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 2014

The Aleksanteri Institute would like to thank everyone for fruitful cooperation in 2014. We wish you happy holidays and all the best for the coming year!

The office of the Institute will be closed between 22.12.2014 and 6.1.2015.

19.12.2014
The board of the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies has chosen Dr. Meri Kulmala (University of Helsinki) and Dr. Anna Lowry (Indiana University) for the position of post-doctoral researcher. MA Minna Hakkarainen was chosen for the position of planning officer (international affairs). Sincere thanks to all applicants for excellent applications!

12.12.2014

Freek

M.Sc. Freek van der Vet defended his doctoral dissertation Finding Justice at the European Court of Human Rights: The Dynamics of Strategic Litigation and Human Rights Defense in the Russian Federations in a public examination on Friday 12 December 2014 at 12:00 at the University of Helsinki, Metsätalo (address: Unioninkatu 40), lecture hall 2. The opponent was Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom (The University of British Columbia) and the Custos was Matti Kortteinen (University of Helsinki).

 

11.12.2014
Professor Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen will be leading a new four-year project entitled Assessing Intermediary Expertise in Cross-Border Arctic Energy Development at the Aleksanteri Institute beginning in January 2015. The project aims at finding out how intermediaries engage in valuation practices that drive the location and content of pivotal conversations on Arctic oil and gas extraction.

11.12.2014
Seminar Human Rights in Russia, with Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom (University of British Columbia), Nadja Douglas (Humboldt University, Berlin/ visiting doctoral student at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki), Emma Hakala (Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki), Freek van der Vet (Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki) and Cai Waever (University of Helsinki).
PLACE: Aleksanteri Institute, Unioninkatu 33 (entrance via the inner courtyard), Meeting room 2nd floor
TIME: 14:00-16:00
Programme (pdf)

10.12.2014
Book presentation: Researcher, Journalist and Analyst Vicken Cheterian: Open Wounds: Armenians, Turks, and a Century of Genocide (C Hurst, to be publishded in January 2015). The book presentation is chaired by Prof. Jeremy Smith, University of Eastern Finland
PLACE: Aleksanteri Institute, Unioninkatu 33 (entrance via the inner courtyard), Meeting room 2nd floor
TIME: 09:00-11:00
The book presentation is organised by "From post-Soviet to Eurasian: Reconfiguring Borders and Space" -project of the University of Eastern Finland (Funded by Kone Foundation) and "The Role of Media in Civic Unity and Unrest under semi-Authoritarian Transitional Regimes in Central Asia" (MESECA) -project of the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki (Funded by the Academy of Finland).

9.12.2014
Seminar Media, Security and Central Asia
An opening conference for the project The Role of Media in Civic Unity and Unrest under semi-Authoritarian Transitional Regimes in Central Asia. The project is funded by Academy of Finland.
PLACE: Lecture Hall 115, University of Helsinki Language Center, Fabianinkatu 26, Ground floor
TIME: 08:30-12:00

5.12.2014
Seminar The Regional Dimension of Russian Politics: Comparative Perspectives
Anastassia Obydenkova (University of Pompea Fabra, Barcelona): "Understanding the Survival of post-Communist Corruption in Contemporary Russia: the Influence of Historical Legacies"
Andrey Starodubtsev (Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki): "Who, How, When and How Much? Factors of Regional Policy Implementation in Russia"
Chair : Vladimir Gelman (Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki)
PLACE: Aleksanteri Institute, Unioninkatu 33 (entrance via the inner courtyard), Meeting room 2nd floor
TIME: 09:45-12:00

4.12.2014

  The monograph "Платить нельзя проигрывать: Региональная политика и федерализм в современной России authored by postdoctoral researcher Andrey Starodubtsev and published by EUSP Press, ranked number three in the competition of the best Russian publication in political science in 2014. The award is given annually by The Russian Political Science Association (RPSA). 

1.12.2014
Katalin Miklóssy's team Unbounded pedagogy! University teachers without boundaries has been selected for the shortlist of the Helsinki Challenge competition. Twenty teams compete for a prize of €375,000. Katalin's team invents and implements new methods of teaching and introduces them to restricted democratic environments.

Read more on Helsinki Challenge. The winner will be announced in November 2015.

