‘Knowledge, globalization, and government of societies and environments’

Professor Vera Tolz, The University of Manchester

École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales , Paris, 21 September 2018.

This presentation argues that globalisation spearheaded by the development of new media technologies has been playing a crucial role in Russia’s political transformations from the second half of the 20th century to the present. In elaborating this argument, the presentation analyses two cases. One is the role of developments in global media communication in the demise of the communist regime and the breakup of the Soviet Union. The second example looks at how global media technologies are helping the current Russian political leadership to stay in power (at least for now).  It concludes with observations about what the comparison of the two cases can tell us about changes in the global media and in Russia in the past fifty years.