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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:


Head of the Centre – Dr. Natalia Samutina

Illustration for news: Alisa Maximova has participated in a conference in Estonia

Alisa Maximova has participated in a conference in Estonia

Junior Research Fellow of IGITI Alisa Maximova took part in a conference "Museums as Agents of Memory and Change", held on April 24-26 and organized by the Estonian National Museum and Department of Ethnology of the University of Tartu.

Illustration for news: Round table "Manga as Literature, Manga as Reading"

Round table "Manga as Literature, Manga as Reading"

On April 15, 2019, Research Centre for Contemporary Culture organizes a special event "Manga as Literature, Manga as Reading" with the participation of Jaqueline Berndt (Professor of Japanese Language and Culture, Stockholm University), Yulia Magera (Senior Lecturer, Institute for Oriental and Classical Studies HSE), Natalia Samutina (Leading Researcher, Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities HSE) and Yulia Tarasuk (Leading Librarian, Curator of Comics Library at the Izmailovskaya City Library, Saint Petersburg).

Illustration for news: Ellen Rutten's interview in HSE News

Ellen Rutten's interview in HSE News

In September, IGITI Research Centre for Contemporary Culture held a seminar ‘Analysing “informal” practices in (digital) cultural economies’. The talk was presented by Dr Ellen Rutten, Professor of Literature at the University of Amsterdam. See an interview with HSE News, in which Dr Rutten spoke about Sublime Imperfections project, her other current research work, and ongoing collaboration with HSE and IGITI.

Illustration for news: Oksana Zaporozhets took part in a conference in Berlin

Oksana Zaporozhets took part in a conference in Berlin

Leading Research Fellow of IGITI Oksana Zaporozhets participated in a conference "Urban Activism and the Development of Civil Society in the Russian Federation", held on October 12-13 in Berlin.

Illustration for news: Natalia Samutina participated in the international conference on manga in Stockholm

Natalia Samutina participated in the international conference on manga in Stockholm

At the invitation of the organizers Natalia Samutina participated in the international conference "Manga, Comics and Japan: Area Studies as Media Studies", which was held in Stockholm on September 6-8. The conference, organized by Professor Jaqueline Berndt, brought together contemporary researchers of manga from around the world. Natalia Samutina's presentation was devoted to the problems of interpreting manga in international readers' communities, including Russian-speaking communities, and was intended to emphasize the role of co-ownership cultures in the contemporary development of manga as a reading space. See the conference program and paper abstracts.

Illustration for news: Vladislav Staf took part in a conference of International Federation for Public History

Vladislav Staf took part in a conference of International Federation for Public History

Vladislav Staf participated in the 5th annual conference of International Federation for Public History (IFPH), which took place on August 21-24 in the School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities of the University of Sao Paulo (EACH — USP), Sao Paulo, Brazil. Vladislav presented a paper "Gulag history in camp museums of the region of Perm: some narratives of human rights defenders and prison guards" in the "Difficult Heritage" session.