Research Group for Contemporary Russia

Cable-stayed bridge, Moscow

Core leadership group: 

Ingunn Lunde (head of research group)

Irina Anisimova

Stehn Aztlan Mortensen


Turn-of-the-century Russian culture and politics have passed through several stages—the liberalization and instability of the 1990s, social and cultural stabilization in the 2000s, and the state’s repeated attempts to influence culture in the present. Understanding these and future changes requires careful and multi-dimensional analysis.

The multi-disciplinary research group on contemporary Russia is created to address this challenge. The group brings together scholars from the humanities and social sciences, coming from a number of fields, such as literature, linguistics, anthropology, political science, gender studies and cultural studies. The research group aims to examine the dynamic and complex interrelationship between social and political changes and cultural practices shaping Russian society today.


The 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall

Listen to the podcast featuring 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall in November, marked by a symposium at the House of Literature in Bergen.

Eastern Europe A-Changing
Nov 09

30 Years Since the Fall of the Berlin Wall

How is 20th century history treated in Russia and Germany today? Both countries played a vital part in world history and lived through catastrophic changes in the last century. In this seminar, we will focus on the culture and politics of the recent Russian and German historical trajectories.