PetrSU Opened the 5th International Conference “Russia and Greece: Dialogue of Cultures”
The aim of the conference was to discuss relevant humanities issues of the thousand years of interaction between the cultures of Russia and Greece.
The conference was opened by Evgenia Litinskaya, Associate Professor, head of the New Hellenic programs of the Department of Classical Philology, Russian Literature and Journalism of PetrSU. She congratulated everyone on the opening of the 5th anniversary conference and informed that this year the conference and proceedings were dedicated to the memory of Tatiana Malchukova, Doctor of Philological Sciences, Head of the Department of Classical Philology. In 2006 Tatiana Malchukova initiated the conference “Russia and Greece: Dialogue of Cultures”. She has been the founder of the classical and new Hellenic programs at Petrozavodsk State University.
The Consul General of Greece in Saint Petersburg Spyridon Voulgaris congratulated the participants on the opening of the conference.
“As the Consul General of Greece, I wish to express my heartfelt congratulations on the 5th International Conference “Russia and Greece: Dialogue of Cultures” dedicated to the cultures of two friendly nations: Russia and Greece. The topics of the conference and roundtable discussion are significant and relevant. I congratulate you on a truly scientific event and thank you for your contribution to strengthening the relations between the two countries,” says the message.
The Vice-Rector for Scientific Research Vladimir Siunev wished the participants luck in collaboration and cooperation with Greece.
“Today Petrozavodsk State University is one of a few universities that teach the Greek language. I am sure that after this conference you will have a lot of new plans, ideas, and friends.”
The Director of the Institute of Philology of PetrSU Anna Nilova welcomed the participants and noted that “with each year the conference broadens its geography, and today it convened scientists, researchers, and students from Petrozavodsk, Saint Petersburg, Moscow, Simferopol, Nizhny Novgorod, Minsk, Saratov, Athens”.
For the first time the event featured the Director of the Greek Cultural Center in Moscow Giannitsi Theodora:
“It is a great honor and pleasure to be here. I have found friends. I felt this warm ambiance, friendly atmosphere. I am sure it will stay that way until the end of the conference. I am grateful to PetrSU for the invitation. We are one world.”
The conference was organized by the Department of Classical Philology, Russian Literature and Journalism of PetrSU in cooperation with the Consulate General of Greece in Saint Petersburg.
Among the participants of the conference are scientists, young researchers, teachers, postgraduates, and Master's Degree students, working in the fields of philology, cultural studies, history, and philosophy. The event had plenary sessions and two open lectures. For the first time the conference featured a roundtable discussion “Greeks and Philhellenists of Karelia” aimed at the consolidation of common interests in teaching and studying the culture, history, and language of Ancient and modern Greece.
The principal topics of the conference:
- Classical Philology
- Byzantine studies
- Modern Hellenic Studies
- Greek Theme in Russian Literature and Culture
Among the reports of the conference were: “Common pages in the history of Russian and Greek peoples”, “Comments on ancient culture in essays by Fyodor Dostoevsky”, “State testing as a tool for strengthening intercultural ties between Russia and Greece”, “Folk-poetic speech in Pushkin’s The Captain’s Daughter translated into the New Greek language”, and others.
The proceedings of the conference will be published in 2020. Articles selected by the scientific board of the conference and editorship of the journal are planned to be published in the Proceedings of Petrozavodsk State University (included in the list of publications recommended by the Higher Attestation Commission).