Russian Media Lab Seminar “Freedom of Speech and Critical Journalism in Russia” – 24 October, Helsinki

Russian Media Lab Seminar


Taking Stock of Current Realities

24 October 2017 – 14:00-17:30 hours

@University of Helsinki, Aleksanteri Institute, 2nd floor (Unioninkatu 33)

The Russian Media Lab is hosting an afternoon seminar on freedom of speech and critical journalism in Russia to precede the Aleksanteri Conference (25-27 October). At this pre-conference event, Russian Media Lab researchers and members of our international research network will present their (ongoing) research. The second part of the seminar is dedicated to discussing joint publication plans and exploring areas for future collaboration. If you would like to join in our discussions, you are kindly requested to register your attendance before 21 October.

For more information, contact Mariëlle Wijermars

Click here to register.



14:00 – 14:05 Word of welcome by Markku Kangaspuro

14:05 – 14:45 Panel 1: Russian Media Lab – ongoing research

Katja Lehtisaari (University of Helsinki): Public Discussion on Media Policy in Russia

Saara Ratilainen (University of Helsinki): In the Land of Hidden Truths and Self-Censorship: Moscow Cultural Industries Commemorating the 1917 Revolution (or Not)

Freek van der Vet (University of Helsinki): When They Come for You: Protecting the Freedom of Information in Russia’s Surveillance State

Mariëlle Wijermars (University of Helsinki): Control the News Feed, Control the News? The Impact of Russia’s News Aggregator Regulation on the Online News Landscape

14:45 – 15:30 Panel 2: Paper presentations

Svetlana Bodrunova (St. Petersburg State University): Mediatization and Politicization of Twitter Ad Hoc Discussions: Russia in Comparative Perspective

Mikhail Tyurkin (St. Petersburg State University): Russian ‘Patriotic’ Online Media and Blogs and Their Impact on the Current Political Agenda

15:30 – 15:45 Coffee break

15:45 – 16:15 Panel 3: Joint publication plans

Freedom of Speech and Critical Journalism in the Russian Media Sphere. Edited volume, eds. Mariëlle Wijermars & Katja Lehtisaari

“Beyond Repression and Resistance: Reconceptualising New Media and Creative Industries in Post-Socialist Contexts”. Special issue, eds. Saara Ratilainen & Mariëlle Wijermars

“Russia’s Changing Media Landscape.” Special issue Russian Journal of Communication, eds. Katja Lehtisaari & Galina Miazhevich

16:15 – 17:30 Plenary discussion moderated by Markku Kangaspuro
E.g., opportunities for future collaboration

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