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Illustration for news: Natalia Chalisova’s presentation at the European Conference of Iranian Studies in Berlin

Natalia Chalisova’s presentation at the European Conference of Iranian Studies in Berlin

The European Conference of Iranian Studies (ECIS) is one of Europe’s largest conferences in Iranian Studies. It is held every four years and organized by the Societas Iranologica Europaea (SIE). The ninth edition of the conference (ECIS 9) was hosted by the Institute of Iranian Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, in Germany and took place from 09–13 September 2019.

Illustration for news: ‘Count Leo Tolstoy's influence on Mahatma Gandhi's life, work and leadership’ by Dr Shobhana Radhakrishna (video)

‘Count Leo Tolstoy's influence on Mahatma Gandhi's life, work and leadership’ by Dr Shobhana Radhakrishna (video)

Dr Shobhana Radhakrishna is Chief Functionary, Gandhian Forum for Ethical Corporate Governance, India. The talk attempts to provide some principles, ideas, and alternatives that can help us in our quest for more excellent substance and also help address the pressing social and ecological challenges of our times. Dr Shobhana Radhakrishna spoke about the life of one of the extraordinary individuals, Mahatma Gandhi, and his lessons of personal growth and transformation. The event was organized jointly with the Embassy of India in Moscow.

Illustration for news: Vedic Recitations at Assi Ghat, Varanasi (Subah-e-Banaras): the Paper of Natalia Korneeva (video)

Vedic Recitations at Assi Ghat, Varanasi (Subah-e-Banaras): the Paper of Natalia Korneeva (video)

In her paper, presented on April 24, 2019 at the seminar Oriental Cultures (Moderator: Dr. Natalia Chalisova, IOCS HSE), Dr. Natalia Korneeva analysed the structure of the morning ritual of worship at the Ganges river at Assi Ghat in Varanasi. The focus of the paper was on the female students from Pāṇini Kanyā Mahāvidyālaya who recite Vedic mantras as part of their education on performing rituals.

Illustration for news: “The ups and downs of elites. Symbols of power in archaeological contexts”: a lecture of Valentina Mordvintseva

“The ups and downs of elites. Symbols of power in archaeological contexts”: a lecture of Valentina Mordvintseva

On November the 22nd, Associate Professor (IOCS HSE) and lecturer in the Master’s program in Classical and Oriental Archeology delivered a lecture on elite burials in antiquity.