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Elena R. Iarskaia-Smirnova

  • Tenured Professor (2016)
  • Elena R. Iarskaia-Smirnova has been at HSE University since 2008.

Education, Degrees and Academic Titles

  • 2011

    PhD
    Göteborgs universitet
    Thesis Title: Gender and Class in Russian Welfare Policy: Soviet Legacies and Contemporary Challenges

  • 1999
    Professor
  • 1997

    Doctor of Sciences* in Sociology of Culture
    Saratov State Technical University
    Thesis Title: Socio-cultural analysis of otherness

  • 1993

    Master's in Social work
    Göteborgs universitet, Social work

  • 1989

    Candidate of Sciences* (PhD) in Philosophical Sciences
    Thesis Title: Philosophical analysis of folk culture

  • 1989

    Doctoral programme in Philosophy
    Saratov Chernyshevsky State University, Social sciences

  • 1984

    Degree in Mathematics
    Saratov Chernyshevsky State University, Mechanico-mathematical

* Candidate of Sciences
According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, Candidate of Sciences belongs to ISCED level 8 - "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar. Candidate of Sciences allows its holders to reach the level of the Associate Professor.
* Doctor of Sciences
A post-doctoral degree called Doctor of Sciences is given to reflect second advanced research qualifications or higher doctorates in ISCED 2011.

Awards and Accomplishments

Best Teacher – 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

Other responsibilities

Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Social Policy Studies

Student Term / Thesis Papers

Full list of of student term / thesis papers

Courses (2021/2022)

Courses (2019/2020)

Courses (2017/2018)

Methodology of the dissertation research and оrganizing the work with bibliography (Postgraduate course’s programme; 1 year, 1 semester)Rus

Editorial board membership

  • 2003: Member of the Editorial Council, Женщина в российском обществе (Woman in Russian Society).

  • 2003: Deputy Editor-in-chief, Журнал исследований социальной политики (Journal of Social Policy Studies).

  • 2000: Member of the Editorial Council, Журнал социологии и социальной антропологии.

  • 1999: Member of the Editorial Council, ИНТЕРакция. ИНТЕРвью. ИНТЕРпретация (INTERaction. INTERview. INTERpretation).

  • 2014–2015: Guest Editor, Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal.

  • 2012–2014: Guest Editor, International Social Work.

Conferences

  • 2021
    International Research Conference «Inequalities and social policy: New approaches to researching exclusion and disability», (Санкт-Петербург). Presentation: Disability Mediatization: New Actors and Challenges in Digital Age
  • «РАЗВИТИЕ СОЦИАЛЬНОЙ РАБОТЫ И ГЛОБАЛЬНЫЕ ВЫЗОВЫ» (Ташкент). Presentation: Социальная поддержка в эпоху пандемии: роль гражданских инициатив
  • 2020
    XXI Апрельская международная конференция по проблемам развития экономики и общества (Москва). Presentation: Ценностные ориентиры и опыт реформ социальной сферы в российских регионах в логике нового социального менеджмента
  • Post-Soviet Women – Ways to Empowerment (Уппсала). Presentation: Transgression and empowerment in public images of women with disabilities in today’s Russia
  • Интеракция. Интеграция. Инклюзия (Москва). Presentation: Interaction-Integration-Inclusion (the order of words and meanings)
  • Know Your Rights": Marginalities, Minorities and the Travails of Democracy (Joensuu). Presentation: Disability in Russian Public Sphere
  • EDUCATION FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE FUTURE CLASSROOM CONCEPT (Кишинев). Presentation: Educational Inclusion of Children with Special Needs
  • 2019
    Annual BASEES conference 2019 (Кембридж). Presentation: Inclusive education in Russia: space for maneuver
  • Criptic Identities Historicizing the Identity Formation of Persons with Disabilities Across the Globe (Лейден). Presentation: Dis/Abling Russian Public Sphere
  • the Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (Загреб). Presentation: Current Policies toward People with Disabilities in Russia
  • Social Dynamics. Inequalities, Integration, Mobility and Migration (Будапешт). Presentation: "Bringing Them Up from Scratch": Assembling NPM Policies in the Russian Regions
  • 2018
    BASEES (British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies) Annual Conference 2018 (Кембридж ). Presentation: Coming of Age in the Russian Welfare State and Civil Society: contradictory developments of social work as a new profession in contemporary Russia
  • European Dimension in Social Work Education and Practice (Острава). Presentation: From Social Contract to the Market of Social Services: Routes and Roots of Social Work Professionalisation in Russia
  • 2017
    13th Conference of the European Sociological Association (Un)Making Europe: Capitalism, Solidarities, Subjectivities Athens, Greece, 29 Aug. - 01 Sept. 2017 (Афины). Presentation: Social Work images in Russian mass media and educational literature: cultural resource of professional status
  • Change in Professions and Professionalism – Signs and Directions (Осло). Presentation: The models of professionalism in Russia: a retrospective
  • Здоровье детей и факторы его формирующие (Санкт-Петербург). Presentation: СОЦИАЛЬНО ОПАСНОЕ ПОЛОЖЕНИЕ КАК ФАКТОР РИСКА ЗДОРОВЬЮ ДЕТЕЙ: КОНЦЕПТУАЛЬНЫЕ И ИНСТРУМЕНТАЛЬНЫЕ АСПЕКТЫ
  • 2016
    The First Congress for Social Work Professionalization and Entrepreneurship in Post-socialist Countries Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, June 1-4, 2016 (Кишинев). Presentation: Professional project of social work in post-socialist Russia
  • 2014
    Ежегодная научная конференция Сообщества профессиональных социологов "Социология и естествознание: междисциплинарные подхо-ды к изучению социальной реальности"- (Москва). Presentation: Социально опасное положение семьи и детей: анализ понятия и методология оценки
  • 4TH EUROPEAN CONFERENCE FOR SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH (Bolzano). Presentation: Social work value system and ideology in today’s Russia: the practitioners’ attitudes and public images
  • 2013
    Against Social Suffering: Social Work in Alliance with the People with Disabilities in the Times of Crisis (Люблияна). Presentation: The Cultural Construction of Disability in Russia
  • 2012
    Embeddedness and Beyond: Do Sociological Theories meet Economic Realities? (Москва). Presentation: Doing gender and class in social welfare discourses and social work practice: ‘unfortunate families’ in Russia
  • Poverty and Survival strategies in Russia (У́ппсала ). Presentation: Parenting children with disabilities in Russia: institutions, discourses and identities
  • Poverty and Survival strategies in Russia (У́ппсала ). Presentation: Parenting children with disabilities in Russia: institutions, discourses and identities
  • Embeddedness and Beyond: Do Sociological Theories meet Economic Realities? (Москва). Presentation: Doing gender and class in social welfare discourses and social work practice: ‘unfortunate families’ in Russia
  • Конференция по проблемам социальных лифтов и медицинской помощи для детей-сирот с инвалидностью «Белое на чёрном. 10 лет спустя…». Presentation: Инвалидность. Культура. Общество
  • 2011
    Социальная политика в контексте трансформаций российского общества: реформы и повседневность (Москва). Presentation: Социальные работники как агенты перемен?
  • 10th Conference of the European Sociological Association (Женева). Presentation: Youth policy in Russia: pluralism or unification?

