COMING EVENTS

2 May 15:15 Gamla torget 3
Seminar “The History of Antiziganism in Latvia: The Case of the Police, 1900–1945” with Matthew Kott (UCRS)

8-9 May
International conference "Conservatism in the Post-Soviet Context: Ideology, Worldview, or Moral Choice?"

18-19 May
International conference “QUO VADIS UKRAINE? Taking Stock of a Quarter Century of Disappointment

UCRS in MEDIA

1 mar 2017, Eurasianet
Russia: The Specter of Revolution

22 feb 2017, UNT
Oriktigt, falskt, grundlöst

22 feb 2017, SR
Margot Wallström möter Sergej Lavrov i Moskva

25 dec 2016, SvD
När luften gick ur kommunismens imperium

25 nov 2016, Dagens ETC
Surrogatboom i laglöst  Georgien

27 okt 2016, SvD
Professor: Därför biter inte sanktioner på Ryssland

13 okt 2016, Utrikesmagasinet
Syrienkriget en rysk kamp för en ny världsordning

19 sep 2016, Aftonbladet
Misstanke om fusk i ryska valet

16 sep 2016, SVT
Val i Ryssland (starts on 15 min)

9 sep 2016, Perspektiv
Rysk geopolitik under lupp

25 jul 2016, Profile 
Султаны сами не уходят

15 Jun 2016, Radio France International
La droitisation de la Lettonie

SEEN AND HEARD

Ingvar Svanberg i Vetenskapsradion "Djurskydd och publikfrieri"

Intervju med Susanna Witt "Bridging the Gap Between Slavic Studies and Translation Studies"

Interview with Greg Simons "The Craziest Black Market in Russia"

Li Bennich-Björkman took part in the forum "Europe with a view to the future"

UCRS hosted an international symsposium "The Gulag in Writings of Solzhenitsyn and Shalamov: Fact, Document, Fiction"

This week UCRS arranged an international symposium "The Gulag in Writings of Solzhenitsyn and Shalamov: Fact, Document, Fiction". This symposium brought together Shalamov and Solzhenitsyn scholars in order to address a number of key themes and concepts such as fiction and fact, document and trace, memory, evidence, and authenticity. This semester we are arraning three more conferences. On 8-9 May we are hosting an a conference entitled "Conservatism in the Post-Soviet Context: Ideology, Worldview, or Moral Choice?", while on 18-19 May we are arranging a conference dedicated to the developments in Ukraine. We will conclude this semester with a second annual Tartu conference on Russian and East European Studies "The Russian Revolution and Its Legacies: Taking Stock a Century Later".

The Gulag in Writings of Solzhenitsyn and Shalamov

Illustration by Fabian Heffermehl


On April 20-21 UCRS hosts an international symposium "The Gulag in Writings of Solzhenitsyn and Shalamov: Fact, Document, Fiction" Alexander Solzhenitsyn and Varlam Shalamov are two of the best-known Gulag writers. After a short period of personal acquaintance, their lives and views on literature took different paths. Solzhenitsyn did not see a literary program in Shalamov’s works, which he describes as “a result of exhaustion”. By understanding the text as a “result”, Solzhenitsyn critically touched on a concept of evidence, which Shalamov several times emphasized as important to his own works. Instead of the text being a re-presentation, it should be an extract from or substitute for the real or the factual. At the same time, Solzhenitsyn, viewing his own task as one of restoring historical experiences of the Russian people, assumed the dual role of writer and historian, which inevitably raises the question of what characterizes the borders between ”fact” and ”fiction” in his works. It also raises question about dichotomies of historical and fictional truth.

For more detailed information about the event visit conference webpage.

The symposium is organized by the UCRS, Dalarna University and University of Oslo with support from Sven och Dagmar Saléns stiftelse and Vera Sagers stiftelse.

Russian political culture through the prism of science fiction at an international conference



On March 23 and 24 UCRS arranged an international conference entitled "‘Russian World’ and Other Imaginary Places: (Geo) Political Themes in Post-Soviet Science Fiction and Utopias". Contemporary Russian fantastic fiction continuously expresses anxiety about territorial right-sizing of Russia, losing or regaining its imperial greatness, turning into the colony of the ‘West’ or redeeming the sense of historical importance and political prominence. Utopian narratives dwell on Russia’s greatest selling points: territory, history, and language (culture at large). These components have become instrumental for post-Soviet Russian imperial thinking and political projecting, so in most cases, utopias offer visions of alternative territorial planning, alternative history, alternative language or a combination of them. This conference looked at the post-Soviet Russian political culture through the prism of the utopian narratives, including various genres of science fiction, anti- and dystopias, fantasy, and utopias proper.

