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Our research centre is a small interdisciplinary unit within the Poletaev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities, which is part of the National Research University Higher School of Economics.

Sociologists, historians, and scholars from different areas of cultural studies are working here together on various themes concerning contemporary culture: on participatory cultures and fandoms, sociology of popular imagination, popular music, contemporary urban cultures, popular history and memory, changing museum cultures, etc. We are united by the interest (and even passion) for contemporary culture and its multiple forms, as well as by the task of developing new theoretical approaches to fast-changing cultural phenomena.

Head of the Centre – Dr. Natalia Samutina.


Natalia Samutina

Leading Research Fellow, Head of the Centre

Boris Stepanov

Leading Research Fellow

Alexandra Kolesnik

Senior Research Fellow

Daria Khlevnyuk

Research Fellow

Alisa S. Maximova

Junior Research Fellow



Mailing address: Myasnitskaya, 20, Moscow, 101990, Russia
Office: Moscow, Staraya Basmannaya 21/4, rooms A-314-318
For questions, please contact Alexandra Kolesnik (akolesnik@hse.ru)

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A new article by leading research fellow Natalia Samutina, "Japanese manga in Russia: Introduction to research on reading practices", was published in the New Literary Observer journal (№6, 2019). The full text of the article (in Russian) is in open access.
January 13
A new article by Associate Professor of School of Sociology Oksana Zaporozhets and Senior Research Fellow of IGITI Alexandra Kolesnik was published in Journal of Cultural Geography (Vol. 37, Issue 1, 2020). The title of the article is "Music geography in Russia: non-auratic places and institutionalization 'in becoming'". The full text is available on the journal's website.
December 19, 2019
Leading research fellow of IGITI and the head of the Research Centre for Contemporary Culture Natalia Samutina took part in the international symposium "Theorizing Anime: Invention of Concepts and Conditions of Their Possibility", held in Tokyo on November 16-17, 2019. 
November 27, 2019
On October 16 Deputy Director of IGITI Boris Stepanov took part in a round table discussion "New Histories – Old Futures: Cultural Studies and Post-Communist Europe", organized by the Department of Cultural Studies of the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia).
October 23, 2019
On September 13, Gabrielle Cornish, PhD Candidate in Musicology, Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, gave a lecture "Sound and Identity in Stalin's Gulag" at the Research Center for Contemporary Culture Academic Seminar.
September 14, 2019
Senior research fellow Alexandra Kolesnik took part in a conference ‘Locating Heavy Metal Music and Culture’, which was held on June 17–20, 2019 in Nantes (France). The conference was organised by the International Society for Metal Music Studies and University of Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3. Alexandra presented a paper ‘‘Cityness’ of Heavy Metal in Russia: ‘Moscow Metal Club’’. See the conference programme.
June 24, 2019