CFP: 15th Aleksanteri Conference Culture and Russian Society (Deadline: May 17, 2015)

Call for Papers for the 15th Aleksanteri Conference Culture and Russian Society

With Vladimir Putin’s third re-election in 2012, the Russian creative class gathered political momentum, and cultural and intellectual practices in Russia regained social and political relevance. At the same time, culture and its traditional institutions have become increasingly integrated into state policies to reconstruct a uniform national Russian identity. The annexation of Crimea, the crisis in Ukraine, and the changing geopolitical landscape have highlighted those Russian views that draw on an understanding of Russia as a unique civilization separate from the West.

The 15th Aleksanteri Conference Culture and Russian Society will take place in Helsinki from Oct 21 to 23, 2015. The conference invites proposals which focus on the cultural challenges and intellectual choices Russia and its diverse population face today.  Keynote speakers include Catriona Kelly, Vlad Strukov, Vera Tolz, Elena Vartanova, Michael Gorham and Evert van der Zweerde.

We welcome scholars from all fields in humanities, social and political sciences to contribute to the investigation of the role of cultural analysis in enriching our understanding of Russia’s recent developments. We encourage panel proposals with three presentations, discussant, and chair, but will also review individual paper proposals.

Detailed instructions and links to electronic submission forms are available at

The deadline for proposals is May 17. Proposals submitted after the deadline will not be reviewed.