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International Conference on ‘The Post-Soviet Space as a Language Project: Media, Politics, and Culture’

On December 20-21 the HSE is hosting an international conference on ‘The Post-Soviet Space as a Language Project: Media, Politics, and Culture’. The conference has been organized by the HSE Faculty of Media Communications and the RANEPA Centre for Humanitarian Studies with the support of the Mikhail Prokhorov Foundation. Leading researchers from Russia, Germany, Finland, Great Britain, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan will attend.

In today’s social environment with its extraordinarily complex architecture, the role of language is not at all straightforward: it can be a “cage-barrier”, a “bridge-lift”, a “door-key”, connecting and dividing, oppressing and liberating.

Speakers at the conference will include Professor Maksim Krongauz, author of ‘Russian on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown’, HSE Professor and well-known philologist Gassan Guseinov, sociologist Andreas Languenoll, and RGGU Professor, culturologist Igor Kondakov.

The conference will highlight the most important aspects of the ethnolinguistic situation in Russia and abroad, and determine the role of the media in the formation of these phenomena. The reports will cover such topics as linguistic capital and the linguistic market, theories and practices of language building, language discrimination and linguicide, political correctness, freedom of speech, representation of language problems in literary and media texts, etc..

The researchers will discuss post-Soviet practices of linguo-cultural building, implemented in politics, education, science, literature, and media on a global, national, regional, and local scale. The participants will try to determine the role of languages and media in constructing  the identity of countries, regions, diasporas, social groups, movements, and cultural communities.

The event will take place in the HSE building at 2/8 Khitrovsky Pereulok, Building 5. Everyone interested is welcome.

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