The 14th Annual Aleksanteri Conference

Call for Papers for the 14th Annual Aleksanteri Conference

Restructuring State and Society in Russia


The Aleksanteri Institute of the University of Helsinki and the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies, Choices of Russian Modernisation will hold the 14th Annual International Aleksanteri Conference, 22-24 October 2014. The conference will bring together scholars, experts and advanced graduate students from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, including but not limited to social and political sciences, cultural studies, the arts and humanities, law and economics.

It will aim to examine the intersections of and interrelationships between state and society in Russia and other post-Soviet and post-Communist countries in diverse theoretical and comparative perspectives; with the focus on critical issues of political, economic, and societal developments; in-between macro and micro levels of analysis.

To stimulate topics for debates and the formation of panels, the programme committee suggests, for instance, the following sub-themes for consideration:

  • Political regimes and patterns of governance
  • Public administration and the (un)rule of law
  • Social policy, welfare and human development
  • Religion, nationalism and migration
  • Civil society, collective action and the state
  • Media, communication, and the public sphere
  • National developments and international experience

For a printer friendly pdf version, download the CfP here

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Conference Schedule and Deadlines:

Panel proposals (c.a. 500 words): May 15, 2014 

Abstracts for individual papers (c.a. 300 words): May 15, 2014

Notification of acceptance: June 19, 2014 

Online Registration by: September 22, 2014

Conference: October 22-24, 2014


Paper proposals:

Individual paper abstracts of max. 300 words are invited until May 15, 2014. 

Please submit your abstract via abstract submission form.

Notification of acceptance will be sent by e-mail to the accepted applicants by June 19, 2014.

Panel Proposals: 

Proposals for panels of max. 500 words are invited until May 15, 2014. 

Panels should consist of three panelists, chair and discussant. 

Please submit your panel proposal via panel proposal submission form

Notification of acceptance will be sent by e-mail to the accepted applicants by June 19, 2014.

Guideline for Sessions:

Panels sessions will last 90 minutes each:

Panelists: 20 minutes

Discussant: 10 minutes


The chair will introduce the panel and its participants. Each panelist will have the maximum of 20 minutes for their presentations. The discussant will have 10 minutes to give their comments, which can be either direct questions on each of the papers or/and general remarks on the broader themes discussed in the panel. Finally there is time for questions from the audience. The papers will be circulated amongst panel chairs and discussants prior to the conference. 

General Information:

The working language of the conference is English. Unfortunately no translation can be provided.

There is a PC and a projector in every lecture hall.

There is no registration fee.

Participants are requested to make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation and cover the costs related to participation. Information on hotels will be provided later on the conference webpage. For Helsinki hotel and tourism information, please see

Participants and observers who do not wish to give a paper or organise a panel or a workshop are also welcome to take part in the Conference. There is no registration fee but registration will be required. Registration will be opened in August/September 2014.

For further information, or any questions you may wish to ask, please contact the conference coordinator at Aleksanteri Conference:

On behalf of the Organising committee:

Vladimir Gel’man, Finland Distinguished Professor, Aleksanteri Institute (Chair)

Markku Kangaspuro, Professor, Director of Research, Aleksanteri Institute (Vice Chair)

Meri Kulmala, Post-doctoral Researcher, Aleksanteri Institute (Coordinator)

The Aleksanteri Conference is an annual, multidisciplinary, international conference organised by the Aleksanteri Institute, the Finnish Centre for Russian and Eastern European Studies, affiliated with the University of Helsinki. Aleksanteri Conferences have attracted broad interest among researchers and policy-makers in a wide variety of disciplines, both in Finland and abroad, interested in the development of post-socialist countries.