For more detailed information about the event visit conference webpage.

Matthew Kott elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

We congratulate our colleague Dr. Matthew Kott who on 10 February 2017, at the meeting of the Council of the Royal Historical Society was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in recognition of his contribution to historical scholarship. The Royal Historical Society, founded 1868, is "the foremost society in the UK working with professional historians and advancing the scholarly study of the past." 

UCRS hosts an international conference on gender asymmetries in the Arctic

B. Teders, 1967, www.plakaty.ru

Starting in the 1980s, social scientists began to be aware of rising gender asymmetries in Arctic communities. For example, in some areas of Northern Russia, a ‘gender shift’ has been reported: in the tundra and the boreal forests of northern Eurasia many hunters and reindeer herders live, for much of the year, without their wives and daughters. In Alaska, ‘female flight’ is a wide-spread phenomenon, i.e., women migrating away from remote settlements to larger villages or urban centers. Scholars point out the wider challenges of gender-specific out-migration, with which many Northern and indigenous communities have to cope, such as enforced celibacy and higher divorce rates, decreasing population numbers, masculinization of jobs or conversion to short term shift employment. Further, gender relations in Northern communities are part of broader social relations shaped by ethnicities, sexualities, inequality, and patterns of consumption.

Some scholars suggest that local communities are also undergoing positive changes. For example, indigenous people increase their life options through education and enskillment both in traditional subsistence practices and professional education provided by the state. Further studies emphasize the wide-spread but understudied phenomena of cultural leadership among indigenous women in the North.

Gender asymmetries and their manifold impacts have been the subject of debate among local communities, scholars, politicians, and international organizations, such as the Arctic Council. The global significance of the Arctic, increasingly acknowledged in relation to the challenges of Rapid Climate Change and increasing extractive industries in the North, calls for better understanding of the role of gender asymmetries and shifting residence patterns. This conference entitled “Gender Shifts and Resource Politics in the Arctic” develops these priorities in Arctic research, and contributes to understanding the vulnerability and resilience of Arctic environments and societies in a globalized Arctic. By inviting scholars to share their research in diverse Arctic and non-Arctic communities, we would like to initiate a discussion within a broader geographical range and encourage innovative theoretical approaches to gendered social transformation study in comparative perspective.

The conference will be held 21-23 February in Museum Gustavianum. For more information visit conference website.

UCRS creates a network for academics researching Caucasus region

During the last decade the Caucasus has increasingly become a popular and important region for academics worldwide focusing on, among other things, issues such as state- and nation building, conflict resolution, geo-politics, forced and voluntary migration, and Europeanization processes. This trend is noticeable in the Nordic and Baltic countries as well, but on a much smaller scale since, as a field of academic study, Caucasus studies is still generally underdeveloped in this part of the world. In order to more efficiently capitalize on the academic assets that do exist in many universities and research institutes in the Nordic and Baltic countries in this emerging field of studies on 28-29 November UCRS is hosting an inaugural workshop for the creation of interdisciplinary network for the scholars in Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania whose academic work relates the Caucasus region (North and South Caucasus).  On 28 November, the Caucasus-related research was presented while today, November 29, the discussions are being held on the goals, uses and institutionalization of such the network.  

About UCRS

UCRS is an integrated multi-disciplinary long-term research program with an in-depth focus on recent developments in Russia, and in the post-Soviet space. It is designed to meet the highest international standards of scientific excellence and spans across the humanities and the social sciences, as well as law and theology. Read more...

GUEST RESEARCHERS 2016

Tetyana Malyarenko 6 feb-30 jun
Alaksiej Michalevic 1 Sep-31 Aug 2017
Uku Lember 1 Sep 2016-15 Sep 2017

Complete guest researchers list 2016

RECENT PUBLICATIONS


To see more publications from the UCRS, please go to Publications.

