Christine Myrdal Lukash

Doctoral Research Fellow - Russland, Sentral-Europa og Balkan
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Visiting address Niels Henrik Abels vei 36 Niels Treschows hus 0851 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1003 Blindern 0315 OSLO
Other affiliations Faculty of Humanities (Student)

Academic Interests

Russian, Russia, Migration, National identity

Higher education and employment history

  • Two years as student in Russia
  • Master in Russian Studies, UiO
  • Working in immigration administration, with assessments of asylum applications

PhD Project

Migrants in Russian Identity Discourse

Whereas Chechens largely have served as the ‘inner enemy’ or ‘Other’ in post-Soviet Russia, migrant laborers, a significant proportion of whom originate from predominantly Muslim populations in Central Asia have seemingly been less associated with the idea of an ‘Other’ than Russian citizens from North Caucasus.

Judging from Russian media’s coverage of migrant-related issues, there is an increasing tendency to portray migrant laborers as a new ‘Other’.

By employing discourse analysis on sources from Russian mass media, I study representations of migrants with emphasis on the relationship between these and Russian national identity. The principal questions I ask are:

Are representations of (im)migrants in Russian media concurrent with an image of these as the new ‘Other’? If so, what is the relationship between this ‘Other’ and contemporary Russian national identity? To what extent is the civic/ethnic dichotomy relevant when studying the effect of (im)migration on Russian national identity?

Tags: Migration, National identity, Russian, Russia
Published June 17, 2013 1:36 PM - Last modified Nov. 23, 2017 4:06 PM


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