Research Group for Contemporary Russia

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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.

New Anthology

The Cultural is Political: Intersections of Russian Art and State Politics

In the last decade, culture and art have become arenas of forceful political controversy in Russia.