Polina Aronson
Lecturer in sociology, Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences

is a sociologist and the debate editor of openDemocracy Russia. She was born in St Petersburg and lives in Berlin, and is working on a book about perceptions of love in Russia and in the West.

Written by Polina Aronson

A woman consults her mobile phone at Krasnaya Presnya Depot on Line 5 of the Moscow Underground. Photo by Sergei Bobylev/TASS/Getty

Technology and the self
The quantified heart

Artificial intelligence promises ever more control over the highs and lows of our emotions. Uneasy? Perhaps you should be

Polina Aronson & Judith Duportail

In the time of Charles Dickens, being left alone at the altar was meant to be a disaster for life. Nowadays, it can be an occasion for a feast. All photos by Anna Eckold

Rituals and celebrations
Mrs Myself

Self-marriage promises love and fulfilment – but is it a radical act or a depressing concession to self-absorption?

Polina Aronson

What Freedom! 1903 by Ilya Repin. The Russian Museum, St Petersburg. Courtesy Wikimedia

Gender and identity
Romantic regimes

Love in the West is consumerist – we choose a partner to give us what we think we need. But Russians do things differently

Polina Aronson

Citizens of Leningrad dig for water from a broken main during the winter of 1942. Photo by AP

This is humankind

If my grandfather could survive the Siege of Leningrad and still distinguish between a German and a Nazi, so can I

Polina Aronson