International Programs
  • WESTERN APPROACHES TO STUDYING THE RUSSIAN STATE

    The collapse of the Soviet Union left behind a group of generally weak states in Eurasia, including the main successor state, Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s effort to rebuild the Russian state has led to contradictory assessments of the transformation of the Russian state. Western scholars disagree both about the success of Putin’s state-building project and the ability of leaders to affect stateness, given structural conditions. This chapter assesses this debate and uses it as a le...
  • GENDER, RIGHTS AND ADOLESCENT AGENCY: Some Reflections from Recent Research

    For many years Jacqueline Bhabha has worked on issues of human rights and migration with a focus on gender and child related challenges; over the last decade she has also done research on economic and social rights, particularly focused on preventing harms such as exploitation, exclusion and violence that so often trigger migration and the vulnerabilities that result. The presentation will discuss some of Jacqueline Bhabha’s recent research in India on strategies for reducing exposure to violen...
  • DIGNITY AS A HISTORICAL CONCEPT AND AS A KEY CATEGORY OF OUR TIME

    The "New Literary Observer" journal and the European University at St. Petersburg The second conference within the framework of joint program “The Anthropological Turn in the Humanities and Social Sciences” DIGNITY AS A HISTORICAL CONCEPT AND AS A KEY CATEGORY OF OUR TIME Moscow, New Space of Theatre of Nations, Strastnoy boulevard, 12/2 June 2-4, 2017 The programme and the abstracts are available in Russian (pdf) PROGRAMME JUNE 2 11:00-12:00 Keynote speaker: Professor Homi K. Bhabha (Mahindra ...
  • EDUCATION-2035: WHAT, WHOM, AND HOW TO TEACH?

    On May 30, 2017, the Valdai Discussion Club and RVC will hold an Expert Discussion, titled " Education-2035: What, Whom, and How to Teach?". The development of society, its receptivity to progress is determined by the quality of education - it was in all times. However, in the coming decades, the importance of this factor increases even more. Global competition unfolds primarily for the ability to produce a complex, high-tech, intelligent product. The success in this competition is determined b...
  • FRAGILE EXCHANGE: Porcelain and the Function of Luxury in Interwar Soviet Russia

    This lecture examines the constellation of actors and interests that sought to transform porcelain, once the “white gold” of European and Russian court societies, into a useful and valuable material in interwar Soviet Russia. In a society that struggled between eliminating class distinctions and maintaining structures of power, the production of consumer goods was the everyday staging ground upon which designers, critics, and political officials represented those disputes. Focusing on transform...
  • RUSSIA BETWEEN REFORMS AND REVOLUTIONS, 1906-1916

    The European University at St. Petersburg will host the International Conference "RUSSIA BETWEEN REFORMS AND REVOLUTIONS, 1906-1916" on May 26-28, 2017. The conference will focus on the most sharply debated issues of Russian history: How to assess the reforms that unfolded after the First Russian Revolution? How much potential for transformations had been accumulated, and what alternative paths of development did this potential provide for the empire? Already at the beginning of the twentieth c...
  • NEOLIBERALISM AND THE NEW ROLE OF NGOS IN THE REFORMED WELFARE STATE

    Доклад пройдет на английском языке. In the 1990s, EU governments begun a shift towards Activation Policies to deal with large numbers of people dependent on welfare benefits. The move took place within the framework of a major reform of the Welfare State, from welfare to work. Underscoring these developments there was a taken for granted ideology called neoliberalism. It consisted of a broad set of contradictory policies, though they had a common goal: profits first. Regarding the self, the hal...
  • DISAPPEARING HISTORY: Challenges of (re)Imagining a City (case of Berlin)

    Berlin is famous for its lack of industry and finance economy, as well as its pre-war quarters and lifestyles. Having to deal with an intense history after 1989; a variety of images from the past are brought back, for the contemporary city imagery. The city is also imagined with a variety of new references: art and artists, civil society activities or urban interventions which play an enormous role in the production of metropolisness of Berlin. The city is imagined as unique, based on the past;...
  • “Nasseredin Shah and his 84 wives”: film screening and discussion with director

    On Friday, March 11 at 18:00, EUSP Conference Hall, IMARES program will host Norwegian film director Beate Petersen presenting her film followed by a discussion. In 1842 the 11 year-­old heir to the Persian throne received a camera from Queen Victoria of England. The young heir fell in love with the magical contraption. In the following decades he documented his life, revealing to the public eye, what it was never supposed to see. “Nasseredin Shah and his 84 Wives” is based on the photos taken ...
  • ENERPO Workshop: Russian Politics In the Perspective of Falling Oil Prices

    Speaker: Vladimir Milov, Head of the Institute of Energy Policy in Moscow On 10 March at 14.10 in Room 412. In the spirit of being fair and balanced © after the ENERPO workshop with Dr. Komlev from Gazprom, we will be having Vladimir Milov. Vladimir Milov is the former deputy energy minister for Russia. He is a prominent liberal critic of the Russian government and Gazprom itself. As always, I encourage you to read something about him and come with questions.