  • 10th Conference of the European Sociological Association (Женева). Presentation: Translating global health policy agendas: comparing primary care reforms in England, Germany and Russia
  • 9th Annual ESPAnet Conference "Sustainability and transformation in European Social Policy" (Валенсия). Presentation: Social workers as agents of change? Russian context

  • 2010
    Present difference: the cultural production of disability (Манчестер). Presentation: Heroes and spongers: iconography of disability in Soviet poster and film
  • Visual studies of Immedia: Exploring the postmodern immediacy of mass media (Вильнюс). Presentation: Visual methods in the studies of social problems
  • Family, Health, and Reproduction (Сигтуна). Presentation: “Yes-yes, I remember you! You are our unfortunate family!” Symbolic classification in contemporary Russian social welfare discourse
  • The 2010 Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development (Гонконг). Presentation: Disability and society in today’s Russia: nurturing social cohesion attitudes
  • VIII Международный конгресс по изучению Центральной и Восточной Европы (ICCEES VIII World Congress) (Стокгольм). Presentation: The cultural construction of disability in Russia: Soviet legacies and new images
  • "Sociology on the Move", XVII ISA World Congress of Sociology (Гётеборг). Presentation: Public discourse and social work language in today’s Russia

  • VIII Международный конгресс по изучению Центральной и Восточной Европы (ICCEES VIII World Congress) (Стокгольм). Presentation: Who is guilty and what to do? Discourses on family and demography in social policy: current trends and legacy of the past
  • "Sociology on the Move", XVII ISA World Congress of Sociology (Гётеборг). Presentation: Identity Policy of Social Anthropologists / Ethnographers in Post-Soviet Russia: Obstacles to International Integration
  • 7 научная конференция «Социальная политика: вызовы XXI века» (Москва). Presentation: Модернизация работы с семьей и детьми: внедрение технологий оценки
  • 2009
    9th Conference of European Sociological Association "European Society or European Societies?" (Лиссабон). Presentation: Disability imagined: heroes and spongers in Soviet visual policy
  • 9th Conference of European Sociological Association "European Society or European Societies?" (Лиссабон). Presentation: Visual studies of social problems: teaching and research
  • 9th Conference of European Sociological Association "European Society or European Societies?" (Лиссабон). Presentation: проведение секции «Гражданское общество и публичная социология в России»
  • Studies of Teaching and Learning (Будапешт). Presentation: обсуждение программы исследований

Publications158

Timetable for today

Full timetable

Quality of Life for People with Disabilities and Special Needs

The Meanings of Inclusion in Science and Practice

On December 1, Elena Yarskaya-Smirnova made a presentation “The meanings of Inclusion in Science and Practice” at the interdisciplinary scientific and practical conference “Inclusive Education - an Inclusive Society: Evidence-Based Approaches to the Inclusion of Children with Mental Disabilities in General Education".

