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Dr Dennis Zuev

Formerly at Lancaster University

Career Details

My current research focuses on social processes related to urban mobility in China and specifically on linkages between politics, everyday life and e-mobility practices. I have previously conducted research on mobility practices in Russia, East-European migrants in Portugal, tourism in Antarctica, the use of  visual media by Uyghur nationalists. I am also a currently elected Vice-president for Working Group. Visual Sociology (WG 03) in ISA and a member of Campus do Mar network (Portugal).


June 2004. Candidate of Sciences (PhD) in sociology. Altay State University. Major: sociology of culture 

August 2000 - August 2003. Postgraduate studies, Krasnoyarsk State University. Major: social structure, social institutions and processes. Title of dissertation: “Political symbols in the mass con­scious­ness of the students' in modern Russia: the results of the empirical research in the city of Krasnoyarsk”.

1997 - 1998, Beijing, Beijing Language and Culture University 

September 1995- June 2000. Graduate of the Krasnoyarsk State University, Summa Cum Laude Major: linguistics and intercultural communication (with specialization in Chinese, English and Turkish languages). Title of the final research project: «The linguistic and philosophical definitions of symbol: Symbols in Islam».  

Work experience

2014 – current, Associate Researcher project “Low Carbon Innovation in China”, Center for Mobility Research (CeMoRe), Sociology Department, Lancaster University, UK

2009 – 2014,  Research Fellow Center for Research and Studies in Sociology (CIES-ISCTE), Lisbon, Portugal  

February-March 2012, Visiting Researcher, Centro Austral de Investigaciones Cientificos (CADIC), Ushuaia, Argentina 

2010 –2013, Associate Research Fellow, Max-Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Siberian Studies Center, Halle-Saale, Germany 

2008 – 2009, Field researcher in Krasnoyarsk, International Social Survey Project “Life-forms” together with University of Kuopio and University of  Debrecen.  

2007, Guest Lecturer, University of Kuopio, Finland, Lecture course: “The Use of Internet by the Russian Ultranationalist organizations 

2007 –2008, Guest Researcher, Karelian Institute, University of Joensuu, Finland. 

2006-2010, Scientific Program Coordinator of the Thematic Group in Visual Sociology (TG 05), International Sociological Association.  

2005 – 2007, Project researcher, Academy of Finland’s  project “Difference in Russia”: Ethnic relations and ethnic identity of the young Russians”

2004 – 2009, Senior lecturer, researcher, Siberian Federal University, Russia, Courses: “Chinese Studies”, «Media Studies: practical aspects».  Program coordinator of the Laboratory of Visual Sociology, Krasnoyarsk

September – December 2002, Lecturer, Krasnoyarsk State University, Course: «Contemporary Sociological Theories»

November 2000 - May 2001, Undergraduate Students’ Research Coordinator, Krasnoyarsk State University, Department of Psychology and  Sociology 

1998-2000, Lecturer and travel guide, Yenisey shipping company, Krasnoyarsk, Russia

Fellowships and Awards 

ISCTE Scientific Publication Award(2014) 

ASEES Grant(2014)

American Association of Geographers enrichment grant (2014) 

November 2012 – February 2014 Portuguese Polar Program (Propolar) grant

Projects (together with David Picard): “Anthropology of Antarctic Tourism Culture” and “Antarctic Tourism Knowledge Mediation and Learning”

February 2011- February 2013

Research Grant of Fundacao para Ciencia e technologia, Portugal, Project: “'Selfing':Contact, Magic andthe ConstitutionofPersonhood” (PI: David Picard)  

January 2010- August 2013, Research grant of Max-Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle-Saale, Germany, Project: “Conditions and Limitations of Lifestyle plurality in Siberia” (PI: Joachim Otto Habeck) 

January 2010- March 2011 British Council, RING Grant (together with University of Aberdeen) Project: “Eastern European Migration in Portugal”  

December 2009 British Council and DAAD grant for Research Career Workshop

2008 Individual young scholar grant from Krasnoyarsk Regional Scientific foundation 

2007 – 2008 Center for International Mobility Scholarship, Academy of Finland

2007 ESA Fellowship for Workshop “Conflict, Citizenship and Civil Society” (Glasgow)

2006 Young Youth researchers’ award from International Sociological Association RC-34 (1st place in sociological essay competition)

2006 Individual young scholar grant from Krasnoyarsk Regional Scientific foundation 

2006 Summer school Fellowship from Bologna University and International Visual Sociological Association

2005 Individual grant from Oslo University

January – June 1995 - the USIA Freedom Support Act «Semester Study Program» scholar

Peer-reviewed publications

(with D. Picard) Reconstructing the Antarctic Tourist Interaction Ritual Chain: visual sociological perspective. The Polar Journal. (forthcoming)

(with M. Vergani) Neojihadist Visual Politics: comparing YouTube videos of the North Caucasus and Uighur militants. Asian Studies Review. 2014.

