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José Alaniz

Maciej Bernasiewicz

Yaryna Borenko

Dragos Dragoman

Bogdan Gheorghita

Tom Junes

Catriona Kelly

Stefan Kirmse

Alfrun Kliems

Félix Krawatzek

Sabina-Adina Luca

Matthias Meindl

Anna Oravcová

Jovana Papović

Astrea Pejović

Hilary Pilkington

Robert Pruszczyński

Herwig Reiter


Ken Roberts

Matthias Schwartz

Christine Steiner

Vlad Strukov

Gleb Tsipursky

Patryk Wasiak

Heike Winkel

Anna Zhelnina





José Alaniz is associate professor at the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Washington with a focus on Russian, Spanish-American and Czech and a special interest in film studies. His dissertation in Comparative Literature (University of California at Berkeley, 2003) explores the spectacles of death and dying in late/post-soviet Russian culture. Related publications: Komiks: Comic Art in Russia. Jackson, MS: 2010; “Masculinity and the Superhero in Post-Soviet Russian Comics”, in International Journal of Comic Art, Vol. 11, No. 1 (Spring 2009); “‘I Want’: Women in Post-Soviet Russian Comics.” Ulbandus, No. 10 (Summer 2008); “New Komiks for the New Russians.” Uncensored? Reinventing Humor and Satire in Post-Soviet Russia. Ed. Olga Mesropova and Seth Graham. Bloomington, IN: 2008. Mail: jos23@u.washington.edu


Maciej Bernasiewicz (PhD), is a research fellow and lecturer at the University of Silesia, Social Pedagogy Department, Katowice, Poland. He wrote a PhD on worldview discourses in pop culture (in 2008). Author of over 40 reviewed journal papers in the field of the sociology of pop culture, social rehabilitation (the identity of problem children, juvenile delinquents, neglected and abused children, street children) and contemporary processes of the individuation and the globalization. The author of 2 books M.B. 2009: Młodzież i popkultura. Dyskursy światopoglądowe, recepcja i opór. (Young people and pop culture. Worldview discourses, reception and opposition) Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego, Katowice and M.B., 2011: Interakcjonizm symboliczny w teorii i praktyce resocjalizacyjnej (Symbolic interactionism in theory and practice of correctional treatment) Oficyna Wydawnicza „Impuls”, Kraków). Recent publications include M. Bernasiewicz, J. Drozdowicz, (ed.), Kultura popularna w społeczeństwie współczesnym. Teoria i rzeczywistość, Oficyna Wydawnicza „Impuls”, Kraków 2010, Indywidualizm, in: Encyklopedia Pedagogiczna XXI wieku - suplement, (ed.) T. Pilch, Wydawnictwo Żak, Warszawa 2010, pp. 203-209. Mail: maciej.bernasiewicz@us.edu.pl


Yaryna Borenko (PhD), expert in educational and youth policy, intercultural learning, non-formal education and volunteering, trainer in international youth field, coordinator of WG 4 (contacts between people) of National Platform of Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum, PhD in Political Science. Recent research covers youth policy and youth work issues, democratic citizenship education, and European integration in field of education, culture and youth. Publications: Review on youth policies and youth work in Ukraine, Partnership between the European Commission and the Council of Europe in field of Youth, 2011; Index of European Integration for Eastern Partnership - 2012/International Renaissance Foundation, Kyiv, co-author; Participation of young people in the process of the youth policy development: experience of the countries of Eastern Europe and Caucasus and post socialist countries of the European Union. - Donetsk 2010. Seminar report/co-author. Current projects: Human rights approach in school curricula; Paths for recognition of non-formal education in Ukraine. Mail: yaryna@dialog.lviv.ua


Dragos Dragoman (PhD) is a lecturer at the Department of International Relations, Political Science and Security Studies at the Lucian Blaga-University of Sibiu. His research interests include territorial government, the European integration, social solidarity and political and electoral participation. Related publications: Social Capital and Democracy in Romania: How cultural factors support democracy, European Institute Publisher: 2010; “Ethnic Groups in Symbolic Conflict. The ‘Ethnicisation’ of Public Space in Romania”, in Studia Politica. Romanian Political Science Review, Vol. 11, No. 1/2011, pp. 105-121; “Trust, reciprocity and volunteerism: Explaining low political activism in post-communist Romania”, in Romanian Sociology, Vol. 7, No. 4/2009, pp. 107-123. Mail: dragos.dragoman@ulbsibiu.ro


