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Urban Studies and Contemporary Urban Culture


Photo by Oksana Zaporozhets

Staff:

The prior interest of our interdisciplinary team is a vibrant, chaotic, multi-layered and constantly changing contemporary city. Our thematically diverse projects are guided by two perspectives. Firstly, we are interested in various urban publics (lay people, park visitors, graffiti writers, etc.) as driving forces of urban life. We aim to analyze the ways they invent and re-write the city in their everyday practices or artistic actions. We study new forms of self-expression and communication in the cityscape. Secondly, we are inspired by micro-urbanism as a research perspective and focus therefore on nuances, details, on everything that is marginal or liminal in city textures. These small objects or places are identified as important cultural phenomena which bring to life new competences and practices of urban dwellers and make city vivid. They also help to discover broader nets of relations or cultural schemes. Our field projects imply a wide range of research techniques from urban ethnography to interventions. They are mostly conducted in Russian and European cities.

Our research areas include:

·         Graffiti and street Art

·         New urban anthropology

·         Body and the city, urban perception and urban choreography

·         Urban visibility and invisibility

·         Urban materiality and lost things

·         Public places (parks, museums) and changing landscape of Post-Socialist cities

·         Digital city, mobile devices and the practices of their users

·         Everyday mobility and transit spaces (the subway)

·         Abandoned urban places

Projects:

Anthropology and transformations of space of the Museum-Reserve Tsaritsyno (2009 - 2012)

Graffiti and street art in cultural cityscape (2012 - 2013)

Graffiti, street art and alternative urban anthropology

Metro: using and reinterpreting the urban transit space

 

Publications:

Zaporozhets, Oksana (2014). Nastroit’ gorod na svoyu volnu: metropolitan i upravleniye gorodskimi opytami [Customize a town on your wave: the subway and management of urban experiences]. Teoriya mody. Odezhda. Telo. Kul’tura [Fashion theory. Clothing. Body. Culture]. Vol. 33.

Brednikova, Olga; Zaporozhets, Oksana (Eds.) (2014). Micro-urbanism. Gorod v detalyah [Micro-urbanism. City in Details]. Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie [New Literary Observer Publishing House].

Abramov, Roman; Zaporozhets, Oksana (2014). Space of Love and Care: Visitors’ Appropriation of Tsaritsyno in Samutina, Natalia; Stepanov, Boris (Eds.) Tsarytsyno. Attraktsion s istoriej [Tsaritsyno. Attractions with History]. M.: Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie [New Literary Observer Publishing House].

Zaporozhets, Oksana; Riise, Ekaterina; Kolesnik, Aleksandra (2014). The Permanence of Ephemeral: Tsoi Wall 23 years after. Coactivity: Philosophy, Communication. Vol. 22. No. 1.

Zaporozhets, Oksana (2014). Becoming a Subway User: Managing Affects and Experiences. Higher School of Economics Research Paper No. WP BRP 52/HUM/2014.

Kamaeva, Yulia (2014). Strategii upravleniya kul’turnymi resursami v rossijskih malyh gorodah (na primere Rostova Velikigi I Pereyaslavlya-Zalesskogo) [Strategies of cultural resources management in small historic towns in Russia (cases of Rostovthe-Great and Pereslavl-Zalessky]. HSE Working papers WP6/2014/06.

Samutina, Natalia; Stepanov, Boris (2014). Eds. Tsarytsyno. Attraktsion s istoriej [Tsaritsyno. Attractions with History]. M: Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie [New Literary Observer Publishing House].

Samutina, Natalia (2014). Pruzhinki Hamburga: graffiti-raiter OZ I nevidimoe soobschestvo vidjaschih [Little Springs of Hamburg: Graffiti Writer OZ and the Invisible Community of Those Who See] in Mikrourbanism. Gorod v detaljah [Micro-urbanism. City in details]. Eds. Brednikova, Olga; Zaporozhets, Oksana. M.: Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie [New Literary Observer Publishing House].

Zaporozhets, Oksana (2013). Otkritie metropol’zovatelia; antropologiya gorodskoy podzemki [The Discovery of Subway User: The Anthropology of Urban Underground]. Working paper WP6/2013/07. M.: Higher School of Economics.

Lavrinec, Jekaterina; Zaporozhets, Oksana (2013). Shaping Spaces of Shared Experience: Creative Practices and Temporal Communities in Urban Public Space: Facing the Challenges of Mobility and Aestheticization. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang GmbH. Ch. 6.

Samutina, Natalia; Zaporozhets, Oksana; Kobyscha, Varvara (2012). Ne tolko Banksy: street art v kontexte sovremennoj gorodskoj kultury [Not Only Banksy: Street Art in the Context of Contemporary City Culture]. Neprikosnovenny Zapas [Reserve Stock]. #86(6).

