About the School
The School of Cultural Studies was created in 2015, when the Faculty of Philosophy’s cultural studies division (originally created in 2007) underwent reorganization. The School is unique in its focus on studying contemporary culture and relevant social processes.
The School’s staff is made up of world class scholars and renowned practitioners from various cultural fields, including publishers, magazine editors, columnists, the heads of various cultural projects, and people who are forming an intellectual and cultural landscape for modern Russia.
Main research areas within the School of Cultural Studies include issues in sociocultural identity and cultural continuity in modern society, as well as institutions and mechanisms for transferring cultural memory.
Elizaveta Sysoeva (Doctoral School of History) and Alexander Suvalko (Doctoral School of Philosophy), doctoral students at the HSE Faculty of Humanities, have received grants from the Russian President to study abroad in the academic year 2017/18.
Stefan Helmreich, Professor and Elting E. Morison Chair in the Department of Anthropology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will be at HSE Moscow and HSE St Petersburg from September 25 – October 4, 2016 to deliver a series of lectures and lead a discussion on the politics of contemporary ocean science. He will also take part in the round table 'Soundscape in the Anthropology of Science and Art' during the Days of Ethnographic Cinema festival organized by the HSE School of Cultural Studies.
During the annual road expedition 'Cultural Effects of Borders', culture studies students from HSE visited Georgia, Armenia, and – for the first time – Iran. They talked to HSE News about the tastes and colors of Iran, and about how compliments form the foundation of the country's communications culture.
In early September, the HSE held a series of tours in English prepared by cultural studies students as part of an adaptation programme for international students. The preparation of the tours was led by the Office for Internationalisation. The programme’s main purpose is to get foreign students and staff involved in the social and creative life of the university, and to introduce them to the city’s landmarks.
Maria Sarycheva, graduate of the MA in Applied Cultural Studies at HSE began preparing museum guided tours for people with special needs while she was still studying. Now she works in the department of inclusive programmes at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. She was instrumental in designing the new HSE Accessible Museum course. Maria Sarycheva talked to HSE News about what to do when there is no sign language gesture for installation and how to introduce art to people with visual and hearing impairments.
Irina Gluschenko, Associate Professor at the School of Cultural Studies, presented the report 'Les Particularites de la Societe de Consommation en URSS (1960-70)' at the seminar 'L'univers des Choses Sovietiques' held by the Centre de Recherche en Histoire des Slaves at Université Paris 1.
The Big Cities project, founded in 2012 by the Laboratory of Cultural Projects and Ulysses, the Club of Cultural Travel at the HSE Faculty of Humanities School of Cultural Studies, has just been on its seventh trip.
The fourth HSE School of Cultural Studies Cultural Effects of Borders annual road trip passed through Rostov Oblast, Dagestan, Kalmykia and Chechnya. On the two week journey, students looked for regional cultural differences, talked to the local people and conducted their own research. On their return they talked to HSE News about the oldest city in the Russian Federation, local variations in women’s clothing and the taste of grilled ground squirrel.
On May 7 the conference ‘Grandir, Vieillir: Figures de la Vieillesse dans la Litterature de Jeunesse Russe’ took place atBlaise Pascal University, Clermont-Ferrand (France).
Vitaly Kurennoy, Professor and Head of HSE’s School of Cultural Studies (Faculty of Humanities) gave a presentation entitled ‘Contemporary Cultural Policy in Russia’ on April 22 at Ruhr University Bochum during a joint colloquium of the Department of Eastern European History and a seminar at the Lotman Institute for Russian and Soviet Culture.