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Events the Center Organized and Attended

Master-classes held
Master-classes attended
Conferences attended

Master-classes held

  • October 12-13, 2012 “Understanding Life Trajectories: Ideas, Advantages, Insights”

Tania Zittoun, Full (Ordinary) Professor at the Institute of psychology and education, Faculty of Humanities, Neushatel University. Author of a widely known monograph “Transitions. Development through symbolic resources», published in 2006 by InfoAge. Among academic interests: cultural psychology, developmental psychology, life trajectory development, identity, role of symbolic resources (such as movies or music) in identity formation.
Katrin Kullasepp, Associate Professor of General Psychology, Institute of Psychology, Tallin University.
Her PhD was finished in 2008, and was devoted to the question hoe students of psychology department build their professional identity. Her current work is focused on longitudinal studies.
Anna Lund,  she is co-director of the Center for Cultural Sociology at Linnaeus University, Sweden. She is also a faculty fellow at Center for Cultural Sociology, Yale University. Among academic interests: culture incorporation, youth and culture of the Internet, art education, gender and educational achievement.

The main goal of the workshop is to generate insights and stimulate research imagination concerning educational trajectories. Definitions of skills and knowledge that are acquired within the educational system today have to be reconsidered to account for various social and psychological experiences that form ideas of successful adult life and reasoning that stands behind decisions people make on their way to meet those ideas. Much effort is put in understanding obstacles, limitations, opportunities and factors that form successful and unsuccessful trajectories, both social and psychological. But many factors still require further explanation and interpretation, especially those dealing with family background, school and university environment, decision-making processes.
Our suggestion would be that research on typical educational and professional trajectories today has to address culture’s explanatory power. To define which trajectories are typical today would mean to interpret, by which reasoning are they informed and accounted to, by which distinctions and aspirations are they framed, how are they valued and evaluated. You can find information about an open session of the workshop on page f the Institute of Education of HSE.

  • May 25, 2013 “Interview Analysis Masterclass”

With two experts, Elena Rozhdestvenskaya, specialist in biography research method and Boris Elkonin, professor of psychology, we analyzed one interview that was taken during Tracer Element study in Yaroslavl among yonger cohort of school graduates. We used both transcript and videotape of the interview, to develop first steps of the methodology  to be implemented in further analysis.

  • July 8-16, 2013 “Measuring Culture in Longitudinal Research”

Timothy Malacarne, PhD candidate at the Faculty of Sociology, Yale University.
One of the core tasks of Monitoring research is interpretation of trajectories from the perspective of those cultural mechanisms standing behind actions or governing people’s trajectories. Traditionally, interpretative tasks are solved in sociology by he means of qualitative research, which poses a challenge for our Monitoring, being a quantitative survey. We are aiming to integrate qualitative instruments and quantitative rearch. Timothy is one of few specialists, who can work with such diverse and complex task. Primarily he worked on the topics of school popularity and success, inequality reproduction, returns on education. He aims to combine cultural sociology with opportunities of statistical analysis. Report of his open lecture "Working Out? Returns to Effort in the American Educational System" you can find on the page of Institute of Education 

  • October 21-30, 2013 "Reproduction of Social Inequality and Entering the Labor Market”

Yulia Kosyakova
Research scientist in the ERC advanced grant project eduLIFE at Comparative Life Course & Inequality Research Center; PhD candidate, Department of Political and Social Sciences (SPS), European University Institute
During the workshop collaboration opportunities between Monitoring and eduLIFE project were discussed. Topics for collaboration are connected with the problem of inequality reproduction, environment factors influence on achievement and social structure. 

  • February 2-12,  “Interpretative analysis in cultural sociology research on life trajectories”

Werner Binder
Workshop consisted of series of presentation and seminars, build upon the course “Advanced Methods of Interpretation” that doctor Werner Binder teaches in Brno.
We discussed classical texts by authors such as Karl Mannheim, as well as contemporary developments of documentary method and objective hermeneutics by the authors like Arnd-Michael Nohl and Ralf Bohnsack. After seminar we did intensive data session, with a goal to develop applicable methodology specifically for cultural sociology analysis of trajectories.
Apart from that, Werner gave two open lectures, based on his master thesis. One talking about changing attitude towards torture, research that was based on analysis of images of Abu-Ghraib Scandal. In the other lecture he talked more about methodology to analyze cultural mechanisms.

Master-classes attended

  • May 30-31, 2013 «Education and Gender Differences in School-to-work Transitions»

Within a partnership with eduLIFE Dmitry Kurakin participated in regular international workshop of held by eduLIFE project: «Education and gender differences in school-to-work transitions», in European University Institute, Florence. Workshop was devoted primarily to planning of the project second stage, focused on school-to-work transition. 

  • June 3-5, 2013 "International Collaboration between Higher School of Economics, Russia and NEPS"

In June large part of the Center’s team went to National Educational Panel Study head quarters in small town of Bamberg, Germany, to see for themselves how the major German educational longitudinal study is created. We were mostly interested in how NEPS handles the data, and we’ve learned that it takes 1 to 1,5 years to prepare one database. 

