The Cultural is Political: Intersections of Russian Art and State Politics


Irina Anisimova, University of Bergen; Ingunn Lunde, University of Bergen; Jardar Østbø, Norwegian Institute for Defence Studies; Ulrich Schmid, University of St Gallen; Kåre Johan Mjør, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences/University of Bergen; Dinara Yangeldina, University of Bergen; Johanne Kalsaas, University of Bergen; Stehn Aztlan Mortensen, University of Bergen


Russian culture, Russian society, Russian contemporary literature, media studies, twitter, memory culture, civilizationalism, Russian politics, cultural sovereignty, Russian film


In the last decade, culture and art have become arenas of forceful political controversy in Russia. Bringing together an international group of scholars from various disciplines – Russian media studies, the history of ideas, political science, literature and gender studies – this book combines assessments of Russian cultural policies, political ideologies and intellectual trends with case studies on Russian literature, film, rap and memory culture.


  • Contents
  • Introduction
    Irina Anisimova, Ingunn Lunde
  • The Sources of Russia’s Transgressive Conservatism: Cultural Sovereignty and the Monopolization of Bespredel
    Jardar Østbø
  • The Constitution of the Current State: Article 13 and Russian Cultural Politics
    Ulrich Schmid
  • Russian Civilizationism at the Turn of a New Decade: The Case of Academia
    Kåre Johan Mjør
  • #Russianrapisracist vs #RussianNaziPurgeParty: On Geopolitics, Trolling and the Mistranslation of Race in a Twitter Controversy
    Dinara Yangeldina
  • From Celebrated Novel to Media Outrage: The Public Debate Surrounding the Miniseries Zuleikha Opens Her Eyes
    Irina Anisimova
  • Battle for the North: Russian Cyberconflict over Commemorating the Red Army’s Liberation of Northern Norway
    Johanne Kalsaas
  • The Violent Frame: Vladimir Sorokin’s “White Square”
    Stehn Aztlan Mortensen
  • The Incarnation of the Past: Sergei Lebedev’s Poetics of Memory
    Ingunn Lunde
  • Contributors
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December 29, 2020

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