Greetings from Samara, Mid-Volga River Region of Russian Federation! Welcome! The Department of Theory and History of Culture was established in 1993 year as basic educational sector of Faculty of Cultural Studies at Samara State Institute of Culture. Today Department of Theory and History of Culture is the flagship of the higher education in cultural studies in Samara Region.
Education in contemporary world is great resource social transformations and cultural development. The educational efforts will encourage changes in behavior that will create a more sustainable future in terms of environmental integrity, economic viability, and a just society for present and future generations. The education can also promote to development of dialogue and intercultural reconciliation in the turbulent world. As knowledge is integral, multicultural and universal force just education has great resource for positive transformations and sustainable development. One of such instruments of development is international educational programs, multicultural creativity and joint intercultural projecting. The Department’s training and scientific programs try to explain the challenges of managing for development in education and results and ways in which knowledge can use in overcoming obstacles and transformations. Through the pedagogical activity, best educational practices and social-cultural projecting is fulfilled the social innovations in cultural process. It is important principle of cultural development in creative times.
The cultural studies show the various approaches to research of the phenomenon of globalization and multiculturalism. The general mission of the department is educating the art visions in order to help students realize their creative concepts and intentions to make a transformative impact on the world. The educational activity in department combines scholarly researches, theoretical knowledge, experiential achievements, and creative learning to offer a uniquely transdisciplinary and cross-cultural experience in education and social-cultural undertaking. The different courses in Cultural Anthropology, Multicultural Theory, Cross-Cultural Studies, Comparative Studies, Art History, Classical Studies, Folklore Studies, Philosophy, Visual Arts, and Gender Studies gives necessary knowledge to the students for their professional activity and successful career in creative enterprising.
The general courses of the teaching are following:
•       Theory and Methodology of Culture
•       History of Cultural Studies
•       Cultural Anthropology
•       Comparative Cultural Studies
•       Visual Culture
•       Material Culture
•       Racial and Ethnic Research
•       Text Studies
•       Semiotics
•       History of Arts
•       Symbols and Rituals
•       Mythology
•       Folklore Studies
•       Theory of Multiculturalism
•       Theory of Communication
•       Fashion Studies
•       Culture and Social Behavior
•       Gender Studies
•       Cultural Dynamics
•       Archaeology
•       Language and Intercultural Communication
•       Art and Creative Management

The staff of Lecturers:

Vladimir Ionesov – Chair, Department of Theory and History of Culture at Samara Samara State Institute of Culture, President of Samara Society for Cultural Studies. He graduated from the History Department of the Samarkand State University (1984). From 1984 to 1994 he worked at the Institute of Archaeology of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan. Since December 1993, he has been working at the Department of Cultural Studies of the Samara State Academy of Culture and Arts, where he teaches theory and methodology of culture, comparative cultural studies, cultural anthropology, theory of multiculturalism. He earned the academic degree of Full Doctor of Sciences (D.Sc.) in Cultural Studies from St. Petersburg State University of Culture and Arts (2012). He also received the degree of Candidate of Science (PhD) in History (1990) from the Institute of Archaeology of the Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences He is a member of the British Royal Archaeological Institute, the Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS), the World Archaeological Congress and other scientific organizations. He is also Head of the International Scientific Workshop "Social Innovation in the Cultural Process" and Chair of the Regional Centre of the International Commission on Urgent Anthropological Research. He is Senior Editor of International e-Journal “Creative Economics and Social Innovations”. Since 2012 Director of the International School for Advanced Cultural Studies at Samara State Academy of Culture and Arts. He is author of over 230 scientific works, many of them published abroad (in 16 countries), five books, two of which were published in the United States (2002) and Germany (2013), as well as two textbooks in cultural studies. The current scientific projects: phenomenology of culture, cultural dynamics, theory of multicultural transformations and transitional development.

Elleonora A. Kurulenko – Professor, Principle, Samara State Institute of Culture, Honored Worker of Culture of the Russian Federation. She works in Academy since 1976. In 1993, on the her initiative was established the Department of Cultural Studies, where she was head from 1993 to 1996 and from 2010 to 2013. In 2000 year she was appointed the Chairperson of the Department of Culture and in 2004 Deputy of Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports of Samara Region. After her administration activity at Samara Government she become the principle of Samara State Institute of Culture in 2010. She teaches the following courses: “Theory of Culture”, “Cultural Policy” and “Cultural Anthropology”. Author of over 120 scientific papers and two books. She is Editor of numerous collections and textbooks and member of City Public Commission on Cultural Policy. Since 2012 Chairperson of the Scientific Advisory Board of International School for Advanced Cultural Studies at Samara State Institute of Culture.
Research interests: the culture of childhood , art-creative activity, cultural policy and intercultural communication.

Irina A. Zaitseva – Associate Professor, Deputy Head of Department of Theory and History of Culture, Samara State Institute of Culture. She graduated Shuya State Pedagogical University in 2003 as teacher of philosophy and cultural studies. In 2007, she defended her thesis on the specialty “Theory and History of Culture” (Russian State University for Humanities, Moscow). She is author of over 30 scientific publications, including one monograph and two textbooks. She teaches the following courses: "Cultural Studies”, "Gender and Culture", "Mythology", "Social and Cultural Projecting”. Research interests: the apocalyptic themes in Russian and Western European culture, the culture of everyday life and gender relations.

Nelli V. Tretyakova – Associate Professor, Lecturer of Religious Studies at Department of Theory and History of Culture, Samara State Institute of Culture since 1973. She is one of the leading cultural anthropologists in religious research of Samara region. In 1966 she graduated the Faculty of History at Lomonosov Moscow State University. In 1974-1977 years she is vice-principal for distance learning at SSACA (former Kuibyshev Institute of Arts and Culture). She has more than 90 scientific papers and textbooks. Research interests: the religious traditions of the peoples of the world.

