Book launch – The Palgrave Handbook of Digital Russia Studies

Join us on 22 October at the virtual book launch to celebrate the publication of The Palgrave Handbook of Digital Russia Studies!

Register here to receive the link for accessing the session that will take place on 22 October from 5 PM to 6:30 PM (Helsinki – UTC+3).

This groundbreaking Handbook, edited by DRS researchers Daria Gritsenko and Mariëlle Wijermars together with Mikhail Kopotev, presents a multidisciplinary perspective on how the ‘digital’ is simultaneously changing Russia and the research methods scholars use to study Russia. It provides a critical update on how Russian society, politics, economy, and culture are reconfigured in the context of ubiquitous connectivity and accounts for the political and societal responses to digitalization. In addition, it answers practical and methodological questions in handling Russian data and a wide array of digital methods.

32 chapters by 42 authors – published in open access thanks to the generous support of the University of Helsinki.

At the event, the editors are joined by several of the contributors who will introduce their chapters. During the Q&A, there will be plenty of opportunities to engage with the speakers, as well as to ask questions to other contributors joining us in the audience.




  • Daria Gritsenko, University of Helsinki

Some historical remarks

  • Arto Mustajoki, University of Helsinki

Introduction to The Palgrave Handbook of Digital Russia Studies

  • Mariëlle Wijermars, Maastricht University

Run Runet Runaway: The Transformation of the Russian Internet as a Cultural-Historical Object

  • Gregory Asmolov, King’s College London

Doing Gender Online: Digital Spaces for Identity Politics

  • Olga Andreevskikh, University of Leeds & Marianna Muravyeva, University of Helsinki

Geospatial Data Analysis in Russia’s Geoweb

  • Mykola Makhortykh, University of Bern

Q&A with the editors and contributors to the Handbook


Reviews of the book:

‘This is the most comprehensive and timely book illuminating the impact of digitalization on all spheres of Russia’s social and cultural life.  Through the lens of this Handbook, contemporary Russia emerges in all its complexities and ambiguities.’

Lara Ryazanova-Clarke, University of Edinburgh, UK

‘A profoundly interdisciplinary resource that strikes the perfect balance between breadth and depth. Conceptually rich, analytical smart, and highly informative, the Handbook brings both students and scholars of Russia, Russian digital culture, and digital studies in general, critical insights into a newly emerging discipline.’

Michael S. Gorham, University of Florida, USA

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