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.

RML Network and media research at the Aleksanteri Conference – 23-25 October 2019, University of Helsinki

As usual, the Annual Aleksanteri Conference hosts wide and diverse media studies’ stream. The 19th Annual Aleksanteri Conference “Technology, Culture, and Society in the Eurasian space” represents many interdisciplinary research at the intersection of media and communication studies and other disciplines. Further details on media research stream and RML Network’s events can be found below. […]

How Russian internet consumption heats Finnish city or Critical approach to data economy and digitalization – Interview with Julia Velkova

Julia Velkova is a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for Consumer Society Research at the University of Helsinki. Her interests are in digital culture and media. She is currently involved in several projects on the politics and histories of emergent data infrastructures, with specific focus on data centres in the Nordic countries, and the labour, […]

New issue for EuropeNow journal on Digitization of Memory and Politics in Eastern Europe

In memoriam our dear colleague and friend Eszter Gantner, who made this special issue possible. Russian Media Lab Network announces the publication of a special issue for EuropeNow ( This special feature includes research papers, presented at recent workshop “Politics of e-Heritage: Production and regulation of digital memory in Eastern Europe and Russia”, organized by […]

Media control matters: workshop on media control as source of political power in Central and Eastern Europe

This week Aleksanteri Institute hosted a workshop “Media control as source of political power in Central and Eastern Europe”, co-organized by Research Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen and Russian Media Lab Network. The workshop brought together an interdisciplinary group of scholars to present their research and to discuss about media […]