Using Photographs in Social and Historical Research (book review) Visual Methodologies. 2014. vol. 2(1)

(with F.Virchow) Performing national identity: the many logics of national (ist) spectacle. Nations and Nationalism. 2014. 20(2), 191-199

 (with D. Picard) The tourist plot: Antarctica and the modernity of nature. Annals of Tourism Research. 2014. 45(1), 102–115

 My Perestroika: Visualizing Self-transformation in Russia (film review). Visual Anthropology. 2013. 26(5), 448-450

Couchsurfing along the Trans-Siberian Railway and Beyond: cosmopolitan learning through hospitality in Siberia. Sibirica. 2013. 12(1), 56-82

Russian March: investigating symbolic dimension of the political performance in modern Russia. Europe-Asia Studies.  2013. 65(1), 102-126

Couchsurfing as a Spatial Practice: accessing and producing  xenotopos, Hospitality and Society. 2011. 1(3), 227-244

The Russian Ultranationalist Movement on the Internet: Actors, Communities, and Organization of Joint Actions. Post-Soviet Affairs. 2011. 27 (2), 121–157

(with M.Vergani) Analysis of YouTube Videos Used by Activists in the Uyghur Nationalist Movement: combining quantitative and qualitative methods  Journal Of  Contemporary China, 2011. 20(69),  205–229

Visual Dimension of Protest: analysis of ritual interactions during the Russian March. Visual Anthropology. 2010. 23 (3), 221-253

Movement Against Illegal Immigration: analysis of the central node in the Russian extreme-right movement network.  Nations and Nationalism 2010. 16 (2), 261–284

(with I. Muranyi and V. Puuronen)   Lifeform: An Explanation of Prejudices of Young People.  Journal of Social Research & Policy,  2010.  1 (2), 63-78

(with V. Puuronen) (book review) Nuoriso, arvot ja media Venajalla  Finnish Review of East European Studies 2008 (1) (in Finnish)

The practice of free-traveling: young people coping with access in post-soviet Russia Young. Nordic Journal of Youth Research   2008.  16 (1), 5-26

Nuorten “toista” koskevat asenteet Krasnojarskissa. (Young peoples’ attitudes towards ”other” in Krasnoyarsk)  Finnish Review of East European Studies  2007 (12) (in Finnish)

Ethnic relations in Krasnoyarsk: the results of the sociological survey. In  Ethnosocial processes in Siberia. (ed.) Popkov Y.V. Novosibirsk. Siberian Scientific Press. 2007. vol. 8 

Legitimizing occupation of public space (visual essay) Visual Studies 2007.  22 (1)

Reconstructing the meanings of traveling among young people in modern Russia: the use of the photo interview. European Spatial Research and Policy. 2006. 13(1)

Books, book chapters in peer-reviewed monographs and entries in encyclopedias.

Cities and Visual Consumption. Blackwell Encyclopedia of Consumption and Consumer Studies. Wiley-Blackwell. 2014

Internet and consumption.  Blackwell Encyclopedia of Consumption and Consumer Studies. Wiley-Blackwell. 2013

(with Sara Di Chiazza) Waste.  Blackwell Encyclopedia of Consumption and Consumer Studies. Wiley-Blackwell. 2013

Hosting Marco in Siberia: Tourism and Regimes of Hospitality in an “out of the way” place.  In D. Picard and S. Buchberger (eds.) Couchsurfing Cosmopolitanisms Can tourism make a better world? Transcript Verlag. Bielefeld. (2013)

(with R. Nathansohn) "Visual Sociology." Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. Ritzer, George (ed). Blackwell Publishing, 2007. Blackwell Reference Online. 29 June 2014 http://www.sociologyencyclopedia.com

(with R. Nathansohn) (eds.), Sociology of the Visual Sphere, Routledge  Advances in Sociology Series. Taylor  and  Francis Group.  2012.

