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The Institute of National and Folk Culture assesses the symbolic capital of the traditional culture
The Institute of National and Folk Culture assesses the symbolic capital of the traditional culture

During two days of November, 15th-16th , Ogarev Mordovia State University hosted international scientific conference entitled «The symbolic capital of the traditional culture: the experience of the past in the models of the future." The event was held by the Institute of National and Folk Culture of Ogarev Mordovia State University with the financial support of the Russian Foundation for Fundamental Research.

Among the key speakers of the plenary session were the head of the Department of Cultural Projects and Programmes of the Republican Ministry of Culture, National Policy, Tourism and Archiving – Yulia A. Eliseeva, the Vice-Rector for Academic Studies Alina Y. Maslova, international guests – Director of the Runosong Academy (Kuhmo, Finland) Pekka Huttu-Hiltunen, Director of a private musical school in Larnaca (Republic of Cyprus) Irina A. Galkina, seniour researcher of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theater (Tallinn, Estonia) Zhanna Pyartlas.

Welcoming the scientists, Alina Y. Maslova stressed the relevance of the issues raised by the conference especially in the age of information technologies and total computerisation.

The conference gathered together about 70 scientists from Russia, UK, Portugal, Estonia, Finland, Hungary and the Republic of Cyprus.

Head of the Chair of Design and Advertising Irina L. Sirotina in her welcoming speech shared her musings on conference objectives:

- The awareness of the fundamental importance of universal values, which occurs in the era of globalisation, does not negate the desire of every nation to preserve the uniqueness of its own culture and to objectify it in music, dance, clothes, arts and crafts, theatrical productions. Our conference is devoted to the study, safeguard and restoration of authentic traditional cultural values and their translation into the socio-cultural dynamics of modernity.

The range of issues addressed at the conference was extremely wide. Within two days, scientists discussed the fundamental problems of traditional culture, talked about the reconstruction and representation of traditional culture in the information society, touched upon the problems of traditional musical culture in the context of science, education and practice, mused over neotraditionalism in contemporary art.

The conference was topped off with the field trip to a rural area of the Mordovia Republic, settlement - Great Mordovian Poshaty, Elnikovsky district where one conference group – ethnomusicologists set off to record samples of the Mordovian traditional music culture, performed by local folk singers.

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