Bogdan Gheorghita (PhD) did his PhD in Sociology at the University of Bucharest (2011) and is now working as a teaching assistant at the Department of International Relations, Political Science and Security Studies at the Lucian Blaga-University of Sibiu. His research includes projects about cultural policy, the European integration and identity-building, and various regional and local surveys about social capital, ethnic relations and citizenship. Related publications: (with Sabina-Adina Luca) “Young people in Romania. Values and behaviour in Civic Political Field”, in International Journal of Arts & Sciences, Vol. 8, No. 4/2011, pp. 445-449; (with Sabina-Adina Luca) “Romanian society between polarization and stratification. Taking perspective after 19 years of post-communism”, in Sociologie Românească, Vol. VIII, No. 1/2010, pp. 85-99. Mail: bogdan.gheorghita@ulbsibiu.ro


Tom Junes, PhD in History (KU Leuven), is Geremek Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. Recent publications include Generations of Change. Rethinking Student Politics in Communist Poland(Lexington Books, 2013), and "The Demise of Communism in Poland: A Staged Evolution or Failed Revolution?" In The 1989 Revolutions in Central and Eastern Europe: From Communism to Post- Communism, edited by Kevin McDermott and Matthew Stibbe (Manchester University Press, 2013). His research interests cover Eastern European history, African history, Cold War history, and the history of youth and student movements. Mail: junes.tom@gmail.com


Catriona Kelly is Professor of Russian at the University of Oxford, and the author of many works on Russian culture and Russian literature, including Children's World: Growing Up in Russia, 1890-1991 (Yale University Press, 2007), awarded the Grace Abbott Prize of the Society for the History of Childhood and Youth, USA, and Comrade Pavlik: the Rise and Fall of a Soviet Boy Hero (London: Granta Books, 2005) (which has also appeared in Russian, as Tovarishch Pavlik: Vzlet i padenie sovetskogo geroya-mal'chika, translated by Irina Smirenskaya, Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie, Moscow, 2009. Mail: catriona.kelly@mod-langs.ox.ac.uk


Stefan B. Kirmse received his PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. Following an interdisciplinary education at Trinity College Dublin, St Antony’s College Oxford and SOAS, he works at the intersection of social anthropology, history, and cultural studies. His doctoral thesis explored the everyday lives of young Muslims in post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan, focusing on local experiences of globalization. His monograph Youth and Globalization in Central Asia: Everyday Life between Religion, Media and Western Donors is due to be published by Campus in January 2013. He is the editor of Youth in the Former Soviet South: Everyday Life between Experimentation and Regulation (London: Routledge, 2011), and various related articles and book chapters. He is currently based at Humboldt University in Berlin.


Alfrun Kliems (Prof. Dr.) is a professor of West Slavonic literatures and cultures at the Humboldt-University of Berlin and co-coordinator of the project “Playgrounds of Insubordination” at the Leipzig Centre for the History and Culture of East Central Europe (GWZO). She wrote her PhD on German writing Czech exiles in the 20th century. Her main research interests are literatures in exile and the poetics of migration, urban imagery, and underground literature. Recent publications include the edition The Post-SocialistCity. Continuity and Change in Urban Space and Imagery, Berlin 2010 (with Marina Dmitrieva); „Wenn die Reise über Leichen geht (und zu Tarantino führt). Jáchym Topols Die Schwester und der Holocaust“, in: Geschlechtergedächtnisse. Ilse Nagelschmidt, Inga Probst, Torsten Erdbrügger (ed.), Berlin 2010, pp. 209-224; „Aggressiver Lokalismus. Undergroundästhetik, Antiurbanismus und Regionsbehauptung bei Andrzej Stasiuk und Jurij Andruchovyč“, in: Zeitschrift für Slawistik 2 (2011), pp. 197-213. Currently writing a book on underground art and its encroachment on urban space. Mail: alfrun.kliems@hu-berlin.de


