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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.


Natalia Samutina

Leading Research Fellow, Head of the Centre

Boris Stepanov

Leading Research Fellow

Alexandra Kolesnik

Senior Research Fellow

Daria Khlevnyuk

Research Fellow

Alisa S. Maximova

Junior Research Fellow



Mailing address: Myasnitskaya, 20, Moscow, 101990, Russia
Office: Moscow, Staraya Basmannaya 21/4, rooms A-314-318
For questions, please contact Alexandra Kolesnik (akolesnik@hse.ru)

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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
At the end of February, the HSE IGITI Research Centre for Contemporary Culture hosted a roundtable entitled ‘Field Studies in Russia: A Country Familiar and Foreign’. Roundtable participants talked about field work methods and standards, research challenges, and ways to solve them. The participants also discussed the extent to which it is possible to apply international experiences and approaches to field work in Russia as well as ways to study Russia from within and without.
March 11
On February 24, IGITI senior research fellow Alexandra Kolesnik participated in a conference "The industry of provocation and protest: contemporary Russian popular music", which was held in the Humboldt University of Berlin.
February 26
A new article by leading research fellow Natalia Samutina, "Japanese manga in Russia: Introduction to research on reading practices", was published in the New Literary Observer journal (№6, 2019). The full text of the article (in Russian) is in open access.
January 13
A new article by Associate Professor of School of Sociology Oksana Zaporozhets and Senior Research Fellow of IGITI Alexandra Kolesnik was published in Journal of Cultural Geography (Vol. 37, Issue 1, 2020). The title of the article is "Music geography in Russia: non-auratic places and institutionalization 'in becoming'". The full text is available on the journal's website.
December 19, 2019
Leading research fellow of IGITI and the head of the Research Centre for Contemporary Culture Natalia Samutina took part in the international symposium "Theorizing Anime: Invention of Concepts and Conditions of Their Possibility", held in Tokyo on November 16-17, 2019. 
November 27, 2019