Tamara I. Vedernikova – Associate Professor, Lecturer of Ethnic and Folk Studies at Department of Theory and History of Culture, Samara State Institute of Culture since 1975. In 1970-1975 years, she was student Faculty of History at Lomonosov Moscow State University. In 1981 he defended his thesis for the degree of candidate of historical sciences on ethnography and anthropology. In 1994-2001 years, she was chair of the Department of Regional Culture and Ethnography and Department of Cultural Studies from 2001 to 2009. She is organizer of many ethnographical expeditions and one of leading specialists in folk studies in Samara region. Her current scientific interests: art-folk creativity, cross-cultural relations and ethno-cultural policy in Volga-Ural region. Published more than 120 scientific works, including the textbooks "Russian Peoples in Samara region: History and Traditional Culture" (2007) and "Folk Art Culture" (2013).

Natalia P. Salugina – Associate Professor, Lecturer of Cultural Anthropology and Archaeology at Department of Theory and History of Culture, Samara State Institute of Culture since 2008. She graduated the historical faculty at Kuibyshev (now Samara) State University. Afterwards she worked as a researcher at the Volga-Ural archaeological laboratory of Russian Academy of Sciences. From 1982 to 1986 she studied at the postgraduate Institute of Archaeology of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR (Moscow), where she defended his thesis on "The Technology of the Pottery Industry of the Community of the Middle Volga Region in the Early Middle Ages” (1988). From 2012 to 2013, she was deputy head of the Department of Theory and History of Culture at SSACA. She is author of more than 90 scientific papers. His research interests are related to the study of ancient industries and experimental archeology, museum studies and cultural heritage. She is a leader of the expedition on the experimental study of ancient pottery in Samara. She teaches the following disciplines: "Archaeology", "Cultural Anthropology”, “Material Culture”, “Ethnic History of the Peoples of the Volga and Ural" and "Regional Studies".

Natalia V. Chirkova – Associate Professor, Lecturer of Cultural Studies at Department of Theory and History of Culture, Samara State Institute of Culture since 2006. She graduated of the Samara State Academy of Culture and Arts as specialist "Theory and History of Culture". Since September 2010, she is the Deputy Director of the Institute for Cultural Studies and Socio-Cultural Technologies at SSACA. She is author of more than 20 articles. Research interests: history of art and fashion studies.

Svetlana A. Babina – Associate Professor, Lecturer of Regional Cultural Studies at Department of Theory and History of Culture, Samara State Institute of Culture since 2005. In June, 2011 she defended the thesis on the subject "Noble Estates of the Samara Province in the Second Half of XIX - the Beginning of the XX Centuries” in Samara State University. She has more 20 writings, including (as co-author) the textbook "Folk Art Culture" (2013). Her scientific interests: material culture and folk heritage studies.

Alexander E. Soshnikov – Senior Lecturer of Cultural Anthropology at Department of Theory and History of Culture, Samara State Institute of Culture since 2008. He graduated the historical faculty of the Samara State Pedagogical University. As author he has over 20 scientific articles. His scientific interests: anthropology of conflict, mass culture, theory of communication and contemporary culture.

International Day of Peace
21 September 2017 Samara Russia

The main goal of "Postcards of Peace from Terrence" project is paying attention by means of postcards to big resource for free peace creativity of students. Other task of this project is to inspire the students to peaceful studies through art and multucultural creativity. Every art constructed postcard contents the instructive illustrations and short wise messages (in Russian and English) on how to make our world a better place. It enables to do more accessible and comprehensible key concepts and social mission of peace education. At present time, more than 250 works from children and students (aged 6 to 25 years) are presented. 10 students-winners and 25 best postcards are selected. Authors of these works will be awarded the special gifts from Samara State Institute of Culture and personal awards from Atrium Society - Educators to End Conflict. Besides, every contributor of this project will be encouraged with the personal certificate from Atrium Society.
President of Atrium Society and Honorary Professor of Samara State Institute of Culture Terrence Webster-Doyle says: “If we try to bring about peace, whose peace are we advocating as the one that will do it? Are we saying that “all paths lead to peace” and therefore we need to embrace all “paths of peace”? Aren’t these “paths,” these widely varying ideological survival expectations, the very thing that fragments the human race, dividing us into opposing parties and therefore creating conflict? If this is so, perhaps we need through a process of elimination of what prevents peace, come upon peace. How can “knowledge” put an end to the knowledge that is creating conflict? Do we need more knowledge to counter the information that is dividing us and creating conflict? Self-‐understanding is understanding the whole human race, for we are the world and the world is us”.
Awarding ceremony had taken place on International Day of Peace, 21 September 2017 in Samara State Institute of Culture.

Workshops/Theoretical Seminar/Schools:
Paradigms of Cultural Changes: Universalities and Originalities
Social Innovations in Cultural Process: Boundaries and Transitions
Challenges of Globalizing Culture: Strategies of Transformation
Urgent Anthropology and World Heritage
Diversity and Identity in Cultural Process
Stuff and Visual Communication: Words and Things
Culture in Transition: Dynamics and Managing Changes
Art-Management and Aesthetic Landscapes in Contemporary Culture
Cross-Cultural Transformations in Turbulent World
Creative Technologies in Multicultural Economy
Gender Relations in Cultural Studies
Ritual Process and Symbolic Identity
Intercultural Reconciliation and Peace-Building in Changing World
Archaeology as Resource of Social Development
Creative Cultural Practices in Regional and Urbanization Landscapes


Frunze 167, RU-443010, Samara, Russia
Тel.7 (846) 333 22 25