Félix Krawatzek finished his studies of Philosophy, Politics and Economics in Canterbury, Lille and Oxford in 2011 with a Master’s thesis about the current political youth mobilisation in Russia. Since October 2011 he has worked for a DPhil in Politics on a comparative study of youth mobilisation in Eastern and Western Europe at Nuffield College, University of Oxford (supervision Gwen Sasse). His further research interests include memory studies with a particular emphasis on the intellectual history of memory/Gedächtnis/Erinnerung, European memory and the memory of 1968 across Europe. Recent publications include Eine Kritik des Gedächtnisbegriffes als soziale Kategorie. In: Fröhlich, C. & Schmid, H. (eds.) Jahrbuch für Politik und Geschichte. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag (with Rieke Schäfer) and an edited volume on „European Memory?“ which will be published in 2013 with Vandenhoek & Ruprecht unipress. Contact: felix.krawatzek@nuffield.ox.ac.uk


Sabina-Adina Luca (PhD) is lecturing and researching in psychology, sociology of education and social research methods as a university assistant at the Lucian Blaga-University of Sibiu, Romania. She wrote a doctoral thesis about the impact of social change on the social-cultural identity of youth, and further articles about young people and religion, their electoral behaviour and about juvenile delinquents. Related publications: (with Bogdan Gheorghita) “Young people in Romania. Values and behaviour in Civic Political Field”, in International Journal of Arts & Sciences, Vol. 8, No. 4/2011, pp. 445-449; (with Bogdan Gheorghita) “Romanian society between polarization and stratification. Taking perspective after 19 years of post-communism”, in Sociologie Românească, Vol. VIII, No. 1/2010, pp. 85-99. Mail: Sabina.luca@ulbsibiu.ro


Matthias Meindl (MA) is currently working in the research project “Literature and Art On Trial”, funded by the Swiss National Foundation and based in Zurich, Switzerland. He is preparing a comparative documentation of conflicts of literature with the law as well as a study on (criminal) charges of “pornography” against writers and artists in the Soviet Union and in Post-Soviet Russia. His PhD-Project which he began writing at Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung in Berlin (until 2011) is about the Political Positioning of Artists and Writers in Post-Soviet Cultural Space. He is also translating poetry, essays and scientific articles from Russian. Recent publications include: “Maschinengewehre und ein Wettbewerb der Revolutionsprojekte: Der Prozess gegen Ėduard Limonov“, in: Slavica Tergestina 13 (2011). 42-81; "Politisierung und apokalyptischer Diskurs bei Kirill Medvedev", in: Wiener Slawistischer Almanach 68 (2011), 275-319; als Übersetzer/Herausgeber: Dossier mit Texten von Kirill Medvedev. Zusammen mit Georg Witte. Schreibheft 76 (2010), 139-179.


Anna Oravcová (MA) wrote a dissertation about the construction of authenticity, gender and racial identity in Czech rap music at the Department of Sociology of the Charles University in Prague. Her research is focused on the Czech hip hop culture, its authenticity discourse and on gender studies, especially the position of female rap artists. She presented her works at the Global Conference of Urban Pop Cultures in Prague (2012) and at the International Hip Hop Festival in Hartford, USA (2011). Related publications: (in collaboration with the Institute of Sociology of the Acad. of Sciences of the Czech Rep.) “Czech Hip Hop Underground”, in: Revolt through Style: Current Music Subcultures in CzechRepublic, Marta Kolářová (ed.) (in print); “Femininity in Hip Hop”, in A2 (Cultural Magazine) 9/2008 p. 20.


Jovana Papović is an independent researcher and a documentary filmmaker and producer. She finished theater direction at the faculty of dramatic arts in Belgrade (in 2009) and she wrote her master thesis at the faculty of politics in Belgrade on the political potential of artivism in the former Yugoslav countries (in 2012). Her further research interests include new forms of artistic activism and political engagement in the former Yugoslav countries; student movements and the revival of a new left in Balkans. Recent publications include “Građanska svest i nestajanje javnih prostora u Beogradu”, in Otvoreno o javnim prostorima (2012), pp. 53-56 (with Astrea Pejović); “Euroscepticism amongst youth in Serbia and Croatia as an extreme form of strategic coalition”, in conference proceedings of the second Euroacademia International Conference. “Europe Inside-Out Europe and Europeaness Exposed to Plural Observers” (2013) (with Astrea Pejović). In preparation “Student revolt in the reflection of liberal transition in Serbia” for the book project Student Revolt, City and Society - From the Middle Ages until Today (2013) (with Astrea Pejović). Mail: papovicj@gmail.com


