Russian Express: Russian Woman - Russian Politics
From the ancient times to the present day, a Woman in Russia has been holding the most significant roles in terms of influencing Russia’s political reality. The focus of the Summer School “Russian Woman – Russian Politics” is an analysis of the political role and position of a Russian woman, now and then, accompanied with travelling to Ekaterinburg and Saint Petersburg, and a deep dive into the realms of Russian language.
The school participants will look at Russian women who represent Russia’s female political history, starting from X century, when country was ruled by Duchess Olga, the first Russian female-political leader. Ekaterinburg, named after Catherine, the wife of Peter the Great, is a place where the history of a plain woman, a daughter of a Lithuanian peasant, turning into a queen, can be traced. One of the most powerful female political leaders was Empress Catherine the Great, under whose rule Russia thrived and became one of the Great powers of Europe. Catherine the Great was a daughter of a German Duke, who came to power after a palace coup to become the most powerful Empress of Russia. The times of her rule can be studied in Saint Petersburg.
During the Russian Revolution times, there were famous Russian Marxist women-activists such as Nadejda Krupskaya, the wife of Vladimir Lenin, who was one of the establishers of pioneer movement in the USSR. Life story of Krupskaya is connected to Saint Petersburg, where she was born. Honor is also given to another female Marxist Inessa Armand, who emigrated from France and founded a Women’s Department in the Central Committee of the Communist Party. Soviet political system in the mid of XX century was sustained by women, too. The brightest examples are Ekaterina Furtseva who held the position of the Minister of culture for 14 years, and Maria Kovrighina – the Minister of health care of the USSR. Regardless of the Communist Party, there were also women-dissidents: Elena Bonner, Yuliya Vishnevskay etc.
During the contemporary times in Russia, women's position has been strong and independent. Women’s role in the political sphere of the Russian Federation are examined through personalities such as Naina Yeltsina, the wife of the first President of Russia; Irina Khakamada – vice-Chairman of the State Duma of Russia; Irina Yarovaya, known for “Yarovaya law” on public safety measures; Maria Zaharova – the Director of the Information and Press Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The Summer School “Russian Woman – Russian Politics” combines and presents intensive Russian language courses, lectures, Russian linguistic games and quests, Russian Soviet cartoons and animations, cultural events, workshops on songs and folklore dances, experiencing Russian summer activities and excursion programs from the Eastern to Western cities of Russia, Ekaterinburg and Saint Petersburg. After the 3-week Summer course, school participants will achieve a remarkable linguistic competence and performance in Russian as a foreign language, and obtain a rich and practical knowledge of political position and roles of women in Russia.
Saint Petersburg and Ekaterinburg
17th of August - 6th of September, 2020
It is perfect for everybody with any level of Russian language (A0-C2) and who are interested in Russian Language, Culture and Nature.
Participants will discover and uncover the political position and role of a Russian woman in historical perspective. They will be engaged in a dynamic student life that is full of classes, workshops, exciting extracurricular activities, which include visiting sightseeing, theaters, museums, concerts, and trips around the Ural region, Saint Petersburg and that is in addition to other events related to the Russian language and culture.
Fee: 90.000 rub
Included: Russian language tuition in Ekaterinburg and Saint Petersburg;Accommodation in Ekaterinburg and Saint Petersburg during the Summer Program; Learning materials; Visa and registration support; Transfer upon arrival; Train tickets to the branded trains for destinations “Ekaterinburg – Saint Petersburg"; Free printing service; UrFU's certificate upon the completion.
Excursions and activities:
In Ekaterinburg participants will see the most famous sights of the city such as the Square of 1905, Lenin’s monuments, The Church-on-Blood, Boris Yeltsin Centre, Museum of Fine Arts, Ural Opera Ballet Theatre, Soviet Lifestyle Museum, as the participants will be able to cross the borders between Europe and Asia and enjoy the view of Ural mountains, forests and Siberian villages.
In Saint Petersburg we will visit the most beautiful sights of the city such as St. Isaac's Cathedral and its Colonnade, Kazan Cathedral, The State Hermitage Museum, Museum of Political History of Russia, The Russian Museum, Peterhof, whereas participants will experience the Small City of contemporary young hipsters “Etaji” and view it from above.
NOT included in the basic cost of the program: airplane tickets/train tickets to/from Russia; meals (lunches and dinners); visa costs; optional excursions; souvenirs.
Created / Updated: 28 February 2020 / 28 February 2020
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