January 22-23, 2019, Gauhati University, Assam, India.
Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, Russia along with the Department of Foreign Languages, the Centre for South East Asian Studies of Gauhati University & OKD Institute of Social Change and Development, organized the International Seminar “Negotiating Culture: New Frontiers in Translation and Language Learning” and International Symposium “Open Pages in South Asian Studies - III” that held on January 22-23, 2019 at Gauhati University, Assam, India.
Welcoming speeches to participants were delivered by:
Prof. Mridul Hazarika, Vice Chancellor of Gauhati University congratulated the Department of foreign languages with the 50th anniversary of its foundation (1968-2018). He also noted that he was very glad that the International seminar “Negotiating Culture: New Frontiers in Translation and Language Learning” is dedicated to this Golden jubilee.
Prof. M. Hazarika expressed his gratitude to the Russian State University for the Humanities for cooperation in conducting these two joint projects and said that he hoped that both universities will continue mutual projects expanding the Indian-Russian research.
Mr. Alexey Idamkin, Consul General of the Russian Federation in Kolkata, mentioned that more than 70 years the relations between Russia and India have been based on mutual sympathies of the Indian and Russian nations and the cooperation in the field of cultural and scientific relations is based on long-term exchange programs in the field of culture, science and education in accordance with intergovernmental agreements.
The MoU between Gauhati University and the Russian State University for the Humanities (RSUH) confirms that universities in Russia and India can organize such large-scale international events as symposiums and seminars.
The welcoming speech letter of prof. Alexander Bezborodov, Rector of the Russian State University for the Humanities, was addressed to the participants in which he stressed the high scholarly status of both conferences raising the current problems of studying South Asia as a whole. “These are ethnolinguistic pluralism topics, the formation of cultural space and cultural areas of progress in the history of adaptation, problems of internal conflicts in the form of nationalist and separatist movements, cross-border migration and resistance to the terrorism’s threat”, – VC of the RSUH said.
Prof. A.B. Bezborodov also argued that it was a very significant discussion on the role of Russia in South Asia at the Symposium.
Mr. George Latsuzbaya, attaché of the General Consulate of the Russian Federation in Calcutta, also attended the Symposium.
Keynote Speaker at the plenary meeting was prof. K.S. Baral (English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad (EFLU). Moreover, the presentations were made by prof. Samir Das, ex-Vice-Chancellor of the University of North Bengal (West Bengal), prof. Nani Gopal Mahanta, Registrar and Director of the Center for South Asian Studies (Gauhati University) and prof. J.P. Dimri, EFLU, Hyderabad.
There were 166 scholars from many Indian universities, such as the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi University, Calcutta University, Utkal University, Bangalore University, Assam University, Goan University, Meghalaya University, Amity University, Bhubaneshwar University came to take part in these two conferences.
14 Russian scholars represented 10 universities and academic institutions. Among them were:
Prof. Marina Azarenkova, Saint Petersburg State Transport University;
Ms. Ekaterina Vasilyeva, Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU);
Dr. Indira Gazieva, Russian State University for the Humanities (RSUH);
Prof. Boris Zakharyin, Institute of Asian and African Studies, Lomonosov Moscow State University (IAAS MSU);
Mr.Sergey Kalinin, PhD student, Kemerovo State University (KSU);
Dr. Ekaterina Kostina, Faculty of Oriental Studies, St. Petersburg State University (SPSU);
Mr. Daniel Mratkhzin, Kazan Federal University (KFU);
Prof. Guzel Mratkhuzina, Kazan Federal University (KFU);
Ms. Alina Novikova, Faculty of History, Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU);
Dr. Liudmila Pechishcheva, Russian State University for the Humanities (RRUH);
Prof. Alexander Stolyarov, Russian State University for the Humanities (RSUH), Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IV RAS);
Prof. Liudmila Khokhlova, Institute of Asian and African Studies, Lomonosov Moscow State University (IAAS MSU);
Prof. Anna Chelnokova, Faculty of Oriental Studies, St. Petersburg State University (SPSU);
PhD student Arzu Shakhverdiyeva – Perm National Research Polytechnic University (PNRPU).
CIS countries represented:
Evgeniy Reutov – Kiev National Linguistic University
Khadich Shabetaliyeva – Kyrgyz National University, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Zharkyn Kasimova – American University, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
In the reports and presentations of Indian participants it was discussed the cultural problems in the areas of translation and language learning, such as translation and multiculturalism, multilingualism, language and translation, translation in the Indian languages and translations from Russian into the Indian languages, marginship and translation, gender politics expression through translation and cultural diversity in the literature.