4th International Summer School for Russian and Eurasian Studies

The FRRESH network invites PhD students to Summer School in Orilampi, Finland
on August 26-30, 2019


With national, ethnic, and cultural certainties thrown into flux after 1991, Russia and the countries in Central Eastern Europe and Central Asia, faced a period of political unrest and economic and social marginalization. In search for stability and a new geopolitical role as a Eurasian power, Russia´s leadership began to promote the idea of Russia’s civilizational distinctiveness. Today, Russia’s cultural policies aim to co-opt national identity as a monolith and incorporate it into the state’s security matrix. Similar policies are apparent also elsewhere in the region. Meanwhile, the global flows of capital, resources, and digital information have integrated the citizens of the region into transnational communities beyond the boundaries of the nation-state.

The 4th International FRRESH Summer School gathers scholars and students of the region to discuss questions of identities and identity politics, subjectivities and subject positions, in a regional and global context, in the past and present. Talks and round tables will approach the topic from the viewpoint of theories and practices of research in media, politics, economics, religion, sociology, and history.

The FRRESH Summer School promotes interaction between doctoral students of Russian and East European Studies in Finnish universities, the European University at St. Petersburg (EUSP), and the Research Centre for East European Studies at Bremen University.

The speakers of the Summer School 2019:

  • Heiko Pleines, University of Bremen
  • Vladimir Gel’man, EUSP / University of Helsinki (director of FRRESH)
  • Sanna Turoma, University of Helsinki (co-director of FRRESH)
  • Susanne Schattenberg, University of Bremen
  • Dirk Uffelmann, Justus Liebig University Giessen
  • Ivan Kurilla, EUSP
  • Mariëlle Wijermars, University of Helsinki
  • Rustam Urinboev, University of Helsinki
  • Anna Tarasenko, Higher School of Economics

In addition to lectures, the Summer School offers an opportunity for graduate students to present their on-going research. The work will be conducted in workshops with specialists’ instruction. The workshops will address thematic and methodological questions as well as discuss more practical matters, such as turning research into academic writing (peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, monographs, research proposals); preparing conference and seminar presentations; networking and building a career in global academia and beyond.

The course requirements for 5 ECTS:

– preliminary paper for the Summer School (max. 8.000 words)
– preliminary reading
– active participation in the Summer School (attendance at lectures and workshops)
– evaluation accepted/ rejected

The Summer School is organized together with the Finnish MA program for Russian and East European studies, and it offers an opportunity for PhD students to participate in the supervision of MA students.

All participants are provided with accommodation and meals.

How to apply:

Please send your applications with a short letter of motivation and abstract (max. 200 words) of your research with affiliation and contact information to by April 30, 2019 to Ms Katariina Mäkilä (

Notification of acceptance will be sent by May 10, 2019.

For more information, please contact the coordinator of the summer school Dr. Ira Jänis-Isokangas ( at the Aleksanteri Institute.

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