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Vitaly Kurennoy

  • Distinguished Professor (2022)
  • Member of the HSE Academic Council
  • Vitaly Kurennoy has been at HSE University since 2005.

Education, Degrees and Academic Titles

  • 2009
    Associate Professor
  • 2001

    Candidate of Sciences* (PhD) in History of Philosophy
    Russian State University for the Humanities
    Thesis Title: The Problem of the Origin of the Phenomenological Movement

  • 1998

    Degree in Philosophy
    Lomonosov Moscow State University

* Candidate of Sciences
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.

Awards and Accomplishments

  • Best Teacher – 2023, 2019, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011

  • Special mention in HSE University Best Russian Research Paper Competition – 2022

  • Winner of the HSE University Best Russian Research Paper Competition – 2023

Courses (2023/2024)

Courses (2022/2023)

Courses (2021/2022)

Courses (2020/2021)

Courses (2019/2020)

Courses (2018/2019)

Courses (2017/2018)

Editorial board membership

  • 2010: Member of the Editorial Board, Вопросы образования.

  • 1999: Member of the Editorial Board (научный редактор), Логос (Logos (Russian Federation)).

  • 2008–2009: Member of the Editorial Board, Гуманитарный контекст.

  • 2002–2004: Deputy Editor-in-chief, Отечественные записки.


Professional interests

  • Philosophy and socio-political theories of 19th-20th centuries
  • Key trends of modern culture
  • Topical research programmes in cultural studies
  • Sociology and institutional history of knowledge


  • Since 1999 – academic editor at Logos journal
  • Since 2001 – staff member at the Centre of Phenomenological Philosophy, Russian State University for the Humanities
  • Since 2008 – expert at the Center of Political Philosophy foundation (Moscow)
  • 2008-2010 – coordinator and column editor at Chastny Korrenspondent (Independent Reporter) website
  • 2004-2008 – observer, head of analytical department at Politichesky Zhurnal (Political Journal)
  • 2006-2008 – coordinator of research projects at Eurasia Heritage Foundation
  • 2002-2004 – deputy editor-in-chief at Otechestvennye Zapiski (Patriotic Notes) journal
  • 2002-2003 – coordinator of academic programmes at Pragmatika Kultury (Pragmatics of Culture) foundations (Moscow)
  • 1999-2001 – reviewer of the Pushkin Library programme translations, Open Society Institute

Timetable for today

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The Perfect Trap: How the Relationship between Humans and AI Is Transforming

Artificial intelligence is increasingly becoming an integral part of our life. We are now so used to its help and services that we get completely lost when we can’t connect to the internet. Could a person fall in love with AI? What will its humanisation lead to? These and other questions were discussed at this year’s LSES Christmas movie seminar, which was dedicated to Spike Jonze's film Her.

The preliminary phase of the ILSIR Autumn school "Cinema as mediator: cinematic images in participatory social researches and practices" has been completed

Vitaly Kurenoy has lectured on cinema in a remote format for the participants of the ILSIR Autumn school.

HSE Academic Council Meets for the Last Time This Academic Year

The meeting was held in person for the first time in over two years. It was attended by Sergey Kravtsov, Russian Minister of Education, and Dmitry Smyslov, Vice President of VK. The Council discussed HSE University’s breakthrough projects in engineering and artificial intelligence and elected new distinguished and tenured professors.

Discussing ‘The Chair’ in the Context of Contemporary University Problems

At the end of December 2021, the Laboratory for Studies in Economic Sociology (LSES) at HSE University held its traditional Christmas Cinema Seminar entitled ‘Where are universities going?’ Participants discussed ‘The Chair’, a TV series created by David Benioff and Daniel Brett Weiss, authors of ‘Game of Thrones’. 2021 marked the 20th anniversary of the Christmas seminar, which LSES has held to discuss hot-button issues after watching famous Russian and foreign films.

‘People Cannot Accept That Threats Can Come from the Very Fact of Biological Evolution’

HSE University’s Laboratory for Studies in Economic Sociology has held its traditional Christmas Film Seminar. This year it was dedicated to one of the most discussed films of the year — Steven Soderbergh's prophetic Contagion. A report from our news service explains how the 2011 Hollywood blockbuster managed to predict the events of 2020, which generation will be most affected by the pandemic, and why reality has become fiction.

HSE to Launch Institute for Cultural Studies

At the last meeting of the HSE Academic Council, it was decided to create a new subdivision of the Faculty of Urban and Regional Development (FURD). The Faculty will now be home to the Institute of Cultural Studies. Vitaly Kurennoy, Director of the Institute and Professor of the School of Philosophy and Cultural Studies of the Faculty of Humanities, discussed the Institute’s main areas of focus and the importance of cultural studies.

Moscow’s Creative Capital Measured by HSE

For the first time, experts from HSE University presented the results of a large-scale pilot study of Moscow’s creative industries. The sector’s share in the city’s economy amounts to 6.3%, with almost three-quarters of the added value of the capital’s creative sector provided by advertising, IT and broadcasting. These and other data were presented during the round table entitled ‘Creative Industries: Content, Measurement and Support Measures’.

A Viral Critique of Modern Society

The coronavirus pandemic is transforming modern society, reviving old social practices and formulas such as the Russian ‘flat-car-dacha’ principle, while opening new technological frontiers and creating new cultural skills. Professor Vitaly Kurennoy, Head of HSE’s School of Cultural Studies, discusses these issues in an op-ed for Izvestiia. Read the full translation of the article below.

Night Descends upon HSE at Pokrovka

HSE University hosted its long-awaited student festival ‘Night’ at its building on 11 Pokrovsky Boulevard Thursday. Featuring 12 hours of lectures, games, master classes, music, and conversation. It was a night no students, lecturers or guests had any time for sleep.

Sun and Rain, Sports and Fashion, Studies and Leisure — All at HSE Day

On September 8, 2016, HSE DAY took place in Gorky Park for the fifth time. This is a festival that allows everyone to have a good time in a joyful atmosphere. In the following article, we will tell you all about it.

HSE Students on Iran Trip: 'It Was Like Flying to the Moon!'

During the annual road expedition 'Cultural Effects of Borders', culture studies students from HSE visited Georgia, Armenia, and – for the first time – Iran. They talked to HSE News about the tastes and colors of Iran, and about how compliments form the foundation of the country's communications culture.

HSE Students on Iran Trip: 'It Was Like Flying to the Moon!'

During the annual road expedition 'Cultural Effects of Borders', culture studies students from HSE visited Georgia, Armenia, and – for the first time – Iran. They talked to HSE News about the tastes and colors of Iran, and about how compliments form the foundation of the country's communications culture.

Culture Studies Expedition Dispels Stereotypes

The fourth HSE School of Cultural Studies Cultural Effects of Borders annual road trip passed through Rostov Oblast, Dagestan, Kalmykia and Chechnya. On the two week journey, students looked for regional cultural differences, talked to the local people and conducted their own research. On their return they talked to HSE News about the oldest city in the Russian Federation, local variations in women’s clothing and the taste of grilled ground squirrel.