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Going social during the outbreak

  Immediately after a partial relax of the lockdown Paris did not set itself to large street festivity. On May 11 streets were more saturated with people moving in between reopened shops than with those simply strolling, meeting and spontaneously chatting. The emancipatory shopping hasn’t stayed for the main expression of the rediscovered collectivity. Media […]

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A Study of signs of presence

The COVID-19 epidemic emptied city places, tinned public sites and readjusted sub-levels of urban routines. Have physical distancing and social isolation already established a new mode to live together that won’t cease after the lockdown is cancelled? That is a large research and political question that each society will strive to answer months and years […]

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Virtual activism – discussion

April 18, 2020, at 6 p.m. (Moscow time) Young social scientists conference “Vectors” held in/outside the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences invites you to join an on-line discussion Political Action beyond Co-presence with Judith Butler, Keti Chukhrov and Alexander Bikbov, moderated by Grigory Yudin   The discussion which has as starting point a […]

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Light night COVID-lockdown pleasures

Speed, long distances, new places vanish from the lockdown life rhythm. Inventive cooperation fills in its relative scarcity with new and sometimes unexpected ways. In some closed yards musicians give evening concerts from the windows of their flats, in some neighbourhoods even house numbers compete with the odds in self-made quiz, some people just discuss […]

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Paris-COVID, Ghost City?

One week after the announced stay-at-home measures, Paris downtown in the morning gives a perfect idea of a place it was several decades ago. Only a mild wind and a distant passerby make you company when you walk along with a certificate that you must fill-in by yourself each moment you leave home. Martian chronicles […]

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Protest and police in luxury neighbourhoods

For many who follow news at a distance, it is hard to believe that police easily leaves legal ground in France, the “country of human rights”. There is nothing incorrect in this feeling. Even those who regularly participate in street rallies and testimony or personally stand the acts of police violence hardly believe in what […]

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A New Book: The Grammar of Order

  Alexander Bikbov The Grammar of Order: A Historical Sociology of the Concepts That Change Our Reality   The nature of Russia’s political and social system sparks animated debates among scholars and experts, while the Soviet past remains a matter of equally passionate research and discussions. Sociologist Alexander Bikbov has made an original contribution to […]

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A bilingual open-access peer-reviewed journal Laboratorium publishes an article that generalizes an 8-month experience of a multidimensional empirical research of street protests in Russia: Alexander Bikbov. The Methodology of Studying “Spontaneous” Street Activism (Russian Protests and Street Camps, December 2011—July 2012) This article considers some methodological problems that arose while studying the street protest movement […]

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1. New social movements. Protest movements in Russia and new media. Aleksander Bikbov (in English). 12.04.2012 Protest movements in Russia and new media. Part 1. Related posts / Также смотрите: Митинги и наблюдатели: изучая “внезапный” активизм 20 апреля 2012 во Франко-российском центре состоялся исследовательский семинар Гражданские… НИИ митингов: все о протесте В свежем номере двуязычного […]

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Le futur de l’université européenne

  Alexander Bikbov. How Russian Universities Became the Future of World Education La version en français, publiée par l’association Sauvons la Recherche : Les universités russes aux avant-postes de l’éducation mondiale   Le futur de l’enseignement européen est vu traditionnellement comme l’avant-garde des traditions en avenir, non complètement défini par le moment actuel. Ce futur est […]

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La sociologie russe examinée

  Je signale la parution de deux articles accessibles en ligne qui recontextualisent la sociologie russe dans le paysage intellectuel international, notamment français :   Alexander Bikbov. A Strange Defeat: The Reception of Pierre Bourdieu’s Works in Russia, Sociologica, 2-3/2009 Doi: 10.2383/31371 Pierre Bourdieu, sociologue français d’un renom mondiale, a connu en Russie un destin inhabituel […]

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