Astrea Pejović is an independent researcher. She finished cultural entrepreneurship at the faculty of dramatic arts in Belgrade (in 2009) and she wrote her master thesis at the faculty of politics in Belgrade on the contemporary perspective of 90th music in Serbia (in 2012). Her further research interests include Yugoslavian conflict; post-Yugoslavian nationalism(s) and its representations in popular culture; political articulation in the music scene in Balkans. Recent publications include “Građanska svest i nestajanje javnih prostora u Beogradu”, in Otvoreno o javnim prostorima (2012), pp. 53-56 (with Jovana Papović); “Euroscepticism amongst youth in Serbia and Croatia as an extreme form of strategic coalition”, in conference proceedings of the second Euroacademia International Conference. “Europe Inside-Out Europe and Europeaness Exposed to Plural Observers” (2013) (with Jovana Papović). In preparation “Student revolt in the reflection of liberal transition in Serbia” for the book project Student Revolt, City and Society - From the Middle Ages until Today (2013) (with Jovana Papović). Mail: astrea.pejovic@gmail.com


Hilary Pilkington (PhD, Member AoSS) is Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester. She has researched and published widely on late and post-Soviet Russian youth practices including: Russia’s Youth and its Culture, (Routledge 1994); with E. Omel’chenko, M. Flynn and E. Starkova Looking West? Cultural Globalization and Russian Youth Cultures, (Penn State University Press 2002); and with E.Omel’chenko and A. Garifzianova Russia’s Skinheads: Exploring and Rethinking Subcultural Lives, (Routledge 2010). She is currently coordinating the AHRC-funded project ‘Post-socialist Punk: Beyond the Double Irony of Self-abasement’ (2009-13) which includes a webportal making available punk and other alternative music from Eastern Europe (http://www.rottenbeat.com/index.php). She is coordinator of a major EC funded FP7 project - ‘MYPLACE’  - investigating youth and civic engagement (2011-15) in the context of diverse political heritage and the receptivity of young people in Europe to populist political agendas (http://www.fp7-myplace.eu/).


Robert Pruszczyński has obtained his PhD degree in the Institute of Polish Literature of the 20th century at the Faculty of Polish Studies, University of Warsaw (2010) and he has worked in partnership with the Section of Comparative Studies and Laboratory of Research of Literary Culture of Minorities. He has been involved in projects that focus on organizations related to the accomplishment of movie studies and he has run creative writing workshops. Research interests: Gender studies and queer theory: the issue of otherness, identity, subjectivity, gender performativity and sexuality; The relationship between literature and film with a comparatistic approach; The use of performative theories in literary research; Polish prose of the 21st century (authors and authoresses born in the 70’s and the 80’s of the 20th century). For more details please visit: http://www.xxwiek.ilp.uw.edu.pl/pruszczynski.html


Herwig Reiter (PhD) graduated in Political and Social Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence. After working at the University of Bremen from 2007 to 2011 he started with his current position at the Department of Social Monitoring and Methodology at the German Youth Institute in 2011. Apart from social change and societal transformations his research interests include the sociology of the life course, issues of work and unemployment among young people, and qualitative research methods. Recent publications: Reiter, Herwig (2012) On biographical alienation. Zeitschrift für Soziologie, 41 (1), 24-40; - Reiter, Herwig (2012) Zur Auswirkung marktwirtschaftlicher Beschleunigung auf Jugendliche in Osteuropa. Diskurs Kindheits- und Jugendforschung, 7 (1), 43-57; Reiter, Herwig/Wingens, Matthias (2012) ‘Whenever worlds are laid on, underlives develop’: Structure and agency in transformation research. In: Leccardi, Carmen/Feixa, Carlos/Kovacheva, Siyka/Reiter, Herwig/Sekulic, Tanja (eds.) 1989 - Young people and social change after the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Strasbourg: Council of Europe Publishing. 59-73. Mail: reiter@dji.de


Ken Roberts is Professor of Sociology at the University of Liverpool. His major research area throughout his career has been youth life stage transitions. Since 1989 he has coordinated a series of research projects in East-Central Europe and the former Soviet Union which investigate how various social groups’ circumstances have changed during the political and economic transformations of their countries. Related Publications: (with C. Fagan) “Old and new routes into the labour markets in ex-communist countries”, Journal of Youth Studies, 2, 1999, pp. 153-170; Youth in Transition: Eastern Europe and the West, Basingstoke: 2009; (with G Pollock) “New class divisions in the new market economies: evidence from the careers of young adults in post-Soviet Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia”, Journal of Youth Studies, 12/2009, pp. 579-596.


