March – December 2015
Faculty of Sociology, St. Petersburg State University
Open interdisciplinary research seminars for junior scholars Scientific Environment are a platform for MA and PhD students, and also for social scientists from Russia and Europe who are at the beginning of their careers, to present their theoretical and empirical projects devoted to topical scientific problems to an interested and friendly audience – and to receive extensive feedback. Each presentation is followed by a moderated discussion. Scholars presenting innovative theoretical frameworks, as well as original empirical research into European and Russian contexts and using novel methods and techniques of data collection and analysis are particularly welcome at the seminar.
November 26, 2015
This public discussion with the invited German guest Dr. Thomas Becker, Head of Department in the German Caritas (Freiburg), who is responsible for advocacy on social policy issues, was organized to reflect on the most recent challenges for the NGOs in Germany and Russia.
October 22-24, 2015
In 2015 the topic of the training was ‘Work with stereotypes in intercultural communication‘. 15 out of 35 applicants were selected to take part in the training.
The training was aimed at developing the participants‘ knowledge about and perception of cultural and ethnic stereotypes. In course of the training the participants have formulated working definitions of stereotypes and prejudices, analyzed how stereotypes emerge, and learned about the ways to overcome stereotyping.
October 23-24, 2015
The conference was the final event of the collaborative research project ‘Exploring Patterns of Regional and Interregional Cooperation: Central Asia, its Neighboring Countries, and Europe‘ financed by Volkswagen Foundation.