Mikhail Suslov 'Framing and foreign policy: Russian media control and human rights,’ in Doutje Lettinga & Lars van Troost (eds.), Shifting Power and Human Rights Diplomacy: Russia (Amnesty International: Strategic Studies, 2017): 65-74.
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David Smith (ed.) "Latvia - A Work in Progress?". Ibidem, ISBN 978-3-8382-0648-6
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Mikhail Suslov, "Holy Fools in the Digital Age: Strategies of Self-Positioning in the Russian-language Orthodox Blogosphere", Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization 25, no. 1 (Winter 2017): 63-85 

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Mikhail Suslov, Chapter 5,Russian Orthodox Church and the Crisis in Ukraine,’ in Thomas Bremer and Andrii Krawchuk (eds.), The Churches in the Ukrainian Crisis (Houndsmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017): 133-162.
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Mikhail Suslov, "Eurasian Symphony: Geopolitics and Utopia in Post-Soviet Alternative History", in Mark Bassin and Gonzalo Pozo (eds.) The Politics of Eurasianism: Identity, Popular Culture and Russia's Foreign Policy (London; New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2017), pp. 81-100
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Elias Götz, "In the hegemon’s shadow: leading states and the rise of regional powers", Global Affairs
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Sabira Ståhlberg and Ingvar Svanberg, ”A Russian Polar Bear in Stockholm: Notes on Animals Diplomacy”. Svenska Linnésällskapets Årsskrift 2016, pp. 107–116.
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Marina Henrikson "Nation-Building in Times of Conflict: The Discursive Construction of Russian National Identity through the Russo-Georgian War" PhD Thesis, Manchester, UK: The University of Manchester;
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Martin Kragh and Sebastian Åsberg "Russia’s strategy for influence through public diplomacy and active measures: the Swedish case" Journal of Strategic Studies, DOI: 10.1080/01402390.2016.1273830

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Revich, B. A., Avaliani, S. L. & Simons, G. J., "Air Pollution and Public Health in a Megapolis: a Case Study of Moscow" Ekonomika Regiona [Economy of Region], Vol. 12, Issue 4, 2016, pp. 1069–1078
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Suslov, M., ‘Russian Orthodox Church in Search of the Cultural Canon,’ Transcultural Studies: A Journal in Interdisciplinary Research 12, no. 1(2016): 39-65. 
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Kaposhka, U., & Bedford, S., "Belarus Parliamentary Elections 2016: Something Old Something New”, Baltic Worlds, October 10 2016
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Granberg, L. and A-M. Sätre (2017), The Other Russia: Local Experience and Societal Change, London and New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group
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Viktor Ulicsni, Ingvar Svanberg  and Zsolt Molnár, "Folk knowledge of invertebrates in Central Europe - folk taxonomy, nomenclature, medicinal and other uses, folklore, and nature conservation". Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 12:47 (October 2016)
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Mikhail Suslov, Chapter 4,The Rhetoric of (Un)Laughter in the Russian-Language Geopolitical Debates on the Ukrainian Crisis,’ in Mervi Pantti (ed.) Media and the Ukrainian Crisis: Hybrid Media Practices and Narratives of Conflict (Bern: Peter Lang, 2016): 53-70.  
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Kåre Johan Mjør, "A morphology of Russia? The Russian civilisational turn and its cyclical idea of history," i Katja Lehtisaari & Arto Mustajoki (eds.) Philosophical and Cultural Interpretations of Russian Modernisation (Routledge, 2017), 44-58. 
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Sofie Bedford, Laurent Vinatier, Leila Aliyeva, and Vugar Goyajev ‘Failed Opposition’ Reconsidered: Dynamism and Changing Paradigms in Azerbaijan. In Kaj Hobér, ed., Uppsala Yearbook of Eurasian Studies. Wildy, Simmonds & Hill Publishing: London. 2016. 104-122. 
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Sofie Bedford, “To Participate or Not to Participate– That is the Question. Electoral Strategies of the Azerbaijani Opposition”, Parliamentary Elections in Azerbaijan. Caucasus Analytical Digest 79, 3 December 2015. 
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Хансен Джули "Как понимать трансъязыковой текст: русские имена, культурные аллюзии и игра слов в романе «Жизнь Суханова в сновидениях» Ольги Грушиной." Социальные и гуманитарные науки на Дальнем Востоке. № 2 (50) 2016. Стр. 58-69.
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Mikhail Suslov (ed.), 2016.  "Digital Orthodoxy in the Post-Soviet World. The Russian Orthodox Church and Web 2.0". Ibidem-Verlag, ISBN 978-3-8382-0871-8
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Fabian Linde, "State Civilisation: The Statist Core of Vladimir Putin’s Civilisational Discourse and Its Implications for Russian Foreign Policy." Politics in Central Europe 12, no. 1 (2016): 21-35.
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