Dr. Anna Litvinenko
Division Digitalization and Participation
Institute for Media and Communication Studies
Department of Political and Social Sciences
Anna Litvinenko, PhD, is a researcher at the “Digitalization and Participation” department of the Institute for Media and Communication Studies, Freie Universität Berlin. In 2015–2020, she was a member of the Emmy Noether Junior Research Group “Mediating (Semi-)Authoritarianism––The Power of the Internet in the Post-Soviet World” at FU Berlin. After receiving her PhD in 2007 in Russia, she worked as an associate professor at the Department of International Journalism of Saint Petersburg State University (SPbU). Starting from 2010, she was head of the German–Russian Centre of Journalism at SPbU. Anna is a recipient of several grants including fellowships of the German Bundestag and of the German–Russian Forum (the “Journalists from Russia” programme). She has been a practicing journalist since 1996 and has received several journalism awards, among them the Special Prize of the Peter-Boenisch Contest of the German–Russian Forum “Petersburger Dialog” (2010). In 2011–2012, as a recipient of the German Chancellor Fellowship for Prospective Leaders (Alexander-von-Humboldt-Foundation), she was a visiting researcher at FU Berlin. In 2020, she was a research fellow at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society, Berlin. Anna is a board member of the NGO “DRA. For European Civil Society”. Since the beginning of 2020, she has been hosting a podcast called “Internet & Society”, where scholars discuss different aspects of digitalization and its societal impact.
Winter term 2020/21:
S28711: MA seminar: Media Effects Theories in the Digital Age
S28761: MA seminar: Internet Governance: Theory and Practice
Summer term 2020:
S28626: BA seminar: Publics under Authoritarian Rule
S28579: BA seminar: Social Media and Political Mobilization
Winter term 2019/20:
S28874: MA Seminar: New Media and Political Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe
Summer term 2019:
S28843: MA Seminar: Comparing Authoritarian Publics
Winter term 2016/17:
S28863: MA Seminar: Hauptseminar: New Media and Politics in the Post-Soviet World
S28564 BA Seminar: Einführung in die empirische Kommunikationsforschung
Winter term 2015/16:
S28874: MA PolKomm: Hauptseminar: New Media and Politics in (Semi-)Authoritarian States
• Role of social media in different socio-political contexts
• Social media and political mobilization
• Internet governance
• Platform dependence: How do platform affordances influence discussion patterns?
• Political communication in (semi-)authoritarian regimes
Litvinenko, A., & Toepfl, F. (2021). The (Non-)Adoption of Participatory Newsroom Innovations under Authoritarian Rule: How Comment Sections Diffused in Belarus and Azerbaijan (1998–2017), Digital Journalism, https://doi.org/10.1080/21670811.2021.1888137
Toepfl, F., & Litvinenko, A. (2021). Critically Commenting Publics as Authoritarian Input Institutions: How Citizens Comment Beneath their News in Azerbaijan, Russia, and Turkmenistan. Journalism Studies, 22(4), 475-495. https://doi.org/10.1080/1461670X.2021.1882877
Bodrunova S., Litvinenko A., Blekanov, I., & Nepiyushchikh, D. (2021). Constructive Aggression? Multiple Roles of Aggressive Content in Political Discourse on Russian YouTube. Media and Communication, 9(1), 181–194. https://doi.org/10.17645/mac.v9i1.3469
Litvinenko, A. (2020). Review: The Routledge Companion to Local Media and Journalism [Review]. Global Media Journal - German Edition, 10(2). http://globalmediajournal.de/2021/02/21/rezension-the-routledge-companion-to-local-media-and-journalism/
Litvinenko, A. (2020). Social Media in Russia: Between State and Society. Russian Analytical Digest No. 258. https://css.ethz.ch/en/publications/rad/details.html?id=/n/o/2/5/no_258_media_capture
Litvinenko, A., & Nigmatullina, K. (2020). Local Dimensions of Media Freedom: A Comparative Analysis of News Media Landscapes in 33 Russian Regions. Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization 28(3), 393-418. https://www.muse.jhu.edu/article/762321
Litvinenko, A., & Zavadski, A. (2020). Memories on Demand: Narratives about 1917 in Russia’s Online Publics. Europe-Asia Studies. DOI: 10.1080/09668136.2020.1791801
Bodrunova, S. S., Litvinenko, A., & Nigmatullina, K. (2020). Who is the censor? Self-censorship of Russian journalists in professional routines and social networking. Journalism. https://doi.org/10.1177/1464884920941965
Bodrunova, S., Litvinenko, A., & Blekanov I. (2020). Please Follow Us: Media roles in Twitter discussions in the United States, Germany, France, and Russia. In R.E. Gutsche, Jr., K.Hess (Eds.), Reimagining Journalism and Social Order in a Fragmented Media World. London: Routledge.
Bodrunova S., Blekanov I., Smoliarova A., Litvinenko A. (2019). Beyond Left and Right: Real-World Political Polarization in Twitter Discussions on Inter-Ethnic Conflicts. Media and Communication, 7(3), 119–132. DOI: 10.17645/mac.v7i3.1934.
