RUSSIAN STATE UNIVERSITY FOR THE HUMANITIES
RUSSIAN STATE UNIVERSITY FOR THE HUMANITIES
Students discussed trends in humanities in the English-speaking world
22.06.2020

Students discussed trends in humanities in the English-speaking world

Graduate School of RSUH and the Department of Foreign Languages ​​of the Faculty of International Relations and Foreign Regional Studies organized and conducted a round table (in English) "New trends in humanities in the English-speaking world."

The Table was attended by Dr. Larisa Trembich, Head of the Graduate School of RSUH. She noted that during the period of development of international research contacts, it is extremely important to know a foreign language to be able to discuss the topics pertaining to one’s research interests. This format of exchange of information among graduate students has acquired a permanent status at RSUH.

Presentations were made by first-year graduate students of institutes and faculties of RSUH - the Institute of History and Archives, the Institute of Mass Media, the Faculty of Art History, the Faculty of Culturology: Anisimov Pavel, Moskalevich Alexandra, Kaporina Julia, Buldakova Daria, Sviridonova Anna, Shishigina Maria, Yushko Daria, Magera Julia, Belyakov Peter, Alekseeva Darina, Nadolskaya Dana, Pishchuk Matvey, Belov Ilya.

The origins and causes of World War II and how the events of those times were perceived by the authorities of different states were discussed. A number of reports described the first years of the newly-formed Russia, which found itself in a difficult economic and political situation. The history of Great Britain was presented via narrative films.

Part of the presentations was dedicated to the study of the Russian North, relations, national interests and the struggle of the Arctic states for new economic opportunities and strategic superiority.

In the context of self-isolation and the absolute computerization of our lives that arose in connection with this, researchers have proposed combining education and entertainment in the form of “edutainment”. It has been proven that edutainment had begun with the TV shows “Sesame Street” and “The Wonderful World of Disney”. Computer technologies were described not only as a means of learning or entertaining, but also as ways of developing many areas in science. These forms turned out to be especially popular in document management, where the use of AI is an integral component of working with data on different types of media.

One of the presentations was made about the Japanese manga, which was considered a source of comic books in Russia. Another presentation described the influence of Peter Pan on pop culture. One participant spoke about the symbolic significance of Japanese park culture. Presenters also paid special attention to formal and informal rules of behavior, social goals and cognitive models.

A thorough analysis of foreign language materials demonstrated the depth of research activity of the young scholars. Holding a round table in a foreign language contributed to the development of interpersonal and profile-oriented foreign language communication skills necessary for the use of a foreign language in the research as well as in pedagogical, analytical and organizational forms of future professional activities of graduate students.