  • November 14-15, 2013 «Education and Gender Differences in School-to-work Transitions»

Within a partnership with eduLIFE Dmitry Kurakin participated in regular international workshop of held by eduLIFE project, this year titled «Education and gender differences in school-to-work transitions», in European University Institute, Florence. Workshop was devoted primarily to discussion of  project second stage, focused on school-to-work transition. Participants presented the results of country level analysis and commented on the opportunities for comparison. Dmitry Kurakine and Yulia Kosyakova presented a paper «Do institutions matter? Occupational segregation at the labor market entry in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia» which will feature in the resulting compilation.

  • March 2-14, Work based in Yale Center for Cultural Sociology. 

In March 2014 Dmitry Kurakine made a partnership visit to the Yale Center of Cultural Sociology. Apart from the meeting and discussions with leaders and fellows of the Center, Dmitry participated in a workshop where Stephen Vaisey from Duke University presented results of his work. Stephen Vaisey published works in leading sociology journals, devoted to research on culture and morals through quantitative approach. He also is one of the leaders of the research project called “Measuring Modernity”, which includes longitudinal data and is part of large initiative “Moral Attitudes and Decision-Making”
The visit was mainly devoted to the work upon a particular aspect of Monitoring project, namely aesthetics and ethical dimensions of educational choice. This topic is developed by the Center for Cultural Sociology and Anthropology of Education in partnership with Timothy Malacarne, who is finishing his PhD in Yale University.  

Conferences attended 

  • 1-2nd of May 2015 Annual conference of Yale Center for Cultural Sociology "Cultural Sociology Writ Small: The surprising merits of modest case study research". Dmitry Kurakin co-authoring with Werner Binder, presented a key-note paper titled "Biography and Form of Life: Toward a Cultural Analysis of Narrative Interviews". Ekaterina Pavlenko presented a paper "The effect of changing meaning of «adulthood» on the life course". 
  • 17-18th of April 2015 XIV International conference of young researchers “Vectors of contemporary Russia development “War of the worlds: scientific knowledge vs. pragmatics of everyday life”. Diana Yanbarisova presented a paper titled “School students narratives of being nominated as gifted: cultural sociology approach”
  • 8-10 th of April 2015 XVI April conference. Symposium “How institutional factors influence student’s trajectories” Dmitry Kurakin, Valeriya Malik. Ekaterina Pavlenko: “Introduction into panel study “Trajectories in Education and Careers”, Alexey Bessudnov, Valeriya Malik: “Family socio-economic characteristics and their effect on students trajectories after 9th grade”. Diana Yanbarisova: ““School students narratives of being nominated as gifted: cultural sociology approach”
  • 4-6th of December, 2014. First conference on cultural sociology of education, Linneaus University, Vaxjo, Sweden. Dmitry Kurakin, Diana Yanbarisova, Ekaterina Pavlenko presented papers based on Tracer atom project of TrEC. On this conference participants discussed how this sphere of research can be developed.
  • 9-11th of October, 2014. “Lives in translation: Life course research and social policies”. Valeriya Malik participated in a conference of Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, she presented TrEC project.
  • 25-27th of April, 2014. Yale Center for Cultural Sociology Anniversary Conference “Advancing Cultural Sociology”. Members of the CCSAE presented on a specialized section, devoted to the TrEC project, together with CCSAE partners Timothy Malacarne and Werner Binder. 
  • September 28-29, 2012 “Body Regimes of Youth in Everyday Life” (Saint-Petersburg)

Conference about Body Regimes was organized by the Center of Youth Studies In Saint-Petersburg branch of Higher School of Economics. Diana Yanbarisova presented a paper “Typical approaches to decision-making through the way teenagers master their bodies”, prepared in cooperation with Dmitry Kurakine and Ekaterina Pavlenko. In this paper interviews gathered through Tracer Element sub-project were analyzed. Interviews were conducted in September 2012 with teenagers in Yaroslavl. 
You can read in more details about the conference on the page of the Center of Youth Studies.

  • April 17-19, 2013 International Forum “Eurasian Educational Dialogue” (Yaroslavl)

“Eurasian Educational Dialogue” was organized with participation of Institute of Education of HSE. Diana Yanbarisova presented a paper “Working while studying in the University as a practice of informal education: influence on academic achievement”
Thesises are published on the website of the Forum 

Ekaterina Pavlenko and Diana Yanbarisova participated in an annual conference of EERA, placed in Stambul 2013. Ekaterina Pavlenko presented a paper «Cultural Sociology in Education: Putting Educational Trajectories into New Perspective» on a section «Employability and Transition to Work of Higher Education Graduates”. Diana Yanbarisova presented a paper: «Learning And Working: Types Of Combining University Studies With Employment» on a section «Research in Higher Education».

Ekaterina Pavlenko presented a paper on the role of category “success” in life planning, on the basis of interviews taken with university graduates in Yaroslavl in 2012. 

Dmitry Kurakin participated with a paper “Contemporary factors increasing significance of the “University brand” from the point of view of educational choice”. Paper prepared based on the interviews with teenagers in Tatarstan, when they were choosing a university to enroll in.



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