to the webpage of the 2009/2010 core project at the Harriman Institute for Russian, Eurasian and Eastern European Studies at Columbia University, New York. The project is titled

New Modes of Communciation (NMC)

in the Post-Soviet World


We believe that, over the next decades, some of the most crucial processes of social change in Russia will be inseparably intertwined with the evolution and proliferation of new modes of communication. This conclusion seems to be shared by numerous research centers and scholars in the United States, Europe and Russia, who are currently studying the reciprocal relationships between the internet and Russian society and culture from a wide variety of perspective.
The ambition of the Harriman project is to bundle these efforts by providing various platforms for discussion, supporting intellectual exchange and setting up lasting, personal networks of researchers. The Harriman project aims at achieving these ends by sponsoring a broad variety of real life events at the Harriman Institute in New York. Amongst these were in the academic year 2009/2010:

  • A series of Working Group Meetings involving primarily local participants, but inviting guest speakers from the US, Europe and Russia;
  • Two Public Events featuring, amongst others, the best-selling Russian writer Tatyana Tolstaya and her son Artemy Lebedev, one of the most notorious bloggers of the Russian Internet;
  • And a culminative International Open Conference on May 7-8-9.

A calendar of all activities sponsored by the NMC project can be found on this website. If you have any questions or wishes, please do not hesitate to contact us anytime. Please feel free to sign up for our mailing list to be kept posted about all forthcoming events and activities. We are looking forward to your ideas!


Catharine Nepomnyashchy, Alan Timberlake and Guobin Yang (Project Leaders)
Eugene Gorny and Florian Toepfl (Project Coordinators)