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Evgeniy Anisimov, Tenured Professor at HSE, Awarded by Russian Government

Evgeniy Anisimov, Professor of History and Chief Research Fellow at the Centre for Historical Research (HSE Campus in St. Petersburg), has received the Russian government’s award for 2014 in the field of culture. The award recognizes Anisimov for the International Congress of the Towns and Cities of Peter the Great, a cultural and educational programme in which he serves as academic supervisor.

The International Congress of the Towns and Cities of Peter the Great, which has been held in St. Petersburg since 2009, is devoted to the settlements that are connected with the name of Peter I in one way or another – cities where he lived, which he founded, and which he traveled to for ambassadorial visits.

One of the goals of this programme is to identify, list and describe the historical and cultural monuments on Russian territory that are associated with the activities of Peter I and his closest associates. It also aims to make use of Peter the Great’s legacy in the tourism industry.

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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.

Spouses’ Common Religion Helps in Intercultural Marriage

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 Kotchoubey Readings: The Birth of a New Format for Digital Interactions

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.

HSE St. Petersburg’s Master’s Programme in Arts and Culture Management Partners with the Hermitage

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.

Painted Eggs of Joy: The Meaning and Purpose of Easter Eggs in Folk Practices

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.

Fashion Designers in a Country of Shortages

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.

Anthropological Pirouette

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.

HSE Boasts the Best English Website among Russian Universities

HSE University has maintained its leading position in the ranking compiled by the Russian Council for International Affairs. The ranking evaluated the websites of 65 Russian universities. HSE was awarded 104 points out of 108, increasing its position by 11 points on last year. HSE's closest rival ranked a further 17 points behind, which is a larger gap than previously.

The Soviet Film Revolution

The October Revolution created a new cinema. At first, 'the most important of all arts' struggled to keep up with social transformations and was not yet used as a weapon in the fight for a communist culture. But the mid-1920s, an innovative, cutting-edge film industry had emerged from sources such as theatre, street performance, posters, poetry and circus shows. This industry was able to do what the politicians had failed to achieve, namely trigger a world revolution.