Matthias Schwartz (Dr. des.) is a research fellow and lecturer at the Institute for East-European Studies and the Peter Szondi-Institute of Comparative Literature at the Freie Universität Berlin. He wrote a PhD on the cultural history of Soviet adventure literature and science fiction from the 1920s to the 50s (in 2010). His further research interests include the interplay of science and arts in Russia from the 18th to 20th century; Soviet and Post-Soviet popular culture studies; young Polish, Russian and Ukrainian literature in a globalized world; Recent publications include "Karrieren des Scheiterns. Verweigerungsgesten in junger polnischer Literatur", in: Die Welt der Slaven LVIII (2013), pp. 152-183; "A Dream Come True. Close Encounters with Outer Space in Soviet Popular Scientific Journals of the 1950's and 60's", in: Maurer, Eva; Richers, Julia; Rüthers, Monica and Carmen Scheide (ed.): Soviet Space Culture. Cosmic Enthusiasm in Socialist Societies, Basingstoke, New York 2011, pp. 232-250; "Putins Matrix: Zur Mystifizierung, Banalisierung und Subversion des Politischen in aktueller russischer Fantastik", in: Wiener Slawistischer Almanach 68 (2011), pp. 225-273 (with Nina Weller). Mail: schwartz@zedat.fu-berlin.de


Christine Steiner (Dr. phil.) studied social sciences at Humboldt-University, Berlin. Following her research activity at Humboldt University and University Halle-Wittenberg, she took up her present position at the German Youth Institute in 2008, where she works within the projects “Study on the Development of All-Day Schools” (StEG) and National Educational Panel Study (NEPS). Her research interests include educational and youth research as well as life course analysis and labor market sociology. Recent publications: „Geförderte Chancen? Der Beitrag der Ausbildungsförderung für den Berufseinstieg im ‚Laboratorium Ostdeutschland‘". in: Solga, H. & Becker, R. (eds.). Soziologische Bildungsforschung. Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie, Sonderband 52, pp. 234-255 (DOI: 10.1007/978-3-658-00120-9_10) (with Ulrich Pötter und Gerald Prein); „Radically Modern? East German Youth after the German-German Unification”, in: Leccardi, C., Feixa, C., Kovacheva, S., Reiter, H. & Sekulic, T. (eds.). Young People and Social Change after the Fall of the BerlinWall. Strasbourg/Budapest: Council of Europe Publishing, 2012, pp. 173-186; Ganztagsschule als Hoffnungsträger für die Zukunft? Ein Reformprojekt auf dem Prüfstand, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Bielefeld, 2012 (with Thomas Rauschenbach, Bettina Arnoldt, Heinz-Jürgen Stolz). Mail: steiner@dji.de


Vlad Strukov is Associate Professor in Russian Cultural Studies and World Cinema at the University of Leeds. His research interests include popular culture, contemporary film, digital media & arts, computer gaming, authorship, and national identity in literature/other arts. He is the principal editor of the journal Digital Icons: Studies in Russian, Eurasian and Central European New Media. Related publications: “Post-Shkola: Mediation of Televisual Discourses and Participatory Platforms of Runet”, in Continutiy and Change: Russia Under Putin, ed. by R. Marsh (forthcoming 2012); (co-edited with H. Goscilo) Celebrity and Glamour in Contemporary Russian Culture: Shocking Chic, London: 2010; “The Forces of Kinship: Timur Bekmambetov's Night / Day Watch film trilogy”, in Cinepaternity: Fathers and Sons in Soviet and Post-Soviet Film, ed. by H. Goscilo and Y. Hashamova, Bloomington: 2010.


