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HSE Talks Project Kicks Off

Photo: co-working space ‘Socket and Coffee’

A series of lectures in English will be delivered at the ‘Socket and Coffee’ co-working space. The project offers its participants an opportunity to learn more about the most recent research findings and practice their English at the same time. The lectures start on February 28, 2017.

HSE professors from various countries will deliver open lectures in English on the most pressing topics in sociology, political science, psychology, neuroscience and other fields. The meetings will take place at the ‘Socket and Coffee’ space, which has recently been opened by HSE graduates in Myasnitskaya street.

Coffee, research and English provide an ideal combination for intellectual leisure. Guests are welcome to actively participate in discussions.

Venue for all lectures: 24/7 Myasnitskaya Ulitsa,Bldg. 3, Socket and Coffee (Rozetka & kofe).

Start time: 19.00

Participation fee: 200 roubles (tea, coffee, and some sweets are included).
If you would like to attend, please, register on the project website.


February 28: Current Challenges in International Migration: The Examples of the European Refugee Crisis, Brexit and Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration

The talk will elaborate on three major recent events linked to international migration: the 2015 Refugee Crisis, the British vote to exit from the European Union «Brexit» and US president Trump’s Execution Order limiting refugee resettlement and access to the US for citizens of seven countries: Yemen, Somalia, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan and Libya.

Lecturer – Mahama TawatPhD in Political Science, Assistant Professor of the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, HSE.

March 14: Understanding Military Coups after the Cold War: Emerging Trends and Turkey as a Case Study

Why do coups d'état happen? This is one of the most intriguing and well-studied topics of the political science literature. This talk aims to give a brief overview of what political scientists discovered about military coups in the post-Cold War period. It will also cover the Turkish coup attempt in July 2016 as a case.

Lecturer – Ekim Arbatli, PhD in Political Science, Assistant Professor of Department Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, HSE.

March 21: How the Brain Processes Numbers and Calculations

We use numbers every day; we see them on street signs, price tags and bank statements.  Early research shows that the parietal cortex is critical for solving problems with numbers.  However, research with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) shows that mathematical problem solving relies not only on parietal cortices but a group of distributed brain areas. This lecture will discuss how the healthy brain responds when solving problems with numbers.

Lecturer – Marie Arsalidou, PhD, Associate Professor from the Faculty of Social Sciences at HSE.

April 4: What is Civil Society? The Civic Realm and where to find it

Society is not only comprised of the state, the market, and the family. Between them, and interfering with them, lies the realm of civil society, a vast landscape of collective social action, which fascinated not only social scientists since the early days of their discipline, but also heavily concerns governments, market strategists, and education professionals in modern societies. This lecture gives an overview over the main approaches and models of academic thinking about the civic realm, while illustrating and discussing them in the light of examples from societies all over the world.

Lecturer – Christian Fröhlich, PhD, Assistant Professor of the Department of Sociology,  Faculty of Social Sciences, HSE.

April 18: Virtual Reality: Its Mechanism, Problems, and Future

From 2016, several products of virtual reality appeared in consumer markets. But what is virtual reality? Is it different from 3D TV? How does it work? Lecturer will discuss its mechanism, its current problems, and how virtual reality will develop in future with introducing some scientific studies.

Lecturer – Tadamasa Sawada, PhD in Computer Science, Assistant Professor of the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, HSE.