Samutina, Natalia; Zaporozhets, Oksana (2012). Svoj sredi drugih: antropologija normy v prostranstve Tsaritsynskogo parka [Being with Others: Anthropology of Norm in Tsaritsyno Park]. HSE Preprints, WP6 #06.

Samutina, Natalia; Komarova, Natalia (2011). Tonny vody letat po nemyslimym traectoriam: fontan-attrackcion I novaya obraznost parka Tsaritsino [“Tons of water fly in inconceivable ways”: fountain-attraction and the new imagery of Tsaritsyno park]. Neprikosnovenny Zapas [Reserve Stock]. #1(75).

Zaporozhets, Oksana (2010). The Making of a Soviet Consumer: The Ideology and Routine of Public Catering in the 1950s in A Storybook About Vilnius. The As If Anthropology of the X Baltic Triennial. Vilnius: Contemporary Art Centre. 

Zaporozhets, Oksana (2010). Abhaziya: lyubitel'skaya kartografiya, tochki otscheta i sposoby sborki [Abkhazia: Amateur Cartography, Points of Reference, and Means of Assembly]. Laboratorium. Jurnal socialnyh issledovanii [Laboratorium. Russian Review of Social Research]. #1.

Zaporozhets, Oksana; Lavrinec, Jekaterina (2009). Horeografiya bespokoistva v tranzitnyh mestah: k voprosu o novom ponimanii vizual'nosti [Choreography of Anxiety in Transitive Spaces]. In Vizualnaya antropologiya: gorodskie karty pamyati [Visual Anthropology. Urban Memory Maps]. M.: OOO Variant.

Lavrinec, Jekaterina; Zaporozhets, Oksana (2009). Urban Cityscapes: Dramaturgy of Anxiety in Transitive Places. In Urban Change in Eastern and Central Europe: Social, Cultural and Architectural Transformation. Vilnius: Vilnius University Press.

Stepanov, Boris (2009). «Kovcheg bylogo»: gorod kak ob'ekt istoricheskoy ekskursii [“The Arc of the Past”: city as an object of historical excursion] in Vizual'naya antropologiya: gorodskie karty pamyati [Visual anthropology: urban memory cards]. Eds. P.V. Romanov, E.R. Yarskaya-Smirnova. Moscow.

Zaporozhets, Oksana; Lavrinec, Jekaterina (2008). Dramaturgiya gorodskogo straha: ritoricheskie taktiki i «beshoznye veschi» [The dramaturgy of urban fear: rhetorical tactics and ‘unattended items’]. In Milerius, Nerjius; Cope, Ben (eds.) P.S. Landshafty: optiki gorodskih issledovanii [PS. Landscapes. Optics of Urban Studies]. Vilnius: European Humanities University Publishing House.

Stepanov, Boris (2008). Navstrechu proshlomu: ekskursionnaya praktika i filosofiya pamyati v tvorchestve I. M. Grevsa i N. P. Anziferova [Towards the past: Historic excursions and philosophy of memory in the works of I. M. Grevs and N. P. Anciferov]. Otechestvennye zapiski [Annals of the Fatherland]. #43.

Zaporozhets, Oksana; Lavrinec, Jekaterina (2007). Poteryatsia, chtobi uvidet: fotographicheskoe vospriyatie goroda [To Get Lost for to Find: On the Photographic Experience of the Urban]. In Yarskaya-Smirnova, Elena; Romanov, Pavel; Krutkin, Viktor (eds.). Visualnaya Antropologiya: novie podhodi k sotsialnoy realnosti [Visual Anthropology: New Approaches to Social Reality]. Saratov: Academic Press.

Zaporozhets, Oksana; Lavrinec, Jekaterina (2006). Pryatki, gorodki i drugie issledovatel’kie igri: Urban Studies v poiskah tochki opori [Research Games in Urban Space (Seeking for Bearings of Urban Studies)]. Communitas. #1.

Stepanov, Boris (2005). Znanie o proshlom v teorii ekskursii I. M. Grevsa i N.P. Antsiferova [Knowledge About the Past in I. M. Grevs' and N. P. Antsiferov’s Theory of Excursions] in Fenomen proshlogo [Phenomenon of the Past]. Eds. Savelieva, Irina; Poletayev, Andrei. M.: GU-VShE [The Higher School of Economics].


·         Graffiti and street Art

·         New urban anthropology

·         Body and the city, urban perception and urban choreography

·         Urban visibility and invisibility

·         Urban materiality and lost things

·         Public places (parks, museums) and changing landscape of Post-Socialist cities

·         Digital city, mobile devices and the practices of their users

·         Everyday mobility and transit spaces (the subway)

·       Abandoned urban places