 


17.11.-21.11.2014
RussiaHUB Helsinki kick-off week at Think Corner. See the Finnish event page for details! (All events in Finnish)

RussiaHUB Helsinki brings together key actors in research, business and politics, thus strengthening Helsinki's profile as a center of Russian expertise. The theme week at Think Corner aims to give a glimpse of the vast array of knowledge already developed by the organisations in the Helsinki region and provide a platform for intensifying cooperation.

14.11.2014
The Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies, Choices of Russian Modernisation, has chosen Dr. Anna-Liisa Heusala for the position of senior researcher for the period of 1.1.2015-31.12.2016 and Dr. Jukka Pietiläinen for the period of 1.1.2015-31.12.2015. We'd like to thank all candidates for good applications.

11.11.2014
Mikhail Chernysh
's Guest Lecture “What Will the Middle Class Say? - A Debate over the Middle Class and Its Impact on Society in Contemporary Russia"
PLACE: Aleksanteri Institute, Unioninkatu 33 (entrance via the inner courtyard), Meeting room 2nd floor
TIME: 14:15

8.11.2014
Daria Gritsenko's
Doctoral defence in the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki: On Governance of Quality Shipping in the Baltic Sea: Exploring Collective Action in Polycentric Contexts
Opponent: Michael Roe, University of Plymouth
Custos: Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen, University of Helsinki
PLACE: Metsätalo (Unioninkatu 40), lecture room 2
TIME: 12:00
The e-thesis is published here.

30.10.2014
Visiting Fellows Research Seminar with Regina Smyth, Indiana University, USA
What Just Happened?  Competing Opposition Narratives of Russia’s Snow Revolution
PLACE: Aleksanteri Institute, Unioninkatu 33, Meeting room 2nd floor
TIME: 14:15

28.10.2014
The Aleksanteri Institute invites highly qualified scholars conducting research on topics related to Central Asia in a field relevant to the Aleksanteri Institute’s research agenda to apply for a 1-3 months research stay at the Institute. The call was open until 28.10.2014 and the research visits should take place between 1.2. and 17.7. 2015.

22.10.2014
The Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies is looking for creative, motivated and enthusiastic postdoctoral and senior researchers conducting research on modernisation in Russia for a fixed term of 1–3 years, starting from 1 January, 2015. The call was open until 22.10.2014.

22.-24.10.2014
The 14th Annual Aleksanteri Conference "Restructruring State and Society in Russia".
PLACE: University Main building (Unioninkatu 34/Fabianinkatu 33), Porthania (Yliopistonkatu 3), Metsätalo U40 (Unioninkatu 40).

The 14th annual Aleksanteri Conference has gathered over 400 participants in Helsinki during October 22-24. The conference got a kick start today at 10.00 in a Special session by Maria Lipman, Arkady Moshes, Nikolay Petrov and Stephen Hanson. The session, entitled "Russia after 2014" drew a large audience in the Small hall of the University of Helsinki's Main building.

The conference was be officially opened by Minister for Foreign Affairs Erkki Tuomioja at 12.00.

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

22.10.2014

 

The conference issue of Aleksanteri News contains the programme of the 14th Aleksanteri Conference Restructuring State and Society in Russia. We are also happy to introduce to you the five keynote speakers Alexander Etkind, Stephen E. Hanson, Oleg Kharkhordin, Alena Ledeneva and Maria Lipman, and give information about the conference venues.

Looking past the busy conference week, we'd like to remind you of the upcoming Visiting fellows call in January 2015 and, of course, present our current visitors. Upcoming events include two doctoral defences and the launch of RussiaHUB Helsinki.

 

22.10.2014

 

The project of authoritarian modernisation has been sacrificed for the sake of securitisation in Russia, writes Vladimir Gel'man in issue 5/2014 of Aleksanteri Insight, entitled "The Ukrainian Crisis and Russia's Domestic Agenda".

Take a look at the previous issues of Aleksanteri Insight here.

 

 

17.10.2014
A Comet of the Enlightenment – Anders Johan Lexell's Life and Discoveries, by Johan Sten (2014). Book publishing event in Finnish.
PLACE: Aleksanteri Institute, Unioninkatu 33, Meeting room 2nd floor
TIME: 17:00

9.10.2014
Visiting Fellows Research Seminar with Edwin Bacon, University of London, UK: Writing Russia's Future: a Century of Discerning Russia's Path 
PLACE: Aleksanteri Institute, Unioninkatu 33, Meeting room 2nd floor
TIME: 14:15

8.10.2014
State Minister of Georgia on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Alex Petriashvili's Guest Lecture The Winding Path Towards Security 
PLACE: Aleksanteri Institute, Unioninkatu 33, Meeting room 2nd floor
TIME: 15:00-16:00
Program (pdf)
The occasion is organised in cooperation with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and the Embassy of Georgia.

