Russia and Brazil: Studying Global Media Together
A group from Brazil’s Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais visited the HSE to participate in a seminar that was part of the ‘Russia-Brazil Major Sport Events: Social Commotion in Global Media’ joint project.
The project was initiated by Assistant Professor Renira Gambarato of HSE’s Faculty of Communication, Media and Design and Adjunct Professor in Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais’s Faculty of Media, Geane Alzamora, and involves a group of six researchers from each university.
‘We created this project to research coverage of the Sochi Olympics and the Brazilian World Cup in various media outlets and on major social networks. The project started in January 2014 and is expected to last two years. We hope that work will continue after 2016 as well though. This will allow us to study how the media and social networks react to such mega sporting events like the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil and the 2018 World Cup in Russia,’ Renira Gambarato comments.
The project’s research subject is not sport itself, but the things that surround all sporting events, including political, social and economic processes. Problems with corruption and the budgets of sporting events are important for both countries. The researchers are also concerned with objectivity in covering delicate issues such as problems with sport and the LGBT community, as well as how social media outlets react to these problems.
The project is still far from over, but one could now say that despite Russia and Brazil being very different countries, they are similarities regarding the difficulties behind the organization of large sporting events. The comparison of what is happening in both countries is an important component in planned research. The research will provide a better understanding of the underlying processes of the sports world and of the involvement of the media and social networks in these processes.
Publications and presentations are planned to be created as part of the project, and seminars are set to take place with both countries’ participation. The first of such seminars was held at the HSE on October 20-21 of this year, and the second is planned to take place in Brazil in October 2015 where research results will be presented.
As part of the International Partners Week, a ceremony of setting up Ca' Foscari University Information Corner at HSE University took place on June 19.
On June 18, the third International Partners’ Week ‘Academic Agility: Preparing Students for an Uncertain Future’ began at HSE University. The event brings together representatives of more than 30 universities from 16 countries, including France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Turkey, the USA, Finland, the United Kingdom, and China. They have all come to Moscow to learn more about the kind of learning experience HSE University can provide, as well as to discuss practical challenges and solutions regarding international mobility.
On June 3-4, a conference entitled ‘Beyond Post-Truth: Media Landscapes in the “Age of Insecurity”’ was held in St. Petersburg. The conference was jointly organized by the Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities (IGITI) at HSE University, the Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe at GWZO Leipzig, the Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt, and Justus Liebig University Giessen.
This May, HSE and the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI, Republic of Korea) signed a cooperation agreement on science and advanced technology research. This agreement was signed by Leonid Gokhberg, HSE First Vice Rector, Director of the Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge, and Dr. Hwang-Hee Cho, STEPI President.
This year's theme of the International Partners Week held this past May at HSE St. Petersburg was ‘Nurturing Global Citizens for a Global World’. Participants gathered to discuss common issues that universities face in regard to internationalisation, exchange approaches to implementing the Global Citizens concept, visit the university’s facilities, acquaint HSE SPb students with universities overseas, and, of course, enjoy St Petersburg’s White Nights.
On May 23-24, following the Days of the International Academy of Education held earlier this week, the General Assembly of the International Academy of Education took place at HSE University Moscow. The assembly brings together education researchers and experts from all over the world, and this is the first time that the biannual meeting was held in Russia. Over the course of two days, members discussed joint projects and publications and met newly inducted members who had the opportunity to introduce themselves and present their research. Members also took part in small group discussions on a variety of topics, including digital literacy and math education.
On May 20, the Days of the International Academy of Education commenced at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. Experts from all over the world engaged in identifying global education policy trends will hold a series of meetings, master classes, seminars and open lectures. They will share their experience with Russian researchers, instructors and education policy makers over the course of three days.
On May 17-18, HSE’s Faculty of Communications, Media, and Design hosted its annual Telling Stories Fest in Moscow with the support of the Moscow Innovation Agency. In the festival’s first discussion forum, ‘Storytelling: How to Talk to Be Heard’, festival headliners and media industry experts shared personal stories of success as well as their thoughts on the future of storytelling.
On May 17 and 18, the annual Telling Stories festival, organized by the Faculty of Communications, Media and Design, will take place in Moscow. Festival guests will be able to attend a public talk with a Hollywood director, learn how to create their own successful micromedia, see a theater performance by HSE students and much more. Entry to all of the festival events is free.
This year, the HSE Faculty of Law is launching new extended programmes in Common Law, for which graduates will receive a degree from the University of London. These programmes are open for first-year students, as well as for other students and professionals.