The Future of Research, Usable Pasts and the Social Research Possibilities of Gaming
The International Student Research Forum in early February at HSE in St. Petersburg brought together over 300 participants from eight countries.
The list included professors and students from University College, London, the University of York, the University of Glasgow (Great Britain), Indiana University and the University of Texas (USA), The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, the Copenhagen Business School, the University of Ferrara, the University of Venice (Italy), HSE, and St. Petersburg State University.
The students shared the results of their research projects and listened to lectures by renowned scholars. The forum was organized in ten topical sessions, including mini conferences in finance, logistics, economics, management, big data analysis, sociology, political science, public administration, and experience economy.
One of the speakers, Dr. Robert Kravchuk from Indiana University, was impressed by the quality of students’ papers, ‘The presentations I managed to see were smart, clear and very well executed. I think the brainstorming sessions especially, made it a very useful event for the students. I was happy to participate and hope to continue cooperation with the Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg’, Dr. Kravchuk said.
Alexander Semyonov, Deputy Director of HSE in St. Petersburg, noted that ‘the forum marked a new stage in the development of student research at the university. Future professionals and researchers had the opportunity to become part of the international research community on the HSE’s platform, which, ultimately contributes to the development of both research and practice’.
Well-known Russian and international scholars who spoke at the forum shared their predictions on the trends facing young researchers on their way to master’s and further degrees in the future.
There was also a mini conference entitled ‘Usable Pasts’ at the student forum during which students of the master’s programme in Applied and Interdisciplinary History discussed work with cultural heritage and museum collections, the history of technology, environmental history, urban history, and comparative history of empires.
Professor David Moon from the University of York delivered a plenary lecture on an environmental history project on studying important natural and cultural landmarks in Russia and Great Britain.
Twenty-three students, including five doctoral, ten master’s, and eight undergraduate students from eight countries (Russia, Ukraine, Finland, Brazil, India, Ghana, Great Britain, and the U.S.) took part in the mini conference.
A special place in the International Student Forum agenda was dedicated to the study of video games, internet, and virtual reality. The session ‘Social research of video games, internet, and virtual reality’ included ten papers on the players’ role models, on the opportunities of social interaction in games, on economic determination and research problems that could be solved by studying gaming reality.
Students and scholars from HSE in St. Petersburg, University of Tampere (Finland), and University of Gothenburg (Sweden), together with businesspeople from Amini Lab and Playvision discussed prospective research in virtual reality and developing the next generation of learning games.
Daniil Alexandrov, Head of the HSE St. Petersburg School of Social Sciences and Humanities, explained to the audience how games can serve as experimental platforms for studying social behavior. For example, the transition from one server to another and from one game to another may be a model of other transitions of any scale, from labour migration between countries, to career mobility and changing jobs. Criminal behavior of terrorists or drug dealers can be studied by means of video games when watching how players break the strict rules of virtual gaming without breaking laws in the real world. Another topic, successful team building, which is important for management both in business and sports, can also be studied by means of video games, where players’ group activities are logged on game servers. So, games are ideal laboratories for studying social behavior in dynamics.
Professor Frans Mäyrä, head of Game Research Lab at the University of Tampere, was a guest speaker at the session. In his lecture, he talked about the history of game research as an academic area, described the latest trends and directions in game research, the specifics of researchers’ interdisciplinary collaboration, and the discussed the problems of education in this field.
On July 31, the II International Economics Olympiad (IEO) for high school students came to a close in Saint Petersburg. In the team competition, the Brazilian team won the gold medal, while teams from China won silver and bronze. One of Russian teams placed fifth.
The HSE University and Kyung Hee University double degree programme ‘Economics and Politics in Asia’ is currently enrolling students. Its academic supervisor, Denis Shcherbakov, spoke about the advantages of the programme, internships at Asian universities and companies, as well as the new focus on Southeast Asia.
On July 24, the second annual International Economics Olympiad (IEO) for high school students kicked off at HSE University in St. Petersburg. The competition is organized by HSE University with the support of Sberbank. Students from 24 countries will compete over the course of a week. The winners will be able to enroll in any HSE Economics programme in 2020 with a full tuition scholarship.
In June, faculty members from HSE’s School of Cultural Studies, the School of Philosophy, and the Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities met with colleagues from the University of Pittsburgh (USA) and a Russian art historian to participate in a round table on the importance of gender studies in the humanities. The researchers discussed questions such as what historians, philosophers, and historians can achieve when approaching their fields of study from the standpoint of gender studies, and what the state of gender studies is in contemporary Russia and abroad.
Participants of Russian-Chinese Summer School on International Affairs Tackle Trade, International Institutions, and More
On Thursday, July 11, students and faculty of the International Russian-Chinese Summer School on International Affairs bid farewell with a festive awards ceremony and closing lecture by Professor Sergey Karaganov, Academic Supervisor and Dean of the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs.
One of the perks of studying at HSE University is its wide range of academic mobility programmes. Ksenia Semykina, a master’s student of Comparative Social Research, recently spent a semester at the Free University of Berlin with the support of an Erasmus+ scholarship. She shared some practical advice on how to live and study abroad with HSE News Service.
HSE University and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme signed an agreement to conduct joint research on urban development. HSE Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov and UN Under-Secretary-General Maimunah Mohd Sharif, who heads the UN-Habitat programme, signed the letter of intent at the recent Moscow Urban Forum, which was held on July 4-7 at Moscow’s Zaryadye Park.
Students who have been accepted to the HSE bachelor’s programmes in ‘Law’ and ‘Private Law’ may simultaneously enroll in the second degree programme at the University of London to supplement their basic training. The second degree programme is also open to external students and working professionals.
On June 24 – 28, HSE University – St. Petersburg hosted the International University Startups & Spin-Offs Festival (HSE Fest), which brings together students from across the world to pitch their startups for a one-time chance to win grants that will help them take their projects to the next level.
The International Centre for the History and Sociology of World War II and its Consequences at HSE University held a Graduate Student Seminar in Soviet History together with Sciences Po (France) on June 17 – 18, 2019. HSE News Service spoke with participants and instructors of the seminar, which examinedthe impact of WWII on the Soviet Union and surrounding regions, as well as aspects of the Soviet system from Stalin up to the 1980s.