HSE Nizhny Novgorod to Become Centre for Dialogue between France and Russia
The Russian-French Seasons festival is opening in Nizhny Novgorod, and HSE Nizhny Novgorod is one of the event’s organizers. On September 11, the Russian news agency Interfax held a press conference that saw the participation of the individuals behind the idea for the festival: Valery Zusman, Director of HSE Nizhny Novgorod; Gennady Ryabov, Honorary Consul of the French Republic in Nizhny Novgorod; and Sophie Gindt, Director of the Alliance Française cultural centre in Nizhny Novgorod. Participants of the conference lifted the veil of secrecy and discussed key events that await all Francophiles this year. The programme proved to be very eventful.
Gennady Ryabov said the festival was inspired by the world famous ‘Russian Seasons’ by Sergei Diaghilev. HSE Nizhny Novgorod’s project with Alliance Française Nizhny Novgorod will be no less interesting and meaningful, according to the Honorary Consul. This is above all due to the fact that this festival, as the originators of the idea are hoping, will become a tradition.
The series of events was kicked off by the arrival of cult writer Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, also known as the ‘French Paulo Coelho,’ who opened a unique exhibition of illustrations by Tatiana Samoshkin for his famous novel 'Oscar and the Lady in Pink' at HSE Nizhny Novgorod’s main building. The author’s response exceeded all expectations. Schmitt noted that these pictures accurately reflect the mood of his works. Not only were students and teachers of the HSE invited to meet the writer, but also all admirers of Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt. Due to his busy schedule, Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt was able to talk with his fans for just an hour. The meeting ended in an autograph session, the line for which wrapped around the entire first floor corridor of HSE’s main building.
The next major event of the festival is an international conference on Russia and France in the 17th Century, which will also be held at the HSE Nizhny Novgorod campus. This century was paramount for both countries, considering the schism of the Russian Orthodox Church and several religious wars in Europe. The 17th century will be looked at from various aspects: economic, political, literary, and more. As the Director of HSE Nizhny Novgorod Valery Zusman notes, the festival and, in particular, the conference will take place at the appropriate time. He adds that culture is the politics of dialogue, and the more conflicts in the political environment, the clearer it becomes that the cultural sphere is becoming the saving force for dialogue and discussion.
In addition, Sophie Gindt says Alliance Française is preparing several exhibitions devoted to famous French figures such as Jules Verne and Albert Camus. In November or December, those in Nizhny Novgorod can expect a celebration of young French wine, a sampling of recipes from famous 17th century French chefs, a weeklong French film festival, and much more.
Conference participants emphasized that the list of events would be added to on a regular basis. The festival will go on until the end of this year.
On October 2-4, HSE University hosted the international conference Trends in Logic 19. Current Issues in Philosophical Logic for the first time in Russia. The conference, which attracted a number of prominent Russian and international scholars, was organized jointly by the journal Studia Logica and the HSE International Laboratory for Logic, Linguistics and Formal Philosophy.
On October 2 and 3, HSE University simultaneously celebrated two anniversaries of Russian-Dutch academic cooperation: the 25th anniversary of joint educational programmes between HSE University and Erasmus University Rotterdam, and the 10th anniversary of the Dutch educational center, Nuffic Neso Russia, with which HSE has a long-standing partnership.
The Second Russia-China Education Research Conference – Digital Transformation of Education and Artificial Intelligence – was held last week at HSE University. Researchers from the two countries discussed changes taking place in the national education systems thanks to the digital revolution, as well as what can be borrowed from mutual experiences.
The agreement provides for academic and cultural cooperation between the universities, student exchange, and joint research. HSE University and the University of Bergen have been partners in educational initiatives for eight years. The partnership began when the HSE Faculty of Law signed an agreement with the Norwegian university.
Economists and Researchers Gather at International Conference on Wealth and Income in Eastern Europe and CIS Countries
On September 17-18, HSE University hosted a special conference with the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth (IARIW) on the topic of Experiences and Challenges in Measuring Income and Wealth in Eastern Europe and CIS Countries. This was the first IARIW conference to be held in a CIS country. HSE News Service spoke with American economist Barbara Fraumeni about her work with economic accounting and human capital and her experience attending the conference in Moscow.
On September 20, HSE University Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Italian Republic Pasquale Terracciano signed a cooperation agreement between the Embassy of Italy and HSE University.
On September 23-24, the CCCP19 Symposium ‘Cognition, Computation, Neuroeconomics and Performance’ will be held at HSE University. The goal of the symposium is to exhibit cutting edge research at the CCDM, a leading cognitive neuroscience research centre in Russia, and LNC2, a leading European research centre in neuroeconomics, cognitive neuroscience and neural theory. Ahead of CCCP19, the HSE News Service spoke with the conference organizer and several invited speakers about the plan for this symposium and the importance of their research in the field.
The Second ICEF Conference in Applied Economics will be held at HSE University on September 14. The HSE News service spoke with organizers and participants about the upcoming full-day event, which features eight papers presented by renowned specialists from Russia and across Europe and concludes with an evening dinner.
On July 31, the II International Economics Olympiad (IEO) for high school students came to a close in Saint Petersburg. In the team competition, the Brazilian team won the gold medal, while teams from China won silver and bronze. One of Russian teams placed fifth.