Gleb Tsipursky (PhD) is an Assistant Professor of History at The Ohio State University. His research focuses on the Soviet Union, and he writes about modernity, youth, popular culture, consumption, emotions, the Cold War, globalization, social control, policing, and violence. His publications have appeared in the United States, France, Germany, Canada, England, and Russia, including a brief monograph from the Carl Beck Papers series, entitled Having Fun in the Thaw: Youth Initiative Clubs in the Post-Stalin Years, published in 2012 with University of Pittsburgh Press; “Integration, Celebration, and Challenge: Youth and Soviet Elections, 1953-68,” in Ralph Jessen and Hedwig Richter eds., Voting for Hitler and Stalin: Elections under 20th Century Dictatorships (Frankfurt and Chicago: Campus and University of Chicago Press, 2011), 81-102; and “Citizenship, Deviance, and Identity: Soviet Youth Newspapers as Agents of Social Control in the Thaw-Era Leisure Campaign,” Cahiers du monde russe 49.4 (October-December 2008): 629-49. Currently, he is completing a full-length monograph entitled “Socialist Fun:  Youth, Consumption, and State-Sponsored Popular Culture in the Cold War Soviet Union, 1945-1970.” He was awarded fellowships by the American Council of Learned Societies, the International Education Program Service, and the International Research and Exchanges Board. His next planned project is a study on volunteer militias and youth violence in the Soviet Union and in post-Soviet Russia. His e-mail is tsipursky.1@osu.edu and website is http://history.osu.edu/directory/Tsipursky1


Patryk Wasiak (Dr., Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities); Areas of research and interest: Cultural and Social History of the Cold War, Youth Subcultures, Social Studies of Technology, History of Consumer Electronics. Recent Publications: “Illegal guys. A Cultural History of the First European Digital Subculture.” Studies in Contemporary History/Zeithistorische Forschungen 2/2012, http://www.zeithistorische-forschungen.de/site/40209282/Default.aspx; “The Video boom in the state-socialist Poland.” Zeitschrift Für Ostmitteleuropa-Forschung. Vol. 61 (2012) Issue 1), pp. 27-50.


Heike Winkel (Dr. des.) graduated in Slavic Studies and German Studies at Humboldt-Universität Berlin. Currently she is a research fellow and lecturer at the Peter Szondi-Institute of Comparative Literature and the Institute for East-European Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. She wrote a PhD on forms and practices of public letter-writing in pre-war Soviet Union. Her research interests include poetics and pragmatics of epistolarity, identity politics in the Soviet Era, contemporary Russian und Czech literature (narratives of identity-building, fictional representations of collective memory, history and cultural discourses). Her publications include: Schreibvorlagen. Kollektive Vorlagen und individuelle Strategien in den „Briefen der Werktätigen“, in: Musen der Macht. Hg. von Jurij Murašov und Georg Witte, München 2003, 59-79; Der fremde Freund. Maksim Gor’kij, Romain Rolland und die Politik der Brieffreundschaft, in: Nähe schaffen, Abstand halten. Zur Geschichte von Intimität und Nähe in der russischen Kultur. Hg. von Schamma Schahadat und Igor’ Smirnov, München 2005, 123-148; Zwischen Emanzipation und Analphabetentum. Identität als Ereignis in Ideologie und Praxis des sowjetischen Eingabewesens, in: Berliner Osteuropa Info 23 (2005), 83-90; Kollektiver Alptraum und individuelles Partisanentum. Holocaust und somatische Erinnerung bei Jachým Topol (in Vorbereitung); Jan Švankmajers „Figuren des Wahnsinns, in: Christine Gölz, Barbara Wurm (Hg.): Die etwas anderen Helden. 'Närrische' Strategien in Film und Kunst Ost-Mittel-Europas (erscheint 2013). Mail: hwinkel@zedat.fu-berlin.de


Anna Zhelnina (Dr. soc.) is a researcher and lecturer at the Department of Sociology, National Research University – Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg. The doctoral thesis was on the post-socialist urban transformations in St. Petersburg (defended in 2011). Current research projects are dedicated to the issues of public space, diverse forms of civic participation, including the participation of young people, as well as to the problematic of the creative city, and the social initiatives of improving the urban environment. Recent publications include “Mobilization of the University Community: politization of the apolitical”. Galateya – Galina Starovoitova memorial essay competition. Best essays 2000-2009. St.Petersburg: Norma. 2010. Pp.566-574;From "Barakholka" to Shopping Mall: Transformation of Retail Spaces in St. Petersburg. The Anthropology of Eastern EuropeReview. Vol 27, No 1. Spring 2009; “It’s like a museum here”: the shopping mall as a public space. Laboratorium. 2011. № 2: 48–69. English Summary: С. 132-136. Mail: azhelnina@gmail.com