A report on the conference “Academic Journals: The Organization of Scholarship and the Broadcasting of Knowledge” (15–17 March 2013; Higher School of Economics [HSE], St. Petersburg campus)
The article demonstrates how over the past two decades Russian television has changed its interpretation of the Soviet Past and used myths of the Soviet period in order to shape a new collective identity. The author analyses popular Russian television programs (i.e. those that are broadcast by Russian state channels and have high rating). She argues that the consequences of a cultural trauma (the collapse of the USSR) have not been overcome and that Russian television offers its viewers models of everyday life that do not promote modernization or successful nation building.