Aleksanteri Institute Visiting Fellows Research Seminars

This series of seminars presents ongoing work of the Visiting Fellows of the Aleksanteri Institute.

To find out more about the Visiting Scholars Programme, please see

Programme  Spring 2011

Time: Thursdays, starting at 14:15
Venue: Aleksanteri Institute, Unioninkatu 33, Meeting room 2nd floor

17 February
Lynn Tesser
, International University of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
EU Expansion, Nationalist Politics and the Aftermath of Forced Migration in Central Europe and the Balkans 
Abstract (pdf)

23 February
Mikhail Mikeshin
, St. Petersburg State Mining Institute (Technical University) and St. Petersburg Center for the History of Ideas, Russia
Nobility Studies and the Russian Historiosophy
PLEASE NOTE: The seminar takes exceptionally place on Wednesday.
Abstract (pdf)

3 March
Victoria Hudson
, Visiting Researcher / PhD student, University of Birmingham, UK
The ‘Russian World’ Foundation: Contemporary Russian Soft Power in Motion?
Abstract (pdf)

10 March
Irina Bystrova
, Institute of Russian History, Russian Academy of Sciences, Center of Military History of Russia
The Military-Industrial Complex: From the Cold War Period to Post-Soviet Russia
Abstract (pdf)

14 April
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
Abstract (pdf)

21 April
Christine Worobec
, Northern Illinois University, United States
Orthodox Pilgrimages in Late Imperial Russia
Abstract (pdf)

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

12 May
Dieter Segert
, University of Vienna, Austria
Understanding the footprint of state socialism in East European post-socialism
Abstract (pdf)

19 May
Miguel Vázquez Liñan
, University of Seville, Spain
History as a Propaganda Tool in Contemporary Russia
Abstract (pdf)

26 May
Jane Harris
, University of Pittsburgh, United States
Russian Centers of Social Services and the Culture of Aging
Abstract (pdf)

8 June
Matteo Vittuari, University of Bologna, Italy
The Role of Territorial Capital and Diversification: Application to South Eastern Europe
PLEASE NOTE: The seminar takes exceptionally place on Wednesday.
Abstract (pdf)

16 June
Maya Nadkarni
, Swarthmore College, United States
In Hungary's State of "Not Normal": Rhetorics of Crisis, Transparency, and the "Dishonest Mess" of Postsocialism
Abstract (pdf)

You are warmly welcome to attend the Visiting Fellows research seminars!
Please register your participation at the latest one week prior to each seminar by filling in an electronic form at

For more information, please contact Eeva Korteniemi (eeva.korteniemi[at]