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International Research Conference «Communication as a discipline and as a field: Sharing experiences to construct a dialogue»

July 9-11, 2015


Robert T. Craig is a professor emeritus of Communication, University of Colorado Boulder, founding editor of “Communication Theory” journal, president of ICA (2003-2004). Wolfgang Donsbach is a professor of communication and founding, director of the Department of Communication at Dresden University of Technology, general editor of the 12-volume International Encyclopedia of Communication. Carl Botan is a professor of Communication and the Director of the Ph.D. program in Health and Strategic Communication at George Mason University. William F. Eadie is a professor emeritus of Journalism and Media Studies at San Diego State University, the first editor of the Journal of Applied Communication Research, ex-president of the Western States Communication Association, current editor of the Western Journal of Communication.

Dean Kruckeberg is a tenured full professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. APR, Fellow PRSA. Former executive director of the Center for Global Public Relations. 

 Communication as a Practical Discipline: Engaging Theory with Practice (PDF, 99 Кб)  A maturing discipline: The development of comprehensive theories and designs in communication research (PDF, 86 Кб)    The Status of Communication As a Discipline in the U.S.: Historical insights and current status (PDF, 83 Кб)  Global Public Relations as a Communication Subfield (PDF, 82 Кб)

Attention! Registration with presentation of the paper may only be done by the participants whose abstracts have been through  blind-review and have already been included in the conference program. 

We are also happy to invite you to contribute to the conference materials. You can chose either to publish your extended abstracts within our online conference collection or to submit your full paper for review to the edited volume on the conference topic. Formatting requirements: 20000 characters including references, APA formatting and citation style. Submission deadline –July 9, 2015. e-mail: aendaltseva@hse.ru




Round Table


Visa Assistance

The conference will unite researchers and professionals from various countries in Europe, Asia, and North America. The working languages of the conference are English and Russian. We provide synchronous English-Russian and Russian-English translation during the conference. As a part of the conference we will hold a round-table discussion “academics to practitioners” on the key trends in communication research and their practical applicability. The participants will include leading Russian communication practitioners. The moderator of the discussion – Carl Botan, PhD. The conference is sponsored by National Communication Association, International Communication Association, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Department of Integrated Communications. Those participants, who will need visa assistance for their travel to Moscow, please submit your abstracts for review before March 1st, 2015 in order for us to have enough time to prepare all the documents for you. You will also need to include a visa assistance request and, after that, a list of documents in a separate email. Visa assistance is included in the registration fee.



The conference will take place in moscow, russia, at one of the academic buildings of the national research university higher school of economics. The venue is located at the address 57, building 1, tfironovskaya street. The participants will have an opportunity to visit one of the biggest and historically rich capitals and get familiar with russian eclectic culture through the city tours, organized by the department of integrated communications.

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Visa support

Every foreign citizen needs a Russian visa to enter / leave Russia, except citizens of Serbia and CIS countries (former USSR without Baltic States). You can get a Russian visa in a Russian consulate at the country you are currently in.

To apply for Russian visa you need the following set of documents (as provided by Russian Federal Migration Service):

  • A valid identity document, accepted as such by the Russian Federation;
  • A completed visa application form (it is a questionnaire available in the consulate for free. Also most Russian consulates have the current Russian visa application form on their websites, so you need fill it out, print 2 copies, and submit it along with the other paperwork) with one photo
  • One photo (30x40 mm)
  • A medical insurance policy, unless otherwise is provided for by international agreements of the Russian Federation (You need to make sure your health insurance is valid in Russia and that it's issued by a major company (AXA, Allianz, etc – usually listed on the consulate's website);
  • An additional certificate proving that the applicant does not have HIV (AIDS), in case you apply for a visa for a term exceeding three months;
  • An original visa support letter (invitation). The originals of the visa support (invitation) documents are required if you are applying for a multiple-entry or if you are applying in one of the following countries: Switzerland, Sweden, and sometimes Australia, Japan, and Germany. It is always better to ask the Russian consulate first whether they accept copies of invitations or only originals and to specify it when applying for an invitation to facilitate processing.

Invitation letter

The invitations for HSE conference participants are arranged by LOC. You need request a visa invitation letter during on-line registration for the Conference – just check the box. Visa invitation letters cannot be provided until you have registered for the Conference.

The size of consular fees for issuing Russian visa is established on the basis of reciprocity. For citizens of European Union visa fee is 35 Euros, and in case of urgent visa (not more than three days), it is doubled. For citizens of the United States of America visa fee is 160 $.

Migration card

From the 25th of November 2002, all foreigners are obliged to fill in a migration card, which will be given to them the instant they cross the Russian border. It is required to put in the migration card: 1) personal information, 2) terms of stay in Russia and the purposes of the visit and 3) the prospective residential address. It is obligatory to fill in the name of the inviting company and the address of the inviting company. The card should be handed over to immigration officials on the border when leaving the country. The migration card is not something complicated; it's just another paper to fill in and is similar to the "landing card" given to non EU citizens when they fly to Europe.

Please, do not lose a migration card!

