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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

Lizaveta Lysenka

Research Assistant

Золотухина Анастасия Игоревна

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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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
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, 2020
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, 2020
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, 2020