Political Satire and Censorship in Russian Media

  • Date: –17:00
  • Location: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES) Gamla torget 3, 3 floor, IRES Library
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  • Organiser: Institutet för Rysslands- och Eurasienstudier (IRES)
  • Contact person: Jevgenija Gehsbarga
  • Phone: 018 471 1630
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This seminar will present some results of the project dedicated to the study of the censorial control over political satire in modern Russia from the 1990s to the present day. If the first post-Soviet decade can be considered a relatively unrestrained period, in the 2010s we observe an ongoing process of intensification of oppressive mechanisms, some of which are borrowed from the Soviet era, but some are adapted to the new realities, technologies and practices. Using the conceptual framework of myth as understood in Yuri Lotman’s semiotic theory of culture, the study demonstrates the main tendencies in the evolution of satire during the last two decades in various media and on different platforms and analyzes the complex and somewhat paradoxical processes of state control of satire and the counter-strategies of “survival” and resistance.

Aleksei Semenenko is associate professor in Russian at the Department of Language Studies at Umeå University. He holds a PhD in Russian Literature from Stockholm University. He is the author of Russian Translations of Hamlet and Literary Canon Formation (Stockholm University, 2007), The Texture of Culture: An Introduction to Yuri Lotman’s Semiotic Theory (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), and the editor of Aksenov and the Environs (with Lars Kleberg; Södertörns högskola, 2012). He has published works on literature, translation and semiotics and is currently working on a project on Russian satire and censorship.