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Scientific Conferences

CGES organizes various series of conferences on the topics related to our main research areas

Within the area “Network Structures in Germany, Europe and Russia” CGES runs a conference on network analysis entitled Networks in the Global World” (NetGloW) every 2 years. This event is currently the core conference on network analysis in Russia. The primary goals of the NetGloW conference series are: to bring together networks researchers from around the globe, to unite the efforts of various scientific disciplines in response to the key challenges faced by network studies today, and to exchange local research results – thus allowing an analysis of global processes. It is also crucial for this conference series to help junior researchers to orient themselves in the complex landscape of network science, and to encourage applications of network analysis by practitioners.

The first NetGloW conference, subtitled “Structural Transformations in Europe, the US and Russia”, took place in St. Petersburg in 2012 and brought together more than 150 sociologists, philosophers, culture researchers, management specialists and economists. For more information about the 2012 event check out the archive on the conference website.

The 2014 conference: ”Networks in the Global World. Bridging Theory and Method: American, European, and Russian Studies” also took place in St. Petersburg. It was devoted to the key current issues and problems of linking theoretical and methodological developments in network analysis. More than 160 participants, representing various disciplinary backgrounds, registered for the conference. Find out more in conference post-release on the page of the International Network for Social Network Analysis and the programme including abstracts of the talks.

The 2016 NetGloW conference focused on relations between diverse networks, such as inter-personal networks, semantic networks, organisational networks and material object networks. The conference became a platform for the deliberation on how network structures and their dynamics can be compared across cultures, states, economies, and cities, - with a primary focus on European societies. More than 150 people from 30 countries registered for participation in the conference. The program, abstracts and videos of the keynote talks are available on the website of the conference

The International Conference “Science, Education and Business Cooperation: The Innovation Landscapes of Europe and Russia” also fell within the research area “Network Structures in Germany, Europe and Russia”. It took place in St. Petersburg State University and European University at St. Petersburg on October 25-27, 2013. The goal of the conference was to discuss the recent trends in science, education and business cooperation in Russia and Europe, as a basis for the development of Russian and European innovation landscapes. More information on the event is available in the conference post-release and in its programme  including abstracts of the talks.

Within the area “Creativity, Communities and Public Spaces of European and Russian Cities” the international conference “Urban Development and Politics in Europe and Russia” was organised. It took place at St. Petersburg State University, on October 28-30, 2011. The conference was aimed at generating reflection on the main issues of urban development in the German, European and Russian contexts.

Within the area “Civil Society and Participation in Europe and Russia” on November 12-14, 2010 CGES organized the international conference “Civil Society and NGOs in Europe and Russia” at St. Petersburg State University. The main issue of the conference was the comparison of East and West European and Russian experiences from the “third sector”. A media report on the conference can be found on Cogita website.

Within the area “Europe in the World” CGES runs a series of PhD conferences. For example, the fourth International PhD Student Conference “Transnational Approaches in Graduate Research” with participants from Bielefeld University and the University of Notre Dame took place in Notre Dame, IN (USA) on April 26 and 28, 2013. In particular, this ongoing and successful workshop series is a collaborative effort between CGES and the faculty and graduate students of the Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology.

We also co-organize a number of conferences falling within our research scope and run by our partners, e.g., the regular conference “Social Media and Social Movements” whose primary organizer is the LINIS laboratory at Higher School of Economics or the International Conference “Comparative Media Studies” organized by Higher School of Journalism and Media Communication of St. Petersburg State University, which takes place every spring as part of annual international conference ‘Media in the Modern World. St. Petersburg Readings’.

Scientific Environment

The continuous series of open interdisciplinary research seminars for junior social scientists “Scientific Environment” was started in 2010 by the Council of Young Scientists of the Faculty of Sociology of St. Petersburg State University. It has been co-organized by CGES since 2012. The seminars take place year-round (10-12 events per year). At these events, PhD students and junior social scientists from Russia and Europe extensively present their theoretical and empirical projects devoted to topical scientific problems. The presentations are followed by an intense moderated discussion. A particular emphasis is put on presentations that shed light on innovative theoretical approaches, as well as on original research carried out by junior scholars based on European and Russian empirical material. Currently, junior and senior researchers from all major social science universities and research centers of St. Petersburg, and many from all around Russia and Europe, as well as representatives of civic society, press and interested members of the local public take part in the events. Videotaping and photography are carried out during the seminars. Video recordings are then made publicly available in cooperation with the portal to broaden dissemination. Descriptions of the seminars can be found here and seminar videos are located here.

Workshops, Seminars and Sessions

The CGES hosts a number of international open methodological workshops, as well as research and project workshops and seminars. We also organize sessions within larger events and support events organized by our partners. 

