Coming event: Welcome to the FRRESH Summer School in August 2018!


International Summer School for Russian and Eurasian Studies

FRRESH (The Finnish-Russian Network in Russian and Eurasian Studies) invites PhD students to summer school in Orilampi, Finland, 21-25 August 2018

The third FRRESH Summer School focuses on the topic of migration. The asymmetries of global economy together with regional conflicts and natural disasters have caused the displacement of an unforeseen number of people in recent years. The FRRESH Summer School will offer scholarly insights into new research about migration in Eurasian space. The talks and discussions will address current social and political phenomena as well as explore theoretical perspectives on the many contemporary and historical forms of displacement and migration.

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.

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 are:

– preliminary paper for the summer school (max 8000 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.

The summer school will take care of the costs for accommodation and meals. Please send your applications with a short letter of motivation, abstract (max 200 words) of your research with affiliation and contact information to Ms. Emma Lappalainen ( by 18 May, 2018. Notification of acceptance will be sent by May 12. For more information, please contact the coordinator of the summer school Dr. Ira Jänis-Isokangas ( at the Aleksanteri Institute.

Read about the previous summer schools from the past events. 


FRRESH Spring Seminar was held in St. Petersburg 14.3. -16.3.2018

Seminar brought together 34 students and researchers from network universities. Invited speakers were

Jane Burbank, Collegiate Professor and Professor of History and Russian and Slavic Studies, New York University
Tatiana Borisova, Associate Professor, National Research University Higher School of Economics St. Petersburg
Ulla Pape, Researcher & university lecturer in European Studies, University of Bremen
Ilya Utekhin, Professor, Anthropology Department of the European University, St.Petersburg

Aleksanteri Institute: Cooperation with the European University at St. Petersburg continues (in Finnish)