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[liberationtech] Stanford Liberationtech Seminar on Feb 5

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Mon Feb 2 10:30:07 PST 2015

From: Kathleen Barcos <kbarcos at>

* The Map and the Territory - Russian Social Media Networks and Society *
      *Karina Alexanyan, *Postdoctoral Scholar; Project Manager, Media X, 
Stanford University 

     Thursday,February 5, 2015
 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM 

School of Education 
Room 128
This presentation uses Russian social media as a lens for exploring the 
relationship between individuals, society and online communication 
technologies.  Alexanyan proposes a 
framework for comparative international analysis that leverages three 
interconnected elements – history, network structure and media ecology. 
She examines Russia’s social media ecology and its relationship to Russia’s 
broader socio-political environment on the basis of this framework.  
This includes a case study and social network analysis of Russian social 
network platforms, articulating the various factors that have 
influenced the specific evolution and network structure of social media in 
Russia, its role within the broader 
online and traditional media ecologies, and its implications for Russian 
society and politics in general.
Speaker Bio 

Karina Alexanyan <>’s 
research focuses on global social media, with an emphasis on Russia. She is 
currently a post doctoral scholar at
MediaX at Stanford University, and an affiliate of the Berkman Center for 
Internet and Society 
and the Social Media Research Foundation.  Alexanyan received her PhD in 
Communications from Columbia University in 2013,
an M.A. in Communication from NYU and a B.A. in Linguistics and Modern 
Languages (French and Russian) from the Claremont Colleges.

Recent publications include a chapter on Citizen Journalism in Russia in 
"Citizen Journalism-Global Perspectives," 
a chapter on Russian Blogging in “International Blogging – Identity, 
Politics and Networked Publics,” 
and articles on  Russian Social Networks in the journal Digital Icons, and 
in the Russian Analytical Digest. 
In 2008, with the support of Harvard’s Berkman Center and Columbia’s 
Harriman Institute, Karina 
organized the "RussiaOnline" Conference at Columbia University, bringing 
together scholars and practitioners from Russia, the U.S. and Europe.
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