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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: Alexandra Kolesnik participated in a conference on heavy metal studies in Nantes

Alexandra Kolesnik participated in a conference on heavy metal studies in Nantes

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.

Illustration for news: “Glasnost Noire: A Graphic Cultural History of J. H. Chase in Russia”: presentation of Birgitte Beck Pristed

“Glasnost Noire: A Graphic Cultural History of J. H. Chase in Russia”: presentation of Birgitte Beck Pristed

On June 3, Birgitte Beck Pristed, Associate professor of School of Culture and Society - Russian and Balkan Studies at Aarhus University (Denmark) presented a paper based on her new book “The New Russian Book: A Graphic Cultural History” (Palgrave 2017) at the Research Center for Contemporary Culture Academic Seminar.

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.