The project takes place in July 2020 and lasts for four weeks.
When applying to take part, students were asked to identify research topics or areas of interest. Based on their responses, they were put together in small groups based on a common theme that unites their individual interests. This year, the themes are as follows: ethnic diasporas, student communities, international relations, and architecture and art. Each thematic group includes Russian and English-speaking participants.
The objective of each group is to produce a written or visual piece of work on their theme. Having refined their topic and developed a research plan in the first stage of the project, the students work together as a group and individually -- conducting interviews, doing online research, and otherwise collecting and discussing information about their chosen topic. Where necessary, the Russian students act as the eyes and ears of the foreigners. The collaboration takes place virtually, over group video and chat.
Setting the scene and ensuring that the work proceeds in good order is Alexey Bolokh, the editor-in-chief of a local Voronezh online journal -- Downtown.ru. He works closely with each student group to refine their research theme, assist with access to sources, and help turn observations into a narrative.
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