Lena Jonson

Lena Jonson

Senior Associate Research Fellow

Lena Jonson is an Associated Research Fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at UI. Her present research deals with Russian domestic politics and society with special focus on the interplay between culture and politics. Within the field of culture, emphasis is on contemporary art.

Lena Jonson is Associate Professor of Political Science at Gothenburg University. She is a former head of the Russia Research Programme at UI (until July 2015). She was the Cultural Counsellor of the Swedish Embassy in Moscow during 2005-2009. During 1997-1998 she worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) in London. During 2002 she worked as a Political Officer at the OSCE Mission in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

In her present research Lena focusses on the role of culture for political and social change in Russia, the development within the field of culture and of contemporary art, in particular. Her previous research on Russia has included studies of foreign as well as domestic policy. In the field of foreign policy: policy towards Europe, northern Europe, in armed conflicts on former Soviet territory, policy towards Central Asia and towards Tajikistan, in particular. In the field of domestic policy: the political system, demands for reform, and protest.

Among Lena’s publications there are eight monographs, more than ten edited or co-edited volumes, and numerous chapters and articles.

Selected Publications:

Art Resistance and the Conservative-Authoritarian Zeitgeist (London & New York: Routledge). (Eds. Lena Jonson and Andrei Erofeev) (forthcoming).

Art and Protest in Putin’s Russia (London & New York: Routledge) 2015.

Waiting for Reform under Putin and Medvedev (London & New York: Palgrave Macmillan) 2012. Eds Lena Jonson and Stephen White.

Tajikistan in New Central Asia (London & New York: I.B.Tauris) 2006.

Putin and Central Asia. Search for a New Russian Foreign Policy (London & New York: I.B.Tauris) 2004.

Poltava: Krigsfångar och kulturutbyte/Poltava: Sudby plennykh i vzaimodeistvie kultur). Eds Lena Jonson and Tamara Torstendahl Salytjeva. (Stockholm: Atlantis, Swedish edition, and Moscow: RGGU Russian State University for the Humanities, Russian edition). 2009.

Areas of expertise:

Domestic politics, Protest movement, Culture Politics, Culture Life,  Art.

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