Fotograaf: Olga Sezneva

mw. dr. O. (Olga) Sezneva

  • Faculteit der Maatschappij- en Gedragswetenschappen
    Programmagroep: Cultural Sociology
  • Bezoekadres
    REC BC
    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166  Amsterdam
    Kamernummer: C6.13
  • Postadres:
    Postbus  15508
    1001 NA  Amsterdam

Olga Sezneva is an Assistant Professor (UH1) at the Department of Sociology and Visiting Professor of Urban Studies at European University at St. Petersburg (Russia). She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University (2005) and was a Harper Fellow at the University of Chicago (2005-2009) prior to moving to Amsterdam.

Olga’s research developed along two lines of inquiry: built urban environment, and digital technologies. These interests are reflected in her published work on local history and memory in the repopulated and rebuilt Russian city of Kaliningrad (the former Königsberg), urban cycling, the global phenomenon of media piracy, and the role of copying and other forms of reproduction in cultural development. In 2013, Olga joined an international team of scholars led by Professor Mario Biagioli (University of California-Davis) at European University at St. Petersburg, to conduct research on the spatial mobility of Russian-speaking ICT professionals. The project was awarded the Mega-grant from government of the Russian Federation (grant No.14.U04.31.0001). Currently it is at its final phase.

At the University of Amsterdam Olga teaches Urban Sociology and directs, together with two other colleagues, the multidisciplinary Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES). Olga is also a member and a curator of the artists collective Moving Matters Traveling Workshop, which explores migration and mobility by developing art works, exhibitions and performances.

Main publications

  • 2014-‘Pirate Cosmopolitics and the Transnational Consciousness of the Entertainment Industry,’ Ethnic and Racial Studies, Special Issue "Books, Bodies, and Bronzes: comparing sites of global citizenship creation" edited by Peggy Levitt. Vol. 37, No. 12: 2226-2242
  • 2014 -‘Has Capitalism Gone Virtual?: Content Containment and the Obsolescence of the Commodity,’ with Sebastien Chauvin. Critical Historical Studies, Vol. 1, Issue 1: 125-150
  • 2013- ‘On Moral Substance and Visual Obscurity in Policy and Practice of State Expansion,’ Environment and Planning D: Society & Space 31(4): 611-627
  • 2013 -‘Rethinking Copyright Through the Copy in Russia,’ Journal of Cultural Economy, on-line first 18 March: 1-16.
  • 2012 -‘The pirates of Nevskii Prospekt: Intellectual property, piracy and institutional diffusion in Russia,’ Poetics: Journal of Empirical Research on Culture, the Media and the Arts Volume 40(2): 150-166.
  • 2012- ‘The Architecture of Descent: Historical Reconstructions and Politics of Belonging in Kaliningrad, the former Königsberg’. Journal of Urban History 39 (4): 767-787
  • 2007-2009-SSRC Comparative Studies of Media Piracy.  Russia Project Co-Director. Amount: $1.4 million. Granting institutions: Ford Foundation and IDRC. 
  • 2007-Ford Foundation, travel grant to conference Access 2 Knowledge -2. Yale University. 
  • 2005-Harper & Schmidt Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Society of Fellows, University of Chicago. 
  • 2003-2004-James Arthur Dissertation Fellowship for Studies of Time, New York University 
  • 2001-2002-The Cold War as a Global Conflict, Dissertation Fellowship, International Center For Advanced Studies, New York University. 
  • 2001-National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant SES - 0221287. 
  • 2000-Young Researchers' Award, Foundation for Urban and Regional Studies, Ltd., London. 
  • 1999-Ford Gender/Area StudiesSummer Research Grant. 
  • 1998-NYU Alumna ClubAward for Women of Achievement. 
  • 1996-International Educational Fellowship, American Association of University Women.
  • 1996-Shane Media Fellowship, Educational Broadcasting Association.


  • Sezneva, O. (2015). Pirate cosmopolitics and the transnational consciousness of the entertainment industry. In P. Levitt, & P. Nyíri (Eds.), Books, Bodies, and Bronzes: Comparing sites of global citizenship creation. (pp. 78-94). (Ethnic and Racial Studies). London: Routledge. [details]


  • Sezneva, O. (2014). Pirate cosmopolitics and the transnational consciousness of the entertainment industry. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 37(12), 2226-2242. DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2014.934256 [details]
  • Sezneva, O., & Chauvin, S. (2014). Has Capitalism Gone Virtual? Content Containment and the Obsolescence of the Commodity. Critical Historical Studies, 1(1), 125-150. DOI: 10.1086/675381 [details]


