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The Moscow Culture Workshop has been temporarily suspended. We will announce once it will recommence.

The Moscow Culture Workshop is our signature project, an “academic ritual” that shapes the identity of our centre. It gathers leading cultural sociologists from around the world, whose concepts and methods either are aligned with ours, or catalyze a productive tension with them via dialogue.

Each academic year, the workshop gathers a core group, an alliance of bright cultural sociologists, representing leading international research institutions. This core group will gather online once a month throughout the year to closely discuss a research paper draft from one of its participants. Every few months we invite a lecture given by a distinguished scholar. 

The workshop thus combines the virtues of a professional master-class with a contribution to international cultural sociology, and with global networking – connections which we hope will intensify existing cooperation between partner cultural sociological centers.

All of the workshops, both lectures and events focused on texts, will be streamed on YouTube so that other researchers and students have an opportunity to watch and to ask questions or make commentaries via YouTube stream.

We believe that such an architecture for the workshop will provide the core group with the effervescence of an intellectual exchange and the intense interpretive power that it creates. In creating such an unordinary format, we borrow inspiration from such successful academic endeavors as the Yale CCS Workshop, Konstanzer Meisterklasse, Fall Conference of the Center for Cultural Sociology at Masaryk University, and the CCS North: Cultural Sociology Discussion Group.


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Full 2021/2022 Season Workshop Program

  • September Edition: Autumn Lecture by Jeffrey C. Alexander

    «Nature as Iconic Object: Its Performative Creation»

    September 28th, 2021, 11am EST (18:00 Moscow time)

    Preliminary reading: Jeffrey C. Alexander (2020) «The Performativity of Objects», in Sociologisk Forskning.Vol. 57, No. 3–4, Pp. 381–409.

  • October Edition: Workshop with Andrea Voyer

    «Class Distinction-Making through Etiquette, A Computational Approach»

    October 5th, 2021, 11am EST (18:00 Moscow time)

  • November Edition: Workshop with Daniel Smith

    «The Sad Clown Paradox: A Theory of Comic Salvation in Modern Humour»

    November 16th, 2021, 11am EST (19:00 Moscow time)

  • December Edition: Winter Lecture by Gabe Ignatow

    «Culture and the Microbiome-Gut-Brain Axis»

    December 14th, 2021, 11am EST (19:00 Moscow time)

  • January Edition: Workshop with Trygve Broch

    «To Be a Sports Team: Bodily Dimensions in the Testing and Imposing of Civility in a Non-Civil Sphere»

    January 18h, 2022, 11am EST (19:00 Moscow time)

  • February Edition: Workshop with Jennifer Silva

    «Mechanisms of Exclusion: Comparing Electronic Health Records and Patient Narratives to Uncover Barriers to Health among Disadvantaged Women»

    February 15th, 2022, 11am EST (19:00 Moscow time)

  • March Edition: Spring Lecture by Philip Smith

    The Workshop has been temporarily suspended.


    «Time Travel as a Social Problem»


  • April Edition: Workshop with Tamara Kusimova (coauthored by Dmitry Kurakin)

    «Narratives of Social Mobility»

    Date TBA

  • May Edition: Workshop with Jason Mast

    «Comparative Cultural Pragmatics: What the 2016 and 2020 US Presidential Elections tell us about the Contemporary American Civil Spher»

    Date TBA

  • June Edition: Summer Lecture by Lisa McCormick

    «The Performativity of Musical Instrument»

    Date TBA

Season 2021/2022 Fellows

Senior Fellows

Jeffrey C. Alexander, Yale Univeristy, USA


Philip Smith, Yale Univeristy, USA

Invited Lecturers

Gabe Ignatow, University of North Texas, USA

Lisa McCormick, The University of Edinburgh, UK


Trygve Broch, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway

Adam Gemar, The HSE Moscow Centre for Cultural Sociology, Russia

Джейсон Маст

Jason L. Mast, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellow, University of Trento and Yale University

Pavel Pospěch, Masaryk University, Czech Republic

Jennifer Silva, Indiana University, USA

Daniel Smith, Cardiff University, UK

Alica Synek Rétiová, Masaryk University, Czech Republic

Photo by Leila Zoubir

Andrea Voyer, Stockholm University, Sweden

Dominik Želinský, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Junior Fellows (Graduate Students)

Tamara Kusimova (moderator), The HSE Moscow Centre for Cultural Sociology, Russia

Anastasia Lukina, The HSE Moscow Centre for Cultural Sociology, Russia

Ekaterina Pavlenko (information support), The HSE Moscow Centre for Cultural Sociology, Russia


Dmitry Kurakin, The HSE Moscow Centre for Cultural Sociology, Russia