The Philology section of the Lomonosov International Scientific Conference for Students, Postgraduates, and Young Scholars.
If asked about the origins of Science Day, the teachers of the faculty will say that it has always been there. And indeed, ever since 1941, when Moscow University restored the Faculty of Philology, every spring has seen Lomonosov Readings with a section for young researchers, students, and postgraduates. One day there were so many participants that the section was transformed into a separate conference, Science Day of the Faculty of Philology. And after the Lomonosov Conference was organised, Science Day joined it as the Philology section.
The number of subsections is relatively stable: each department normally holds from 1 to 9 panel discussions on various issues of academic research. The Department of the Russian Language, for instance, holds the following sections: History of Russian, Grammar and Syntax, Text, Style, Discourse, and The Language of Fiction. The number of panel discussions depends on the number of participants and the topics of their works. Last year brought the sections of Modern and Historic Dialectology, Phonetics, Graphics, Orthography of Russian, Byzantine and Modern Greek Philology, Discourse and the Theory of Communication. Every year the number of subsections increases due to the increasing number of participants.
The Philology section enjoys constant popularity among the participants of the Conference. It is no exaggeration to say that it is the biggest and most popular among the Humanities. The usual number of participants is 300-350.
In recent years the number of participants from other cities has increased greatly, and the geography of participating universities has grown wider. In 2008, we hosted guests from all over Russia: St Petersburg, Murmansk, Cherepovets, Vologda, Nizhny Novgorod, Ivanovo, Belgorod, Voronezh, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Krasnodar, Pyatigorsk, Stavropol, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, Tomsk, Kemerovo, and Khabarovsk. Traditionally we receive many guests from Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and Georgia. We welcome researchers from Poland, Serbia, Hungary, Germany, and France.
Young researchers and scholars from Russian universities do need a chance of exchanging experience, sharing achievements, discussing research findings with leading specialists in the field, and we do our best to provide this opportunity.
The experts of the Conference are the leading teachers of the faculty, candidates and doctors of philology; they assess the papers submitted for the conference. The selection criteria include novelty of the topic, high research value, quality of analysis, proficiency in theoretic material, general academic and cultural competence, proficiency in Russian.
The propositions are assessed anonymously to maintain the necessary level of objectivity.
The panel discussions are chaired by the heads of the departments or their deputies; some meetings are attended by virtually all teachers of a department. Each section chooses the best paper and the author is awarded a diploma signed by Marina L. Remneva, Dean of the Faculty.
The work of the section’s secretariat is done by the Young Scholars Council of the Faculty of Philology
Our Dean, Marina L. Remneva, provides the section with all necessary material and organisational support. It enables us to publish the conference materials, organise excursions, students’ concerts, and give the best speakers diplomas and books.