Director Mostafa Dolatyar of Institute of Political and International Studies greets the delegates of Aleksanteri  Institute, headed by Director Markku Kivinen, in Tehran at a roundtable meeting held on May 24, 2011.

See for more pictures.

May 24th
Professor Ivo Josipović, President of the Republic of Croatia, delivers a lecture titled  "The EU and South-East Europe - Two sides of the same coin - A View from Croatia".
Time: TUE 24.5.2011 at 4 P.M.
Small Hall of the University of Helsinki, main building (Fabianinkatu 33, 4th floor)
For further information see here.

May 19th
Visiting Fellows Research Seminar Miguel Vázquez: History as a Propaganda Tool in Contemporary Russia.

May 12th
Visiting Fellows Reseach Seminar Dieter Segert: Understanding the footprint of state socialism in East European post-socialism.

May 10th
Research Agenda of the Aleksanteri Institute – A series of short sessions presenting ongoing research
Time: Tuesday 10th of May at 13:00 – 16.30
Venue: Aleksanteri Institute Meeting Room, Unioninkatu 33, 2nd floor
Chair: Senior researcher Sari Autio-Sarasmo
13:00-13:10 Opening
13:10-13:40 Postdoctoral researcher Sanna Turoma
Empire and Space in Late Soviet Russian Culture (1960-80)
13:40-14:10 Researcher Emma Hakala
Environment and security in the Western Balkans. Risks and opportunities through co-operation
14:10-14:40 Researcher Sari Eriksson
New Control Mechanisms in the Field of Russian Higher Education Policy
14:40-15:10 Postdoctoral researcher Katja Koikkalainen
Foreign brands in Russian magazines market
15:10 -15.40 Researcher Kaarina Aitamurto
Speak Out! Empowering Migrant, Refugee and Ethnic Minority Women against Gender Violence in Europe
15.40-16.30 Snacks, drinks and free discussion

May 9th
Cultural Forum: "Venäläinen elokuva ennen ja jälkeen Neuvostoliiton" (in Finnish). Researchers Lauri Piispa (University of Turku) and ) Ira Österberg (The Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki)
Time. 16-18,
Venue: Aleksanteri Institute, Meeting room, 2nd floor.

May 6th
The Aleksanteri Insititute and Ministry for Foreign Affairs together organized a seminar: "Conflicts in Georgia - Challenges and Prospects for Settlement".
Ambassador Antti Turunen, UN Representative (to the Geneva International Discussions and Joint Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism)
Ambassador Heidi Tagliavini, Diplomat in Residence at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP)
Dr. Phil Uwe Halbach, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Berlin
Jonathan Cohen, Director of Programmes, Conciliation Resources, London
Dr. Iris Kempe, Director, Heinrich Böll Stiftung South Caucasus Regional Office, Tbilisi
Time: Friday 6th of May at 9:00-13:00
Venue: The Aleksanteri Institute (Unioninkatu 33, 3rd floor banquet hall, Helsinki)
More information: Mikko Palonkorpi or Leena Liski (leena.liski[at]

April 29th
Aleksanteri News 2/2011


Nashi – Russia's infamous youth movement – is usually depicted as a puppet of the Kremlin. If this is the case, however, then why does the organisation so often fail in its campaigns, to the degree that it is even criticised by the Kremlin?

This was the starting point of Jussi Lassila's interest in pro-Kremlin youth movements, which culminated in the successful defence of his PhD dissertation at the University of Jyväskylä in March of 2011. Read more about Jussi Lassi at page 2.

Read the Aleksanteri news 2/2011 (pdf) here >>

April 28th
Aleksanteri Institute Visiting Fellows Research Seminars
Elena Bogdanova
, Centre for Independent Social Research, St. Petersburg
Complaining to Putin. Examples of current practices in Russian governance
Abstract (pdf)

April 26th
Seminar: 25th Anniversary of the Chernobyl Nuclear Accident (in Finnish)

April 21st
Aleksanteri Institute Visiting Fellows Research Seminars
Christine Worobec
, Northern Illinois University, United States
Orthodox Pilgrimages in Late Imperial Russia
Abstract (pdf)

April 19th
The Academy of Finland granted two positions of doctoral candidates for the Finnish Graduate programme for Russian and East European Studies for the period of 2012-2015. The call will be opened in early autumn 2011.
More information at the graduate school site >>

April 14th
Guest lecture by Francisco Martínez, Visiting Researcher (CIMO Fellowship grantee) / PhD Student, University of Murcia, Spain:
Natural distortions of nationalism: the cases of Pentti Linkola and Lev Gumilev.

