Applications Now Open for Smolny Student Conference

Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Smolny), St. Petersburg State University April 18-21, 2019

Application deadline: December 1st, 2018

The Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Smolny) at St. Petersburg State University invites Bard College undergraduate students to submit applications and paper proposals to participate in the VIII Annual Smolny International Student Conference devoted to current research in a wide array of academic fields. The conference will be held April 18-21, 2018 at the Bobrinskiy Palace, 58- 60 Galernaya St, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

This year the conference program will include panel presentations, roundtable discussions, workshops, lectures by leading scholars from St. Petersburg State University, as well as film screenings, public debate and other events, offering students from different countries various opportunities for networking and collaboration.

The working languages of the Smolny Conference are English and Russian.

Topics include but are not restricted to:

Visual Arts − Music and Theatre − Natural Sciences (Cognitive Studies, Complex Systems, Computer Sciences and Artificial Intelligence, Life Sciences) − Social Sciences − Political Sciences − History − Philosophy − Language and Literature

*Please note that this is the list of fields our conference will touch on, not the list of panels. An exact list of sections and the sections for accepted presentations will be announced after the review process.

Bard College’s Center for Civic Engagement will provide limited funding to accepted students to help cover the cost of conference participation; all accepted students will be expected to contribute toward the cost of participation. Bard College applicants do not need to apply for compensation on the application form.

  • Students applying must be in good academic and social standing.
  • Students accepted must get the permission of their advisor to attend the conference.
  • Seniors accepted must get the permission of their Senior Project Advisor, in addition to their advisor, in order to attend the conference.

Please, note that the Russian Federation requires visas for passport holders of many countries, including the United States. To participate in the conference, all applying students should have a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond April 21st 2019. If an applicant does not have a passport, or if it will expire before October 20th 2019 a new passport should be applied for at the time of application, which will be delivered before February 1st, 2019. Information for US citizens on applying for passports can be found here:

The Center for Civic Engagement will work with accepted students to procure Russian visas for the conference. Some passports holders may not require Russian visas; information on visa exemptions for the Russian Federation can be found here:

More information on the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences of Saint Petersburg State University (Smolny), can be found at:


The deadline for applications is December 1st, 2018.

Applicants may only submit one abstract for consideration, either as a single author or in co- authorship. If an abstract is submitted in co-authorship both authors should be mentioned in one application. Each abstract should be linked with one of the disciplines listed above. Details of abstract requirements are listed below.

All abstracts will be subject to blind peer-review by two independent expert readers, based on the topic indicated in the application. Applicants will be notified of acceptance no later than January 15th, 2019.

Participants will have the opportunity to publish extended abstracts describing their research and its results in a printed journal, based on the results of panel presentations. Participants whose presentations achieve recognition will be given the opportunity to publish a full-scale article in the same journal, which will be indexed in the Russian Scientific Citation Database (RSCI).

The Organizing Committee reserves the right to reject those abstracts that do not follow the requirements or are submitted after December 1st, 2018.

Applicants from Bard College do not need to submit CV’s, letters of recommendation signed by a research advisor or answer the essay question for travel and accommodation compensation in the application form.

All abstracts will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  1. Scientific contribution – problem explored in research is up-to-date and is of interest to the academic community.
  2. The problem/hypothesis/research question is clearly stated.
  3. Abstract includes a description of the methodology used in the research. The methodology is suitable for the research question/hypothesis stated.
  4. Author relies on earlier research or existing theories related to the stated problem and provides necessary references to support one’s claims.
  5. Existing or expected results of the research are described. The results comply with the stated problem/hypothesis.
  6. Abstract is written in accordance with the norms of academic writing. Thoughts are expressed logically, using scholarly language.
  7. Abstract does not contain any signs of plagiarism or any other forms of academic ethics violation.


Questions concerning the conference or application should be emailed to the conference organizers.

To submit an application please click here.

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