  • Sezneva, O. (2013). Architecture of descent: historical reconstructions and the politics of belonging in Kaliningrad, the former Königsberg. Journal of Urban History, 39(4), 767-787. DOI: 10.1177/0096144212470095 [details]
  • Sezneva, O. (2013). On moral substance and visual obscurity in policies and practice of state expansion. Environment and Planning D - Society & Space, 31(4), 611-627. DOI: 10.1068/d12911 [details]
  • Sezneva, O. (2013). Re-thinking copyright through the copy in Russia. Journal of Cultural Economy, 6(4), 472-487. DOI: 10.1080/17530350.2012.756827 [details]


  • Sezneva, O. (2012). The pirates of Nevskii Prospekt: intellectual property, piracy and institutional diffusion in Russia. Poetics, 40(2), 150-166. DOI: 10.1016/j.poetic.2012.02.005 [details]
  • Sezneva, O., & Dodsworth, F. (2012). Safer Cycling: mobilising politics and infrastructure in Amsterdam and London. In Urban Materialities. CRESC. [details]


  • Sezneva, O. (2010). Modalities of self-understanding, identification and representation in the post-1991 Kaliningrad: a critical view. In S. Berger (Ed.), Kaliningrad in Europa: nachbarschaftliche Perspektiven nach dem Ende des Kalten Krieges (pp. 35-57). (Veröffentlichungen des Nordost-Instituts; No. 14). Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz. [details]


  • Sezneva, O. (2016). Cities of Socialism: Migration, Mass Housing and Political Change an Eastern Europe And The Soviet Union after World War II: Steven E. Harris. Communism on Tomorrow Street: Mass Housing and Everyday Life After Stalin. (Washington, DC: Woodrow Wilson Center Press and Baltimore: The John Hopkins University Press, 2013). Katherine Lebow. Unfinished Utopia: Nova Huta, Stalinism and Polish Society, 1949-1956. (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2013). Gregor Thum. Uprooted: How Breslau Became Wroclaw During the Century of Expulsions. Translated by Tom Lampert and Allison Brown. (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2011). Journal of Urban History, 42(5). DOI: [details]


  • Sezneva, O. (2012). Transnational Piracy Research in Practice: A Roundtable Interview with Joe Karaganis, John Cross, Olga Sezneva, and Ravi Sundaram. Television & New Media, 13(5), 447-458. DOI: 10.1177/1527476412443566 [details]
  • Sezneva, O., & Karaganis, J. (2012). Rusia. In J. Karaganis (Ed.), Piratería de medios en las economías emergentes (pp. 161-233). Social Science Research Council. [details] [PDF]


  • Sezneva, O., & Karaganis, J. (2011). Russia. In J. Karaganis (Ed.), Media piracy in emerging economies (pp. 149-217). New York, NY: Social Science Research Council. [details] [PDF]
  • Sezneva, O., & Karaganis, J. (2011). Россия. In J. Karaganis (Ed.), Медийное Пиратство в Развивающихся Економиках (pp. 149-218). New York: Social Science Research Council. [details]


  • Sezneva, O. (2015). Cosmopolitan Nation: review of a conference panel (ASA). (2 ed.) (Sociology of Culture Newsletter). ASA Sociology of Culture Newsletter . [details]


  • Sezneva, O. (2014). [Review of: L. Pang (2012) Creativity and its discontents: China's creative industries and intellectual property rights offenses]. Journal of Cultural Economy, 7(1), 127-129. DOI: 10.1080/17530350.2013.796290 [details]


  • Sezneva, O. (Other). (2016). Polis: lessons of the European Prize for Public Space: An exhibition of project of redevelopment of public space. [details]


  • Sezneva, O. (2013): Mega-Grant for International Research Cooperation. Project ‘International Diaspora of Russian Computer Scientists.’ (2013-2016).

Wetenschappelijke positie

  • Sezneva, O. (member) (2015): American Sociological Association (External organisation).
  • Sezneva, Olga (member) (2015-2017): Annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Chicago (Event).
  • Sezneva, O. (member) (2013): IMES, UvA (External organisation).
  • Sezneva, O. (member) (2011): IMES (External organisation).
  • Sezneva, O. (member) & Guadeloupe, F.E. (member) (2011): NWO-ICSSR conference 'Religion and Ethnicity in the Age of Globalization (External organisation).
  • Sezneva, O. (member), Vermeulen, F.F. (member) & Kalir, B. (member) (2011): IMES (External organisation).
  • Sezneva, O. (member) (2010-2013): Contemporary Sociology (External organisation).
  • Sezneva, O. (member) (2010-2011): Contemporary Sociology (External organisation).
  • Sezneva, O. (member) (2010-2011): Council for European Studies (External organisation).
  • Sezneva, O. (member) (2010-2011): RC21 Conferece (External organisation).


