Online Talk on January 9: Gendered Aspects of Propaganda and Disinformation on the Russo-Ukrainian War

Another year of Online Talks kicks off with Valentyna Shapovalova's talk on the gendered aspects of propaganda and disinformation on the Russo-Ukrainian war.

It’s a new year, and it means another season of Online Talks!

The collaborative initiative between TaRC and the Russian Media Lab (University of Helsinki) starts its spring term on Tuesday 9 January with Valentyna Shapovalova (University of Copenhagen) informing us about her ongoing PhD project that investigates the relations between gender on one hand, and propaganda and disinformation on the other hand.

Ms Shapovalova’s PhD project is an empirical exploration of gendered discourses in Russian disinformation and propaganda, as well as a theoretical dive into the (authoritarian) media systemic developments in Russia, in the context of the war in Ukraine.

The core of the project is critical, scrutinizing the political and ideological structure in Russia built on the conservative notion of traditional values. Here, a discursive view of ideology and power is applied (in line with Norman Fairclough), focusing on the intersection of Russian disinformation/propaganda, gender, and representations of the ongoing war.

Speaker’s bio:

Valentyna Shapovalova has been conducting her PhD research in the Media Studies section of the Department of Communication, University of Copenhagen since September 2020.

Parallel to conducting research, Valentyna has appeared extensively in the Danish media, providing insights on the (dis)information aspect of Russia’s invasion, as well as speaking on the topic at a multitude of conferences and symposiums, both academic and political.

Her main research interests include Russian disinformation and propaganda; information warfare; non-democratic media systems and ecologies; feminist disinformation studies; and critical discourse analysis.

Event info:

This Online talk will be held on Zoom on Tuesday 9 January, 12:00 to 13:30 (Helsinki time, GMT+2). Discussion will be moderated by Dr Olga Dovbysh (University of Helsinki).

If you wish to participate and receive emails with updates about the future online talks, please leave your contact information here by 18:00 Helsinki time on Monday 8 January. If you have already subscribed to the Online Talks mailing list, you don’t need to register again – you will receive further information via email!