2.10.2014
Visiting Fellows Research Seminar with Ina Merdjanova, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland: Grounding Interreligious Dialogue for Peacebuilding: A Gender Perspective from the Balkans
PLACE: Aleksanteri Institute, Unioninkatu 33, Meeting room 2nd floor
TIME: 14:15

1.10.2014

The concept of "competition” is usually associated with market economies, while the socialist system, based on command economic planning and state-centered control over society, was supposed to emphasise "co-operation". However, various forms of competition found their way into a wide range of industries and social fields across the Soviet bloc.

How and why did the mechanisms of competition develop at state, enterprise and grassroot level? What impact did competition have in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe?

A new book edited by Katalin Miklóssy and Melanie Ilic shows how the gradual adoption and adaptation of Western practices led to the emergence of more open competitiveness in socialist society. Competition in Socialist Society was published in 2014 by Routledge.

25.9.2014
Visiting Fellows Research Seminar with Dmitry Efremenko, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia: EU – Ukraine – Russia: confrontation or coexistence?
PLACE: Aleksanteri Institute, Unioninkatu 33, Meeting room 2nd floor
TIME: 14:15

24.9.2014
Research at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki – A seminar series presenting ongoing research
PLACE: Aleksanteri Institute, Unioninkatu 33, Meeting room 2nd floor
TIME: 9:45-12:00
Please register your participation by September 22 using the electronic form.

23.9.2014

 

Aleksanteri News 3/2014 is happy to introduce on page 2 Visiting Fellow Dr. Regina Smyth, who has lately devoted a lot of time to the enigma of Putin's appeal. The five other interesting visitors of early autumn are presented on pages 6 & 7.

This issue also has the pleasure to congratulate the first MA graduates of ECEBB Studies Satu Kuusranta and Markus Kujawa and publish an interview with a Master's School alumnus Santeri Eriksson.

Also included are the latest and upcoming seminars, conferences and publications, so to get a quick overall picture of our autumn, please take a look!

15.-19.9.2014

Aleksanteri Institute hosts a Europe theme week in Think Corner in cooperation with the faculty of social sciences and faculty of law. All events are in Finnish. You'll find more information in Finnish on the Think Corner webpage and in the University of Helsinki event site.

12.9.2014
The 14th Annual Aleksanteri Conference "Restructuring State and Society in Russia" will take place in Helsinki on 22-24 October 2014. The conference programme including over 60 panels and plenary sessions has now been published at the conference site.

Keynote speakers of the conference are Alexander Etkind, Stephen E. Hanson, Oleg Kharkhordin, Alena Ledeneva and Maria Lipman. The conference will be opened on Wednesday October 22nd at noon by Minister for Foreign Affairs Erkki Tuomioja.

All events are free and open to public. Online registration required in advance.

11.9.2014
Visiting Fellows Research Seminar with Charles Walker, University of Southampton, UK: Masculinities and Wellbeing in Contemporary Russia 
PLACE: Aleksanteri Institute, Unioninkatu 33, Meeting room 2nd floor
TIME: 14:15

4.9.2014
Visiting Fellows Research Seminar with Olga Kniazeva, University of British Columbia, Canada: Opposition and Dissent in Petro-States: International Oil Markets and Political Mobilization
PLACE: Aleksanteri Institute, Unioninkatu 33, Meeting room 2nd floor
TIME: 14:15

3.9.2014

Political trends in the Eastern Group might create a Trojan horse effect inside the EU, writes Katalin Miklóssy. Miklóssy's article "Why is the Russian model tempting for the Eastern group of the EU?" was published in Aleksanteri Insight 4/2014

 

29.8.2014
Hanna Smith defended her doctoral thesis "Russian Greatpowerness: Foreign policy, two Chechen wars and international organisations" in the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, on 29 August 2014 at 13:00. The public examination will take place at the following address: Fabianinkatu 26, F26 Juhlasali.
Opponent: Professor Roy Allison, Oxford University
Custos: Professor Heikki Patomäki.