In particular, line is reseanvolve leading international researchers in the field and facilitate knowledge sharing in methodology of European studies or specific areas of our research interest. The methodological workshop “Comparative Methodologies, Operationalization and Specifics of European Studies Research” has taken place in St. Petersburg every spring since 2008. This workshop is addressed to young Russian scholars dealing with comparative research projects on Germany and Europe and it offers them the opportunity to discuss their research design in English with international experts. The workshop “Semantic Network Analysis: Applications for Social Sciences and Humanities”, which took place in St. Petersburg on May 18-19, 2013, focused on semantic network analysis corresponding to our studies of sociosemantic networks within the area “Network Structures in Germany, Europe and Russia”. We discussed methodological issues in the semantic analysis of texts, the relation of textual data to social network data and other topical questions. A training session was provided on software tools that allow researchers to capture, model, analyze and visually represent the cognitive structures of organizations, groups and individuals, to compare them across scenarios, genres and domains, to trace their dynamics, and to relate them to other types of social structures.

Another line is research seminars and workshops falling into CGES key research areas. For example, International Workshop "Organizing Creativity in the City: Actors and Practices in Russia and Europe" (St. Petersburg, October 9, 2013) was organized as a part of the CGES research area “Creativity, Communities and Public Spaces of European and Russian Cities”and focused on the issues of creativity in the urban context, which have attracted great interest among researchers and policy-makers. Interdisciplinary Research Seminar “Network Perspectives on Communication, Knowledge & Culture: From Theory to Empirical Applications” (November 16, 2013) was conducted within the framework of the research area “Network Structures in Germany, Europe and Russia”. Its participants discussed recent theoretical and methodological issues as well as empirical applications of joint network analysis of knowledge, communication and culture.

The CGES project workshops and seminars are for the participants of our research projects, such as “Co-evolution of Knowledge and Communication Networks: Structural Dynamics of Creative Collectives in European Cultural Capitals”. The aims of these events are diverse – to coordinate international project teams, to plan projects, to develop research tools, to train in data collection and analysis techniques, etc. Follow us on facebook to keep an eye on those events.

Another type of activity which we engage in is organizing and supporting sessions and round tables at larger events, like the session “Dimensions of Studying and Building Innovation clusters: European Lessons for Russia” at Triple Helix XII international conference: “Regional Innovation Clusters in Europe, Russia and the World: Research Perspectives and Practical Solutions” held in Tomsk, Russia, on September 10-13 2014 or a number of events within the framework of German Week in St. Petersburg, such as discussions on New Media and Politics in Russia and Germany or on Cooperation of Russian and German NGOs in the Welfare Field, as well as German-Russian Intercultural Training.

Finally, the CGES supports many external events, such as International Workshop “German and European Studies in Central and Eastern Europe” (Vilnius, Lithuania, April 14-17, 2013) or “Summer School Russian Culture in Baltic Nature” (Helsinki, June 27 - July 8, 2014).

Summer and Winter schools

The CGES organizes a range of summer and winter schools for Russian and international students.

The program of a three-week Winter School for MA SES fist year students, which takes place in Bielefeld and Berlin. This includes both German-language courses and study visits to different political, cultural and social institutions. As a result, students have a chance to improve their German language skills and knowledge of German politics, history, economy, culture and social life.

The German-Russian Summer School in Otzenhausen (Germany) is run in collaboration with ASKO Foundation, European Academy Otzenhausen, Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, Stiftung Deutsch-Russischer Jugendaustausch and brings together BA students from Germany, Europe and Russia to give them a better understanding of the EU and European politics in international context. In 2014, the Summer School in Otzenhausen was organized for the 4th time.

Joint German-Russian Academy for students “Encounter Europe and Russia. An Introduction to the Cultural, Political and Social Situation in Russia and Its Relations to the EU” for BA students, is paired with Otzenhausen Summer School and takes place annually in spring in St Petersburg. The goal of the Academy is to give the participants from Europe a better understanding of Russian politics, history, society and culture in an international atmosphere, getting along with Russian students and mutually learning from each other.

The main goal of the Summer School in Strelna is to provide young Russian researchers with a theoretical and methodological background in European Studies and to train their skills for the analysis of social and political processes. In 2013 the school was organized for the 7th time.

Public Lectures

The CGES public lecture series is focused on current political, social, economic, and societal problems and challenges in Germany and Europe discussed by prominent European scholars. With public lectures CGES aims at both bringing current research into the multidisciplinary academic discussion and breaking down current research questions and results for a broad local audience – stakeholders or those interested in a particular topic. Reports on some of the public lectures can be found in the archive.

Events archive