February – December 2013
Faculty of Sociology, St. Petersburg State University
Within the framework of open interdisciplinary research seminars for junior scholars „Scientific Environment“ students, PhD students and junior social scientists from Russia and Europe who are in the beginning of their careers extensively present their theoretical and empirical projects devoted to topical scientific problems. Their presentations are followed by an intensive moderated discussion. A particular emphasis is put on the presentations shedding light on innovative theoretical approaches, as well as on original research of European and Russian empirical material carried out by junior scholars.
The major objectives are:
(1) to develop intellectual networks embracing students, PhD students, beginning researchers and lecturers in St. Petersburg and to intensify their contacts with European social scientists and Russian colleagues;
(2) to increase the interest of students and PhD students educated in the field of social sciences in high-quality professional research activities meeting international standards;
(3) to provide mutual informing of Russian and foreign junior scholars on the most recent studies in the field of social sciences.
The target group includes social scientists from Russia and Europe who are at the beginning of their careers, junior lecturers, PhD students, and other students.
Format: presentation – 30 minutes, discussion – 30-40 minutes.
Number of participants: 20 to 40 at each seminar.
Number of presentations: 1-3 at each seminar.
Schedule: The seminar starts in the second week of each semester (correspondingly, autumn and spring sessions are distinguished) and normally takes place every 2-3 weeks, usually on Wednesdays.
Dissemination: The seminar schedule, as well as news on each upcoming meeting, are posted on the official webpage of the Council of Young Scientists as well as on CGES website and distributed through mailing lists of CGES, Council members, members of the Database of Junior Researchers run by the Council and other information resources (such as mailing lists of St. Petersburg Association of Sociologists and Centre of Independent Social Research). Announcements about the seminars are also distributed as hard copies at the Faculty of Sociology. Open calls are announced to gather and select papers for future meetings.
Impact: Videotaping and photography are carried out. Video recordings are then made publicly available in cooperation with the portal Lectorium.tv from March 2013. After each meeting mini-reports with visual support are posted on the official webpage of the CGES and Faculty of Sociology website as well as on pages in social networks (Facebook, Vkontakte).
The following 11 seminars were run during 2013.
The spring session:
20.02 – Constructing the Other and practices of social exclusion
Alexandra Dmitrieva (St. Petersburg State University) A convenient enemy: State politics of social exclusion of drug users
Video of the presentation:
Alexander Kondakov (Center for Independent Social Research) Production of the Other in state discourse: Homosexuality in USSR and in contemporary Russia
Video of the presentation: http://vk.com/event49678507?z=video695113_164440599%2F0ad27ea46e1fd9c781
Video of the discussion after presentations: http://vk.com/event49678507?z=video695113_164454893%2F1fa81dd63eeaeb06ad
6.03 – Information Technologies for Empirical Social Research
Denis Gruber (St. Petersburg State University / University of Magdeburg, Germany) Introduction to VennMaker: Analyzing Social Networks
Video of the presentation: http://vk.com/event50308712?z=video695113_ 164550803%2Fc4bc8066404b35806a
Daria Palagnyuk (St. Petersburg State University) “The Magic Wand” of a Contemporary Researcher: Applied Software for Scientific Activities Optimization
Video of the presentation: http://vk.com/event50308712?z=video695113_164556826%2F7327b500c6fc8430b3
Dmitriy Vorobyev (Center for Independent Social Research) Geoinformation Systems in Sociological Practice
Video of the presentation: http://vk.com/event50308712?z=video695113_164568038%2F2c221b263343109e9c
30.03 – Anthropological Studies of Siberia
Vladimir Davydov (Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography, Russian Academy of Sciences) Human-animal relations in North Baykal
Video of the presentation and discussion: http://www.lektorium.tv/lecture/?id=14332
03.04 – Consumption Spaces in Cities
Anna Zhelnina (Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg) City public spaces as consumption spaces
Dmitry Komendantko (St. Petersburg State University) Transformation of space-time regime of consumption in a postsoviet city
Video of the presentations and discussion: http://www.lektorium.tv/course/?id=22954
17.04 – Art-Science Projects in Social Sciences
Liliya Voronkova (Center for Independent Social Research) and Oleg Pachekov (Center for Independent Social Research, European University at St. Petersburg) The potential of transdisciplinary (art-science) approach in working with public city spaces
Video of the presentation and discussion: http://www.lektorium.tv/lecture/?id=14401
30.04 – Network Structures of Art: European, American and Russian Studies (organized in cooperation with research group “Creative City: Reshaping Public Space”, Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg)
Roberta Communian (Kings' College London, UK) A Relational Creative City: Mapping Networks between Public, Private and not for Profit Sector in the Creative Industries
Nikita Basov (St. Petersburg State University, CGES) and Alexandra Nenko (Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg) Creativity of... Structures? Influence of Communication and Semantic Structures on Creative Styles of Creative Communities
Maria Safonova (Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg) and Margarita Kuleva (Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg) Network Principles of Organization/Interactions in Urban Creative Initiatives (by the materials of social networks analysis in Facebook)
Video of the presentations and discussion: http://www.lektorium.tv/course/?id=22984
