Natalia Samutina (National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow) - leading research fellow, Head of the Research Centre for Contemporary Culture); Boris Stepanov (National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow) - leading research fellow); Oksana Zaporozhets (National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow) - leading research fellow); Aleksandra Kolesnik (National Research University Higher School of Economics - research intern)
We are interested in the emergent phenomenon of participatory culture, the realm of cultural practices that has grown and continues to grow around new media technology and the platforms it enables. The term “participatory culture”, which is widely associated with the works of Henry Jenkins, indicates a crucial emphasis on the creative production of cultural texts and discourses by contemporary online communities. These productive practices are shaped by specific histories of cultural production but are also politically contingent, formed by and also contributing to particular political discourses and vocabularies. As such these new cultural habits are invariably deeply political practices.
Our group is committed to studying post-socialist new media practices, where ‘postsocialist’ refers to the emergent habits of new media use in a variety of geographical contexts that are grappling with a legacy of socialism even as they are caught up in the momentum of globalisation and its circuit of ideas, values and practices. This group thus dislodges the label postsocialism from its moorings in the former East bloc and makes it a relevant rubric for the study of new media in not only Eastern Europe, but also countries of the global south. This is in congruence with the stated goal of the research school ARTES to develop transnational research agendas.
Group member Mykola Makhortykh received his PhD in 2017 (supervisors Ellen Rutten and Sudha Rajagopalan).
May 2016 - International conference on participatory culture in Moscow, Higher School of Economics
July 2017: International workshop in UvA: ‘Political feeling in participatory media”. discussions underway with publisher for a related book.
Spring 2018: "Media Systems under Pressure: Recent Developments in Media Freedom in Central and Eastern Europe", UvA
Special issue including papers stemming from the July 2017 workshop to be published by Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies (proposal accepted, chapters pending review) in 2019-20.
Other plans are yet to be finalised.
Rajagopalan, S (2017). “Looking back with fondness at the Soviet everyday” (2017). Web publication/site. https://thewire.in/129399/soviet-everyday-nostalgia-brezhnev/ (Popular scientific piece).