The future of media and communication policy research


On June 4 and 5, 2015 the Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University will host a joint research seminar with scholars from Helsinki University (Finland). The topic of the seminar is “The future of media and communication policy research”.

The key topics for discussion at the seminar are:
- normative starting points (freedom of speech, pluralism, public service, public interest, etc.);
- methodological issues and approaches (comparative approach, new institutionalism, policy studies, media economy, media law);
- emerging issues and contradictions (public service media, copyright, privacy, Internet governance etc.).

During the seminar Finnish colleagues will present their ongoing research projects followed by short comments from Russian respondents. After that Russian participants will speak about their current research endeavors.

The seminar is scheduled for the following time: 
June 4 (Thursday) at 14.00-16.00, room 103 – presentations by Finnish colleagues, discussion:
- Hannu Nieminen: “Nordic Media Systems: Historical Background and Present Challenges”;
- Anette Alén-Savikko: “Global Copyright Regime and Media Policy”;
- Katja Lehtisaari: “European Media Economy: Present Tendencies”;
- Johanna Jääsaari: “European Internet Governance”;
- Jockum Hildén: “European Union Media Policy: “Digital Agenda” and Other Present Challenges”

June 5 (Friday) at 10.00-11.30, room 103 – presentations by Russian colleagues, discussion:
- Elena Vartanova: "Russian Media System: Historical Background and Present Tendencies"
- Andrei Vyrkovsky: “Foresight Research of Russian Media System: Preliminary Results”;
Mikhail Makeenko: “The Owners’ Interests in the News Content of Federal TV Channels in Russia”;
Maria Anikina: “Professional and Civic Identity of Journalists in Times of Social Instability: Empirical Study and Theoretical Frames”;
Anna Gladkova: “Russian Internet Users’ Perception of Other Ethnic Groups. Empirical Findings”

All faculty members, students, doctoral students are welcome to take part in the seminar. Faculty visitors are invited to register for the seminar in advance. Please send your full name and name of your institution at by June 2, 2015.

Questions should be addressed to Anna Gladkova, Director of the Office of International Affairs at and +7 (495) 629 52 76, room 107.