  • Sezneva, Olga (30-04-2016): Polis: learning from the European Prize for Public Space [Web] The Village online. Polis: learning from the European Prize for Public Space.
  • Sezneva, Olga (03-10-2011): Pirates [Radio], New York City. Pirates.


  • Sezneva, Olga (speaker) (30-6-2016): Displacement, Dispossession, Affect. The circulation of Koenigsberg’s material culture in the contemporary Kaliningrad., Spatial Justice in the City, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom.
  • Sezneva, O. (invited speaker) & Ossman, S. (invited speaker) (20-10-2016): Traveling Narratives and Images in Times of Migration, The Norwegian University Centre in Paris, NUCP/Maison des Sciences de l’Homme.
  • Sezneva, O. (invited speaker) (2016): Invited paper ‘Pride and Property’, Workshop Spatial Justice at Manchester University, Manchester, United Kingdom.
  • Sezneva, O. (speaker) (2016): Moving Matters Traveling Workshop and Conference. Invited speaker., Travelling workshop at Center for Globalization Studies, University of California , Riverside, United States.
  • Sezneva, O. (invited speaker) (2016): Invited plenary speaker, Conference VDNKh, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation.
  • Sezneva, O. (invited speaker) (17-9-2015): ‘Between Duree and Obduracy. On the Construction of Continuity in Urban Space’, Plenary lecture. Conference: Urban STS. Reassembling the Field. European University at St. Petersburg., St. Petersburg.
  • Sezneva, Olga (speaker) (11-8-2015): Pirate Cosmopolitics and the Transnational Consciousness of Entertainment Industry, Cultural Sociology (AISSR, FMG).
  • Sezneva, O. (invited speaker) (20-7-2015): Debating Citizens in Search for Publicness, Invited speaker at ‘Places vs Scenarios’. Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, Barcelona.
  • Sezneva, O. (invited speaker) (12-6-2015): Order and Disorder in Contemporary City, Key-note address, launch of Open University intiative, St-Petersburg.
  • Sezneva, O. (invited speaker) (23-10-2015): Value, Intellect and the Commodity Form in the Age of Digital Technology, Invited lecture at ‘Club Context’, Sint Petersburg.
  • Sezneva, O. (invited speaker) (14-12-2012): Rethniking Copyright Through Copy in Russia, VDNKh, European University at St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg.
  • Sezneva, O. (invited speaker) (6-9-2011): We Have Never Been German: lessons from the forced migration, Framing the City, CRESC Annual Conference, Manchester.
  • Sezneva, O. (invited speaker) (25-8-2011): Doing Research on Piracy: Issues of the Method (invited paper), Global Congress on Public Interest, Washington, DC.
  • Sezneva, O. (invited speaker) (15-4-2011): Rethinking Copyright Through the Copy (invited paper), NYLUM (New York University and LSE): Cultures of Circulation conference, Ottowa.
  • Sezneva, O. (invited speaker) & Chauvin, S. (invited speaker) (3-12-2011): Value, intellect and the obsolescence of commodity (invited paper), Critical Historical Studies conference (University of Chicago and The Social Theory Workshop), Chicago.


  • Sezneva, O. (organiser) (17-5-2016 - 20-5-2016): ‘Live Infrastructure’ (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Sezneva, O. (other) (28-4-2016 - 26-5-2016): Organizer: Polis: four lectures on urban development by invited international speakers (other).
  • Sezneva, O. (chair) (12-12-2016): Spui25. Lights of Russia: Russian IT Development (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Sezneva, O. (organiser) (22-10-2016): Spui25. Soviet Cybernetics, a public lecture by Diana West (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Sezneva, O. (participant) (17-9-2015 - 19-9-2015): At European University EUSPB (in cooperation with CSTS-U of Munich and ETH-Zurich), Sint Petersburg (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Sezneva, O. (participant) (16-12-2015 - 19-12-2015): at European University at SPb (in cooperation with ITMO University (St Petersburg), UvA), Sint Petersburg (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Sezneva, O. (participant) (14-12-2015): In cooperation between CUS and IMES, Amsterdam (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
  • Sezneva, O. (organiser) (25-8-2012 - 27-8-2012): MISOCO annual conference., UvA, Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
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