Paper 2 – Nadezhda Lebedeva: “After the Collapse of the USSR: Difficult Paths towards Multiculturalism”
Abstract: The period after the collapse of the USSR was ’collapse characterized by not only political and socio-economical changes ion post-communist space, but also by changes in values, identification and disidentification
with inclusive social categories, groups’ statuses and intercultural relations. Research in a variety of different post-communist countries, as well as in different multicultural regions of the Russian Federation, demonstrated very different paths towards the development of multicultural policy and practice and provide insights in the main problems that require psychological expertise and research. The task of n‘Nation-state’ building, and changes in majority-minority status became a common trend for many post-communist countries and regions in East Europe and Central Asia. These changes and bring new challenges and tasks for the development of a multicultural vision and the creation of a path for its adoption in different socio-political discourses and socio-cultural contexts.
Nadezhda Lebedeva’s Bio:
Nadezhda Lebedeva is Professor in the Department of Psychology and Head of the International Laboratory for Socio-Cultural Research at the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia. She is Academic Director of double degree Master Program on Applied Social Psychology of HSE, Russia and Tilburg University, The Netherlands. She is a member of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, and the International Academy for Intercultural Research. She is the author/editor of 26 books, and over 250 articles and book chapters on social and cross-cultural psychology. Her research interests are values, value transmission, identity, intercultural relations, acculturation, creativity and innovations, social and cultural change.