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190068 Saint Petersburg
123 Griboedov channel, Room 123

Phone:+7 (812)786-92-49 

Postal address: 
190068 Saint Petersburg
123 Griboedov channel

Department Head Adrian A. Selin
Academic Supervisor Evgeniy Anisimov
Remembering the Neoliberal Turn: Economic Change and Collective Memory in Eastern Europe after 1989

Gökarıksel S., Gontarska O., Hilmar T. et al.

L.: Routledge, 2023.

Сholera Riots in Staraia Russa in 1831. People and the Authorities: Actions, Motives, Concerns
In press

Belan M.

Slavonic and East European Review. 2024. Vol. 102. No. 2.

Book chapter
The Stolbovo Treaty and Tracing the Border in Ingria in 1617–1618

Adrian Selin.

In bk.: Sweden, Russia, and the 1617 Peace of Stolbovo. Vol. 14. Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2024. P. 99-118.

Working paper
The Image of the Past in Ciro Spontone’s ‘Historia Della Transilvania’

Khvalkov E., Levin F., Кузнецова А. Д.

Working Papers of Humanities. WP. Издательский дом НИУ ВШЭ, 2021

Ethnography and the Like Economy: the Production, Consumption, and Circulation of Emotions on Social Media

Academic Year
Instruction in English
ECTS credits
Delivered by:
Department of History
Elective course
2 year, 4 module


Course Syllabus


The course introduces basic concepts and literature in the field of digital anthropology/ethnography and critical studies of social media. The course focuses on emotions as an entry point for the discussions on the politics of social media platforms, their technical infrastructures and the specific ecology and sociality of the ‘like economy’ (Gerlitz, Helmond). The affective dimension is important for understanding social media given that feelings and user affects are turned into key products of digital labour involved in creation and circulation of content. At the same time, all sorts of content creators (bloggers, camgirls, celebrities, etc.) as well as content moderators perform affective labour themselves managing their emotional and bodily states. During the course, we will discuss the notions of affective, immaterial, and creative labour, talk about emotional regimes and their historical variability. Finally, we will unpack the category of the creative class and a creative worker, the main actor in the digital economy. While some researchers see creative digital workers as a new elite group and the winners of the digital economy, other critical voices prefer to talk about technopeasants or cybertariat, emphasizing the precarity of creative labour in the digital age.