The HSE University-St Petersburg editorial office congratulates all its readers on the beginning of the academic year. May it bring you lots of pleasant discoveries and inspiration! To mark the occasion, we talked to students and professors of the campus about their plans for the year—in science, careers, extracurricular activities and beyond.
Meet Igor Kuziner, a native Petersburger and a Senior Lecturer of the Department of History. Having left his engineering career, he started studying Old Believers-wanderers and received a PhD degree. Together with the researcher, you will go on an excursion around an Old-believers' cemetery in St Petersburg, get into the attics at Prospekt Stachek and find the remains of a Protestant church in the village Zaozerye. Read about all these things in the article.
There are plenty of unexpected sides to St Petersburg: it is a city of writers, poets, architects, rock musicians and their admirers... It is multi-layered, but it always has a soul. Ekaterina Kalemeneva, Senior Lecturer at the Department of History, takes us on a textual walk around the city to find out where the biggest Beatles fan in the USSR lived, what Nabokov and Leningrad architects have in common, and where to find vinyl records.
On February 8, HSE University-St Petersburg celebrates the Day of Russian Science. We congratulate all researchers and wish them continued openness to new discoveries. To mark the occasion, we talked to scientists about the sources of their inspiration, moments of anxiety, and having fun.