Over the last few weeks our team have been busy presenting at a number of conferences. Most recently, Dr Precious Chatterje-Doody travelled to St. Petersburg to present at The Comparative Media in Today’s World conference, held at Saint Petersburg State University. The paper, co-authored by Dr Rhys Crilley, was entitled ‘Mediating militarism: affective investments in RT’s YouTube coverage of conflict in Syria’.
CIBAR (Conference of International Broadcasters’ Audience research Service) was held in Bonn, Germany 15-18 April and our team at The Open University presented individual papers: ‘Measuring networks of influence on Twitter. Why, how and what then?’
(Dr Alistair Willis); ‘RT and the shifting sands of international broadcasting in the Middle East’ (Professor Marie Gillespie and Dr Deena Dejani) and ‘What can we learn from RT’s social media re-enactment of the Russian revolution?’ (Dr Rhys Crilley).
The team at Manchester (Professor Stephen Hutchings, Professor Vera Tolz, Dr Precious Chatterje-Doody) were joined by PhD student Vitaly Kazakov at The British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES) when it held its annual conference in Cambridge 13-15 April. They presented a panel entitled ‘Russia and the “Information War” – The Role of RT’ which included the following papers: ‘RT and the calibration of Russia’s ‘war on truth’’ (Professor Hutchings); ‘Cultural memory and political legitimacy in a neo-authoritarian regime: Russian representations of the 1917 revolutions at home and abroad’ (Professor Tolz and Dr Chatterje-Doody); and ‘From Russophone to Russophobe: RT, Eurovision 2017 and the Russian-language social mediasphere’ (Vitaly Kazakov). As part of another panel at the same conference, Dr Chatterje-Doody presented a paper entitled ‘From domestic elites to transnational publics: RT’s re-framing of Russian identity for international audiences’.
Finally, the 28th Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) took place on 27-28 March at LSE. The theme for this year’s conference was ‘The New Nationalism: populism, authoritarianism and anti-globalisation’ and Professor Vera Tolz appeared on a book panel discussing The New Russian Nationalism Imperialism, Ethnicity and Authoritarianism 2000–2015 Edited by Pål Kolstø and Helge Blakkisrud. Dr Precious Chatterje-Doody presented her paper ‘Curating Identities and Dissent in a Globalized Media Ecology: Cross Front Populism on RT’.