In autumn the Sociology Association’s First International Forum was held in Barcelona. Usually the Association holds a congress every four years, but doesn’t usually hold a forum. The most recent Congress was held in Durban (South Africa) in 2006. The next is planned for Gothenburg (Switzerland) in July 2010. This forum however, dealt with a new topic. It was focused on the concept of Public Sociology.
On October 28th, as part of the “Urgent research and design in education” workshop, there was a discussion of the PIRLS international comparative research results from 2006 on the reading skills of primary school pupils, where Russia occupied the top position among the 40 participating countries.
On November 17 Howard Davis, the LSE director, presented a lecture "Credit Crunch and Its Consequences" at the SU—HSE. Mr. Davis depicted the global financial crush as a drama consisting of five parts: subprime, liquidity, unravelling,meltdown and pumping. At the end of his lecture Mr. Davis offered several ways to overcome the crisis.
On October 10-11th, an International forum on "The History of Economic Thinking and Methodology" took place at the HSE. This event was organized by the HSE Economics faculty in cooperation with Wuhan University, China.
Martin Gilman, a former senior representative of the International Monetary Fund in Russia, is a professor at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow speaks for The Moscow Times.
This year, Russian sociology is celebrating its 50th anniversary. It seems like a good time to reflect on its current situation. On the eve of the Third All-Russia Sociological Congress, the HSE First Deputy Rector, the Department of Economic Sociology Chief Vadim Radaev spoke to us about this event.