14.05 – Artists, Art Communities and Creative Initiatives in the Urban Spaces of Russia and Europe (organized in cooperation with research group “Creative City: Reshaping Public Space”, Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg)
Sacha Kagan (Institute of Cultural Theory, Research and the Arts, Leuphana University Lüneburg) Creative cities and the challenge of sustainability
Nikita Basov (St. Petersburg State University, CGES) and Anisya Khokhlova (St. Petersburg State University, MA SES) Communication practices of Knowledge Generation: Creative Communities in St. Petersburg
Anna Zhelnina (Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg) and Alexandra Nenko (Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg) Self-Organizing Urban Initiatives: Actors and Practices of Creative Transformation of the City
Video of the presentations and discussion: http://www.lektorium.tv/course/?id=22983
02.10 – Mobility in the City Space: New Cultural Practices
Olga Tysyachnaya (St. Petersburg State University) Bicycle movement in St Petersburg: The experience of social mobility in the city space
Sofi Chilingarova (Open lab “CITY”) Strategies for the development of bicycle movement in St. Petersburg
Video of the presentations and discussion: http://www.lektorium.tv/course/?id=23007
12.11 – Social Ethnography of Police
Ekaterina Hodzhaeva (European University at St Petersburg) Police reform in the eyes of low-level police employees in Kazan
Kirill Titaev, Maria Sklyaruk (European University at St Petersburg) Struggle with crime in Russia: mutual perception, conflicts and interaction of various professional groups
Video of the presentations and discussion: http://www.lektorium.tv/course/?id=23014
27.11 – Creative Spaces in European Cities
Anisya Khokhlova (St. Petersburg State University, MA SES) Art-communities of Petersburg and Berlin: Cultural production in city spaces and cultural consumption of city space
Elena Tykanova, Olga Volkova (St. Petersburg State University) The effects of spatial embeddedness in creative communities of St Petersburg and Berlin
Video of the presentations and discussion: http://www.lektorium.tv/course/?id=23025
18.12 – Knowledge and Communication in the Arts: The Cases of European Cultural Capitals
Dafne Muntanyola-Saura (Autonomous University of Barcelona) Methods for Capturing Creative Knowledge in European Dance and the Arts (Cases of London and Barcelona)
Nikita Basov (St. Petersburg State University, CGES) and Alexandra Nenko (Higher School of Economics at St. Petersburg) Knowledge generating strategies in city space: Comparing artistic communities of St Petersburg, Berlin and Barcelona.
Video of the presentations and discussion: http://www.lektorium.tv/course/?id=23027
Involving Russian and European colleagues, The “Scientific Environment” seminar has simultaneously become both a platform for international scientific dialogue and a space for scientific discussion for young researchers in St Petersburg on the most vital issues in the social sciences. The seminars attract representatives of all major research and education institutions: a number of faculties of St. Petersburg State University; European University at St. Petersburg; Higher School of Economics at St. Petersburg; Center for Independent Social Research, Institute of Sociology – Russian Academy of Science and others.
The development of new CGES international research project “Dynamics of Knowledge and Communication Structures of Creative Collectives in European Cultural Capitals” (CGES research areas 1 and 2) has particularly benefited from the seminars, which were run in collaboration with the research group “Creative City: Reshaping Public Space” at Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg and also allowing junior researchers from both Higher School of Economics and St. Petersburg State University to get involved in CGES projects. These seminars also allowed us to establish important collaborations with European researchers now supporting and joining CGES research activities in Germany, UK, Spain and France: the research team “Culture, Media and Creative Industries” at Kings' College London, European research community Creative Regions network, Institute of Cultural Theory, Research and the Arts at Leuphana University Lüneburg, QUIT group at Autonomus University of Barcelona. The dissemination of the seminars includes papers by Nikita Basov (CGES), Aleksandra Nenko (Higher School of Economics) and Anisya Khokhlova (St. Petersburg State University, MA SES), Anisya Khokhlova (St. Petersburg State University, MA SES), Dafne Muntanyola-Saura (Autonomous University of Barcelona).
The seminars attracted a large number of participants. On average, 20-30 people attended each one. So, in total, about 350 people participated in the CGES Scientific Environment events during 2013.
The seminars often not only had broad resonance in scientific circles, but they also attracted the attention of the mass media, including newspapers, TV channels, journals, internet social media, etc. reporting on the events and often joining in discussion - thus supporting dissemination of scientific knowledge among broader audiences.
Last but not least, the seminar created numerous impulses for the participating students and PhD students to join international scientific communication and even choose scientific careers.
The combination of research orientation, interdisciplinary approach, focus on presentation of projects by junior researchers, current topics, and openness to a wider public audience proved to be in-demand and successful, and “Scientific Environment” will therefore be continued on the already-established conceptual basis.
In addition, in 2013 two CGES Public Lectures were organized with Prof. Susanne Karstedt (University of Leeds, UK) in cooperation with the Centre for Independent Social Research and Council of Young Scientists at the Faculty of Sociology, St. Petersburg State University:
14.05 – Centre for Independent Social Research. State Crime: The European Experience
15.05 – Faculty of Sociology, St. Petersburg State University. State Violence in Europe: Why Some States Are More Violent than Others.
In general, the successful implementation of the “Scientific Environment” in 2013 will lead to the continuation of this series of events also in 2014.