Panel Discussion 'Diversity, Equality and Accessibility as Strategic Concepts and Goals for the Development of an Inclusive Society'

On the 20-21th of October 2021 the VI International Scientific and Practical Conference 'Inclusive Education and Society: Strategies, Practices and Resources' is held in the mixed format, both online and offline. During the conference’s panel discussion 'Diversity, Equality and Accessibility as Strategic Concepts and Goals for the Development of an Inclusive Society' there were made five presentations.

HSE University and Garage Museum Wrap Up Joint Diversity Research Lab

On June 2, the HSE International Laboratory for Social Interaction Research and the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art successfully completed their joint Diversity Research Lab. The laboratory covered a number of topics related to social diversity, including interculturalism, life in a multinational country, ageism, poverty, and ableism. During the final online meeting of the project, the participants discussed universal design—a design which would allow for the creation of environments accessible to people regardless of their disability, age, or any other factors.

Media Image of a Person with a Disability in Modern Russian Media

Olga Verbilovich and Elena Yarskaya-Smirnova presented on May 27, 2021 at the round table 'Media image of a person with a disability in modern Russian media,' organized by ANO "Center for Social Projects 'MIX.'

Meeting with the Chancellor of the National Research University Higher School of Economics

On April 28, Elena Iarskaia-Smirnova, Head of the International Laboratory for Social Integration Research, presented a report on the main areas of activity and prospects for the development of the laboratory at a meeting with the Chancellor of the National Research University Higher School of Economics Yaroslav Kuzminov, the Vice-Chancellor and Director of the Institute of Social Policy Lilia Ovcharova, the Vice-Chancellor and Director of the Institute of Applied Political Research Valeria Kasamara, attended the discussion. Participants discussed the main areas of research and key research and partnership projects of the ILSIR and other research institutions of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Critical Conversations in Russian Studies: Promoting Inclusion and Appreciating Diversity in Today's Russia: Global Trends and Local Realities

16 April 2021. The joint seminar of IL SIR and Hamilton Lugar School of International and Global Studies at the Indiana University at Bloomington took place in zoom.

The Origins and Transformation of the Concepts of 'Integration' and 'Inclusion' in Social Theory, Social Policy, and the Agenda of Social Movements

On the 30s of March 2021 head of the laboratory, Elena Iarskaia-Smirnova presented at the HSE open seminar on education a lecture on the origins and transformation of the concepts of 'integration' and 'inclusion' in social theory, social policy, and the agenda of social movements.

Inclusion and Integration: The Meaning o Concepts and Their Influence on Social Politics and Education

An open educational HSE seminar will take place online on March 30, 16:00. Link for registration and broadcasting: https://events.webinar.ru/1116217/6105071.

In Pursuit of the African Migrant Experience: HSE Doctoral Student Sheds Light on an Understudied Segment of the Moscow Population

At the recent seminar of the HSE International Laboratory for Social Integration Research, Isaac Olumayowa Oni, HSE doctoral student and lab research assistant, spoke about African migration to Russia. In an interview with HSE News Service, Isaac discussed his research and talked about what it’s like to study at HSE and live in Moscow.

Dis/abling public sphere: transformation of public discourse around disability in today's Russia

On the 27th January 2021 Elena Iarskaia-Smirnova and Olga Verbilovich have presented a paper on "Dis/abling public sphere: transformation of public discourse around disability in today's Russia".

HSE Launches New International Laboratories

For ten years now, HSE has been holding an annual grant competition for researchers who wish to start new international laboratories at HSE in collaboration with leading foreign scholars and scientists. The most recent competition reached its conclusion this past November, and now some of the selected proposed labs have already begun operation. Who are the competition winners and what kind of research will they be doing?

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Projects have won the competition for the creation of international laboratories at HSE University for the period from December 1, 2019 to December 31, 2022.

HSE Staff Members Receive University Awards

On January 18, several university staff members were awarded HSE medals and notes of acknowledgement from the Rector.

Neighbours: Who is Close to HSE in Rankings. Part 2, Sociology

We continue talking about universities that are alongside HSE in the 51–100 group in various subject areas in the QS ranking. Today we have sociologists speaking about their ‘neighbours in the ranking’.

New Tenured Professors at HSE

On April 29, 2016 at the Academic Council meeting 25 HSE Professors were conferred the status of Tenured Professor.

Cooperation Agreement Signed between University of Southampton and HSE

The Higher School of Economics and the University of Southampton (United Kingdom) have signed a cooperation agreement to expand their research collaboration and to facilitate academic and student mobility between the two universities.

Education and Documentary Films

From November 5th – 12th a group of lecturers from Moscow and Saint Petersburg HSE campuses participated in an intensive continuing education course at the Central European University (Budapest).