Arsenii Khitrov

Postdoctoral Fellow - Department of Social Anthropology
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Visiting address Gullhaug torg 1 0484 Oslo
Postal address Postboks 1091 Blindern 0317 Oslo

Academic interests

Topics: Expertise, knowledge production, psychotherapy, cultural production, media production, social class.

Regional interests: USA, Russia.

Background

I am a Postdoctoral Fellow on the Shrinking the Planet project. The project aims to compare how the middle classes in China, India, and Russia develop their subjectivities through learning psychotherapy, and I am covering the Russian case. I am conducting participant observation at one popular training centre in Moscow. I am excited about studying psychotherapy in Russia at this particular moment, when it is becoming a popular profession and service, and when its language of self-care, secure attachment, and clear personal boundaries is pervasive amid an uneasy political figuration.

Before embarking on this project, I received my PhD in sociology from the University of Cambridge, where I studied another expertise-based cultural industry, namely the production of television series in the USA, focusing on the role of consultants in social and political issues working in Hollywood. Prior to that, I received a PhD in philosophy and taught philosophy and cultural studies in Moscow.

Positions held

  • 2011–2016: Teaching Fellow, School of Cultural Studies, Faculty of the Humanities, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow.

  • 2008–2009: Teaching Associate, School of Cultural Studies, Faculty of the Humanities, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow.

  • 2006–2007: Teaching Associate, Institute for Cultural Studies, State University of the Humanities, Moscow.

Tags: expertise, knowledge production, psychotherapy, cultural production, media production, class

Publications

  • 2020: ‘Hollywood Experts: A Field Analysis of Knowledge Production in American Entertainment Television’. The British Journal of Sociology 71, no. 5: 939–51. https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-4446.12775.
  • 2019: ‘Assessing the Realism of Police Series: Audience Responses to the Russian Television Series Glukhar’. Journal of Communication Inquiry 43, no. 1: 6–24. https://doi.org/10.1177/0196859918774799.
  • 2016: ‘Representations of the Police in Contemporary Russian Police TV Series: The Case of Glukhar’. Journal of Communication Inquiry 40, no. 2: 179–95. https://doi.org/10.1177/0196859915609401.
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