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Faculty of Humanities

 

The Faculty of Humanities was created on December 1, 2014. It trains instructors and researchers in the field of language and literature, as well as specialists in philosophy, history, and modern culture.

The main goal of the faculty is to teach students how to understand and analyse various cultural processes, employ current research strategies, and effectively put their knowledge into practice.

The faculty’s staff are leading Russian academics and practitioners from various cultural fields, as well as invited foreign specialists. Students receive a modern education in the humanities, as well as thorough language preparation, which allows them to find extensive professional opportunities upon graduation. Students are given the opportunity to conduct research and gain practical experience at major private and public establishments.

Our strengths:

1. Interdisciplinary approach

We study the humanities alongside other academic fields so that students can apply their skills in various areas.

2. International cooperation

We maintain active international ties, which allows students to undertake internships and study abroad, as well as broaden their outlook and cultural experiences.

3. Research

We encourage and support student participation in research projects. This gives them an opportunity to apply their knowledge in practice and make a contribution to the development of the humanities.

Our graduates pursue careers in public and commercial organisations and various types of mass media. They also implement their own media, cultural, social, and educational projects.

Publications

  • Book

    Moiseev D.

    The Philosophy of Italian Fascism: Formation & Evolution

    Italian Fascism: its era has passed, yet its intellectual underpinnings remain a subject of intense scholarly debate.

    In his groundbreaking monograph, Russian scholar Dmitry Moiseev delves into the heart of Fascist political philosophy using the hermeneutical method. Tracing its roots back to the 19th-century intellectual movements that seeded its emergence, Moiseev navigates through Fascism’s ideological maturation up to its eventual demise in 1945.

    What philosophical doctrines fuelled the minds behind Italian Fascism? Did a distinct ‘Fascist philosophy’ exist, and if so, what were its core tenets? Moiseev’s work embarks on a meticulous exploration of these questions, uncovering the enduring ideas that shaped the convictions and policies of Fascist Italy’s thinkers.

    This monograph is designed for both seasoned philosophers and those intrigued by the intellectual legacy of the 20th century’s right-wing radical movements. The Philosophy of Italian Fascism is not just an academic inquiry but a journey into the ideological foundations of one of history’s most notorious regimes.

    L.: Arktos, 2024.

  • Article

    Smirnova E. A., Perez-Guerra J.

    L1 influence on the use of the English Present Perfect: A corpus analysis of Russian and Spanish learners’ essays

    Mastering verbal tenses, especially those expressing aspect, in a second language presents a challenge as learners frequently link the semantic nuances of verbal forms in their second language (L2) to the characteristics of the verbal systems in their native languages (L1). This study explores the impact of L1 on the usage of the English Present Perfect (PP) among non-native speakers. In an effort to contribute to the ongoing research on the mechanisms governing the acquisition of English tenses, this study focuses on the variations that affect the usage of the PP in the writing of English learners. The investigation is particularly centered on university students whose L1 is Russian and Spanish, seeking to delve into the ways in which their first language influences the utilisation of the PP in their English writing. Analysis of L2 English by Russian and Spanish learners, based on corpora of argumentative essays written by undergraduate Russian and Spanish learners of English, controlled by a corpus of essays produced by native speakers of English; frequency and distribution of the PP in learner writings; examination of semantic contexts;  identification of error types. The findings indicate that, despite a higher occurrence of the PP in texts produced by Spanish learners compared to Russian learners, the rate of errors in its application is nearly identical in both learner corpora. These errors are likely attributable to challenges in comprehending the functions of the PP and in distinguishing its semantics from those of other English tenses, particularly the Past Simple. The study suggests that the increased prevalence of PP usage by L2 learners may be attributed to positive transfer from their L1 when it exhibits structures analogous to the English PP. Conversely, patterns indicative of, for example, undergeneralisation of semantic contexts suggesting the relevance of an action, or of overgeneralisation of adverbs compatible with the PP can be interpreted as evidence of negative transfer. The results of this study hold significance for language pedagogy, as they highlight potential challenges in acquiring the PP that learners from diverse L1 backgrounds may encounter.

    Journal of Language and Education. 2024.

  • Book chapter

    Kade M., Dionysios Zoumpalidis.

    Family language policy in the Circassian community in Moscow

    This chapter examines the language practices and beliefs of the Circas-sian community, an ethnic minority group living in Russia. The study focuses onthe younger generation of Circassians aged 18 to 36, residents of Moscow, andlooks at their language competencies and ideologies. The study reveals that, be-sides the Russian language, a significant number of Circassians residing in Mos-cow have proficiency in the Adyghe language, with many considering their skillsas satisfactory or good. The data suggests that activities promoting conversationamong Circassians, such as speaking clubs, could contribute to the maintenanceof the Adyghe language in Moscow. Overall, this study provides valuable insightsinto the language practices, beliefs, and family language policy of the Circassiancommunity in the multicultural urban environment of the Russian capital city.

    In bk.: Multilingual Moscow. Dynamics of Language and Migration in a Capital City. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton, 2024. Ch. 6. P. 117-132.

  • Working paper

    Dolgorukov V., Gladyshev M., Galimullin R.

    Dynamic Epistemic Logic of Resource Bounded Information Mining Agents

    Logics for resource-bounded agents have been getting more and more attention in recent years since they provide us with more realistic tools for modelling and reasoning about multi-agent systems. While many existing approaches are based on the idea of agents as imperfect reasoners, who must spend their resources to perform logical inference, this is not the only way to introduce resource constraints into logical settings. In this paper we study agents as perfect reasoners, who may purchase a new piece of information from a trustworthy source. For this purpose we propose dynamic epistemic logic for semi-public queries for resource-bounded agents. In this logic (groups of) agents can perform a query (ask a question) about whether some formula is true and receive a correct answer. These queries are called semi-public, because the very fact of the query is public, while the answer is private. We also assume that every query has a cost and every agent has a budget constraint. Finally, our framework allows us to reason about group queries, in which agents may share resources to obtain a new piece of information together. We demonstrate that our logic is complete, decidable and has an efficient model checking procedure.

    arxiv.org. Computer Science. Cornell University, 2024

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