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Ninth International Conference on "People and the Fate of the Russian Diaspora"
From Feburary 2-4, 2017, the Institute of General History of the Russian Academy of Sciences, in conjunction with Saint Tikhon´s Orthodox University of the Humanities, conducted the Ninth International Academic/Educational Conference on "People and the Fate of the Russian Diaspora". Over the course of two days, almost 30 papers were presented by Russian scholars from various academic institutions in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Ulyanovsk, Bryansk, Kondrovo, and also foreign researchers from Latvia, the Czech Republic, and the Ukraine.

 The most important topic covered by the conference comprised the activities and achievements of the Russian academic community in the diaspora. Archbishop Michael of Geneva and Western Europe talked about how the émigré community paid special attention to bringing up a generation of young people in the traditions of Russia, that is, as Orthodox who would be ready to return and serve their Motherland. In particular, he referred to the history of the Russian national youth organization called "Vityazi". Talks were given about the headmasters of Russian high schools in Czechoslovakia, and on the academic work and teaching careers of Russian professors in Latvia, the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, Great Britain, Romania, France, and Shanghai. In exile, Russian émigrés introduced forms of academic research and new fields that, while already familiar for them, were previously unknown in these countries. They participated in combatting cancer, perfected methods of hemodialysis, published outstanding works on histology and embryology. Russian musicians not only preserved and further developed Russian musical traditions in the diaspora, but also opened conservatories and introduced musical education into local cultures.

A round-table discussion followed on the third day of the conference. Questions were raised about publishing and annotating personal documents, as personal sources play a foundational role in biographical research – as do, therefore, the search for them and the process of introducing them into academic circulation, which are a part of the biographer´s creative work.


 In all, twelve people with Candidates´ Degrees (the second highest in Russia, equivalent to Ph.D.) in History, one with a Candidate´s Degree in Anthropology, one in Art History, and one in Modern and Medieval Languages (Philology); two independent researchers; five people with Doctorates (the highest degree in Russia, greater than a Ph.D.) in History; one with a Doctorate in Pedagogy, and one with a Doctorate in Philosophy, all presented at the conference. Among the teachers from Saint Tikhon´s who took part were Professor Alexander Leonidovitch Dvorkin, Doctor of Philology, with a paper on John Meyendorff; Professor Andrei Borisovitch Efimov, Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, with a paper on the ascetic life and trials of Bishop Innokentij (Pustynsky) in America; and Dean Yuri Trofimovitch Lisitsa, Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, with a talk on Ivan Alexandrovitch Ilin.
 63 people took part in the three-day-long conference. A total of 27 papers were given.


 

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