Symposium on the Post-Soviet Media
Post-Soviet Russia’ conference held at the University of Surrey on 6 – 8 April 2006.
The conference was organised as part of the AHRC-funded project ‘Post-Soviet
Russian Television Culture’ headed by Professor Stephen Hutchings. The conference
attracted not only a wide range of Russian and Western academics researching post-
Soviet mass media from diﬀerent angles, but also journalists and media consultants.
After the conference, the BBC Russian Service broadcast some interviews with
keynote speaker, Ellen Mickiewicz, and several other paper-givers. To further broaden
the debate about the post-Soviet media, three public debates on related topics were
sponsored by the AHRC and organised by Professor Stephen Hutchings (University
of Manchester), in co-operation with Dr Natalia Rulyova (University of Birmingham)
in 2007. Currently, we are starting a new project funded by the Centre for East
European Languages Based Area Studies (CEELBAS), which aims to consolidate the
eﬀorts of academics, media specialists, and journalists by running an electronic forum
on the mass media in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.