HSE Petersburg Historians and Social Researchers at the XVI April Conference on Social and Economic Development
With less than a month until the XVI International April Conference opens in Moscow, academics from HSE St Petersburg are preparing sections and seminars on a broad range of research topics from space exploration in pre-revolutionary Russia to contemporary happiness and work.
The HSE St Petersburg Centre for Historical Research and the School of History are organising two sections of the XVI April International Conference which begins in Moscow on 7th April 2015. The sections are called New Methodological Approach in History 1and New Methodological Approach in History 2.They will be chaired by Professor Alexander Semyonov, Head of the School and Director of the international research project working group Comparative Historical Studies of Empire and Nationalism.
HSE historians are preparing the following papers for the sections:
- Relational Spaces in Contemporary German Sociology and History (by Ivan Sablin, Senior Lecturer at the School of History, a research fellow at the CHR and a member of the working group on Comparative historical research on Empire and Nationalism)
- How new is new spatial history? (by Anton Kotenko, Junior Research Fellow at CHR, and member of the working group on Comparative historical research on Empire and Nationalism)
- Imagined Continuities in Soviet City Symbols (by Evgeny Manzhurin, doctoral student at the St Petersburg School of History)
- One Show to Please Them All: Selling Status and Nationalism in Late Imperial Russia (by Nikita Balagurov, doctoral student at the St Petersburg School of History)
- The perception of space and boundaries in diplomatic documents of Rus' and Lithuania, XV-XVI cc. (by Kuzma Kukushkin, doctoral student at the HSE St Petersburg School of History)
- Empire of Science: Scientific Colonisation of Space in the late Russian Empire, 1845 – 1914 (by Dmitry Mordvinov, PhD Candidate at UBC and an affiliated researcher at CHR)
Meanwhile the Laboratory for Comparative Social Research LCRS is lining up expert speakers and participants for it’s Fifth International Workshop ‘Social and Cultural changes in cross-national perspective: Subjective Well-being, Trust, Social capital and Values’ which will take place in Moscow as a part of the XVI April Conference.
The workshop aims to develop empirical quantitative comparative (cross-country and cross-regional) studies in social science. The topics for the conference are Subjective Well-being and Social Capital, Trust and Social Capital, Norms, Values and Value Change, Informal relations and Corruption, Precarious Work and Subjective Well-being.
The keynote speakers bring a truly international flavour to the workshop. HSE LCRS Professor Christian Welzel’s research focuses on the question of how ordinary people’s value orientations vary across the political cultures of contemporary societies in a global comparative perspective. Welzel has published extensively about developmental processes that transform political cultures and how such transformations affect political institutions, especially democracy.
Eric Uslaner, Professor of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland is author of The Moral Foundations of Trustand Corruption, Inequality and the Rule of Lawin which he suggests that the roots of corruption lie in economic and legal inequality and low levels of generalised trust.
Professor Fabrizio Zilibotti currently holds the Chair of Macroeconomics and Political Economy of the Department of Economics at the University of Zurich. He is Scientific Director and Deputy Director of the UBS International Center of Economics in Society. His research interests include economic growth and development, political economy, macroeconomics, and the economic development of China. He has also written about trust and the role of distrust in conflicts in Africa.
Arne Kalleberg is a Kenan Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina. He studies labor force issues at the interface of sociology, economics, and psychology. He has written extensively on the emergence of nonstandard work arrangements such as temporary, contract, and part-time work in the US, Asia and Europe. His recent book, Good Jobs, Bad Jobs: The Rise of Polarized and Precarious Employment Systems in the United States, 1970s to 2000s(Russell Sage Foundation, 2011), examines the growing precarity of work and the polarization of jobs with regard to earnings as well as non-economic rewards such as the control people have over their work activities and schedules, especially in balancing work and family. His major current projects include a cross-national study of precarious work in a number of Asian countries (China, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam).
Russian women who associated with Soviet allies during World War II were subjected to unusually harsh persecution. This was especially true in the north of the country that saw the arrival of thousands of U.S. and British sailors. For having contact with these foreigners, Soviet women received the same severe punishment meted out to Nazi collaborators: charges of treason and 10 years in a forced labour camp. HSE Associate Professor Liudmila Novikova studied how and why this policy shaped their destinies.
As it entered its third decade of existence this year, HSE University’s annual April Conference experienced a first: it was held in an online distributed format. HSE News Service spoke with organizers and participants about the event.
HSE experts have analyzed the position of Russian non-commodity sectors in global production and opportunities for their revitalization. The researchers believe that long-term sustainable growth of its non-commodity exports can be achieved by repositioning and including them in the global value chain at some more advanced stages than the supply of raw materials and semi-finished products.
From Moscow to Brazil, South Africa, and China: Panelists Discuss Challenges and Potential for BRICS Countries in the Global Economy
On May 14, as part of the ‘World Economy’ session of the XXI April Conference 2020 an online panel attended by representatives of BRICS Network University took place. The session was devoted to the topic ‘BRICS Countries in the Global Economy’.
In a recent report, HSE experts evaluated the world’s 14 countries hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic based on data (including the number of recorded deaths) from May 1, 2020 or later. The report also examined 16 other countries whose experience was considered significant. While refraining from making generalizations, experts nonetheless noted that leaders in Europe and the United States have generally not responded to the situation as effectively as their Asian counterparts. Africa, meanwhile, follows its own course, while the situation in Brazil is worse.
The world’s modern food systems are going through a fundamentally new stage of technological development known as Agriculture 4.0. This digital approach relies on the use of robotechnics, the Internet of Things, biotechnologies, and other smart solutions. Is Russian agriculture ready for this transformation? What should be the government’s role in this process? These issues are the focus of the report, ‘Innovative Development of Russian Agricultural Industry. Agriculture 4.0».
Isabelle R. Kaplan, a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the International Centre for the History and Sociology of World War II and Its Consequences, talks about her research on non-Slavic minorities in the Soviet Union in an interview to the HSE Look.
April International Academic Conference is held in a distributed format this year, with some sessions broadcast online and papers and video presentations from others posted on the conference website. Professor Dr Ger Graus, first Global Director of Education at KidZania, is an invited speaker at Digital Transformation of Education session that is also conducted in this new distributed form. His paper is devoted to preparing children for digital era through non-formal education.
On April 7, 2020, the XXI April International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development, organized by HSE University together with the World Bank, commenced. This year, the conference will be held in a distributed format.
‘The April Conference Will Not Only Confirm, But Strengthen Its Reputation as a Platform for Innovative Research’
Evgeny Yasin, HSE Academic Supervisor and Head of the Programme Committee of the XXI April Conference, addressed participants of the forum, which is being held in a distributed format this year.