‘Russia and Ibero-America in a Globalizing World: History and Modernity’ Forum releases programme

 ‘Russia and Ibero-America in a Globalizing World: History and Modernity’ Forum releases programme

‘Russia and Ibero-America in a Globalizing World: History and Modernity’ Forum releases programme

The third international ‘Russia and Ibero-America in a Globalizing World: History and Modernity’ forum, which focuses on socio-political and economic processes in Latin America along with its history, culture and the continent’s ties with Russia, will take place in St. Petersburg on 2–4 October 2017.

The timing of the Forum coincides with the centenary of the Great Russian Revolution (October Socialist Revolution). This event determined the vector of development of Russian society for many years and had a serious impact on the countries of Europe and Ibero-America. The anniversary of the revolution is one of the central themes at the Forum. Other key themes include mechanisms for forming a multipolar world (in particular the role of BRICS) and integration processes in Latin America.

The event is being organized by St. Petersburg State University with the support of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Institute of Latin America of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Bering–Bellingshausen Institute for the Americas, the Roscongress Foundation, Santander Bank, the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, the Yegor Gaidar Foundation, the Alexander Gorchakov Public Diplomacy Fund, and the Latin American Council for Social Sciences.

The forum will be attended by permanent experts of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Such a dialogue helps to establish direct contacts and strong ties between the expert scientific community and representatives of Russian and foreign businesses.

“The ‘Russia and Ibero-America in a Globalizing World: History and Modernity’ Forum is being held in St. Petersburg for the third time. We are seeing mutual interest from both the Russian and the Latin American sides. I am confident that social, economic, and cultural ties between our countries will be strengthened in the future”, Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation Anton Kobyakov said.

The forum is routinely attended by internationally renowned politicians, professors, scientists, and journalists, which adds special significance and interest to the event.

The keynote speakers of the third forum will include: Dilma Rousseff, a Brazilian politician and former President of the Federative Republic of Brazil (2011–2016); Ernesto Samper Pizano, former President of Colombia (1994–1998); Jorge Castañeda Gutman, a Mexican diplomat and politician; Pablo Gentili, Executive Director of the Latin American Council of Social Sciences; Aldo Panfichi Huamán, President of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) and a member of the Colombian Liberal Party; Jussi Pakkasvirta, President of the European Council for Social Research on Latin America; René González Barrios, President of the Cuba Institute of History; Maite Mola, Vice President of the Party of the European Left and a member of the board of the United Left and the Communist Party of Spain; Manuel Alcántara Sáez, a professor at the University of Salamanca and an expert in political science, political parties and systems in Latin America; José Antonio Ocampo, former UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs and Chairman of the Board of the Central Bank of Colombia; Senator Alejandro Encinas, former Head of Government of Mexico City; Lucas Carvajal, a participant in peace talks in Colombia on behalf of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, Ignacio Ramonet, a Spanish journalist and former editor-in-chief of the Spanish edition of Le Monde diplomatique and author of an interview-based biography of Fidel Castro, and many others.

A plenary session will be held on the first day of the forum with speeches given by leading Ibero-American experts: Nikolay Kropachev, Chairman of the International Programme Committee and Rector of St. Petersburg State University; Sergey Ryabkov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation; Sergey Brilyov, PhD, an expert at Roscongress, President of the Bering-Bellingshausen Institute for the Americas; Lazar Jeifets, Chairman of the Scientific Council at the Ibero-American Studies Centre of St. Petersburg State University; and Vladimir Davydov, director of the Russian Academy of Sciences Institute of Latin America and a corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

The results of a competition among young Ibero-America researchers will be summarized during the plenary session.

Seventy symposiums on different themes, main sessions, and roundtables will be held as part of the forum, including a panel discussion titled ‘Russia, India, China, and Brazil: Modern Growth Experience and Opportunities for Future Cooperation’ as well as presentations of books by Russian and foreign authors. The Forum will be the largest event of its kind in Russia and one of the most respectable international forums for experts on Latin America, Portugal and Spain.

The venue of the third ‘Russia and Ibero-America in a Globalizing World: History and Modernity’ forum is: entrances 8–9, St. Petersburg State University, 1/3, Ulitsa Smolnogo. The event is the largest in Russia and one of the world’s most representative forums of specialists on Latin America, Portugal, and Spain.

Registration for forum participants will take place on 2 October 08:15–09:30 (1st floor lobby, entrance 8, St. Petersburg State University, 1/3, Ul. Smolnogo).

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