Within the larger inquiry of "Human Rights & Civil Society," are multidisciplinary, Russia-focused research groups that provide a variety of approaches and methodological and theoretical lenses for better understanding civil society and state-citizen relations in Russia, past and present.
Human Rights & Civil Society
Active Working Groups
The study of human rights in Russia has grown to include a range of expansive topics that continue to provide enormous insight into the changes and evolution of post-Soviet society. These include, but are not limited to, the effects of international and regional human rights systems on the legal system in Russia, and the rise of human rights movements that deal exclusively with the monitoring of, and advocacy against, certain state practices.
Disability studies in Russia is a new and rapidly growing interdisciplinary area that is moving towards the forefront of scholarly efforts to understand social movements, civil society development, political engagement, issues of identity, social inclusion, and historical memory in contemporary Russia. Important historical work is being done in this area as well, to uncover the “hidden history” of the Soviet-era disability rights movement.