- Leading Research Fellow:Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities
- Associate Professor:Faculty of Social Sciences / School of Sociology / Analysis of Social Institutions Department
- Natalia Samutina has been at HSE since 2003.
Education and Degrees
Candidate of Sciences* (PhD)
Institute of European Cultures of the Russian State University for the Humanities
Moscow State Academy of Printing
According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, Candidate of Sciences belongs to ISCED level 8 - "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar. Candidate of Sciences allows its holders to reach the level of the Associate Professor.
- Cultural Practices of (post)Modernity in the Context of the Theory of Modernity (Master’s programme; Faculty of Social Sciences; programme "Complex Social Analysis"; 1 year, 1, 2 module)Rus
- Fans, Communities, Audiences: how to Study Participatory Cultures (1 year, 3 module)Rus
- Chapter Samutina N. The Made in Abyss Controversy: Transnational Participatory Cultures as Cultural Interpreters of Japanese Texts, in: Manga, Comics and Japan: Area Studies as Media Studies. Routledge, 2019. (in press)
- Article Stepanov B., Natalia Samutina. An Eighteenth-Century Theme Park: Museum-Reserve Tsaritsyno (Moscow) and the Public Culture of the Post-Soviet Metropolis // Urban history. 2018. Vol. 45. No. 1. P. 74-99. doi
- Article Natalia Samutina. Emotional landscapes of reading: fan fiction in the context of contemporary reading practices // International Journal of Cultural Studies. 2017. Vol. 20. No. 3. P. 253-269. doi
- Article Samutina N. Fan Fiction as World-Building: Transformative Reception in Crossover Writing // Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies. 2016. Vol. 30. No. 4. P. 433-450. doi
- Chapter Samutina N. Street art as "Exerciser for Vision": Hamburg Graffiti Writer Oz and the Community of Smileys, in: Seeing Whole: Toward an Ethics and Ecology of Sight. Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016. Ch. 4. P. 63-100.
- Preprint Samutina N. Emotional Landscapes of Reading / National research university Higher School of economics. Series WP BRP "Basic research program". 2015. No. 99.
- Preprint Samutina N. Plastic Beach Utopia: GORILLAZ’ Multimedia Concept Project in the Context of Contemporary Popular Music Culture / Basic Research Programme. Series HUM "Humanities". 2014. No. 71.
- 2015International conference Past the “Post-”: Theorizing the Post-Post-Soviet via (New) Media and Popular Culture (Амстердам). Presentation: “Multifandom battles in Russian-speaking online communities: the development of popular culture in [hidden] virtual spaces”
- European Fan Cultures 2015 (Rotterdam). Presentation: Russian Harry Potter fan fiction and literary culture
- Publishing differently: small publishers, independent journalists and bloggers in Russia (Париж). Presentation: Культура соучастия в цифровом подполье: коммуникативные практики русскоязычных фандомных сообществ
- 2014"Time and Temporality in Theme Parks": International, interdisciplinary conference (Mainz, Germany). (Майнц). Presentation: XVIII Century Attractions: The Multitemporality of the Museum-Reserve “Tsaritsyno”.
- 2013Street Art in the Changing City: Theoretical Perspectives (Москва). Presentation: “Always Already Lost”: Street Art and Other Archives of Ephemeral
- The Public Image.International Visual Sociology Association Annual Conference (Лондон). Presentation: An invisible community of vision: graffiti writer Oz and the production of (different) Hamburg
- The Artist and Art within Urban Change (Берлин). Presentation: The artist of Urban Invisibility
Head of the Research Centre for Contemporary Culture
In September, the Research Centre for Contemporary Culture, an interdisciplinary unit inside the HSE Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities, held a seminar on ‘Analysing “informal” practices in (digital) cultural economies’. Delivered by Dr Ellen Rutten, Professor of Literature at the University of Amsterdam, the seminar focused on terms that allow us to more consciously talk about modern cultural economies. In an interview with the HSE News Service following her seminar, Dr Rutten spoke about Sublime Imperfections project, her other current research work, and ongoing collaboration with HSE.
On April 2, official award ceremony was held to celebrate staff of Higher School of Economics with "Aknowledgement" medals. Leading research fellows of IGITI Natalia Samutina and Julia Ivanova were awarded with "Aknowledgement — 15 years of successful work" and "Aknowledgement — 10 years of successful work" medals. See photo report from the ceremony.
Following a directive of the Rector, key HSE staff members have been awarded ‘Acknowledgement’ medals for their high professional achievements and devotion to work.
Our new paper: "An eighteenth-century theme park: museum-reserve Tsaritsyno (Moscow) and the public culture of the post-Soviet metropolis" by Natalia Samutina and Boris Stepanov
A new paper on urban culture by Natalia Samutina and Boris Stepanov was published in journal "Urban History" (Vol. 45, Issue 1). The paper is titled "An eighteenth-century theme park: museum-reserve Tsaritsyno (Moscow) and the public culture of the post-Soviet metropolis" and discusses history of the Tsaritsyno Park in Moscow and museum-reserve. See the paper abstract.