The dissertation is available online at https://helda.helsinki.fi/handle/10138/135688

28.8.2014
A seminar with two education policy experts from the Institute of Education, Higher School of Economics-Moscow (HSE) Alexander M. Sidorkin and Irina Gruncheva.
PLACE: Aleksanteri Institute (Unioninkatu 33, Helsinki) Meeting room 2nd floor
TIME: 10.00-13.00

28.8.2014
Visiting Fellows Research Seminar with Jeremy Morris University of Birmingham, UK
Russia's Worthless Dowry? - an Ethnographic Study of the Blue-Collar Monotown 
PLACE: Aleksanteri Institute, Unioninkatu 33, Meeting room 2nd floor
TIME: 14:15

5.-21.8.2014
The Aleksanteri Institute offered an intensive, interactive course entitled Post-Socialist Societies and Cultures as part of the Helsinki Summer School -programme 2014. Read more about the course and how to apply at the Helsinki Summer School site.

19.8.2014
Guest lecture by Raluca Bianca Roman "Religious Belonging among Pentecostal Finnish Roma – in Missionary Work in Eastern Europe"
TIME: 19.8.2014 at 2-4 pm
PLACE: Aleksanteri Institute 2nd floor meeting room

16.8.2014
Tuomas Hovi
defended his doctoral thesis in Folkloristics entitled "Heritage through Fiction. Dracula Tourism in Romania" on Saturday, August 16th at noon at the University of Turku, Tauno Nurmela Hall (Päärakennus T1).
Opponent: Professor Regina F. Bendix, Georg-August-University, Göttingen, Germany
Custodian: Professor Pekka Hakamies, University of Turku, Finland

5.-21.8.2014
The Aleksanteri Institute offers an intensive, interactive course entitled Post-Socialist Societies and Cultures as part of the Helsinki Summer School -programme. Read more about the course and how to apply at the Helsinki Summer School site.

2.-10.8.2014
8th Summer School in Kilpisjärvi, entitled “Politics of Nature”, organised in cooperation with the Higher School of Economics (Moscow).

16.6.2014

Finland was the only developed market economy to trade with the Soviet Union on a bilateral basis until the collapse of central planning. In contrast with Eastern European countries, Finnish authorities - and public opinion as well - have traditionally argued that this trade was particularly profitable for the Finnish trade. This is claimed to be true both at the company level and for the Finnish economy as a whole.

An English-language discussion on these issues has been lacking so far. The new title Trading with the Soviet Union The Finnish Experience 1944–1991 by Pekka Sutela aims to bridge this gap.

The book was published in Kikimora Publications Series B (Kikimora Studies in Russia and Eastern Europe) in June 2014.

10.6.2014

The City of Helsinki Science Award was handed to professor Markku Kivinen on Tuesday June 10th by the Deputy Mayor Ritva Viljanen.

The award is a recognition of professor Kivinen's position as one of the leading theoreticians on Russian society and his diverse expertise on all questions related to Russia. Kivinen has also actively influenced the science policies making Finland one of the leading countries in Russian studies.

The City of Helsinki Science Award has been granted since 1996 for significant scientific work accomplished in Helsinki or by a citizen of Helsinki.

6.6.2014
Guest lecture: Russian-Japanese Relations Seen through Arctic Cooperation 
Professor Akihiro Iwashita, Slavic Research Centre, Hokkaido University
NB! Venue change: Metsätalo, room 8 (Unioninkatu 40, Helsinki)
TIME: 11:00 am

3.6.2014
Seminar organised by the Aleksanteri Institute and the Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies Choices of Russian Modernisation, clusters 1 &3: Educational Reforms in contemporary Russia: Neoliberal Ideology, Authoritarianism and Social Change.
PLACE: Aleksanteri Institute, Unioninkatu 33, Meeting room 2nd floor
TIME: 10-16

31.5.2013
MA Miia Ijäs defended her thesis "Res publica redefined? The Polish-Lithuanian transition period of the 1560s and 1570s in the context of European state formation processes" at the University of Tampere on May 31st, 2014.
Read more >>

28.5.2014

"Russia and the EU: Calculating the New Status Quo"

Russia has increasingly acted in a belligerent manner towards the EU, which has set the new tone for the Russia-EU relationship, writes Irina Busygina, a visiting fellow at the Aleksanteri Institute.

