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Dmitry V. Dubrovskiy

Assistant Professor, SIPA, and Associate Research Scholar, Harriman Institute, Columbia University. Headed the program of human rights at Smolny College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg State University. Senior research fellow, Russian Museum of Ethnography.

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Articles by Dmitry V. Dubrovskiy

  1. Academic Freedom in Russia: Between the Scylla of Conservatism and the Charybdis of Neoliberalism

    Independent scientific and professional organizations began to suffer especially after the introduction of the so-called law on “foreign agents”. Ideological control over science, together with espionage, begins to directly influence the state of academic rights and freedoms. The topic of human rights has almost disappeared from teaching, and research in the field of queer sociology is in fact banned. However, the most vulnerable are those who either teach or demand respect for human rights at the university, and then the loss of employment is the result of a direct ideological confrontation with the rector, such as for the author of this text.

  2. Expert conclusions on verbal extremism A Dispute over Methods

    The practice of mandatory recourse to linguistic experts’ opinions in cases pertaining to racial, ethnic, and other types of hatred and hostility, has caused the vast development of different approaches to the analysis of the texts. During last ten years, numerous methods for identifying “verbal extremism” have been recommended. It has been suggested that the evolution of Russian legal linguistics has not yet resulted in a “common theoretical basis for linguistic investigation in court that is shared by all experts”. The current status of the proposed approach to studying texts in order to identify “hostility and hate” demonstrates both the difficulty of establishing a general theoretical basis for forensic linguistics as a whole and the contradictions that arise in applying the numerous methodologies that exist in Russian science for studying “extremist” texts.

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