HSE Sociologists in Europe
The conference ESA 2013 – Crisis, Critique and Change took place in Turin, in Italy at the end of August 2013. It was organized jointly by the ESA and the Turin University Department of Culture, Politics and Society. Three papers from the Laboratory for Sociology Education and Science at HSE Saint Petersburg Campus were presented at the conference.
The first was Technical College as a Low-Risk Strategy in the Face of Economic Uncertainty by Ksenia Tenisheva, Daniel Alexandrov and Svetlana Savelieva. Their research looks at the choices made by school leavers and their families in various social groups about the route to take to work or university which would guarantee the least risk of status loss, and increase chances of upward mobility.
Alexey Gorgadze and Daniel Alexandrov gave a paper on Migration, Ethnicity and Identity Politics on Social Network Sites in the former Soviet Union. They researched how young people from ethnic groups of the former Soviet republics living in Russia use social network friendship groups to develop their identity as part of a diaspora and maintain unity of their ethnic groups virtually and in reality.
The third paper was on Sociometric Popularity in the School Context by Vera Titkova,Valeria Ivaniushina and Daniel Alexandrov. They investigated what determines school children’s attitudes to learning and achievement. Looking at schools in St Petersburg they found that attitudes to school are formed more strongly by friendship groups and family than by the schools themselves.
‘Political Science Is a Lifestyle and Way of Thinking’
The English-taught Master's programme 'Comparative Politics of Eurasia' at the HSE Campus in St Petersburg trains specialists in the internal and external politics of post-Soviet countries. Students learn how to combine qualitative and quantitative methods of analysis with theoretical approaches from various social sciences. The programme has three educational tracks: one in research and two applied ones. Andrey Starodubtsev, Academic Supervisor of the programme, explains which subjects students will learn and where they will be able to undertake internships.
Ghosts Full of Life: Spirits and Ghosts in Korean Doramas
South Korean TV series feature a whole typology of ghosts. Alexandra Tarasova, visiting lecturer at the HSE School of Media, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Cultural Studies at the Russian State University for the Humanities, spoke about all main types, their origin, features and behaviour of ghosts at the first open seminar to be held as part of the ‘Media Culture of East Asia: Discourses, Industries, Fandoms’ project.
Fashion, As We Knew It, Is Disappearing
Fashion Theory journal Editor-in-Chief Liudmila Alyabieva explains how the pandemic has changed our wardrobe as well as expectations of the fashion industry — and ourselves.
A Dossier of Deities: HSE University Scholars Create Electronic Database of Chinese Mythological Characters
The Institute for Oriental and Classical Studies (IOCS) at HSE University is developing an electronic database of Chinese mythological characters and motifs. Because nothing like it has ever been compiled, it meets an enormous demand. Project originators Elizaveta Volchkova, Olga Mazo, Aglaya Starostina and Alevtina Solovyova told IQ what they are attempting to accomplish and why Chinese mythology is both complicated and fascinating.
Spouses’ Common Religion Helps in Intercultural Marriage
When partners are of the same religion, it helps to compensate for any differences in their values, while monocultural couples are more satisfied with their marriage.
The Third Kotchoubey Readings: The Birth of a New Format for Digital Interactions
The Third International Kotchoubey Readings ended on October 9. Held online for the first time, this year’s event looked at ‘Digital Solutions for Private Collectors.’ Following are the topics the experts discussed and the results HSE students achieved.
HSE St. Petersburg’s Master’s Programme in Arts and Culture Management Partners with the Hermitage
As part of an agreement signed by HSE University and the State Hermitage in July 2019, the museum will become a partner of HSE–St. Petersburg’s Master’s programme in Arts and Culture Management. Hermitage staff will teach courses in the programme. The agreement also provides for joint projects and student internships at the museum.
Painted Eggs of Joy: The Meaning and Purpose of Easter Eggs in Folk Practices
Why are Easter eggs painted red? What can be done with consecrated eggshells? How did eggs become part of traditional rituals? Folklorist Andrei Moroz told IQ.HSE about some popular beliefs associated with Easter.
Fashion Designers in a Country of Shortages
Why was there always a shortage of fashionable clothing in the USSR? What was the typical career path for a Soviet fashion designer? Who had power and influence in the socialist fashion industry? HSE Associate Professor Yulia Papushina examined these questions by reconstructing the everyday life of the Perm Fashion House during the late socialism era. Her study is the first to look into the recent history of clothing design and manufacturing in Russian provinces.
Advice from Above: Sociologists Have Assessed the Impact that Priests Have on How Their Parishioners Vote
Political preferences of at least 21% of Orthodox voters in Russia may be influenced by the clergy and their fellow believers. Based on an online survey of 2,735 respondents, HSE University sociologists Kirill Sorvin and Maksim Bogachev concluded that religion has a considerable impact on people’s political choices. The scholars assume that the share of those who vote ‘in an Orthodox way’ may be higher: many respondents were under 34, and young people are a minority among Orthodox believers in Russia.