Aleksanteri Insight 3/2014 (pdf)

26.5.2014
Seminar in Finnish: Eurovaalien jälkeen: EU:n tulevaisuus ja itäryhmän kehitysnäkymät.

26.-27.5.2014
A conference organised by the Aleksanteri Institute and the Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies Choices of Russian Modernisation, clusters 2 & 5: The Shrew Untamed:
Cultural Mechanisms of Political Protest in Russia and the World

23.5.2013
MA Laura Lyytikäinen defended her thesis "Performing Political Opposition in Russia - The Case of the Russian Youth Movement Oborona" at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki on May 23rd, 2014.
Read more >>

22.5.2014 at 14:15
Visiting Fellows Research Seminar with Martin Dimitrov, Tulane University, New Orleans, USA
"Dictatorship and Information: Autocratic Regime Resilience in Communist Europe and China"
PLACE: Aleksanteri Institute, Unioninkatu 33, Meeting room 2nd floor
TIME: 14:15

20.5.2014 at 16-18
Discussion in Finnish: USA ja Venäjä Ukrainan kriisin keskellä. Mitä suurvallat ajattelevat?

17.5.2014
MA Dmitry Yagodin defended his thesis "The Blogization of Journalism. How Blogs Politicize Media and Social Space in Russia" at the University of Tampere on May 17th, 2014.
Read more >>

16.5.2014 at 9:15
Seminar: Central Asia today: Geopolitics, economic relations and political culture
PLACE: Banqueting hall of University of Helsinki Language Center, Fabianinkatu 26, 3rd floor
TIME 9:15-11:30 (coffee at 9:00)

15.5.2014

Call for Papers for the 14th Annual Aleksanteri Conference "Reconstructing State and Society in Russia" was closed on Friday, 15th May. Altogether individual 147 paper proposals and 13 proposals for panels were submitted by the deadline. Letters of acceptance will be sent by June 19th and registration will open in September. The organisers wish to thank everyone for their proposals!

Keep an eye on the conference site to stay informed about the process, programme development and speakers!

8.5.2014 at 14:15
Visiting Fellows Research Seminar with Alexei Yurchak, University of California-Berkley, USA
"Lenin's body: the politics of science and history"
PLACE: Aleksanteri Institute, Unioninkatu 33, Meeting room 2nd floor
TIME: 14:15

29.4.2014
Aleksanteri Visiting Fellows for the academic year 2014–2015 have been selected. We received an all-time high amount of 176 applications and thus the number of excellent proposals far exceeded our hosting capacity. While the selection of proposals was based on academic excellence, it also strove to take into account a balance between the nominated Visiting Fellows’ projects and the various research foci and regions covered by the Aleksanteri Institute.

The 2014–2015 Visiting Fellows are Edwin Bacon, Dmitry Efremenko, Christine Engel,Sergey Glebov, Olga Kniazeva, Roman Krakovsky,Ina Merdjanova, Jeremy Morris, Michal Pullmann, Regina Smyth, Charles Walker, and Yuliya Zabyelina.

We wish to sincerely thank all those who were interested in coming to the University of Helsinki and to the Aleksanteri Institute.

Read more in the Visiting Scholars Programme page

24.4. 2014
Visiting Fellows Research Seminar with Irina Busygina, Moscow State University, Russia
"Multilevel Policy of the EU Towards Russia and Russia’s Possible Responses"
PLACE: Aleksanteri Institute, Unioninkatu 33, Meeting room 2nd floor
TIME: 14:15

15.-16.4.2014
An international symposium
"Evald Ilyenkov – Prospects and Retrospects in Philosophy and Psychology"
Arranged by the Aleksanteri Institute and CRADLE (Centre of Research on Activity, Development and Learning)
PLACE: Aleksanteri Institute, Unioninkatu 33, Meeting room 2nd floor

14.4.2014

 

Aleksanteri Insight 2/2014: Is the islamization of Russia a real threat?

Islamization is not threatening Russia, but creating images of threat and discrimination against Muslims may enforce the radicalization of Islam in Russia, writes Kaarina Aitamurto, a researcher at the Aleksanteri Institute.

Read Aleksanteri Insight 2/2014 here.

14.4.2014

 

The Aleksanteri Institute has been an active commentator of the current Russia-Ukraine conflict. Pictured on the cover of Aleksanteri News 2/2014 are Hanna Smith, Pekka Haavisto and Pekka Sutela in one of the Ukraine related events we've organised this spring.

