Digital Russia Studies launched at University of Helsinki

On Friday 5 January the kick-off seminar of Digital Russia Studies took place at the Aleksanteri Institute. Digital Russia Studies is an initiative of Daria Gritsenko, Assistant Professor in Russian Big Data Methodology at the University of Helsinki, and Russian Media Lab researcher Marielle Wijermars. It aims to become a leading research network uniting scholars of humanities, social and computer sciences working at the intersection of the ‘digital’ and the ‘social’ in the Russian context.

First, Digital Russia Studies is the study of Russian society, politics and culture using digital humanities methods.

Second, Digital Russia Studies is the critical investigation of how Russian society, politics and culture are reconfigured in the context of digitisation, Big Data and algorithmic governance.

During our monthly seminar running throughout Spring 2018, we aim to engage with questions concerning Russian cultural history, contemporary media industries, digital dimensions of Russian politics, as well as East European perspective on Russia. We will also look into established and emerging methods and data practices.

Subscribe to the Digital Russia Studies mailing list for updates, and join us every first Friday of the month from 12:15 – 14:45 at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki!

If you cannot join us live, please do not hesitate to tune in online! Check the Digital Russia Studies website for further details on how to participate online.


Seminar schedule – Spring 2018


2 February 2018 –> Methodology workshop

Prof. Arto Mustajoki (UH) “The research use of Integrum database from a wider perspective”

2 March 2018 –> Cake-for-comments

MA Ira Österberg (UH) “A quantitative approach to film music and Soviet Cinema 1965-1984”

MA Justyna Pierzynska (UH) “Knowledge politics in the semipherifery: Unexpected historical brotherhoods in CEE media”

6 April 2018 –> Cake-for-comments

PhD Reeta Kangas (University of Turku) TBC

4 May 2018 –> Russian Media Lab-special

Dr. Marielle Wijermars (UH)  “Control the News Feed, Control the News? Measuring the Impact of Russia’s News Aggregator Regulation”

Dr. Katja Lehtisaari (UH) TBC

1 June 2018 –> Closing of the first batch

MA Teemu Oivo (UEF) TBC

Dr. Daria Gritsenko (UH) TBC


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