"Gender, Activism and Political Legitimacy in Russia"

Tuesday December 17, 2013 at 14:00 – 16:00
Banquet hall, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki
(Unioninkatu 33, 3. floor, entrance at the front door)

Welcome to a seminar on Gender, Activism, and Political Legitimacy in Russia. The seminar is organised by the Doctoral School for Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies (REEES), the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies, and the Department of Social Research. The keynote speaker of the seminar is Professor Valerie Sperling from the Department of Political Science at Clark University.

Welcoming words by Professor emeritus Risto Alapuro

Sex, Politics, and Putin: Gender, Activism, and Political Legitimacy in Russia
Valerie Sperling (Clark University, US)

Women’s Political Agency in Second Russia
Anne Marie Sätre (Uppsala University)

Any prospects for political empowerment for women in today's Russia?
Aino Saarinen (Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki)

From Sovereign Eminence to a Bare Leader? On Putin´s Image and Pro-Kremlin Activism after the Winter 2011-12
Jussi Lassila (Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki)

Printable programme (pdf)

For more information, please contact
Ira Jänis-Isokangas
09 191 23646,
ira.janis-isokangas (at) helsinki.fi

Please register by December 9th at https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/46927/lomake.html


About the speakers:

Professor of Political Science, Valerie Sperling teaches a variety of courses in comparative politics, including Russian politics; revolution and political violence; mass murder and genocide under communism; transitions to democracy; globalization and democracy; and introduction to women’s studies. She has written extensively on globalization, and accountability, social movements, gender politics, patriotism and militarism, and state-building in the post-communist region. She is the author of Organizing Women in Contemporary Russia: Engendering Transition (1999), and Altered States: The Globalization of Accountability (2009). Her current book project explores the use of gender norms and sexualization in Putin-era Russian politics, with a focus on political youth activists (pro-and anti-Kremlin) and young feminist activists.

Associate Professor Ann-Mari Sätre is an economist specialized in the structure and performance of the Soviet/Russian economy. She is a senior lecturer/researcher at the Centre of Russian and Eurasian Studies at Uppsala University. The most recent publications concern women's work in contemporary Russia. Since 2002 she has conducted field work in the Archangelsk region where she is following the development mainly through interviews with local actors. Since 2010 she is engaged in the research project about poverty in Nizhny Novgorod. Together with a colleague she is working on a five year comparative study of rural marginalization processes in Russia and Hungary, financed by the Swedish Research Council. They are currently editing a book on poverty and survival strategies in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.

Docent Aino Saarinen is Aleksanteri Associate of the Centre of Excellence on Choices on Russia’s Modernisation. In the 2000s-2010s, she has been responsible for several projects on Russia – dealing with crisis centres for women, gender and welfare, and Russian women as immigrants in the Nordics. She has published in Finnish, Nordic and international journals (Signs, Communist and Post-communist Studies) and in anthologies (Edward Elgar, Central European University Press and Palgrave MacMillan). Latest publications include:  Gazing at Welfare, Gender and Agency in Post-socialist Counties by Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2010, edited with Maija Jäppinen and Meri  Kulmala) and  Women and Transformation in Russia by Routledge (2014, edited with Kirsti Ekonen and Valentina Uspenskaia).

Jussi Lassila works as a post-doctoral researcher at the Aleksanteri Institute, Finnish Centre for Russian and Eastern European Sudies, of the University of Helsinki. Currently he is working in the Finland Distinguished Professor Program (FiDiPro)- project  “Regimes, Institutions and Change: Politics and Governance in Russia in a Comparative Perspective”, led by FiDiPro professor Vladimir Gel´man, and affiliated with Aleksanteri Institute´s Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies- project ”Choices of Russian Modernisation” (2012-2017). In this project his primary focus concerns features of populism in contemporary Russian politics. His book “The Quest for an Ideal Youth in Putin’s Russia II: The Search for Distinctive Conformism in the Political Communication of Nashi, 2005-2009” was published by Ibidem Verlag in late 2012. In 2010-2013 he worked in the international research project “Memory at War” focusing on manifestations and usage of the “Great Patriotic War” in the Putin-era public discussion. His core areas of expertise are post-Soviet identity politics and political communication. His papers have been published in the journals Demokratizatsiya, Canadian Slavonic Papers, Forum noveishei vostochnoevropeiskoi istorii i kul’tury, and Finnish Review of East European Studies as well as in numerous collected volumes.