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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:

        Participatory cultures and fan studies

·   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

Illustration for news: Boris Stepanov and Alexandra Kolesnik participated in the conference of the Italian Association of Public History

Boris Stepanov and Alexandra Kolesnik participated in the conference of the Italian Association of Public History

IGITI research fellows Boris Stepanov and Alexandra Kolesnik participated in a panel "Shaping Public History in Russia: Forms, Places and Media" at the second conference of the Italian Association of Public History. The conference took place in Pisa, on June 11-15.

Illustration for news: Alexandra Kolesnik participated in a conference on heavy metal studies at the University of Siegen

Alexandra Kolesnik participated in a conference on heavy metal studies at the University of Siegen

Junior research fellow Alexandra Kolesnik took part in a conference ‘Hard Wired VI: So far, so good…so what? Approaching the Metal Realities’, which was held on May 3–5, 2018 at the University of Siegen (Germany). Alexandra presented a paper ‘Russian Heavy Metal Fandom and Post-Soviet Reality’. See the conference programme.

Illustration for news: Fans, communities, audiences: how we study participatory cultures

Fans, communities, audiences: how we study participatory cultures

Natalia Samutina, the leading research fellow and Head of the Research Centre for Contemporary Culture at the National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, has successfully finished teaching the first elective course on fan cultures and creative practices of online fan communities in a Russian university. The course has been attended by students from different faculties of Higher School of Economics and Moscow State University, as well as the lecturer’s colleagues who work in related research fields. The creation of this course has become possible thanks to the research project "Participatory Culture: Communities and Practices", and also thanks to cross-disciplinary productive atmosphere and organizational support of the Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities, Higher School of Economics. Next time this course is scheduled for January 2019. Below you can see the annotation and the literature for the course.

Illustration for news: Alisa Maximova has participated in a conference in Ruhr University

Alisa Maximova has participated in a conference in Ruhr University

Research Assistant Alisa Maximova has participated in a conference "The Spatial Turn and Its Implications on (In)Formal Learning Contexts" in Ruhr University Bochum (Germany). See the conference programme and Alisa Maximova's poster presentation.

Illustration for news: Our new paper: "An eighteenth-century theme park: museum-reserve Tsaritsyno (Moscow) and the public culture of the post-Soviet metropolis" by Natalia Samutina and Boris Stepanov

Our new paper: "An eighteenth-century theme park: museum-reserve Tsaritsyno (Moscow) and the public culture of the post-Soviet metropolis" by Natalia Samutina and Boris Stepanov

A new paper on urban culture by Natalia Samutina and Boris Stepanov was published in journal "Urban History" (Vol. 45, Issue 1). The paper is titled "An eighteenth-century theme park: museum-reserve Tsaritsyno (Moscow) and the public culture of the post-Soviet metropolis" and discusses history of the Tsaritsyno Park in Moscow and museum-reserve. See the paper abstract.

Illustration for news: Oksana Zaporozhets participated in the conference "Materie, Materialien, Methoden" at Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg

Oksana Zaporozhets participated in the conference "Materie, Materialien, Methoden" at Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg

Leading research fellow of IGITI Oksana Zaporozhets took part in the conference "Materie, Materialien, Methoden", organised by the assosiation "NeueKulturgeographie". The conference held on January 26 at Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg.