The Department of Foreign Languages of the Faculty of International Relations and Foreign Area Studies, together with the Department of Student Affairs, held the 2nd International Foreign Language Week "Student in a Foreign Language Space" (April 27 - April 30).
Students of the Faculty of International Relations and Foreign Area Studies, the Institute of Post-Soviet and Interregional Studies, the Faculty of History, Political Science and Law, the Faculty of Archival Studies, the Faculty of Documentation and Technotronic Archives, the Faculty of History of Art, and the Faculty of Art took part in various events of the Week. The conference was held in English, German, French, Spanish and Norwegian. The theme was “World War II. No statute of limitations.”
In 2020, Russia celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Victory, and we could not stay away from the great event and devoted the 2nd International Foreign Language Week to the evolution of the historical memory of the War in Russia and the West.
During the event, students not only selected historically important material for reports, but also carried out significant analytical work, which resulted in an axiological understanding of the War of 1939-1945.
The 2nd International Foreign Language Week was held in a remote format. Students used audio-visual presentations, infographics, video files, as well as text materials (essays, essays, translations, articles). At the sessions (via ZOOM and Skype), the presentations were accompanied by questions and discussion.
As attested by the students' presentations, the War still resonates in the minds of modern youth. The topics they chose included various historical subjects: contribution of the Soviet republics to the common victory, biographies of the most significant personalities, heroic deeds of women during the War, protection of human rights, allied activities of the USSR, the USA and Great Britain during the War, painting, prose and poetry of the war, sculptural and monumental heritage, propaganda in cartoons and posters, university curricula in post-war Germany, Great Britain and our country.
Freshmen of the Faculty of International Relations and Foreign Area Studies majoring in world politics and international business (Group 2) and in European studies (Group 1), wrote essays on the topic “Die Helden des Zweiten Weltkrieges" ("Winners of the Second World War "), honoring the memory of those who ensured the Victory in World War II. The students described their relatives, who participated in the War: those who reached Berlin; those who went missing in action or became disabled; those who were in concentration camps and in the Gulag.
A group of first-year graduate students of the Faculty of Journalism, specializing in International Journalism prepared infographics and presentations on the topic “Nation’s Media Systems during World War II”. The students noted that working with materials in English about the role of the press and radio during the War was both interesting and informative, and the biographies of some war correspondents shocked them. Soviet journalists and journalists from the countries of the anti-Hitler coalition made an important contribution to the victory over a common enemy. During the discussion, the students came to the conclusion that wartime propaganda played a positive role, and today the work of a journalist is especially important in the struggle for historical truth.
A number of reports were devoted to the heroism of soldiers who fought on the front lines of World War II, for example, reports by Daria Vasilenko (3 year, International Relations, American studies) “Unbelievable Stories of Russian and American Soldiers in WWII”; Alina Kalacheva (3, course, International Relations, American Studies) “Doctors and Nurses of the USSR in WWII.”
The following works deserve special mention: serious and deep essays by Roman Romanov (4 year, International Relations), Svetlana Kapustina (4 year, International Relations), Grigoryev Alexei (4 year, International Relations), Polina Burenina and Anna Sharova (1 year, International Relations); talented poetic translations into English by Roksana Gainetdinova (3 year, International Relations) and Tatyana Chebaturkina (1 year, International Relations); a video by Victoria Klabukova and Grigory Sokolov (3 year, International Relations, American studies); a recital of verses about the war in English by Victoria Veremyeva (2 year, Institute of post-Soviet and inter-Regional Research); works by Timofei Kartavykh (1 year, History), Anastasia Volodina (1 year, International Relations) and many others.
Both teachers and students noted the high academic quality of the presentations. It is pleasant that the participants of the Week approached the task sincerely wishing to touch the history of the Great Victory, to feel its bitterness, tragedy and horror, to acknowledge the heroism of soldiers.
The program of the Week can be accessed here.