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The Sixth Annual Smolny Student Conference

The Sixth Annual Smolny International Student Conference (58-60 Galernaya Street).

This year the Smolny Conference program includes panel presentations, roundtable discussions, workshops, lectures of leading scholars and teachers from St.Petersburg State University, as well as film screenings, show-debate and other events, offering students from different countries great opportunities for networking and collaboration.

The working languages of the Smolny Conference are English and Russian. Conference has no registration fee.


  • History
  • Music and Theatre
  • Natural Sciences
  • Philosophy
  • Philology and Literature
  • Political Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Visual Arts


  • Deadline for applications is January 10, 2017
  • All applications must be submitted to smu@smolny.org
  • Please indicate Submission 2017 and your surname as the subject of the e-mail

An applicant can only submit one abstract for the Conference either as a single author or in co-authorship. To submit an abstract one must complete the Application Form. Each abstract should be linked with one of the topics listed above. All abstracts will be peer-reviewed. Notification of acceptance will be e-mailed to the applicants by January 30th, 2017.

All accepted contributions will be published in the Abstract Book (indexed in Russian Citation Database elibrary.ru). Participants, whose presentations achieve recognition, will be given the opportunity to publish an article in a printed journal (indexed in Russian Citation Database elibrary.ru).

Abstract Requirements

The abstract should be no more than 2,500 characters including spaces and Reference List. Each abstract should clearly present a research question/hypothesis; critical review of the literature; methodology; results and conclusions. Preference will be given to works proposing original ideas and approaches.

All abstracts must be submitted as doc (docx) files using Times New Roman font, size 12pt, single spacing. Tables, images and figures are not permitted.

Information about supporting grants may be presented in italics before the Reference List (10pt font).

The Reference List does not need to be titled.


References in the text are indicated by a number in square brackets in order of appearance. Footnotes or endnotes are not permitted.

In-text reference examples

  • John Smith’s experiment [1] showed… 
  • This fact is well known [2; 3; 4]
  • As James Smith stated [5, p. 25]

Reference list examples

  • Basic Format for Books: Smith J. 2016 Experimenting with cross-referencing. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Edited Book, No Author: Editor A.A., Editor B.B., Editor C.C. (eds.) 2002. How to Edit Things That Need Editing. Norwell: Kluwer.
  • Edited Book with an Author or Authors: Writer W.W. 2000. Writing a Book, Drawing a Picture. E.Editor (ed.) Editing Books for Life. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 215–234.
  • Journal Article: Author A.A.., Author B.B., Author C.C. 1998. How to write a great abstract. Journal of Great Abstracts, 18(1), 168–170.

Travel and accommodation cost compensation

Participants from other countries may apply for a compensation for travel and/or accommodation.

To apply for funding one should:

  • answer a special essay question in the Application Form
  • provide a CV (with brief description of one’s professional and academic achievements)
  • provide a scanned copy of a Letter of Recommendation signed by a research advisor

The applicant is expected to be the presenter, i.e. the first author of the submission.

All documents (Application Form, CV, scan of Letter of Recommendation) should be sent in single e-mail to smu@smolny.org before January 10, 2017. 

Results will be announced by February, 15th.

We remind you that you can also travel to the Conference at your own expense or seek financial assistance from your own University or Institute.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Conference organizers at smu@smolny.org