Okushova, Gulnafist A. (Russia, Tomsk)

Associate Professor at the Department of Social Communication at National Research Tomsk State University, PhD in Philosophy.


  • Tomsk State University, Faculty of Philosophy (1993-1998)
  • Tomsk State University, PhD degree (2001 -2004)

Professional career

  • Assistant Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor at the Department of General Pedagogy and Psychology at Tomsk State Pedagogical University (1998 - 2010)
  • Associate Professor at the Department of Social Communication at NRTSU (2010 to date)
  • Honoree of the Tomsk Region Governor’s Award in the Sphere of Education and Science Among Young Researchers (2005)


Author of more than 50 papers, including 30 on Philosophy, civil education, and social communication and 3 collective monographs.

Professional and scientific interest:

Social philosophy, philosophy and theory of social communication, philosophy of education, educational space and system modeling, socio-media psychology, new media, new media, NET-communities.

Teaching and academic activity:

Disciplines for Bachelor’s Degree Program ‘PR and Advertising’: ‘Communication Processes in Modern Society’, ‘Bases of Projecting in the Sphere of New Media’, ‘Bases of Theory of Communication’, ‘Net Communities and subcultures’, ‘Technologies of Public Opinion Management’. Disciplines for the Master-Degree Program ‘PR and Advertising in the System of New Media’: ‘Political PR in New Media’, ‘Projecting on the Internet’, ‘Technologies of Public Opinion Managing in New Media’.

Digital Educational Resources:

Digital Migrants as Forced Digital Nomads: Creating a New Identity.

The article authors carried out an attempt to correlate the concepts of "digital nomads" and "digital migrants" in the space of the new virtual web identities. Digital migrants are defined as forced digital nomads, mainly from developing traditional societies that use digital devices and social networks in order to maintain communication with the homeland and the Diaspora. In a situation of transfer of basic communication flows and ethnically forming discourse of traditional media in the environment of virtual network communities, characteristic of Russian migrants, the study of virtualization ethnic discourse relevant in the long term future of digitalization of all types of communications. The article examines the role of virtual ethnic communication Central Asian migrants in the redefinition of ethnic identity and psychological therapy virtual migrants in situations of psychological and social deprivation in the host community. Virtual ethnic community networks as key theme the area of ​​ethno-national discourse and the reproduction of ethno-national identity, as well as important factors of partial assimilation and adaptation of migrants to the Russian host community. The authors examine the function of the virtual community of ethnic migrants as on-line micro-institutions reproduction of ethnic identity. The article identifies and describes the main types of content-such discourse practiced in virtual ethnic communication migrants as a religious Muslim, nationalist, traditionalist-Soviet and globalist-consumerist discourses. In conclusion the article draws conclusions about a pronounced therapeutic and compensatory functions of virtual ethnic community migrants by "virtualization" construction homeland and identity in the online space.
Key words: digital migrants, digital nomads, virtual ethnic community, the national discourse

Associate Professor at the Department of Social Communication at National Research Tomsk State University, PhD in Philosophy.


Connect-Universum - 2012