About the author

The research you are reading about is one I carry out as a PhD Candidate at Uppsala University (Sweden), where I have worked and taught since 2016.
I grew up in Moscow where I studied journalism and freelanced for a number of professional political media outlets, including TV, radio, printed press, and online media.
In 2013, I left Russia for Sweden where I got a Master’s in Social Science at Uppsala University and later moved to Stockholm where I currently reside. Apart from working for the university, I am also engaged in activism as one of the two coordinators of the Stockholm collective of Democracy in Europe Movement 25 (DiEM25) and occasionally write for Russian media.
My interest in participating in left-wing alternative media is related to my broader interest in poststructuralism, democratic theory, progressive politics, and the New Left. In my Master thesis, defended in 2015, I explored the rethinking of feminism by the Swedish political party’s Feminist Initiative that attempted to include all discriminated groups into a traditionally women’s discourse, thereby bringing together intersectional feminism and the theory of radical democracy.
The project
My project has the ambition of providing a theoretical and empirical contribution to a better understanding of participatory media and their emancipatory potential. Taking the field work to Russia, it explores three media communities that provide organizational structure and technological platforms for non-professionals to co-produce and co-decide on the content. A mixture of participant observations, interviews and textual analysis is deployed to develop a critical-explanatory methodological framework that is used for exploring the discursive limits and material constraints of participation.
The project is supported and financed by Uppsala University (UU). The main supervisor is Prof. Nico Carpentier (UU), with co-supervisors Prof. Mats Edenius (UU) and Prof. Jakob Svensson (Malmö University).
Contacts: see below.



Book chapters

Filimonov, K., Svensson, J. (forthcoming). (re)Articulating feminist politics: A discourse analysis of Sweden’s Feminist Initiative election campaign. In: Van Bryssel, L., Carpentier, N., De Cleen, B. (Eds.), Communication and Discourse Theory: Collected Works of Brussels Discourse Theory Group. Bristol: Intellect Ltd.


Filimonov, K., Svensson, J. (2016). (re)Articulating feminist politics: A discourse analysis of Sweden’s Feminist Initiative election campaign. Nordicom Review, 37(2): 1-16. Available on ResearchGate and Academia.

Filimonov, K., Russmann, U., Svensson, J. (2016). Picturing the party: Instagram and party campaigning in the 2014 Swedish elections. Social Media + Society, 2(3): 1-11. Available on ResearchGate and Academia.

Plisetskaya A., Filimonov K. (2015). Freiming i refreiming v rechevykh strategiyakh amerikanskikh politicheskikh liderov [Framing and reframing in rhetorical strategies of American political leaders]. Moscow University Bulletin, Series 21. Public Administration, 160-176. Available on ResearchGate and Academia.


Baltic Review (in Russian, 2011-2015)

Discours (in Russian, since 2015)    

Ekho Moskvy (in Russian, since 2012)

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (in Russian, 2010-2012)

Sovershenno Sekretno (in Russian, 2013)


Journalism Studies (spring 2019 & 2020), B-level/teacher and responsible for the course, Uppsala University. 

Methods in the Social Sciences (fall 2018), C-level/co-teaching, Uppsala University.

Communication Studies (spring 2018), B-level/co-teaching, Uppsala University. 

Global Media and Social Change (spring 2017), C-level/co-teaching, Uppsala University. 

Communication and Organising (fall 2016), Master level/teaching full course, Uppsala University.


Supervised 10 Bachelor theses (2017-2018) and 4 term papers/B-uppsatser (2018) to completion.


Filimonov, K. (forthcoming). Participation as a Performance: Alternative Media and the Discursive Production of Diversity. International Association for Media and Communication Research Conference, University of Oregon, Eugene, 20-24 June 2018.

Filimonov, K. (forthcoming). Participation as a Performance: Power, Contingency and Alternative Media (The Case of Russia’s Autonomous Action). 25th World Congress of Political Science. Brisbane, Australia, 21-25 July 2018.

Filimonov, K. (2017). Performance of Participation on Radical Left-Wing Online Community Platforms (PhD paper). Proceedings from Conference for e-Democracy and Open Government (CeDEM17), Danube University Krems, 17-19 May 2017.

Filimonov, K. (2017). Performance of Participation on Radical Left-Wing Online Platforms. NordMedia, University of Tampere, 17-19 August 2017.