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Interuniversity Workshop Local and Microhistorical Research with International Participation

Interuniversity WorkshopThe workshop “Local and Microhistorical Research”, which was organized by the Investigative Laboratory for Local and Microhistory of Karelia (ILLMiK) for the first time in 2006, took place yet again on the 23d of April. As before not only reporters from PetrSU became the participants of the workshop but the students from Faculty of History of Tver State University and the students of the University of Eastern Finland as well. The Finnish students have been participating in the workshop since 2007. Jukka Korpela, the director of the Institute of Geography and History of the University of Eastern Finland, Dr. h.c. of PetrSU, and Professor Kimmo Katajala took part in the workshop as experts.

More than 30 persons (professors, young scientists, students, and guests) gathered together at a roundtable. 11 reports were submitted to demanding audience to approval. 5 of the reports belonged to the students from Joensuu, 4 were presented by the students from Tver and 2 more reports were prepared by 5 students of the Faculty of History of PetrSU who are involved into work of the student research laboratory “Istok”.

Traditionally each report was accompanied by presentation in English containing the main statements of research, fragments of maps and authors’ schemes. The following things were taken into account in presentation evaluation according to the score system: the problem statement, pithiness of the theme exposing, historiography skills, the content of the answers, accuracy of the report structure and even the skills of following the regulations. The workshop, organized in such a way, showed itself to good advantage. This kind of experience provides elaboration of skills of organizing report in the best academic traditions which is especially important nowadays when students are aimed at active participation in scientific events beyond our university and specifically abroad.

Eeva Pekkala’s (the third-year student, Joensuu, academic advisor – professor T. Hamunen) report set wonderings in terms of problem statement. She set a goal to find out ideas of the students of the Finnish universities concerning what is Karelia. She worked out a questionnaire and suggested 20 students from the University of Eastern Finland (Joensuu campus) and 20 students from the University of Mikkeli filling it. She came to a conclusion that the ideas concerning the borders of Karelia which the young generation has are hardly in compliance with the earlier or now existing geographical, ethnical, language or historical borders. According to the results of the research the opinion of each respondent was determined by not only scientific information but mainly by emotions, positions of their family members and even religion. This report got the Audience Choice Award.

The student from Tver University Anna Savinova and Master's degree student Sergei Kutakov took the first and the third place and Finnish student Matias Vajnio took the second place

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