Call for Abstracts
The conference has six thematic sections - Pedagogy, Philology and Culture, Youth Work, Public Sector and Entrepreneurship and Project management, Russian Language and Culture and Russia and International studies. These sections reflect the curricula of Narva College with one special thematic section each year. This year, the special section is proposed together with Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies of the University of Tartu and has a focus on Russian and international studies.
We welcome all bachelor's and master's students interested in participation to submit the abstract of your research falling under one of the conference's thematic sections. There are no additional thematic restrictions for the abstracts. Nevertheless, we would like to provide some inspirational guidelines as to what topics could fall under which thematic sections:
- Pedagogy: Research in modern methodological approaches to teaching, tradition and innovation in education, education in multicultural society, methodological problems in language acquisition, developing axiological competencies, etc.
- Philology and Culture: Research in many aspects of linguistics, issues of literature and folklore studies, language and cross-cultural communication, children's literature, etc.
- Russian Language and Culture (in Russian): Research in Russian culture in the context of intercultural communication, studies of children’s speech and writing, Russian children's literature, challenges of teaching Russian as mother tongue, contemporary approaches to teaching Russian as foreign language etc.
- Youth Work: Research in various types of youth work, such as mobile youth work, inclusive youth work, smart youth work, etc.
- Entrepreneurship, Project Management and Public Administration: Research in innovation and startups, marketing principles and methods in modern society, strategic planning, different roles in change management, social responsibilities of entrepreneurship, e-democracy and participation, civic involvement, multicultural challenges to society, management of local government, local government co-operation with private businesses and NGOs etc.
- SPECIAL SECTION. Russian and International studies: multi-disciplinar research on internal and external political dynamics in the Russian federation and former Soviet space; historical, socio-cultural, and political dimensions of Russia's external projection in a changing geo-political regional context and role in the international system; focus on the bi-lateral and multi-lateral characterization of the international system.
Deadline for abstracts is 1 March, 2017, at 23:59!
Requirements for abstracts
- The abstract should introduce the student’s original research project, e.g. bachelor’s thesis, master’s thesis, some parts of the bachelor’s or master’s research.
- The research must connect to one of the six thematic sections of the conference.
- The abstract should meet the criteria of an academic abstract, introducing the research focus, methods, results and conclusions. All the selected abstracts will be published in the conference online abstract book.
- Language: all the abstracts must be in English (including the abstracts for the special Russian section)
- Length: 250-300 words
Selection process and criteria
The Conference Academic Committee will assess all the abstracts based on the following criteria:
1. Quality of the abstract (correct academic format, word limit followed, etc.) - 20%
2. Relevance of the topic in its field of research - 40%
3. International relevance of the topic - 40%
Up to 40 students will receive the invitation to present their work.
The Committee will inform the applicants about the results by Monday, 13 March, 2017.
Requirements for presentation
- Language: English (for the special Russian Language and Culture section: Russian)
- The time limit for a presentation is 15 minutes, followed by a 5-minute discussion led by the chair. The presentation should be accompanied with slides.