Aleksanteri Institute Visiting Fellows Research Seminars


This series of seminars presents ongoing work of the Visiting Fellows and other guest researchers of the Aleksanteri Institute.

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Programme Autumn 2015

Time: Thursdays, 14:15 - 15:45
Venue: Aleksanteri Institute, Unioninkatu 33, Meeting room 2nd floor

Please note that the programme may be subject to change.

27 August
Magdalena Leichtova
, University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, Czech Republic
Why Crimea Was Always Ours – History, Identity and Geopolitics in Service of Russian Politics
Chair of the session: Dr. Hanna Smith

3 September
Jelena Obradovic-Wochnik, Aston University, UK
Narratives of Post-Conflict Transitional Justice: Picturing Global-Local Encounters in the Western Balkans 
Chair of the session: Dr. Freek van der Vet

10 September
Elena Denisova-Schmidt, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
Corruption at Russian Universities: Myths and Realities
Chair of the session: Dr. Katalin Miklóssy

24 September
Anna Tarasenko, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia
Regional Variations of State Withdrawal from Welfare Provision in Russia: Why Interest Groups Matter?
Chair of the session: Prof. Vladimir Gel'man

1 October
Daniela Steila
, University of Turin, Italy
Individual and Collective in Russian Marxism
Chair of the session: Prof. Vesa Oittinen

8 October
Ilya Vinkovetsky
, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada
Making Tea Russian: The Long Journey of a Colonial Product from southern China to eastern Europe
Chair of the session: Dr. Minna Hakkarainen

15 October (Note the changed date and title of the presentation)
Irina Busygina, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Russia
"Unfinished Projects": Why Russia and the EU cannot tolerate each other
Chair of the session: Dr. Hanna Smith

29 October (NOTE: Changed date of this presentation)
Akmal Sokhibov
, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany
The Implications of Western Sanctions on Counter-narcotics Policy of Russia after 2014
Chair of the session: Dr. Anna-Liisa Heusala

19 November (Note the changed title of the presentation)
Rustamjon Urinboev
, Lund University, Sweden
Informality and Migration Governance in Russia: An Ethnographic Study of Central Asian Migrant Workers’ Everyday Experiences of Law in Moscow
Chair of the session: Dr. Kaarina Aitamurto

3 December
Gertjan Plets
, Stanford University, USA
Corporate Security Meets Heritage Politics: Everyday Politics and Cultural Life in Russia's Resource Colonies
Chair of the session: Dr. Jussi Lassila

You are warmly welcome to attend the Visiting Fellows research seminars!