April 8th
Guest lecture by Dr. Sergey Minasyan (Head of Political Studies Department, Caucasus Institute): "The Current Stage of the Karabakh Conflict - Armenian Perspective".
Discussant: Mikko Palonkorpi (Researcher, Aleksanteri Institute)
Invitation (PDF)
Venue: Aleksanteri Institute, Meeting room, 2nd floor.
Time: 12:00-13:30

March 25th
Final report of the Project Aether: "Securing Air Traffic - Case CBRN Terrorism" was published on the 25th of March 2011. At the publication event was discussed crisis management and flight safety both in Finland and at the European Union level. As a background for the discussion were used the aims of the Project Aether: the testing and development of situational awareness and decision making in the case of a CBRN threat-related crisis on board an airplane.
Programme was:
10.00 Welcome, Markku Kivinen, Director of the Aleksanteri Institute
10.10 Presentation of the EU-funded Project Aether, Timo Hellenberg
10.20 Crisis Management in Finland in the Aether Scenario, Pekka Visuri
10.30 The View of an Authority on CBRN Security, Juha Rautjärvi
Aapo Cederberg, Secretary General of the Security and Defence Committee
Questions and Answers
The event is free of charge and open to all interested.
Please register by Monday 14.3. at maarit.elo-valente (at)
More information from project site:
Read the report >>

March 10th
Visiting Fellows Research Seminars: Irina Bystrova, Institute of Russian History, Russian Academy of Sciences, Center of Military History of Russia, gived a talk entitled: "The Military-Industrial Complex: From the Cold War Period to Post-Soviet Russia" at the Aleksanteri Insititute Visiting Fellows Research Seminars. Abstract available at the seminar site!

March 8th
Cultural Forum: "Naiset ja venäläinen kulttuuri" (in Finnish).

March 3rd
Visiting Fellows Research Seminars: Victoria Hudson "The ‘Russian World’ Foundation: Contemporary Russian Soft Power in Motion?"

March 3rd
3.3.2011 Igumeni Mitrofan gives a presentation: Kymmenen vuotta sukellusvene Kurskin onnettomuudesta (in Finnish). Ortodoksinen näkökulma.

28.2.2011 Aleksanteri News 1/2011


The latest issue of Aleksanteri News 1/2011 contains information about the Institute's open calls, such as the Visiting Scholars programme and Masters Programme.

The Face of the Month (p.2) is Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen, who was recently appointed the professor in Russian energy policy.

Read the newsletter online at:
Or come and pick up your printed copy at the Aleksanteri Insitute!

February 23rd
Mikhail Mikeshin, St. Petersburg State Mining Institute (Technical University) and St. Petersburg Center for the History of Ideas (Russia), will gaved a talk entitled: "Nobility Studies and the Russian Historiosophy" at the Aleksanteri Institute Visiting Fellows Research
Seminars series. Abstract available at the seminar site!

February 17th
Visiting Fellows seminar in the 2nd floor meeting room at 2.15 pm: professor Lynn Tesser will give a lecture: "EU Expansion, Nationalist Politics and the Aftermath of Forced Migration in Central Europe and the Balkans". Please see the seminar site for more information.

Minority Women against Gender Violence – an EC Daphne Project Starting Up

a_kFebruary 9th

Dr. Aino Saarinen and researcher Kaarina Aitamurto from the Aleksanteri Institute will be responsible for the research activities of the multi-national: Speak Out! Empowering Migrant, Refugee and Ethnic Minority Women against Gender Violence in Europe -project this March. The objectives are in supporting migrant women to combat gender violence and in facilitating networks between women and local social services. Among involved migrant communities will be women from Russia and Eastern Europe. The project is funded by the Daphne III Programme run by the DG Justice, Freedom and Security and coordinated by the University of Padua. Partners in network also included Monika -Multicultural Women Association.

Project homepage >

9.2.2011 Project Aether: Final Conference in Brussels


The final conference of project Aether on air passenger safety in case of CBRN terrorism was arranged in Brussels, together with the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats of Europe who hosted the event at the parliament building. More than 80 participants attended the conference, mostly from the Parliament and organizations active in the field of security. Welcoming words were spoken by MEP Ms. Anneli Jäätteenmäki.

Read more about the conference on the project homepage >

Photos: Ismo Aaltonen, Maarit Elo-Valenter and Pekka Visuri

January 31st
The Aleksanteri Institute Cultural Forum discus on Dostojevski (in Finnish) with
Pekka Pesonen (professor) and Hannu-Pekka Björkman (actor).

January 21st
The Finnish Graduate School for Russian and East European Studies organises a guest lecture: Prof. Lynn Tesser (International University of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina): EU Expansion and Nationalist Politics in Central Europe and the Balkans

A new project looks at environmental security in the Balkans

Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland has granted funding for a year-long project: "Environment and Security in the Western Balkans", which examines the role of environmental questions in the regional stability and security policy in the Western Balkan countries. While environmental change poses new risks and may increase the threat of conflict, the need to solve environmental problems can also help to facilitate co-operation internationally, regionally and locally. Participating in the project are: Dr Jouni Järvinen, Prof. Markku Kivinen, Dr Jouko Nikula, Prof. Leo Granberg, researchers Emma Hakala and Anna Halonen and from Serbia, Prof. Aleksandar Fatić, researchers Srdjan Korać and Mina Zirojević-Fatić.

January 1st
New professor in Russian policy
Docent Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen has been appointed to joint professorship in Russian energy policy between the Aleksanteri Institute and the Faculty of Social Sciences, beginning from the 1st of January 2011.

Professor Tynkkynen's areas of responsibility concern Russian energy and environment policy. The professorship in Russian energy policy is temporary. Tynkkynen was appointed to the post until 31/07/2016.


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