Valentyna Shapovalova

Valentyna Shapovalova

PhD fellow

My PhD project is a theoretical and empirical exploration of gendered discourses in the contemporary Russian propaganda and disinformation, within the context of the full-scale war in Ukraine. The roots of the project are feminist, critically approaching the patriarchal power structure in Russia (built on traditional values). Understanding the mainstream media outlets as operating within the media systemic structure of the authoritarian model, I am examining how the hegemonic narratives of heteronormativity and conservatism in terms of gender roles are mediated in a propagandistic and disinformative manner in the state-aligned media content, taking into account the current at the same time hybrid and restricted nature of Russia's media ecology.

Research interests: 

  • Information warfare
  • Media in times of war
  • State-press relationship in authoritative regimes 
  • Russian disinformation and propaganda 
  • Mediated militarized masculinity 
  • Gender & the media 
  • Critical Discourse Analysis 
  • Feminist approaches to media analysis 


  • Digital communication and media culture - 15 ECTS MA Course in Film & Media Studies (in Danish)
  • Guest lectures on topics of Russian media ecology and information warfare; Gender and the media in times of war and conflict; Representations of militarized masculinity images in hybrid media contexts


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