Russian Media Lab Network starts a new season in collaboration with Tampere Research Center for Russian and Chinese Media

This academic year RMLN initiative begins with a series of online talks on Russian media, organized in collaboration with Tampere Research Center for Russian and Chinese Media, Tampere University (TaRC).

Online talks will bring together a wide range of researchers to discuss current and emerging problems of the ever-changing field of media technologies, practices, and rules in Russia and its close neighbors. Understanding media broadly, the talks and discussion will address  various topics from fake news to internet regulation, from digital cultures to artificial intelligence in media, and from journalistic freedom to propaganda.

The event will take place on the second Tuesday of each month. It will host a speaker who will present her/his research or work in progress followed by discussion. The talks are open to advanced and early-career researchers and students.. We strive to maintain an informal atmosphere to support lively discussion and to give an opportunity for networking among participants.

Online talks are coordinated by Olga Dovbysh, postdoctoral researcher, U of Helsinki, Katja Lehtisaari, senior lecturer, Tampere U, and Sanna Turoma, professor, Tampere U. Online talks will be organized in Zoom from 12:00 to 13:30 (Finnish time). The working language of the talks is English.

If you want to get emails about the next online talks and participate, please leave your contact information here: registration form


October, 13: Stanislav Budnitsky, Postdoctoral Fellow, Russian and East European Institute, Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies, Indiana University.

Talk topic: “e-Estonia and the Russian Other: Identity Relations and Digital Sovereignty”. Due to times zones, this talk will start at 14:00.

November, 10: Dr Mariëlle Wijermars, Maastricht University and Helsinki University and Dr Jussi Lassila, the Finnish Institute of Foreign Affairs

Talk topic: “Media Freedom in Russia Today”

December, 8: Kateryna Boyko, PhD candidate, Uppsala University.

Talk topic: “Digital Tortuga: Civic Cultures of File-Sharing Practices in Russia and Ukraine”

January, 19: Dr Vera Zvereva, University of Jyväskylä

Talk topic: “Trolling as a Digital Literary Practice in the Russian Language Internet”

February, 9: Ilkhom Khalimzoda, PhD candidate, Department of Language & Communication Studies, University of Jyväskylä.

Talk topic: “Comparative analysis of the Russian-language media landscape in Latvia and Finland”

March, 9: Liudmila Sivetc, University of Turku & Mariëlle Wijermars, Maastrich University

Talk topic: “Leveraging public-private partnerships in effectuating online media control: The case of Russian Netoscope”

April, 13: Kirill Filimonov, Uppsala University.

May, 11: Victor Khroul, Higher School of Economics, Moscow

In case of any questions or ideas regarding online talks please contact Olga Dovbysh ( or Katja Lehtisaari (


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