Virtual Russia: Digital Space and Post-Soviet Political Culture
In co-operation with Helge Blakkisrud of the Department of Russian and Eurasian Studies at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs as well as with the Bergen-based project Web Wars, led by Ellen Rutten, the Future of Russian project hosts a conference in St Petersburg (Norwegian University Centre) from 19-22 October 2011.
Download the abstracts folder.
Wednesday 19 October
Thursday 20 October
09:30–10:00: Welcome/Intro: Ingunn Lunde
10:00–11:00 Session 1, Chair: IL
Michael Gorham, U of Florida: Medvedev’s Blogging Bureaucrats: Official Models of Identity and Community in the New Media Age (E)
Sean P. Roberts, NUPI: Old dogs, new tricks? Assessing the effectiveness of party leaders on the political Internet (E)
11:00-11:30: Coffea break
11:30–12:30 Session 2, Chair: HB
Natalia Moen, NUPI: “Dear Mr. President”: The Blogosphere as an Arena for Communication between People and Power (E)
Tine Roesen, Aarhus U: limonov2012.ru (E)
14:00–15:00 Session 3, Chair: MP
Oleg Reut, U of Petrozavodsk: Новые медиа в постсоветской политике: Wiki-демократия или достоверность (R)
Tatiana Teterevleva, U of Arkhangelsk: Историческая политика в виртуальном пространстве (современной России): проблемы репрезентации и интерпретации прошлого (R)
15:00–15:30 Coffea break
15:30–16:30 Session 4, Chair: GG
Natalia Sokolova, U of Samara: SecondRussia, или политические игры в виртуальных игровых мирах (R)
Elena Morenkova-Perrier, Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris 2): Память о советском прошлом в российский блогосфере (R)
Friday 21 October
09:30–11:00 Session 5, Chair: ER
Martin Paulsen, U of Bergen: The National Politics of Domain Names: Russia and Ukraine dealing with ICANN (E)
Gasan Gusejnov, Центр гуманитарных исследований РАНХиГС: Политическое (само)образование в рунете (R)
Johanna Dahlin, Linköping U: Virtual remembering (E)
11:00–11:30 Coffea break
11:30–13:00 Session 6, Chair: TR
Helene Dounaevsky, Université de Corse: Forged Proofs, Real Hatred: The Place & Role of Fakes in ‘Memory Wars’ (E)
Ellen Rutten, U of Bergen: Digital Diaspora: Social Media and Russian-Ukrainian Memory Wars (E)
Vera Zvereva, U of Bergen/RGGU, Moscow: The Language of Memory in Digital Ru.net Communities (E)
13:00: Concluding remarks: Helge Blakkisrud
15–19:30 Free time/excursion/cultural event?
Saturday 22 October
Conference languages: English and Russian
Wednesday 19 October is day of arrival. We meet for dinner in the evening. The conference ends with dinner on Friday 21 October.
Call for Papers (Nov 2010)
In co-operation with Helge Blakkisrud of the Department of Russian and Eurasian Studies at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs as well as with the Bergen-based project Web Wars, led by Ellen Rutten, the Future of Russian project plans a conference in St Petersburg (Norwegian University Centre) from 19-22 October 2011. The idea is to encourage scholarly dialogue and interaction between members of the Future of Russian team (core group and international network), members of the Web Wars project, and people working in political science, anthropology, sociology and related fields.
The conference will be titled "Virtual Russia: Digital Space and Post-Soviet Political Culture". In confronting our philological framework with more politically/sociologically oriented research, we will focus on the following research questions:
How, and through which platforms, is the Russian political debate mediated digitally?
How are human-rights movements represented and discursively constructed in Russian new media?
How do the Russian-speaking blogosphere and Russian politics impact on one another?
Which significance is given to the Internet and digital media in Russian political discourse?
How do politicians represent themselves digitally?
How, in Russia, do new technologies impact on the language of politics? And how do they impact on the language of social memory?
Conference languages: English and Russian.
We invite panel (3 papers + discussant and chair) and paper proposals. For paper proposals, please provide an abstract of 300-500 words; for panel proposals, we ask a 300-word panel description, and, for each paper, an individual paper proposal.
Deadline for proposals: 1 April 2011.
Costs: The Future of Russian project covers the costs for its members and the stay in St Petersburg for all participants. Non-FoR participants are expected to cover their travel expenses.
We look forward to receiving your proposals.
With best wishes,