Face of the Month in this issue is Alexei Yurchak, a visiting fellow at the Aleksanteri Institute, with a fascinating research topic: "Lenin's body: the politics of science and history".


10.-11.4.2014
Seminar and workshops: "Living With Risk: Welfare, State and Society in Post-Socialism"
Organised by the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies The Choices of Russian Modernisation and the Doctoral Programme for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (REEES)
PLACE: Aleksanteri Institute, Unioninkatu 33, Meeting room 2nd floor

1.4.2014
Rector of the University of Helsinki has appointed a new board for the Aleksanteri Institute for the period of 1.4.2014 - 31.3.2018.

President of the board is Dean Kimmo Nuotio (Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki). Other board members include:

  • Vice Dean Jussi Pakkasvirta (UH)
  • professori Pia Letto-Vanamo (UH)
  • Head of International Affairs Anna Korhonen (UH)
  • Professor Tuomas Forsberg (UTA)
  • Professor Marja Järvelä (JyU)
  • Professor Kari Liuhto (TU)
  • Professor Riitta Kosonen (Aalto University)
  • Clerk to the Committee Juha Martelius (Defence Comittee, Parliament of Finland)
  • Senior expert Simo Mannila (THL)

Each member also has a deputy member. Read more about the executive board here.


31.3.2014
Pekka Haavisto, Hanna Smith and Pekka Sutela discuss Ukraine in the University of Helsinki Think Corner
PLACE: Think Corner, Yliopistonkatu 3, (Porthania building)
TIME: 16.00-17.30

27.3.2014
Visiting Fellows Research Seminar with Julia Gerlach, Free University of Berlin, Germany
"From Crisis to Development: Putin’s Narrative of Stability"
PLACE: Aleksanteri Institute, Unioninkatu 33, Meeting room 2nd floor
TIME: 14:15

19.3.2014
Lecture series "Social Justice, Families and Politics in Russia Today"
Professor Mikhail Chernysh, Institute of Sociology, RAS-Moscow, Russia
"New Conservatism in Russian Politics and its Social Basis and Political Motives"
Comments by Dr. Jussi Lassila, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki 
PLACE: Aleksanteri Institute, Unioninkatu 33, Meeting room 2nd floor
TIME: 9:00

18.3.2014
Lecture series "Social Justice, Families and Politics in Russia Today"
Professor Mikhail Chernysh, Institute of Sociology, RAS-Moscow, Russia
"The State of Family Relations in Russia and the Reaction of Russian Society"
Comments by Dr. Meri Kulmala, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki 
PLACE: Aleksanteri Institute, Unioninkatu 33, Meeting room 2nd floor
TIME: 13:00

18.3.2014
Lecture series "Social Justice, Families and Politics in Russia Today"
Professor Mikhail Chernysh, Institute of Sociology, RAS-Moscow, Russia
"Social Inequality and Social Justice in Contemporary Russia"
Comments by Head of Development Simo Mannila, National Institute for Health and Welfare 
PLACE: Aleksanteri Institute, Unioninkatu 33, Meeting room 2nd floor
TIME: 9:00

17.3.2014
Seminar on “Development of the Russian Arctic Areas” , with Shinichiro Tabata, Masumi Motomura, Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen and Fujio Ohnishi.
PLACE: Aleksanteri Institute, Unioninkatu 33, Meeting room 2nd floor
TIME: 13:15-16:45

12.3.2013
Guest lecture "French Policy on the Veil: A Populist Signification of Gendered Othering", by Associate Professor Elizabeth Natalle, Faculty of Communication Studies, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, USA.
PLACE: Aleksanteri Institute, Unioninkatu 33, Meeting room 2nd floor
TIME: 2:15 pm

27.2.2014
Visiting Fellows Research Seminar with Helena Goscilo, The Ohio State University, USA
"Graphic Ideology: The Soviet Poster from Stalin to Yeltsin"
PLACE: Aleksanteri Institute, Unioninkatu 33, Meeting room 2nd floor
TIME: 14:15

24.2.2014

The call for Aleksanteri Visiting Fellowships for the academic year 2014–2015 was open until 24 February 2014. Altogether, a record number of 176 applications were received from 40 countries; the top three countries were Russia, USA and UK.

The selection of the fellows for the academic year 2014–2015 will be concluded in April 2014. Stays of 1–3 months at the Aleksanteri Institute will be granted.

