Research Group The Future of Russian

Virtual Russia

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.

Conference pictures


Wednesday 19 October
19:00 Dinner

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)

12:30–14:00: Lunch

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)
19:30 Dinner

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

13:30–15 Lunch

15–19:30 Free time/excursion/cultural event?
19:30 Dinner

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.

We have booked hotel rooms (19-22 October) in Hotel Smolninskaia, which is located close to the Norwegian University Centre.