Russian Language Festival to Take Place on Red Square
From May 31 to June 3, as part of the Red Square Book Fair, a Russian language festival will be held with the help of the HSE School of Philology.
Maria Rovinskaya, Deputy Head of the School of Philology and programme director of the festival, will deliver a lecture on May 31 on language borrowing (Small Stage, 1.30 – 2.30pm). Elena Arutyunova from RSUH will then conduct an Orthography Contest at the Lecture Centre from 5 to 6pm.
On June 2, from 10.30 to 11.30am, Maxim Krongauz, Alexander Piperski, and Anton Somin, employees of the HSE Laboratory of Linguistic Conflict Resolution Studies and Contemporary Communicative Practices, will speak about online conversations and present their internet language dictionary. Later on, Olga Severskaya, journalist and researcher at the Vinogradov Institute of Russian Language, will share her observations on the modern media language on the Small Stage from 3.30 to 4.30pm.
On the final day of the festival, June 3, Alexey Mikheev, editor-in-chief of the ‘21st Century Dictionaries’ website (Slovari XXI Veka), will present a new issue of his culturological dictionary ‘ Россия. Russia’ .From 11am to 12 pm, Vladimir Pakhomov, editor-in-chief at gramota.ru, will deliver a lecture focusing on myths around the Russian language. The festival will finish with a talk by Elina Streikmane, a Russian language teacher, on today’s pronunciation norms and the principles of orthoepic dictionaries.
Big Book, one of Russia’s most prestigious literary prizes, has been awarded in Moscow, and the biographical book Venedikt Yerofeev: a Stranger has taken the first prize. The book was co-authored by Oleg Lekmanov (Professor in the HSE Faculty of Humanities), Mikhail Sverdlov (Associate Professor in the HSE School of Literary History and Theory) and Ilya Simanovsky.
Moscow Lectures, a new series of books in English, is set to be published by Springer Nature. The series is issued jointly by HSE and Skoltech, and its Editor-in-Chief is Alexey Gorodentsev, Professor at the HSE Faculty of Mathematics. Twelve volumes are currently in preparation and the first volume will be published at the beginning of June 2018. The series builds on the outstanding research and education in the field of mathematics in Moscow. It is aimed at graduate and undergraduate students, as well as lecturers and researchers, across the globe.
On September 26 and 27, the HSE School of Philology hosted Professor Brian Baer of Kent University (Ohio, USA) for a lecture entitled ‘The Translator’s Biography in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia: Art, Politics, Identity’, followed by a workshop on ‘Teaching Translation Studies’. Following his lecture and workshop, Professor Baer spoke with the HSE News Service about his career as a translator, the role of the translator in society and his recommendations for international readers looking for exposure to Russian literature.
The Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA) held a roundtable to discuss ‘Russia. The 20th Century’, a book that aims to present contemporary Russia to Western audiences using visual cultural codes and emotional response. Several HSE faculty members took part in the event.
Sergey Kavtaradze’s ‘The Anatomy of Architecture: Seven Books on Logic, Form and Meaning’ – published by the HSE Publishing House – has been awarded the Enlightener Prize in the Humanities category.
From September 23 to October 2, the HSE School of Philology (Faculty of Humanities) will host Susanna Witt, Associate Professor, Senior Research Fellow, Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Uppsala University (Sweden). During this time she will lecture at a conference on World Literature as a Soviet Project, as well as teach several lectures in the School of Philology.
Anton Zainiev and Daria Varlamova, recent HSE graduates, have written a popular science book This is Crazy! A guidebook of psychological disorders for a big city resident. The authors told us why an urban resident needs to understand how their head works, how journalism can be turned into a non-fiction book, and why bipolar disorder seems fashionable. Anton and Daria also told us how and why they decided to write the book.
Before the long winter break, the HSE news service asked researchers and lecturers at the university for recommendation on what to read during the holidays. We asked them to name two books each, one that they have read ‘for pleasure’ and another one related to their area of professional interest that is easily accessible for everyone. The result is that our selection includes detective stories, forecasts on the development of a civilization with artificial intelligence, a novel on experimental relations between four adults, and a book about primates, which takes a curious look at human behaviour.
How Russians think bears little resemblance to Germans’ attention to detail or American cheerfulness. The difference can be explained, at least in part, by looking at linguistic peculiarities. A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) launched by HSE called ‘Understanding Russians: Contexts of Intercultural Communication’ investigates cases when basic Russian cultural values show up through linguistic choices, which may influence the way people act. The nine-week course was first offered in 2014 and was tremendously successful. It will run for the second time starting October 12, 2015. Mira Bergelson, professor in the Faculty of Humanities at HSE and the author of the course, shared the core principles of making contact with people who don’t smile on the street but who may become your best friends after just a few meetings.