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St. Petersburg | VII International Canadian Studies Conference: “Canada and Russia: The Arctic Giants”

  • 05 Apr 2019
  • 10:00 AM
  • 06 Apr 2019
  • 6:00 PM
  • St. Petersburg University (St. Petersburg, Smolny str. 1/3, Main Hall, entrance 8)
VII International Canadian Studies Conference: “Canada and Russia: The Arctic Giants”

Dear CERBA Members and Friends,

We would like to inform you about the upcoming partner event – VII International Canadian Studies Conference, that will take place in St. Petersburg on April 5–6, 2019 at St. Petersburg State University (Smolny str. 1/3, Main Hall, entrance 8).

The Day 1 (Friday, April 5) will feature the opening ceremony of the conference with the welcoming speeches delivered by the following speakers:

  • Sergey Andryushin, Representative of the Rector of St. Petersburg State University (TBC)
  • Prof. Irina Novikova, Dean of the School of International Relations, St. Petersburg State University
  • Alison LeClaire, Senior Arctic Official and Director General, Arctic, Eurasian & European Affairs, Government of Canada. Canada-Russia Cooperation in the Arctic
  • Nikolay Korchunov, Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Russia
  • Nathan Hunt, Chairman of the Moscow Board of Directors, CERBA
  • Dr. Tatiana Kuzmina, President of the Russian Association for Canadian Studies (RACS)
  • Dr. Vladimir Kholodnov, Kazan Academy of Social Education, Chair of Tatarstan Branch of RACS

The Arctic region plays an important role in modern international relations. The key positions are occupied by Russia and Canada, which account for most of the circumpolar territory and its resources. These powers bear a special responsibility for maintenance of peace and stability in the Arctic. As part of the 7th Canadian readings at St. Petersburg State University, presentations will be delivered by politicians of both Canada and Russia, who largely determine the policy of these countries in the Arctic, leading Russian and foreign experts from various fields of the Arctic research. The conference will feature the discussions of the most pressing issues of Arctic policy, history, economy, culture, natural resource management, etc.

The conference will feature the following key topics:

  • Russian-Canadian relations in the Arctic
  • Russia and Canada in the face of Arctic challenges
  • Rivals of Russia and Canada in the Arctic
  • Aboriginal communities of Canada and Russia in the Arctic
  • The Arctic in the history, economy and politics of Russia and Canada
  • The Arctic in the Russian and Canadian culture and literature
  • Environmental protection in the Canadian and Russian Arctic policy
  • Prospects for further development of the Arctic

As part of the Canadian readings, a meeting of the youth section will also be held, in which undergraduate and graduate students from Russia and Canada will present their reports.

PROGRAM: You can find a conference draft program at the following link: Canada and Russia, The Arctic Giants Draft Program.pdf

DATE: Friday-Saturday, April 5-6, 2019

TIME: Friday, April 5, 9:30-19:00

          Saturday, April 6, 9:30-17:30

VENUE: St. Petersburg University (St. Petersburg, Smolny str. 1/3, Main Hall, entrance 8), (view on map)

ADMISSION: Complimentary 

RSVP: To get more information and to confirm your participation please contact CERBA Moscow office at: [email protected]

LANGUAGE: Russian, English

Please note that simultaneous translation will be provided during Day 1 (Friday, April 5).

You can find more information on the official website at the following link: