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. To find out more about the Visiting Fellows Programme, please see

Programme Spring 2017

Time: Thursdays at 14:15 - 15:45
Venue: Aleksanteri Institute, Unioninkatu 33, Meeting room 2nd floor
Please note that there might be changes to the seminar programme.

12 January
Dilyara Suleymanova
, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Schooling the sense of belonging: education, language and identity politics in post-Soviet Tatarstan
Chair: Dr Kaarina Aitamurto

19 January
Ilya Kalinin
, Saint Petersburg State University, Russia
Protest Movement in Russia (2011-2012). Cultural distinctions and political similarities: dialectics of the defeat
Chair: Dr Sanna Turoma

23 February
Tatiana Artemyeva, Herzen State Pedagogical University, St. Petersburg, Russia
Philosophy of Russian Enlightenment in Soviet Historiography
Chair: Professor Vesa Oittinen

9 March
Ulla Pape, University of Bremen, Germany
Confronting HIV/AIDS in Russia and Ukraine: A Comparative Study on Epidemic Impact and Policy Response
Chair: Dr Andrey Starodubtsev

23 March
Galina Miazhevich, University of Leicester, UK
Mediation of Xenophobia in Post-Soviet Belarus
Chair: Dr Katja Lehtisaari

30 March
Barbara Gaweda, University of Edinburgh, UK
Recent gendered political mobilizations in Poland: the ‘war on gender’ and the ‘black protest’
Chair: Dr Katalin Miklossy

6 April
Luke March, University of Edinburgh, UK
Our countries, right or wrong? Russian and US nationalism compared
Chair: Dr Hanna Smith

20 April
Marcin Kaczmarski, University of Warsaw, Poland
The Eurasian Union and the New Silk Road: Russia and China’s Visions of a Regional Order Between Regionalism and Empire
Chair: Professor Tuomas Forsberg

26 April (Wednesday)
Stacy Closson, Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, USA
Russian Behavior in the Arctic: Regional, Middle or Hegemonic Power?
Chair: Professor Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen
The seminar exceptionally takes place on Wednesday.

11 May
Oleksandr Fisun, V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Ukraine
Informal Politics and Neopatrimonial Democracy After Ukraine’s Euromaidan Revolution
Chair: Mark Teramae

31 May (Wednesday)
Anna Paretskaya
, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Protest Movements and the Culture of Democratic Liberty: The Example of Street Mobilization in Russia, 2011–2012
Chair: Dr Katalin Miklossy
The seminar exceptionally takes place on Wednesday.

8 June
Linda J. Cook, Brown University, USA
'Russia's Socially-Oriented NGOs in the Context of Reform
Chair: Dr Meri Kulmala

15 June
Olga Shevchenko, Williams College, USA
Empire in the Album: Soviet Travel Photography and Generational Memories of Socialism Today
Chair: Dr Sanna Turoma

20 June
Katya Tolstaya, VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Theology after Gulag as a New Interdisciplinary Research Field: Academic and Societal Pros and Cons
Chair: Dr Elina Kahla

Please register your participation before each seminar to Eeva Korteniemi (

You are warmly welcome to the Visiting Fellows research seminars!