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Middle-Term Conference
Culture and Education: Social Transformations and Multicultural Communication
RC04 Sociology of Education International Sociological Association (ISA)

Institute of Foreign Languages
RUDN University
24-26 July 2019


The current phase of social development is characterized by massive changes in economic, political, social, cultural and other spheres. As globalizing processes intensify in economically developed countries, education becomes one of the key social infrastructure elements.  Meanwhile, technological transformations pose significant problems inevitably related to the functioning of the institution of education. In the context of contemporary social development, education is seen as a primary means for increasing the competitiveness of not only countries and regions, but also of individuals. Globalization significantly affects the formation of the knowledge society, within which educational and cultural systems face unprecedented challenges. On the one hand, globalization presents endless possibilities for broadening communication and cultural spaces, thus producing new knowledge and technologies. On the other, it is associated with forces having a highly destructive character, resulting in a continuing transformation of existing notions concerning the proper forms and boundaries of such fundamental societal phenomena as culture and education.  
Integration processes have also involved dramatic changes in national education systems, which are currently facing a number of considerable challenges. Thus, the significance of knowledge as an essential principle in the training of highly-qualified specialists is permanently increasing. Today, such professionals are not ready to merely replicate and disseminate information; rather, they are willing to produce new fundamental knowledge. When investigating conventional sociological problems, e.g. inequality, mobility and educational achievements, it becomes essential to consider their cultural aspects. As a result, culture cannot be considered anymore as a passive transition between institutional conditions and human actions. This means that researchers should implement state-of-the-art cultural sociological approaches that are informed by the dimension of multicultural communication.

Conference Organizers:
RC04 Sociology of Education ISA,
European University of Cyprus (Cyprus), Institute of Foreign Languages of RUDN (Russia), Institute of Sociology FRSC RAS (Russia), Russian Society of Sociologists (RSS), Faculty of Philology of Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia), Moscow State Linguistic University (Russia)
Aim of the Conference:
The conference is aimed at facilitating discussions, sharing research and building connections between Russian and foreign researchers. The organizers encourage a multidisciplinary approach to the Conference topics.

Keynote Speakers:
Piotr Sztompka – Prof. Dr. Hab., Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland;  Prof. Emeritus, Polish Academy of Sciences, Member Ordinarius.  Theme: Contemporary University: Between the Academic and Corporate Culture
Hans-Peter Blossfeld – Prof. Dr. Rer. Pol. Dr. H. C.  
European University Institute, San Domenico di Fiesole, Italy (Intergovernmental organisation), Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg, Germany. Theme: Determinants and Consequences of Unequal Educational Opportunities in the Life Course.
Miguel Nussbaum – Prof., Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Editor-in-Chief of the Computers and Education journal. Theme: Higher Order Thinking Skills and Culture.
Roundtable Thematic trends in research publications and the ethical policy of scientific journals
The conference will feature a round table with the chief editors of international scientific journals (Q1) indexed in the international citation databases Scopus and Web of Science:
Susan L. Robertson – Prof., Cambridge University, England, Editor-in-Chief of the Globalisation, Societies and Education journal

Maria González Davies – Prof. University Ramon Llull, Barcelona, Spain, Co-editor of The Interpreter and Translator Trainer journal
Miguel Nussbaum – Prof., Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Editor-in-Chief of the Computers and Education journal


In addition to thematic sessions, a Special Methodological Session with the participation of a special guest, Margaret Archer, will be held.
Following the results of the conference, Abstract-book and Conference Proceedings are planned to be published by RUDN University Publishing House. For Abstract-book it is necessary to include the text (abstract) in the amount of 600 words into "Application Form" . For Conference Proceedings it is necessary to include the text (extended abstract) in the amount of 600 + 2000 words into “Application Form”. Abstract-book is not indexed.
Conference Proceedings are indexed in the RSCI database. Conference organizers are also planning to submit Conference Proceedings for indexing in the Web of Science database. Abstracts and Extended Abstracts are accepted in English only.

The editorial board reserves the right to competitive selection of abstracts and extended abstracts for publication.

Application and Submission Deadlines:

Submit proposals for sessions:                     November 1, 2018 - January 14, 2018
Submit abstracts and extended abstracts: January 15, 2019 -  April 30, 2019
Fee payment:                                                   May 1, 2019 – July 1, 2019

Abstracts or Extended Abstracts in English should be sent to these e-mail addresses:



Autors’ Guide (Abstracts)

Autors’ Guide (Extended Abstracts)


In case you need visa support from RUDN, please fill in an Application Form

and send it and a scanned copy of your passport to Natalia S. Erokhova by e-mail: erokhova-ns@rudn.ru

Please contact the Russian Embassy in your country of residence as soon as you receive our letter of invitation.


We recommend you hotels located near RUDN University (5 or 15 minutes’ walk from the conference venue):

Astrus Hotel http://www.astrus.ru/en/

Salut Hotel https://hotelsalut.ru/en/

The choice of the hotel and the reservation are carried out by the participants on their own.

We could book you rooms in RUDN University campus like apartments for 2, 4, 6 persons in one apartment (the number of rooms is limited but the prices are lower than in hotels).

All the questions you could address to Natalia S. Erokhova by


  1. ISA member fee:
  • Band A country fee 6000 rubles      
  • Band B country fee 5500 rubles
  • Band C country fee 5000 rubles
  1. non-ISA member fee 10000 rubles
  3. Attendance only fee (no reports, no publications) 3500 rubles
Students ISA member fee:
  • Band A country fee 5000 rubles      
  • Band B country fee 4500 rubles
  • Band C country fee 4000 rubles
Students non-ISA member fee 8500 rubles


Contact persons:

Svetlana Sharonova,
Deputy Chairman, Organizing and Program Committee,
tel. +7 (495) 787-3803 #2438, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., email: sharonova-sa@rudn.ru

Natalia Erokhova,
Secretary, Organizing and Program Committee,
tel. +7 (495) 787-3803 #2438, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., email: erokhova-ns@rudn.ru