Digital Transformations of Modernity and Dialogue of Civilizations

Topics: Digitalization

Nizhni Novgorod, 11 March, 2019 – The Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (DOC) and Institute of International Relations and World History at Nizhny Novgorod’s Lobachevsky State University held a round table on “The Impact of Digital Transformations on Security, Business Practices and the Quality of Urban Life” at the Science and Information Center in Nizhny Novgorod. Internet of Things Council Founder Rob van Kranenburg and Deputy Director of the Center for Urban Anthropology at KB Strelka Daria Radchenko were the key speakers at the event.

Other speakers included Marina Voskanyan, Director of International Programs at the Center for the Development of Humanistic Ecology and Culture; Irina Petrova, Chair of the Department of Applied Sociology at Lobachevsky State University; Nadezhda Radina, Professor of Social Sciences Higher School of Economics in Nizhny Novgorod; and Research Associate Dmitry Kaminchenko, Associate Professor Evgeny Semenov and Professor Anton Fortunatov from the university’s Institute of International Relations and World History. Participants discussed the role of information and communication technologies in the lives of modern urban residents and analyzed the future digital outlook of cities.

As a result of the discussion, the DOC and Lobachevsky State University established an expert group  on Digital Transformations of Modernity. The group will engage in analysis and discussion on the impact of digital technologies on modern social, economic and cultural development.

Rob van Kranenburg held a lecture for the University’s students on future digitalization trends at the Science and Information Center in Nizhny Novgorod on the evening of March 11.

On 12 March, a business breakfast was held at Sheraton Hotel. Daria Radchenko spoke at the event with a presentation on digital anthropological instruments, discussing how they are used to build urban development strategies. While Rob van Kranenburg presented his vision of a future digital world and reflected on how to form service ecosystems which allow for meaningful and sustainable cooperation.

The business breakfast was attended by Minister of Education of the Nizhny Novgorod Region Sergey Zlobin, Vice-Rectors of Lobachevsky State University Tatiana Bespalova and Olga Petrova, Director of Institute of International Relations and World History Mikhail Rykhtik, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences Roman Golubin, Director of the UNN Fundamental Library Alexey Pomazov, Director of the Lobachevsky Research and Information Agency Evgeny Semenov and representatives of business community.

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