6 Dec 15:15 Gamla torget 3
Seminar “The Komi in north-eastern European Russia and their diaspora speakers” with Professor Rogier Blokland (Uppsala University)

13 Dec 10:00 Gamla torget 3
Workshop “In the Spirit of Perestroika? Informal Networks and Grassroots-Level Cooperation between Sweden and the Baltic Republics, 1988–1991”. Download workshop programme.


Download the Call for papers for The Uppsala Yearbook of Eurasian Studies. Submission deadline 31 January, 2017.


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


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 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.  

UCRS at the 48th Annual ASEEES Convention

UCRS will take part in the 48th Annual ASEEES Convention on November 17-20, 2016. The convention takes place each year in a different city and is generally hosted by one of the Association's regional affiliates. This international forum makes possible a broad exchange of information and ideas, stimulating further work and sustaining the intellectual vitality of the field. For a complete convention programme please visit ASEEES website http://aseees.org/convention

UCRS is hosting a reception on Friday, November 18 and welcomes everyone taking part in the Convention to join. The reception will be held at Washington Marriott Wardman Hotel in the Hall Madison B starting at 19:00. For more information contact information officer Jevgenija Gehsbarga jevgenija.gehsbarga@ucrs.uu.se

We remember Honorary Doctor, journalist and author Kjell Albin Abrahamson

Honorary Doctor, journalist and author Kjell Albin Abrahamson has passed away.

Kjell Albin devoted his professional life to Central and Eastern Europe. As a journalist, he reported for Swedish Radio about the dramatic events that he observed, often first-hand, in these parts of Europe. The Cold War, the fall of communism, the demise of the Soviet Union, the Balkan wars, the arduous road towards a market economy and democracy, and the entry of several of the countries into the EU were all subjects of his analyses and reports, marked by curiosity, humor, insight and clarity. With his literary work and journalism, Kjell Albin contributed in an unusually high degree to the increase in Swedish society of knowledge about and interest in the countries in Central and Eastern Europe. Kjell Albin's broad knowledge of different spheres of society, geographically, politically and sociologically, was impressive, and his powers of observation and ease when it came to animating politics, everyday life, historical events and meetings with people also made him a popular public person.

In 2014, Kjell Albin was awarded an honorary doctorate at the Faculty of Social Sciences. The appointment was a confirmation not only of his life achievement as a journalist and writer but also a testament to how he inspired research at Uppsala University. Over the years, Kjell Albin was awarded several prestigious literary and journalism awards, including the Jolo-Prize in 2006. The themes of his books can be described as an intellectual journey that crossed the boundaries of journalism, public education and scholarly work. His books in consequence were often used in academic teaching. This applies in particular to books that grappled with post-communist developments in Poland, Ukraine, Belarus and the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Books such as Från stormakt till Big Mac (1991), Balkan betyder berg (1995) Polen: diamant i aska (1997), Vitryssland: 89 millimeter från Europa (1999), Sverige och Polen: Szwecja i Polska (2000), UKRAINA YKPAÏHA - Öster om väst, väster om öst.

We remember Kjell Albin as a warm, devoted and honorable friend. As a person, he was always humble and unconventional. Above all, we remember his constant curiosity about people and his unfailing observation of events. We will miss him.

Claes Levinsson

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...


Alaksiej Michalevic 1 Sep – 31 Aug 2017
Uku Lember 1 Sep 2016-15 Sep 2017

Complete guest researchers list 2016


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

Suslov, M., ‘Russian Orthodox Church in Search of the Cultural Canon,’ Transcultural Studies: A Journal in Interdisciplinary Research 12, no. 1(2016): 39-65. 

Kaposhka, U., & Bedford, S., "Belarus Parliamentary Elections 2016: Something Old Something New”, Baltic Worlds, October 10 2016

Granberg, L. and A-M. Sätre (2017), The Other Russia: Local Experience and Societal Change, London and New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group

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)

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.  

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. 
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. 
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. 
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.
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

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.
Jason E Strakes, “Incapacity, Endowment and Ambivalence: Deciphering Azerbaijan’s Regional Leadership Strategy”, in Jacqueline Ann Braveboy-Wagner ed Diplomatic Strategies of Nations in the Global South: The Search for Leadership, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2016, pp. 293-317.

Greg Simons “The Russian Orthodox Church Toward a New, Global Role?”, Cicero Foundation Great Debate Paper No. 16/06, 2016.

Kåre Johan Mjør "Eit evig Russland: Oleg Platonov, Institutt for russisk sivilisasjon og nasjonaliseringa av russisk tenking," Nordisk Østforum 30 (2), 2016, 98-117.
Sven Eliaeson, ”Max Weber’s Methodology and the Comparative Sociology of Religion”, in Review Internationale de Philosophie, Numéro 2/2016, pp 253-272.
Fabian Linde, ”Future Empire: State-Sponsored Eurasian Identity Promotion Among Russian Youth”, in Eurasia 2.0: Russian Geopolitics in the Age of New Media 149-165. Edited by Mark Bassin and Mikhail Suslov. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2016.