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 2018

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.

18 January
Una Bergmane
, Cornell University, USA
Memory, Myths and the End of the Empire: the Public Debates on the Past and the Soviet Disintegration (1987–1991)
Chair: Dr Sigrid Kaasik-Krogerus

25 January
Maria Smirnova
, University of Manchester, UK
The Politics of Memory Laws in Contemporary Russia
Chair: Professor Markku Kangaspuro

1 February
Sergiu Buscaneanu, King’s College London, UK
Regime Dynamics in EUs Eastern Neighbourhood
Chair: Professor Tuomas Forsberg

8 February
Libora Oates-Indruchová, University of Graz, Austria
Scholarly Publishing and Censorship in Late State Socialism: Snakes and Ladders
Chair: Dr Sari Autio-Sarasmo

15 February

Atsushi Ogushi, Keio University, Japan
Opposition Bloc in Ukraine: a Clientelistic Party with Fewer Administrative Resources
Chair: Mark Teramae

1 March
Judith Pallot, Christ Church College and University of Oxford, UK
Squaring the Circle: the Impact of Soviet Legacies in the Russian Prison System Today
Chair: Dr Rustam Urinboyev

22 March
Marcello Musto, York University, Canada
The Late Marx and the Controversy on the Development of Capitalism in Russia
Chair: Professor Vesa Oittinen

5 April
Ben Noble, University College London, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UK
Bulldogs in the Duma: Executive Factionalism and Lawmaking in Russia
Chair: Dr Anna-Liisa Heusala

26 April
Olga Gurova, Aalborg University, Denmark
Patriotism and Creative (Counter-)Conduct: a Case of Russian Fashion Designers
Chair: Dr. Saara Ratilainen

2 May
Ivan Tchalakov, University of Plovdiv and BAS Institute of Societies and Knowledge, Bulgaria and PAST-center, Tomsk State University, Tomsk, Russia
Neoliberal Economics and Socialist Planning 1984–2004: NASA, Russian Space Agency and New Space Entrepreneurship
Chair: Dr Jouko Nikula

31 May
Andrea Prontera, University of Macerata, Italy
Forms of State and the Politics of Consumer–Producer Cooperation: Italy, Russia and the Great Reconfiguration in East–West Energy Relations
Chair: Professor Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen

14 June
Vlad Strukov, University of Leeds, UK
From Telepresence to Surveillance: Russian media in the 21st century 
Chair: Dr Mariëlle Wijermars

Please register your participation before each seminar to Eeva Korteniemi (

You are warmly welcome to the Visiting Fellows research seminars!