HSE and Freie Universitaet Berlin Expand Their Cooperation
An Agreement of Cooperation between National Research University Higher School of Economics and Freie Universitaet Berlin has been signed ‘to further the effective and mutually beneficial cooperation’.
Started by the sociologists in 2013, the synergy of the two universities will now be strengthened with all the departments joining bilateral communication. Both universities agreed upon exchanging students, doctoral students, faculty and administrative staff, as well as on sharing all the relevant information in the whole spectrum of academic areas.
President of Freie Universitaet Berlin, professor Peter-André Alt: ‘Working out closer forms of cooperation with the Higher School of Economics in Moscow is an important strategic component of the international networking policy of Freie Universität Berlin. Particularly students and junior researchers will benefit greatly from the new cooperation agreement between the two institutions.’
Yaroslav Kuzminov, HSE Rector: ‘We see mutual interest towards cooperation both on the researchers’ and on students’ part. We have similar values, our universities are relatively young and innovative, so it was easy for our staff to find common language. The newly signed agreement opens a way for more students and doctoral students as well to get international study experiences, compare different teaching strategies and “widen their horizons”. German-Russian exchange is particularly good in this respect. Berlin and Moscow are congenial and we are always comfortable working with our German colleagues.’
The first exchange agreement between the Eastern Institute and the Institute of Sociology of Freie Universität and the Higher School of Economics was signed 2 years ago. ‘We started our cooperation, aiming to establish a platform for intensive contacts between younger researchers and renowned specialists in Sociology and related fields. A network of talented specialists interested in joint research of modern societies in East and West has been shaped to date,’ — professor Alexander Chepurenko, Head of HSE School of Sociology says.
‘There has been a strong interest in spending a semester at the Higher School of Economics on the part of the German students during these years - professor Katharina Bluhm from the interdisciplinary Institute for East-European Studies of Freie Universität agrees, - We have also done research projects, a number of conferences for PhD students and a Summer School for master students together. Now the cooperation is going to be further intensified, especially on the doctoral level.’
This year’s field season is over, and despite the difficulties caused by the pandemic, archaeologists from the Centre of Classical and Oriental Archaeology at the Institute for Oriental and Classical Studies (IOCS) were able to undertake their scheduled expeditions to Italy, Turkey, and Abkhazia. The Centre is the only Russian institution that conducts regular archaeological research in the Mediterranean region—the heart of ancient civilization, where neither Soviet nor Russian classical archaeologists have ever worked before.
The conference on Philosophy and Culture in Time of Pandemics ran from September 30 to 2 October 2021. It was divided into seven sessions held in a hybrid format. The organizers and participants discussed major topics such as social transformation during the pandemic, the role of mass media in shaping perceptions of the pandemic, and the epistemological and ethical issues that have arisen as a result.
The pandemic has forced many companies to rethink their approach to charity and to change their priorities in terms of corporate social responsibility. Meeting the needs of the elderly, women, and people with disabilities is a top priority, and the social agenda is becoming a key part of HSE University’s educational programmes. These topics were discussed at the business dialogue on Corporate Social Responsibility Beyond COVID-19 hosted by the HSE Graduate School of Business.
The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated our swift adaptation to big challenges and strengthened cooperation ties between researchers, politicians, and entrepreneurs on national and global levels. The accumulated life and goal setting practices in the new reality will be discussed on October 15–26, 2021 by participants of the XI International Academic Conference ‘Foresight and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy’ organised by the Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge (ISSEK).
On September 28, the HSE Centre for Cultural Sociology held the first session of the Moscow Culture Workshop 2021–2022 – a series of meetings where participants have an opportunity to discuss research papers prepared by prominent scholars. Jeffrey C. Alexander, Lillian Chavenson Saden Professor of Sociology at Yale University, delivered the first lecture, entitled ‘Nature as Iconic Object: Its Performative Creation’. Dmitry Kurakin, Director of the Centre for Cultural Sociology, spoke to the HSE News Service about the purpose and setup of the workshop.
The project team ‘Regulatory framework to prevent remote work-related psychosocial risks’ of the HSE University Faculty of Law has held an interdisciplinary online workshop to discuss the possible psychosocial risks faced by telecommuters. Participants learned more about the preliminary results of a survey conducted among Russians in summer 2021. In addition, guest experts from French and German universities spoke about EU countries’ experiences in preventing psychosocial risks.
A report by students of MIEM has won a prestigious prize at the 44th International Conference on Telecommunications and Signal Processing organized by Brno University of Technology in the Czech Republic. The project by the HSE students was named the best student work by the organizing committee.
On September 30, Stephen Riegg, Assistant Professor of History of the Texas A&M University, presented his book Russia’s Entangled Embrace: The Tsarist Empire and the Armenians, 1801-1914 at the first seminar of this year’s Boundaries of History series.We spoke with Professor Alexander Semyonov, the seminar chair and the Director of the HSE Centre for Historical Research, about the goals of the seminar and to Stephen Riegg about his research.
‘Students Should Read Dostoevsky or Tolstoy Because They Help Readers See beyond the Noise of Our Present’
On September 23, the HSE School of Philological Studies launched the third season of its international academic workshop on ‘The 19th-Century Russian Novel: Corpus, Poetics, Social Imaginary’. We talked to Alexey Vdovin, Associate Professor at the School of Philological Studies, about the workshop’s plans and international cooperation, as well as to Ani Kokobobo, Chair of the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Languages and Literatures at the University of Kansas, who opened this year’s workshop with her report ‘Strange Bedfellows – Leo Tolstoy and Andrea Dworkin’.
The speakers of the International Congress of Mathematicians, a key global mathematics event held every four years by the International Mathematical Union, have been announced. The next ICM will take place in St. Petersburg, Russia, in July 2022. Five researchers from the HSE Faculty of Mathematics will present their papers at the congress.