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Social Inclusion and Exclusion in Russia

This one-day conference highlights various welfare opportunities and challenges in Russia today.

Sted: Pilestredet 46, Athene 1 and 2 Dato og tid: fredag 7. desember 2018 kl. 09.00 - 16.00

Social Inclusion and Exclusion in Russia

This conference highlights the the welfare opportunities and challenges facing our big neighbour to the east. OsloMet's researchers and partners in Russia look into aspects such as migration, indigenous peoples, journalism and historical developments. Professor Linda Cook, a renowned expert on Russian welfare policy, gives the key note speech. A panel debate on how to study Russia concludes the conference. 

Conference Host - Head of Institute Department Gunn Bjørnsen, Faculty of Teacher Education and International Studies, LUI, OsloMet

Registration is electronic and please fill in the form by using this link:  https://nettskjema.uio.no/answer/103551.html

Registration deadline is November 15th 2018.

The conference will be streamed and can be followed by using below link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnNK8ztV6aU


09.00-09.30: Welcome

  • Rector Curt Rice, OsloMet
  • Dean Sarah J. Paulson, OsloMet
  • Director Kåre Hagen, OsloMet
  • Dean Ann-Helén Bay, OsloMet

09.30-10.15: The Politics of inclusion and exclusion in Russia’s welfare state

  • Professor Linda Cook, Brown University, USA

10.15-10.30: Questions

10.30-11.00: Break with Russian snacks and coffee

11.00-12.00: Welfare research

Welfare state professionals’ attitudes towards migrants

  • Professor Elena Iarskaya-Smirnova, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia

Inclusion and exclusion of indigenous peoples in Norway and Russia: a comparison

  • Researcher Mikkel Berg-Nordlie, Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research, NIBR, OsloMet

12.00-12.30: Lunch in P42, auditorium Q1015

12.30-13.00: Masterpieces of Grieg and Rachmaninoff

  • Pianist, Senior advisor Svein Amund Skara, OsloMet

13.00-14.00: Education and communication  

Inclusive education in Russia: problems and prospects

  • Professor Elena Piskunova, Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, St. Petersburg, Russia

Sign language studies in Russia and Norway: linguistic detail and political recognition

  • Professor Arnfinn Muruvik Vonen, OsloMet

14.00-14.30: Break

14.30-15.30: Journalism

Inclusion and exclusion in the public sphere: digital citizenship

  • Associate Professor Anna Smoliarova, St. Petersburg State University, Russia

Freedom of expression in Russia from Catherine the Great to Putin

  • Professor Robert Wallace Vaagan, OsloMet

15.30-16.15: Panel discussion

  • Moderator – Senior Researcher Aadne Aasland, OsloMet

How can Russia be studied today?

Russian exceptionalism vs. studying her as any other country. How to tackle scepticism towards Western scientists’ motives to study Russia? Blank spots: Suggestions for themes to look out for to better grasp Russian development.

Questions and answers

  • Professor Linda Cook, Brown University, USA
  • Professor Anna Smoliarova, St. Petersburg State University, Russia
  • Director Iver B. Neumann, Norwegian Social Research Institute, NOVA, OsloMet
  • Senior Researcher Jørn Holm-Hansen, Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research, NIBR, OsloMet

16.15: Mingling