Below you will find research projects that concern Russia.

Visions of Empire in Russia’s Western Periphery

Duration: 2017 - ongoing

Project leader: Susanna Rabow-Edling | Project page

When the Finnish part of the Swedish realm was ceded to Russia in 1809, the autonomous Grand Duchy of Finland was formed. This meant that Finland became part of a vast empire, stretching from the Åland Islands to Alaska, which had important implications for the development of the country and for the opportunities and imaginings of its inhabitants. In fact, the Russian era was to become a very important century in Finnish history when the conditions for modern Finland were created.

From the 1830s, Finnish people started to benefit from this vast realm. They played a major role in the colonization of Alaska, in the Russian-American company, and in the whale fishery in the Pacific. This experience influenced notions of Finland’s relationship to the Empire and to the rest of the world. This project investigates how these imperial experiences, which were linked to Finland’s self-image and to conceptions of modernization, were expressed in Finnish culture from 1809 to 1867, when Alaska was sold to the United States. I am interested in the dreams and visions that this colony sparked in Finland and its impact on the creation of an imperial identity. What image of the colony and the empire was conveyed in its western periphery? How was Finland’s own role in relation to the colony and the empire’s civilizing mission in the new world portrayed?

Perspectives on political representation in nineteenth-century Russia

Duration: 2017 - ongoing

Project leader: Susanna Rabow-Edling | Project page

Creation and Creativity: A Conceptual and Contextual Study of Russian Philosophy

Duration: 2016-2018

Project leader: Kåre Johan Mjør  | Project page

This project accounts for the multifaceted meanings of one of the most important concepts in Russian philosophy: tvorchestvo, which in English can mean both “creation,” “creativity,” and “creative act.”

Ethnoichtyology of fresh water fish: a neglected research field

Duration period: 2014 - ongoing

Project leader: Ingvar Svanberg | Project page

External Actors, Agency and Legitimacy - Ethical Dimensions of Peacebuilding Processes

Duration:  2014-2018

Project leader: Johanna Ohlsson, PhD student | Project page

This PhD-project explores questions of when it could be legitimate and justified for external actors to engage in peacebuilding activities in other societies. It applies ethical perspectives and relates to critical research on liberal peacebuilding and the responsibility to protect. The project analyses the cases of Russia and South Africa.

Compliance with Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights and Domestic Change in Post-Soviet States

Duration: September 2013 - June 2018

Project leader: Ausra Padskocimaite | Project page

The focus of the PhD project is the domestic implementation of the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights in post-communist states. The aim of the dissertation is to understand under what conditions domestic implementation of the judgments is effective, i.e. leads to positive legal changes in the specific area of human rights.

Advancing Omry Ronen's Legacy Through Russian Literary Studies

Duration: November 2013 - 2019

Project participant: Julie Hansen | Project page

The aim of the symposium "Advancing Omry Ronen's Legacy Through Russian Literary Studies" was to commemorate and celebrate the life, work, and legacy of Professor Omry Ronen, Department of Slavic Languages and Literature.

Research Network: Eastern-European Ethnobiologists

Duration: 2010 - ongoing

Project leader: Ingvar Svanberg | Project page

In October 2010 a significant workshop called »Old treasures in the new Europe«, with representatives from many European countries, was organized in Padise, Estonia. This was a new beginning for ethnobiological research in northern, eastern and south-eastern Europe. A new network of dedicated, mostly young, scholars from various countries has emerged. In October 2011 we met again, this time in the village of Királyrét in northern Hungary, thus attracting further scholars from a wider circle of countries in the eastern and south-eastern parts of Europe. A third meeting was held in Kików near Busko Zdrój, Poland, in October 2013. The network that emerged from these three meetings has been vital and has created co-operation, and opportunities for the co-authoring of many scientific publications.

Security, equality and mindsets in South Caucasus (SEMS)

Duration: 2016-2019/2020

Project leader: Li Bennich-Björkman | Project page

Ortodox teologi – i samhällets eller maktens tjänst? En analys av rysk ortodox socialetik och dess maktkritiska potential

Duration: January 2015 - ongoing

Project leader: Elena Namli | Project page

Historical origins of norms and values in Russian society

Duration: January 2016 - ongoing

Project leader: Leonid Polishchuk | Project page

Messianism, State and Literature. Dostoevsky, Belyi and Solzhenistyn on Russia's Identity

Duration: 1 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2017

Project leader: Irina Karlsohn | Project page

This project aims at shedding light on the processes of Russian identity formation through the analysis of a limited set of literary texts written by three influential authors: Fyodor Dostoevsky, Andrei Bely, and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

Poverty and Civil Society in Russia

Duration: 2017 - ongoing

Project leader: Ann-Mari Sätre | Project page

Book project: The Politics of Poverty in Contemporary Russia

Duration: 2017 - 2018

Project leader: Ann-Mari Sätre | Project page

The book provides an overview of poverty and well-being in Russia, covering recent developments in poverty, inequality and social programmes as current challenges for the country.