On May 23, Ellen Rutten, Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies at the University of Amsterdam, delivered a lecture at HSE on her new book, ‘Sincerity after Communism’. An expert on Slavonic literature and culture, Professor Rutten is involved in numerous projects, including the Digital Emotions group, Sublime Imperfections, and ‘Russian Literature’, a journal where she serves as editor-in-chief.
On December 1, Natalia Samutina participated in the international 'Dirt, Punk, Trash' workshop, organized by Amsterdam University in the framework of the project “Sublime Imperfections” (dr. Ellen Rutten).
Natalia Samutina participated in the International Conference "Expanding Universes. Exploring Transmedial & Transfictional Ways of World-Building"
Natalia Samutina, leading research fellow of IGITI, reported on "World-Building in Crossover Writing" at the international conference "Expanding Universes. Exploring Transmedial & Transfictional Ways of World-Building" held on September 23-25 in Krakow.
On September 9, 2016, VI Poletayev Memorial Readings entitled "Natual Sciences and Humanities: New Interaction (Dis)Order" were held at the Higher School of Economics. Among the participants were two guest speakers: Karl Hall from Central European University (Budapest) and Kornelius Borck from Lübeck University (Lübeck).
Our new paper: "Fan fiction as world-building: transformative reception in crossover writing" by Natalia Samutina
A new paper on popular culture by Natalia Samutina was published in "Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies". The paper is titled "Fan fiction as world-building: transformative reception in crossover writing" and discusses fan fiction communities. See the abstract of the paper.
The Article by Natalia Samutina entitled "Emotional Landscapes of Reading: Fan Fiction in the Context of Contemporary Reading Practices" was published in International Journal of Cultural Studies.
Natalia Samutina invited as a guest lecturer to the University of Amsterdam. At the EAST Seminar on 11 November, she presented her research in the framework of the project " Participatory Cultures: Post-socialist new media practices". On 12 November and 13 November, Natalia Samutina participated in the conference "European Fan Cultures 2015" at Erasmus University Rotterdam.
A new issue of the Laboratorium journal (Russian review of social research) guest-edited by Natalia Samutina and Oksana Zaporozhets came out of print. This issue of Laboratorium features a special section dedicated to street art or, more broadly, to vernacular images in the contemporary urban environment. The article by Natalia Samutina and Oksana Zaporozhets “Berlin, the City of Saturated Walls” and reviews of the Center junior research fellows Alisa Maximova and Alexandra Kolesnik are published in this issue. Full issue is available online.
Natalia Samutina and Boris Stepanov participated in the international conference "Publishing differently. Small publishers, independent journalists and bloggers in Russia" at Paris-Sorbonne University (October 1–2, 2015). The purpose of the conference was to analyse these independent, critical channels of publication in present-day Russia. Who produces this different material? What civic and political alternatives do they represent? What conflicts and compromises exist between them and the dominant players? To answer these questions, presenters doscussed and analysed alternative publishing channels in Russia, in journalism, publishing or blogs. The aim was to analyse not only their break with the dominant patterns but also the compromises and hybrid situations that arise from their mutual relationship, as well as to examine the emergence of alternative publications since the final decades of the Soviet Union.
Natalia Samutina and Boris Stepanov participated in the international conference at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis
On June 11–12, Natalia Samutina and Boris Stepanov participated in the international conference “Past the “Post-”: Theorizing the Post-Post-Soviet via (New) Media and Popular Culture” organized by the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA). They gave presentations on various aspects of cultural communication in RuNet. See the conference program and abstracts.
A new paper on popular culture by Natalia Samutina was published in the Working Papers Series by the Basic Research Program of Higher School of Economics. The paper is called "Emotional landscapes of reading" and discusses the passionate immersive reading of fan fiction communities. Full text (in English) can be downloaded from our website.
On March 3-5, Natalia Samutina and Oksana Zaporozhets participated in the workshop "Current Research on Post-Socialist Cities in East Central Europe: Transformations of Public Urban Spaces after 1989 – Agents, Practices and Strategies" at The Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe, Marburd. They presented a paper "Parks as reinvented public arenas in Post-Socialist cities: the case of Tsaritsyno Moscow". See the workshop programme.
Applications continue to be accepted for the Golden HSE, the university’s main prize. We asked those who have either nominated candidates or who have received the award themselves about what it means for them personally and for the university.
International Interdisciplinary Conference ‘Time and Temporality in Theme Parks’ was organized at Gutenberg University (Mainz, Germany) on September 18-20. The conference consisted of several panels focused on a wide range of topics: theme parks in the U.S., theme park theory, urbanism in American imagery, and more.
lectures will be delivered by instructors from the HSE in Gorky Park before the end of the summer.