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Digital platforms enable many new cultural practices that indicate widespread political engagement in Russia today. If we shift our focus away from discussions of regime-change, which are fewer, to conversations and performances that embody identity and lifestyle politics, what we see is an actively engaged Russian digital public. Lifestyle choices, cinema, material artifacts – all in the personal realm - become imbued with political significance and showcase these new publics subjective positioning in Putin’s Russia. Drawing on various case studies, this talk will focus on what I call the unspectacular politics of new media practices, the stuff of routine talk on the internet that gives one hope for, and sustains, a participatory politics in contemporary Russia.

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Date 8 October 2018
Time 18:00 -20:00
WiT Sudha Rajagopalan AUC

Dr. Sudha Rajagopalan is Assistant Professor of East European Studies at the University of Amsterdam.

Location: Common Room
Amsterdam University College
Science Park 113, 1098XG Amsterdam
Convenor: Dr. Maxim Kupovykh