St. Petersburg Museum Night in Denmark
At the first international conference RETHINK Participatory Cultural Citizenship, which took place on November 14-16 in Aarhus, Denmark, Victoria Seneva, Research Assistant at the HSE Laboratory for Culture Economics in Saint Petersburg, presented a report titled ‘Museum Night in St.Petersburg: Online Formation of Cultural Services’. This was a joint project carried out with Maria Dedova, Junior Research Fellow of the Laboratory.
The RETHINK Participatory Cultural Citizenship conference is the first annual international event of the Aarhus-2017 project, and was dedicated to the problems of cultural and civil activity. The conference brought together experts from Canada, Portugal, Mexico, France, Russia, and several other countries.
The three-day conference programme included 27 panel meetings, from ‘City Images and Branding’ to ‘Ecology and Materiality after the Participatory Turn’ and ‘Citizen Production, Democracy and Critical Deliberation’. The researchers of the HSE Laboratory for Culture Economics in Saint Petersburg were particularly interested in the sections‘Participatory Museums’, ‘Urban Spaces’, and ‘Art and Participatory Citizenship/Strategies’.
The report by Victoria Seneva and Maria Dedova was dedicated to the innovative behaviour of museums and other cultural institutions during Museum Night. The research focused on the way consumers participated in product formation, with particular reference to museums.
‘In our study we analyzed the comments left on the official forum of Museum Night. During our research we applied content analysis and sentiment analysis. It was very useful for us to take part in the conference, and to meet international scholars. It also encouraged us to generate new ideas and continue our research’, said Victoria Sedova.
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.
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 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.
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.
Approximately six months before the introduction of restrictive measures, the Laboratory of Cultural Economics at the St. Petersburg campus of HSE began a study of how Russian and foreign museums conduct their online educational activities. The researchers released their initial findings in late January 2020, having managed to “take the temperature” of this market before the pandemic hit. Professor Valery Gordin and Research Associate Irina Sizova explain what it was like before the coronavirus crisis and how it will look afterwards.
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.
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.
The Museum on Your Fridge: Take the Gift Shop Quiz and Find out How Souvenirs Shape St. Petersburg’s Image
Whether it’s a magnet, a bookmark, or a postcard with a picture of a beloved artist – any kind of souvenir influences a museum’s image in the eyes of visitors and is considered to be an important marketing tool. Souvenirs, which tourists bring home as keepsakes of their travels, play an even bigger role in shaping the brand of a city as whole.
For a long time, it was mainly art and theatre critics who wrote for a wide audience about dance from a spectator’s perspective. Later, philosophers and ethnographers began to study dance from different angles. But only when people with first-hand experience, i.e. dancers, joined in, did dance and movement studies get off to a real start. Irina Sirotkina explains how dance studies evolved in the 20th century.
On October 11-12, the HSE St. Petersburg campus hosted the first ever international Kochubey Readings, devoted to the study of private collections in Russia and around the world. The conference took place under the patronage of the Kochubey family, members of which travelled to Russia from France, Belgium, and the U.S.