Litvinenko, A., & Toepfl, F. (2019). The “Gardening” of an Authoritarian Public at Large: How Russia’s Ruling Elites Transformed the Country’s Media Landscape After the 2011/12 Protests “For Fair Elections”, Publizistik (published online first). [Link to publisher‘s website] [Link to free depository version].
Fengler, S., Kreutler, M., Alku, M., Barlovac, B., Bastian, M., Bodrunova, S., Brinkmann, J., Dingerkus, F., Hájek, R., Knopper, S., Kus, M., Láb, F., Lees, C., Litvinenko, A., Medeiros, D., Orlova, D., Ozolina, L., Paluch, A., Radu, R., Stefanikova S., Veldhoen H., & Zguri, R. (2018). The Ukraine conflict and the European media: A comparative study of newspapers in 13 European countries. Journalism, 2(2018). https://doi.org/10.1177/1464884918774311
Bodrunova, S. S., Litvinenko, A. A., & Blekanov, I. S. (2018). Please Follow Us. Journalism Practice, 12(2), 177–203. https://doi.org/10.1080/17512786.2017.1394208
Toepfl, F., & Litvinenko, A. (2018). Transferring control from the backend to the frontend: A comparison of the discourse architectures of comment sections on news websites across the post-Soviet world. New Media & Society, 20(8), 2844-2861.
Bodrunova, S. S., Litvinenko, A. A., & Blekanov, I. S. (2017). Comparing Influencers: Activity vs. Connectivity Measures in Defining Key Actors in Twitter Ad Hoc Discussions on Migrants in Germany and Russia. In G. L. Ciampaglia, A. Mashhadi, & T. Yasseri (Eds.), Social Informatics: 9th International Conference, SocInfo 2017, Oxford, UK, September 13-15, 2017, Proceedings (Vol. 10539, pp. 360–376). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-67217-5_22
Bodrunova, S., Smoliarova, A., Blekanov, I., & Litvinenko, A. (2017). Content Sharing in Conflictual Ad-Hoc Twitter Discussions: National Patterns or Universal Trends? In D. A. Alexandrov, A. V. Boukhanovsky, A. V. Chugunov, Y. Kabanov, & O. Koltsova (Eds.), Communications in Computer and Information Science. Digital Transformation and Global Society: Second international conference (Vol. 745, pp. 3–15): Springer International PU. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69784-0_1
Litvinenko A., & Kharuk I. (2016). „Unsichtbare rote Linien“: Internet-Regulierung und ihre Konsequenzen für den Online-Journalismus in Russland. Russland Analysen, 324, 2-5. Retrieved from http://www.laender-analysen.de/russland/pdf/RusslandAnalysen324.pdf
Bodrunova, S., Litvinenko, A., & Blekanov, I. (2016). ACM International Conference Proceeding Series: Influencers on the Russian Twitter: Institutions vs. people in the discussion on migrants, pp. 212-222. DOI: 10.1145/3014087.3014106
Bodrunova, S., & Litvinenko, A. (2016). Fragmentation of society and media hybridisation in today’s Russia: How Facebook voices collective demands. Zhurnal Issledovanii Sotsial'noi Politiki, 14(1), 113-124. Retrieved from https://jsps.hse.ru/en/2016-14-1/178312074.html
Bodrunova, S., & Litvinenko, A. (2015). Four Russias in communication: Fragmentation of the Russian public sphere in the 2010s. In B. Dobek-Ostrowska & M. Glowacki (Eds.), Democracy and media in Central and Eastern Europe 25 years on (pp. 63-79). Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.
Litvinenko, A., Smoliarova, A., Bekurov, R., Puiy, A., & Glinternik, E. (2015). Mapping international journalism in post-Soviet Russia: Global trends versus national context. International Review of Management and Marketing, 5, 49-54.
Litvinenko, A. (2013) A New definition of journalism functions in the framework of hybrid media systems: German and Russian academic perspectives. Global Media Journal. German Edition, 3(1), 1-12. Retrieved from http://www.db-thueringen.de/servlets/DerivateServlet/Derivate-27640/GMJ5_Litvinenko_final.pdf
Bodrunova, S., & Litvinenko, A. (2013). Hybridization of the media system in Russia: Technological and political aspects. In E. Vartanova (Ed.), World of Media 2012 (pp. 37-50). Moscow: Moscow State University.
Bodrunova, S., & Litvinenko, A. (2013). New media and the political protest: The formation of a public counter-sphere in Russia of 2008-2012. In A. Makarychev & A. Mommen (Eds.), Russia’s changing economic and political regimes (pp. 29-65). London: Routledge. Retrieved from https://www.routledge.com/products/9780415641715
Litvinenko, A. (2012). Proceedings of the 12th European conference on eGovernment in Barcelona: Social media and perspectives of liquid democracy on the example of political communication of the pirate party in Germany, pp. 403-408. Spain: Barcelona.
Litvinenko, A. (2012). Proceedings of International Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government 2012: The role of social media in political mobilization in Russia (On the example of parliamentary elections 2011). Austria: Danube University.