Disputas - Anna Obukhova

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Disputas - master Anna Obukhova

disputerer for Ph.D. - graden i humaniora og samfunnsvitenskap, fagområde russisk og vil offentlig forsvare avhandlingen:

"Svalbard through the Prism of Russian Media: A Discourse and Cognitive Perspective"

Prøveforelesning over oppgitt emne holdes kl. 12.00 samme sted:

"Combining qualitative and quantitative methods in media discourse analyses"

Prøveforelesning og disputas vil bli strømmet/the trial lecture and defense will be streamed.

Følg stream for prøveforelesning her/Follow stream for trial lecture here.

Følg stream for disputas her/Follow stream for defense here.

Disputasen starter kl. 13.00.

Opptak av prøveforelesning og disputas vil være tilgjengelig i en måned.

A recording of the trial lecture and disputation will be available for one month.

Avhandlingen er tilgjengelig her

Populærvitenskapelig sammendrag av avhandlingen:

The permanent economic and scientific presence of Russia and Norway in the Svalbard archipelago involves both cooperation and diplomatic tensions. The purpose of this thesis is to contribute to clarifying the Russian view of Svalbard by examining Russian media perceptions of the archipelago. The study covers a sample of Russian mainstream federal and north-western regional media outlets and investigates articles published between 2010 and 2021. The textual data is approached from the perspective of Critical Discourse Analysis and Cognitive Linguistics with quantitative and qualitative methods: Market Basket Analysis, Keymorph Analysis, and Metaphor Analysis. The thesis has shown that Russian media perceptions of Svalbard can be interpreted as aligned with promotion and defense of Russian interests in the archipelago. The federal media consistently appeal to events related to official Russian-Norwegian relations. The coverage of Svalbard by these media shows a clear shift over time: the discussion of interaction and cooperation between the countries is replaced after 2013 by a decline in this discussion and the emergence of topics of sanctions and securitization. The regional media offer a more moderate view of Svalbard, neglecting to address major political, often negative, events involving Russia and Norway in a prominent way. However, the regional media may focus attention on such events when it comes to protecting the economic interests of the Russian northwestern regions in Svalbard. The greater interest of the regional media in science in comparison with the federal media can be interpreted as an orientation towards the promotion of Russian scientific presence in the archipelago. Both types of media view Svalbard as a label, a passive entity, a destination, and the site of certain activities. From the geopolitical perspective, Svalbard is represented, for example, as a location tightly connected to Russia, the site of cooperation and tough competition among countries, mostly Russia and Norway, and a crucial point for controlling access to the Arctic.


professor Laura Janda, UiT Norges arktiske universitet


professor Tore Nesset, UiT Norges arktiske universitet


universitetslektor PhD Natalia Levshina. Radboud University. 1. opponent

førsteamanuensis PhD Joan Chevalier. United States Naval Academy. 2. opponent

professor Ph.D. Andrei Rogatchevski, UiT Norges arktiske universitet


Førsteamanuensis Ingeborg Høvik, Institutt for språk og kultur UiT Norges arktiske universitet i Tromsø

De som ønsker å opponere ex auditorio kan sende e-post til leder av disputas ingeborg.hovik@uit.no innen kl. 15.00 disputasdagen.

Når: 31.05.24 kl 12.00–16.15
Hvor: UiT, SVHUM E-0101
Sted: Digitalt, Tromsø
Målgruppe: Ansatte, Studenter, Gjester / eksterne, Inviterte, Enhet
Kontakt: Kari T. Guldahl
E-post: kari.t.guldahl@uit.no
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