“No study of media is without its own politics” – Interview with Prof. Benjamin Peters on regimes of power in technological development, smart technologies, and Russian hackers

by Olga Dovbysh Benjamin Peters is the Hazel Rogers Associated Professor and Chair of Media Studies at the University of Tulsa as well as affiliated faculty at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. Taking critical, historical, and global approaches, he investigates media change over regimes of time, space, technology, and power. In October 2019 […]

Online talk on Russian media in November: Media Freedom in Russia today

The Online talk in November will follow-up the themes of Freedom of Expression in Russia’s New Mediasphere. This volume, published last year by Routledge, assessed how the conditions for free speech are influenced by various factors. The volume focused on digital media and cross-media initiatives that bridge traditional and new media spheres. During the Online […]

Russian Media Lab Network starts a new season: Online talks on Russian media

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 […]

CfP: Special issue ‘Media Control Revisited: Challenges, Bottom-Up Resistance and Agency in the Digital Age’

Special issue of Media & Communication Media control and media freedom are like unicorns: everybody tries to see them, but nobody succeeds. Today, in a digitalised, networked world, these unicorns are ever more elusive, as digital technologies blur the lines and create new ones about what media control is and how it can be exerted. […]

Internet in Russia: A Study of the Runet and Its Impact on Social Life – a new edited volume on internet and Russia published by Springer

Sergey Davydov, the editor of the volume and associate professor from Higher School of Economics, discusses the book’s content and outlines the emerging topics for Runet studies. What is this book about? What issues does it address? This book is about Runet, Russian segment of the internet. We analyze it from different angles: as a […]

Data activism and politics of data practices in Russia – Interview with Dmitry Muravyov

by Olga Dovbysh & Paula Rossi A year ago we introduced a new section in the blog – interviews with young scholars and early career researchers to represent their views and opinions on the scholarly issues in media and communication studies. Dmitry Muravyov is a social researcher focusing on critical data studies, data activism, STS […]

Call for the book chapters – Mapping the Media and Communication Landscape of Central Asia

RMLN partners from American University of Central Asia are looking for submissions to their edited volume on “Mapping the Media and Communication Landscape of Central Asia: an anthology of emerging and contemporary issues” to be published by Lexington Books Series. More details below!

Freedom of expression in Russia’s new mediasphere – a book launch event

Welcome to a book launch event hosted by Russian Media Lab: ‘Freedom of Expression in Russia’s New Mediasphere’ to celebrate the publishing of the project’s final book, published by Routledge, in December 2019. During the event we’ll held the open discussion and Q&A session with authors and editor of the book. The event will take […]

“What RT is doing is not unique” – Interview with Prof. Vera Tolz (University of Manchester) on fake news, propaganda and commemoration campaign of Russia Today

by Teemu Oivo  Vera Tolz is Sir William Mather Professor of Russian Studies at the University of Manchester and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. Since 2017, Tolz has been a team member of the project ‘Reframing Russia for the Global Mediasphere: From Cold War to “Information War”?’. The project studies Russia’s main state-funded international […]

Russian Media Lab Network officially launched now: get-together meeting at Aleksanteri Conference

More than 40 researchers, interested in media and communication studies, gathered on Thursday evening at Aleksanteri Institute’s meeting room despite dense conference program. There were not enough sitting places for everyone, so some people even stayed in the corridor.