Culture of Historical Memory: World War II and Political Regimes of the 20th Century
A group of 14 undergraduate and postgraduate students from the Department of History at HSE St. Petersburg took part in a joint research and educational seminar with Humboldt University in Berlin and Bielefeld. The seminar, which was devoted to the culture of historical memory of World War II and Political Regimes of the 20th century, was led by Alexander Semyonov, Head of the Department of History, Dietmar Wulff, Associate Professor at the Department and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Kerstin Bischl of the Humboldt University Chair for the History of Eastern Europe. The trip was made possible thanks to a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service.
From July 6-12, history students from HSE St. Petersburg and 15 Master’s students from Humboldt University took part in a series of seminars and discussions focused on the politics of history and memory of World War II in Germany and Russia, controversies and intersections between public, family and private memories of the war, diversity in commemoration practices and blurred borders between history and memory.
The practically informal discussions between Russian and German students encouraged cultural exchanges among all participants and made it possible to compare different national and personal cultures of memory, define different ways of narrating and commemorating the past and articulating controversies. For instance, while in the official Soviet and Russian context the predominance of rhetoric about heroism and victory tends to ignore the complexity of the Stalinist regime, in Germany the issue of victimization collides with the necessity to create a narrative about Wehrmacht soldiers during the war.
Theoretical discussions in the classrooms were combined with various fieldtrips to memorial sites in Berlin that embody particular models of memory and its contemporary interpretations. Seminar participants visited several museums and memorials dedicated to the war and to the victims of the Nazi regime, such as the German-Russian Museum Berlin-Karlshorst, the former Sachsenhausen concentration camp and the Holocaust Memorial. The fieldtrips were followed by a survey of contemporary discussions in German society about those monuments, museums and memorial sites.
The urban context of Berlin also played a significant role for the research seminar as it allowed symbolic or material continuities to be traced between different periods of history of the city itself in order to explore the role of memorials in contemporary everyday practices.
After several days in Berlin, the group of students and professors from HSE St. Petersburg arrived in Bielefeld where they took part in several presentations and discussions at the Department of History of the University of Bielefeld. They also visited a former camp for Soviet prisoners of World War II where the Stukenbrock Museum is currently situated.
The second part of the seminar begins on July 21 when the group of 15 students from Humboldt University will arrive in St. Petersburg.
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.