Oleg Zhuravlev
Oleg Zhuravlev is a sociologist. He is a researcher with Public Sociology Laboratory (Russia). He received his PhD in Social Sciences from the European University Institute (Florence, Italy). His research is focused on social movements, the sociology of knowledge, Marxism, pragmatic sociology, and the theory of the "event" as a way of thinking about empirical data in the social sciences.
His articles have been published in Post-Soviet Affairs, the International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society, Studies in East European Thought, Laboratorium, and others. He took part in PS Lab projects on political mobilizations in Russia and Ukraine as well as the war in the Donbass region. Currently, he is involved in the research projects "Nationalism from a comparative perspective: Post-conflict Ukraine and Serbia (supported by the Russian Science Foundation) and "Labor and temporality under neoliberalism" (supported by the Khamovniki Foundation). Oleg shares a Marxist worldview and leftist political views. He is an activist of the Russian Socialist Movement.
Selected Publications

Matveev I., Zhuravlev O. (2021). Loft offices and factory towns: Social sources of political polarization in Russia. Socialist Register, 58, 221—240

Zhuravlev, O., Ishchenko, V. (2020). Exclusiveness of civic nationalism: Euromaidan eventful nationalism in Ukraine.
Post-Soviet Affairs, 36(3), 226-245

Zhuravlev, O., Savelyeva, N., Erpyleva, S. (2019). The cultural pragmatics of an event: The politicization of local activism in Russia. International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society, 33, 163-180.

Zhuravlev, O., Erpyleva, S., Savelyeva N. (2017). Nationwide protest and local action: How anti- Putin rallies politicized Russian urban activism. Russian Analytical Digest, 210, 15-19.

Žuravlev, O. (2017). Vad blev kvar av Bolornajatorget? En ny start för den lokala aktivismen i Ryssland. Arkiv. Tidskrift för samhällsanalys, 7, 129-164.

Zhuravlev, O. (2015). From presence to belonging: Eventful identity of Euromaidan. Psychology, Journal of the Higher School of Economics 12(3), 69–85.

Zhuravlev, O., Kondov, D., Savelyeva, N. (2009). The European University at St. Petersburg: a case study in sociology of post-Soviet knowledge. Studies in East European Thought , 61(4), 291-308.

Book Chapters

Ischshenko V., Zhuravlev O. (Forthcoming). Post-Soviet vicious circle: Revolution as a reproduction of a crisis of hegemony. In D. J. Riley & M. Santoro (Eds) The Anthem Companion to Gramsci. Anthem Press.

Zhuravlev O. (2021). The new protest movements and the left in Russia: To overcome the crisis of hegemony. In A. Gagyi & O. Slačálek (Eds) The Political Economy of Eastern Europe 30 years into the 'Transition' (pp. 205 - 222). Palgrave Macmillan.

Teaching Experience
Great Books: Philosophy and Social Thought
This course is a survey of the tradition of European political and philosophical thought from Plato to Foucault. It includes a variety of classical works from Greek and Roman antiquity, the Middle Ages, early Modernity, the Enlightenment, and the 20th century. It aims to give students a sense of the historical contingency of ideas, as well as the common concerns that have animated thinkers in different times and places.
Writing, Thinking, Analysis, Interpretation
This course aims at introducing undergraduate students to various types of writing, such as creative and academic writing and teaches students how to engage with texts through analysis and interpretation. It covers the principles of traditional rhetoric, the structure of academic argument, and new writing models designed to develop one's creativity. The course helps students acquire and begin to develop the writing and thinking skills essential in both professional and everyday life. In addition, WTAI aims at familiarizing students with different types of academic and creative discourses and genres: philosophical essays, scientific articles, prose, poetry, criticism, etc.
When Something is Happening: The Sociology of Event
This course focuses on the event approach in social sciences, which has been rapidly developing in the recent 20 years. It considers different approaches to the definition of event and eventfulness, and puts them in the context of broader theoretical discussions around the role of structure, agency, culture, and other factors in explaining the social world. In this course, we will discuss sociological, anthropological, and historical texts exploring different types of the event: love, scientific discovery, revolution, war, and terrorist act. We will also review different methodologies and methods used by sociologists to study events. Finally, we will compare the event approach in social sciences with theories of event in philosophy, physics, and linguistics. The distinctive feature of this course is that it is based on the progression from particular examples of research towards "big" theoretical issues rather than from theory to its application. This feature will allow us to consider theory as a research tool rather than a work of art or a spell.
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