Active Media Spaces: Dialogues on Russian Media, Culture and Institutions

December 20, 2016

Russian Media Lab cordially invites you to seminar "Active Media Spaces: Dialogues on Russian Media, Culture and Institutions” in St. Petersburg 19.-20.1.2017

Russian Media Lab is a multidisciplinary research project coordinated by the Aleksanteri Institute of the University of Helsinki. The seminar deals with the current developments of Russian media landscape and consists of panels addressing both institutional and grassroots tendencies. The seminar programme includes a roundtable ”Media Literacy and Media Education in Russia Today”, which brings together media professionals and academics. The official seminar language is English, but questions can also be raised in Russian.

The seminar will take place in the Finnish Institute in St. Petersburg (Ul. Bolshaya Konyushennaya 8). Please see the programme below.

Registration to the seminar through the following link:

Registration to the seminar

Please register by Wednesday 11th of January 2017.

If there are any questions concerning the seminar, please do not hesitate to ask (


Thursday 19th of January 2017

13:00 Start of the seminar: welcome words

13:30-15:00 Panel I

Mikhail Suslov (University of Uppsala): Strategies of Self-Positioning in the Russian-Language Orthodox Blogosphere, tbc

Anna Litvinenko (Freie Universitet, Berlin): User Comment Sections on Leading News Websites in Russia: Results from a Comparative Study of 15 Post-Soviet Countries

Markku Kangaspuro (University of Helsinki): My History Exhibition and Russian Identity

15:00-15:30 Break

15:30-17:00 Panel II

Marina Galkina (Moscow State University): Media Foresight in Russia: Changes and Challenges

17:00-18:00 Discussion with Margarita Kuleva: St. Petersburg creative field and new spaces of expression

Friday 20th of January 2017

9:30-11:00 Panel III

Vlad Strukov (University of Leeds): Hackers, tbc

Jussi Lassila (University of Helsinki): Sputnik i Pogrom: Oppositional Nationalism and Alternative Media in Russia

Saara Ratilainen (University of Helsinki): City Magazines and the Politics of the Platform

11:00-11:15 Break

11:15-12:45 Panel IV

Liudmila Sivetc (Univeristy of Turku): Three Stories about the Roskomnadzor

Katja Lehtisaari (University of Helsinki): Media Policy and Social Media in Russia

Kamilla Nigmatullina (St.Petersburg State University): Local media in Russian Cities as a Tool for Creating Local Communities

12:45-14:00 Break

14:00-16:00 Roundtable: Media Education and Media Literacy in Russia Today

Diana Kachalova (Novaya Gazeta, St. Petersburg)

Valery Nechai (Ekho Moskvy, St. Petersburg)

Nikolai Donskov (Saint-Petersburg Humanitarian University)

Mikhail Tyurkin (Rosbalt, St. Petersburg)

16:00-16:30 Closing Discussion

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