The Aleksanteri Conference 2023 begins on Wednesday

The 3-day academic event on Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian studies welcomes over 300 academic guests to the City Centre Campus of the University of Helsinki from all around Europe and beyond.

The 22nd Aleksanteri Conference “Decolonizing Space in the Global East – Legal Choices, Political Transformations, Carceral Practices”  begins on this week’s Wednesday, October 25.  The Opening Ceremony as well as all of the conference’s Plenaries will be streamed live for free.

Wed 25 Oct at 10.30-12.00 | The Great Hall, Main Building

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Belarusian activist and opposition leader (video)

Tuija Brax, director of the new Rule of Law Center, University of Helsinki

Markku Kangaspuro, director of the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki

Madina Tlostanova, Professor of Postcolonial Feminism, Linköping University

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PLENARY II – ROUNDTABLE: The End of Area Studies, or a Brand New Beginning?
Wed 25 Oct at 17.00–18.30 | Hall 1 (B116), Metsätalo

Chair: Katalin Miklossy, Head of Discipline in Eastern European Studies
Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland

Sirke Mäkinen, University Lecturer, Title of Docent in Political Science
Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland

Matthias Neumann, Professor of Modern History
University of East Anglia, United Kingdom

Jeremy Morris, Professor of Global and Russian Studies
School of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, Denmark

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PLENARY III: Carceral Practices
Thur 26 Oct at 11.30–13.00 | Hall 1 (B116), Metsätalo

Chair: Brendan Humphreys, Senior Researcher, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland

Kresimir Petkovic, Professor of Political Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Alan Barenberg, Associate Professor, Department of History, Texas Tech University, USA

Dominique Moran, Professor of Carceral Geography, University of Birmingham, England

Petru Negura, Visiting Fellow, Aleksanteri Institute, Finland

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PLENARY IV: Legal Choices
Thur 26 Oct at 16.30–17.30 | Hall 1 (B116), Metsätalo

Chair: Marianna Muravyeva, Professor, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland

Agnieszka Kubal, Associate Professor, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, England

Jeff Kahn, Professor of Law, SMU Dedman School of Law, USA

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PLENARY V: Political Transformations
Fri 27 Oct at 9.00–11.00 | Hall 1 (B116), Metsätalo

Chair: Una Bergmane, Grand fund researcher,  Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland

Epp Annus, Associate Professor, Institute of Humanities, Tallinn University, Estonia

Iwona Kaliszewska, Assistant Professor, Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, University of Warsaw

Viacheslav Morozov, Professor of International Political Theory, University of Tartu, Estonia

Ben Noble, Associate Professor of Russian Politics, University College London, United Kingdom

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PLENARY VI – ROUNDTABLE: From Prisons to Organized Crime
Fri 27 Oct at 14.00–15.60 | Think Corner

Chair: Costanza Curro, Postdoctoral Researcher, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland

Gavin Slade, Associate Professor of Sociology, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan

Rustam Urinboyev, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology of Law, Lund University

Federico Varese, Professor of Criminology, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

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Decolonizing Space in the Global East:
Legal Choices, Political Transformations, Carceral Practices

October 25–27, 2023 | Helsinki, Finland

The Aleksanteri Conference is one of the largest annual conferences of Russian and Eastern European Studies in the world. It takes place in Helsinki in late October and stretches over three days. Over 200 papers are presented during the 50 panel sessions and more than 400 participants attend the conference every year. The theme of the conference varies from year to year.