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.
Leading Research Fellow, Head of the Centre
Золотухина Анастасия Игоревна
Junior Research Fellow Alisa Maximova took part in a conference "Keep It Simple, Make It Fast! DIY Cultures and Global Challenges". The conference was held on July 7-10 and took place both online and in Porto, Portugal.
On April 30, Lizaveta Lysenka, a research assistant at IGITI, spoke at a conference organized by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies on Belarusianness in the Songs and Visuals of the Soviet VIA Pesniary.
IGITI Senior Researcher Alexandra Kolesnik, Research Fellow Alisa Maksimova, and Research Assistant Elizaveta Lysenko took part in the international conference "Worlds of Imagination: Media, place and tourism in today's global world", organized online on April 7-9, 2021 by Erasmus University of Rotterdam.
IGITI Junior Research Fellow Alisa Maximova took part in international online symposium “Making History Together: Public Participation in Museums”. The event took place on 15 December 2020 and was organised by The Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH).
December 17, 2020
Research assistant Lizaveta Lysenka has published the working paper «Pesniary and the heritage discourses in Belarus».
November 17, 2020
Daria Khlevnyuk, a postdoc fellow of the Institute and a co-founder of the PoSoCoMeS, took an active part in the conference's organization. The conference was attended by researchers of the Institute, Alisa Maksimova and Boris Stepanov.
October 13, 2020