HSE Master's Students in History Took Part in the First International Kotchoubey Readings
1 st and 2 nd year students of the international master’s programme "Applied and Interdisciplinary History “Usable Pasts” participated and worked as volunteers in the First International Kotchoubey Readings “Private Collections in Russia and in the World – Experience of Interaction with Society and State” at Kotchoubey Centre on October 11–12, 2018.
This conference concerned private collections in Russia and around the world. The event took place in Tsarskoye Selo mansion of the Kotchoubey family under the patronage of the cousin grandchildren of Vasily Petrovich Kotchoubey's nephews – , Andrey Sergeyevich, Vasily Vasilyevich and Peter Vasilyevich and his wife Elena Viktorovna Spechinskaya.
Within the framework of the conference the discussions were organized in the form of round tables on the issues of three key topics regarding private collections as an object of study, as exhibition projects, and as business ones. The key speakers were: Bruno Henri- Rousseau, the Director of the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild (France); Countess Alberta Cavazza, co- owner of the Villa Isola del Garda (Italy); Aleksandra Murre, Director of the Kadriorg Art Museum (Estonia); Joost Schokkenbroek, Executive Director of Vancouver Maritime Museum, PhD, professor (Canada); and Magdalena Gaete, representative of the University of Navarra in Russia (Spain) and others.
The work of the volunteers was led by Irina G. Matvienko (press secretary of the Kotchoubey Center, HSE SPb), who organized the coordinated work of students. Graduate students (Jeffery Boadu, Elena Krasilnikova, Louise Kalb, Linda Kvitkina, Liya Xie, Nadezhda Adukanova and Julia Kulikova) provided registration of the conference participants, worked as interpreters, and also provided assistance during the conference. For students, participation in the First International Kotchoubey Readings fit perfectly to the research internship that they had at St. Petersburg museums in May, June and September of this year. Also, young researchers had a unique opportunity to communicate with honored guests and conference participants to establish future professional contacts with them. Undoubtedly, organization of such events opens up great prospects for the younger generation in terms of their professional development and career. We are sincerely grateful to the organizers of the conference for the opportunity to be part of a significant event in the preservation and representation of the historical heritage of Kotchoubey family.