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Our research centre is a small interdisciplinary unit inside the Poletaev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities, which is part of a growing university, the Higher School of Economics.

Sociologists, historians and cultural studies scholars are working here together on a broad range of themes within different research fields. 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.

We are open for international collaboration in the following research fields:

·        Urban Studies and Contemporary Urban Culture

·        Graffiti and Street Art

·        Popular Music

·        Visual Culture and New Media

·        Literatures and Reading Communities

·        Culture of History

·        Methodological issues in culture studies

 

Head of the Centre – Dr. Natalia Samutina

Oksana Zaporozhets participated in a conference in the University of Leeds

Leading research fellow of IGITI Oksana Zaporozhets took part in 2017 annual conference of the International Sociological Association Research Committee 21 on Urban and Regional Development, held on September 11-13 in the University of Leeds.

Alexandra Kolesnik participated in 'Modern Heavy Metal Conference: Markets, Practices and Cultures'

Junior research fellow Alexandra Kolesnik took part in ‘Modern Heavy Metal Conference: Markets, Practices and Cultures’, which was held on June 28 – July 2, 2017 at Aalto University (Helsinki, Finland). 

Natalia Samutina and Elena Melnikova participated in the Fan Studies Network conference

Natalia Samutina and Elena Melnikova took part in the 5th Fan Studies Network conference, which was held on June 23-25, 2017. The conference was organized by the Center for Participatory Culture of the University of Huddersfield, UK.

Irina Savelieva and Alexandra Kolesnik participated in the international conference on public history in Italy

Irina Savelieva, director of IGITI, and Alexandra Kolesnik, junior research fellow, participated in the annual conference on public history arranged by International Federation for Public History (IFPH-FIHP) and Italian Association of Public History (AIPH) on June 5-9, 2017, in Ravenna (Italy). Irina Savelieva reported on "Public History in Russia: Professional Work, Amateurism, a Hobby, or a ‘Star Fever’ of an Academic Historian?," while Alexandra Kolesnik spoke about "Performing History on Stage: Representations of the Past in British Heavy Metal." 

Ellen Rutten, “Sincerity after Communism”: seminar and book presentation

On May 23, Prof. Ellen Rutten, Professor of Literature and Chair of the Department of Russian & Slavic Studies at the University of Amsterdam presented a paper based on her new book “Sincerity after Communism” (Yale University Press, 2017) at the Research Center for Contemporary Culture Academic Seminar. Seminar was organised by the Center together with research groop "Participatory culture: communities and practices".

Russian Sincerity Today – A Conversation with Professor Ellen Rutten

On May 23, Ellen Rutten, Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies at the University of Amsterdam, delivered a lecture at HSE on her new book, ‘Sincerity after Communism’. An expert on Slavonic literature and culture, Professor Rutten is involved in numerous projects, including the Digital Emotions group, Sublime Imperfections, and ‘Russian Literature’, a journal where she serves as editor-in-chief.