(with R. Nathansohn) “Introducing Visual Sphere“ in D. Zuev, R.Nathansohn (eds.), “Sociology of Visual Sphere”, Routledge Advances in Sociology Series. Taylor and Francis Group.  2012.

(with M.Vergani)  “Production  of  solidarities in YouTube: a visual study of Uyghur nationalism in D. Zuev, R. Nathansohn (eds.), “Sociology of  the Visual Sphere”, Routledge Advances in Sociology Series. Taylor and Francis Group.  2012.

Reconstructing the content of the political symbols: using the symbolic perspective in the youth research. In “Mixed methods in youth research”. (ed.) H. Helve. Helsinki. Finnish Youth research society. Publications 50. 2005.

The content of the basic political symbols in the mass consciousness of the students: theoretical and methodological issues. In Regional Sociological schools, Krasnoyarsk, Krasnoyarsk Law Academy Press. 2004

Peculiarities of the symbolic world picture formation: production of symbols –   reproduction of archetypes. In Art culture: research and teaching methodology, art practices, Krasnoyarsk. Krasnoyarsk State University Press. 2003

Online publications:

Street nationalism in Portugal. PopAnth. Popular Anthropology. (2014) 14 March, http://popanth.com/article/street-nationalism-in-portugal/

The Sochi Winter Olympics and the truth about the Russian self. PopAnth. Popular Anthropology. (2014) 24 February, http://popanth.com/article/the-sochi-winter-olympics-and-the-truth-about-the-russian-self/


Conference proceedings 

Encountering the Other in “Out of the Way” Places: Examining Hospitality Regimes of Couchsurfing Network. In “Youth in Latvia, Europe, Globe: Opportunities and Risks”. Riga. 2012.

The role of analysis of symbolic world pictures in global communication. In “Inside outside in:  emotions, body and society”. 8th annual culture studies symposium proceedings. Izmir. Ege university. 2003

Communicative potential of the symbols, the role of symbols in ethnic mobilization. The politics of  Ethnic mobilization: democracy or extremism. ISSEY conference proceedings. Aberystwyth. University of Wales, 2002

Peculiarities of the modern global processes: the role of symbols in ethnic mobilization.  In Alternatives to globalization: scientific and technological potential of Russia. Moscow: Alternativa. 2002

Symbols as the meaning constructing elements in the mass-culture». In Regional sociological schools at the threshold of the ХХI century. Krasnoyarsk: Krasnoyarsk Law Academy Press. 2002 

Communicative potential of mythology in the context of the culture in the totalitarian society: the peculiarities of the symbolization process. In “Society. Gender. Culture.” Omsk University Press. 2001

The peculiarities of the symbolization process of the sociocultural reality. In “Regional aspect of the art culture: methodology, teaching methodology, art practices”. Proceedings of the research conference.  Krasnoyarsk. Krasnoyarsk State University Press. 2001

The questions of war and peace in Central Asia at the modern stage: the case of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous region (XUAR). In “Russian geopolitical space and the problems of the national security”. Krasnoyarsk, Krasnoyarsk Pedagogical University Press. 1999 

Invited lectures and teaching

September 2012, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, CEVIPOL, Belgium

June 2011, University of Faroe Islands, Torshavn

May 2011, International School of Hotel and Tourist Management, Neuchatel, Switzerland

March 2011, March 2012, Irkutsk State University, Russia

January 2011, University of  Duhok, Iraq

May-June, 2010, Graz University, Austria,  MA program,

November 2008, University of Kuopio, Finland, BA Program

Main working languages: English, Norwegian, Chinese (Mandarin), Turkish, Portuguese, German, Italian


2014-European Association of Chinese Studies

2012-2015 American Association of Geographers

2011- International Arctic Social Sciences Association

2010 - Pan-American Mobilities Network

2007- European Sociological Association

Since 2006 - International Sociological Association  RC-34 (Sociology of Youth) and WG 03 (Visual Sociology)

2005-2007 member of  EUROFOR Youth Research Network

2004-2005 Member of Nordic Baltic Youth  Research Network

Fieldwork Experience:

Russia (Siberia and Far East), Kurdistan (Turkey, Iraq) – 2004, 2012, Argentina (Tierra Del Fuego) (2013), Portugal (2010-2013), China (2008, 2014).

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