Starting from the academic year 2008–2009, the Visiting Scholars Programme has invited over 80 Visiting Fellows working on various fields and themes within social sciences and humanities, and representing 22 countries from Europe through North America to China.

13.2.2014 at 13:00-16:00

Book launch seminar: Russian Energy and Security
The seminar is devoted to different security dimensions related to Russian energy production, transport and trade. Speakers and panellists of the seminar have contributed to the book ‘Russian energy and security up to 2030’ (editors Oxenstierna & Tynkkynen) published by Routledge in 2013.

TIME Thursday 13th of February at 1-4pm
PLACE: Banquet Hall, Aleksanteri Institute, 3rd floor (Unioninkatu 33, Helsinki)

Programme and the seminar presentations can now be found at the seminar page.

11.2.2014
Visiting lecture by PhD Nadir Kinossian: "Place identities and borders in the Barents Region". PhD Kinossian links the ideas of borders, space and identity and will look at places such as Arkhangelsk, Barentsburg, Kirovsk, Pyramiden, etc to illustrate these links. He is in particularly interested of the persistence of the Soviet imagery and its apparent "suitability" in the modern context. PhD Nadir Kinossian is a researcher of the Barents Institute, UIT The Arctic University of Norway.

PLACE: Aleksanteri Institute (Unioninkatu 33), 2nd floor Meeting room
TIME: 14.15

4.2.2014
Will the Olympic Games save Putin's authority? asks Hanna Smith in Aleksanteri Insight 1/2014.

The Olympic Games in Sochi will show whether Putin is a leader of a significant great power or simply a weak tsar, writes Hanna Smith, a researcher at the Aleksanteri Institute in the first issue of the year of the Aleksanteri Insight.

Aleksanteri Insight 1/2014 (pdf)

3.2.2014

Aleksanteri News 1/2014 was published just in time for the Sochi theme week in Think Corner. The newslatter introduces to you several young researchers, such as human rights scholar Freek van der Vet (p. 2).

The first issue of the year also declares open the Call for Papers for the 14th Annual Aleksanteri Conference Restructuring State and Society in Russia and provides information on several open calls and upcoming events.

3.-7.2.2014
Sochi Week at the Think Corner
The Aleksanteri Institute has invited key scholars and experts to discuss the various aspects brought forward by the Sotchi Olympics in the University of Helsinki’s Think Corner (Tiedekulma) on the opening week of the games, 3.-7. February

Language of the events is mainly Finnish, except for a presentation by Freek van der Vet, entitled "Who’s afraid of human rights in Sochi?" on Wed 5.2. at 4 pm.

Programme of Sochi Week in Finnish

You can also follow the live broadcasts from Tiedekulma.

3.2.2014
The Aleksanteri Institute and the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies, "Choices of Russian Modernisation" will hold the 14th Annual International Aleksanteri Conference on 22-24 October 2014 in Helsinki, Finland.

The conference, entitled Restructuring State and Society in Russia aims to examine the intersections of and interrelationships between state and society in Russia and other post-Soviet and post-Communist countries in diverse theoretical and comparative perspectives - with the focus on critical issues of political, economic, and societal developments and in-between macro and micro levels of analysis.

The call for the panels and papers for the conference is now open at: /www.helsinki.fi/aleksanteri/conference2014/.

30.-31.1.2014
Interdisciplinary research seminar Russia, Spatiality, and Modernization
PLACE: Aleksanteri Institute (Unioninkatu 33), 2nd floor Meeting room
TIME: 30.1.2014 at 9.30-17.30 & 31.1.2014 at 10.00-13.15 (14.30)

21.1.2014 at 1 pm
Book launch: Women and Transformation in Russia
Women and Transformation in Russia (Routledge 2014) looks at Russian women's mobilization and agency during the two periods of transformation, the turn of the 19th - 20th century and the 20th - 21st century. Bringing together the parallels between the two great transformations, it focuses on both the continuities and breaks and, importantly, it shows them from the grassroots point of view, emphasizing the local factor. Chapters show the international and transnational aspects of Russian women's agency of different spheres and different historical periods. The book goes on to raise new research questions such as the evaluation and comparison of Soviet society and contemporary Russia from the point of view of gender and women's possibilities in society.
PLACE: Science Corner, Yliopistonkatu 3 (Porthania)


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