In December Kateryna Boyko from Uppsala University will present her research “Digital Tortuga: Civic Cultures of File-Sharing Practices in Russia and Ukraine”.

Research summary: P2P file-sharing has been in focus of many studies, often in the context of copyright and resistance to it. However, there is evidence that it is also conducive of civic, community and identity-oriented action far beyond the plethora of copyright issues. The online talk will present the outline of the PhD project on civic cultures of file-sharing practices in Ukraine and Russia. The study is anchored in media practice research paradigm and interested in conjunctions and interplays between civic practices and file-sharing practices, in how and under what conditions file-sharing can become embedded in the civic context. This project has an ethnographic approach and will explore empirical material accumulated mainly from in-depth interviews with users and observation of the two biggest torrent-trackers in Ukraine and Russia.

Moderator: Dr Olga Dovbysh

Online talks will be organized in Zoom December, 8 from 12:00 to 13:30 (Finnish time). If you want to participate and get emails about the next online talks , please leave your contact information here: registration form

Speakers’ bio: Kateryna Boyko is doing her Ph.D. in media and communication studies at the Institute of Russian and Eurasian Studies (Uppsala University, Sweden). Her research interests are identity construction, online communities, the intersection of entertaining content and politics. Her doctoral project explores civic cultures of torrent communities in Eastern Europe. Kateryna also holds a Master degree in Journalism from Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University while her second MA degree in Media Studies was obtained at Södertörn University (Stockholm).

Online talk on Russian Media is a collaborative initiative between Russian Media Lab Network and Tampere Research Center for Russian and Chinese Media.

Photo by Brina Blum on Unsplash

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