The InteRussia Internship Program for foreign Russianists ended in Moscow

Russian Studies
On November 1, an official closing ceremony of the first InteRussia internship in the new area – the Russian language and literature – took place at the Pushkin Institue. This time, attendees from India, Egypt, Iran, Syria, Vietnam, Belarus, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan visited Russia. The programs was made possible through partnership between the Gorchakov Fund and the Pushkin Institute.

For a month the interns have been working at their research projects on such topics as language policies in different countries and their legal and regulatory framework and the status of the Russian language in the countries of the post-Soviet space. They analyzed communication practices of youth, the role of relocation in learning Russian as a foreign language and even tried to compare meme pools of the Russian and Arabic languages. The participants of the internship also analyzed influence of the Pushkin writings on the process of unification of people during the pandemic of 2020.

Director of the Pushkin Institute Andrey Shcherbakov was the first to address the interns.

“I hope that this internship program was productive and positive for you. One of the goals that we pursued was to get you motivated for your research. I really hope that the final result of your work will be a publication. We are always happy to see you at the Pushkin Institute. Thank you for participation and for your beautiful Russian language!”

Scientific Programs Coordinator of the Gorchakov Fund Lyana Dymova also congratulated the participants.

“An enormous amount of work had been done by a whole team to make this internship possible. I hope that the area of the Russian language and literature will become a good tradition. You are professionals in your field, and we very well understand how difficult it was to leave behind you work for a whole month in order to come to another country. Each of you is some kind of a public diplomat in your own country – you do not only promote the Russian language, but also the Russian culture. We do not say ”goodbye", we say “until next time!”.

Elmira Afanasyeva, Senior Research Fellow of the Laboratory of Linguistic Studies of the Department of Research at the Pushkin Institute, mentioned a special contribution made by foreign guests-Russionists into the world science with their research.

“You have demonstrated such level of interest in social sciences, which was demonstrated by the graduates of the lyceum's first enrollment – Alexander Pushkin and Alexander Gorchakov. It is obvious that diplomacy depends on classical literature and achievements of modern linguistics. Now we will be expecting your research studies to be published. We are setting such level of academic research, which will allow developing a special kind of social science noosphere”.