In case of damage or loss of migration cards foreign citizen must within 3 days declare this in the office of FMS of Russia (the address is Pyatnickaya st., 49) in order to get a duplicate of damaged or lost migration card. Migration card duplicate is issued free of charge.

Visa Registration

Upon arrival to Russia a foreign citizen needs to go through the visa registration procedure in Immigration service within 3 working days. If you live in a hotel it goes automatically at the place of residence being arranged by a hotel.

If you stay in a private sector the next day after arrival you should come to HSE International Support Department (Myasnitskaya, 40, room 218) with your passport and migration card.

The procedure of migration registration is free of charge.


If you have any questions concerning visa, invitation letters, etc. Please contact Darya Fakhreeva: dfakhreeva@hse.ru.


We are glad to offer you to use our special price services for accommodation and travel services; which are provided by our partners, the company Reisebuero Welt. You just have to fill out the online booking form or contact a company representative by phone: + 7 495 933 78 78, ext. 212

Electronic booking form

Application for booking this is printing form of booking services.

You just need to fill it out, and send it by fax + 7 495 933-78-77 or by e-mail: kyv@msk.welt.ru Yana Kozhanova.

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To book a room in HSE Guesthouses you should make your query to email dfakhreeva@hse.ru with an indication of your name and room rate.

If you have any questions, contact organizing committee at aendaltseva@hse.ru.

Stay tuned with the latest updates on the conference. Put your email in the form below and we will contact you.

Stay tuned with the latest updates on the conference. Put your email in the form and we will contact you.

Call for papers

We now announce call for papers for the international conference communication as a discipline and as a field: sharing experiences to construct a dialogue

Defining and reflecting upon the development of communication as a discipline and as a field has been on the communication researchers’ agenda for about 50 years; however, there still is no clear agreement among communication scholars about the scope and development vector for this field of study and practice. There still are a lot of disagreements on the nature of communication discipline, including subject area, theoretical and methodological base, etc. Moreover, little is known about the specifics of development of communication discipline in the countries other than the leaders in the field (Hazen, 2008). Multiple communication associations and international conventions have raised the issue of communication as a discipline, taking theoretical, regional, historical, institutional, and other perspectives. Finally, communication is a must-have part of many universities’ curricula and one of the most wanted skills and specializations in contemporary service and information job fields. The conference organized by the Department of Integrated Communications at Higher School of Economics in Moscow is aimed at bringing together once more different voices from communication scholarship in order to advance constructing a conceptual map of communication discipline and field in various parts of the globe and thereby further our understanding of the primary role of communication in modern society. We invite you to share your perspectives on the essential questions of the nature of communication as a discipline and as a field.

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We welcome conceptual papers as well as comparative and empirical studies on the topic of the state and shape of communication discipline and field around the world. We also intend to welcome studies on the interdisciplinary aspects of communication and the changing disciplinary landscape with the growing power of new media. Possible presentation topics may include, but not limited to:

  • Communication discipline: Regional and national perspectives
  • Interdisciplinary nature of communication
  • Approaches to studying and researching communication
  • Communication discipline: the need for intercultural and cross-national dialogue
  • National paradigms in communication research
  • Communication as transmission of messages and co-production of meanings
  • The role of new media in transformation of communication discipline
  • Communication competencies in training modern professionals: a business-oriented approach
  • Communication education: challenges, needs, and opportunities
  • The map of communication journals: opportunities and constraints

Conference organizing committee

Zverev Sergei,
Professor, Department head, Department of Integrated Communications, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Founder and President, the “CROS” Group.

Mordvinova Maria,
Deputy Department head, Department of Integrated Communications, National Research University Higher School of Economics


Organizing and planning:

Chair: Endaltseva Alexandra,
MA in Communication, Purdue University Calumet. Lecturer, Department of Integrated Communications, National Research University “Higher School of Economics.” Professional membership: National Communication Association, International Communication Association, Union for Democratic Communication

Oleg Kashirskikh,
PhD, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg. Assistant professor, Department of Integrated Communications, National Research University Higher School of Economics, “Master of Integrated Communications” program Academic Supervisor

Pavel Rodkin. Conference design and style.
Candidate of sciences (PhD equivalent), Stroganov Moscow State University of Arts and Industry. Assistant professor, Department of Integrated Communications. Expert in the field of branding and visual communication. Author of books and publications in the field of corporate and government communications, regional branding, design.

Fakhreeva Daria,

Matviyenko Victoria,


Conference program committee:

Chair: Olga Matyash,
Ivy Tech State College, Communication Program. Adjunct Professor, distance education /online teaching. Ph.D. in Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation, Syracuse University; Ph.D. equivalent in Theory and History of Pedagogy (Kandidat Nauk Degree), Russian Academy of Education, Moscow. President (2000-2006) and founding member of the Russian Communication Association (RCA), affiliated with the National Communication Association (NCA): and International Communication Association (ICA). Co-founder, Board of Directors member, North American Russian Communication Association (NARCA, now ECANA), 2006-2010.

Reviewer team chair: Anna Popkova,
Graduate Instructor. School of Journalism and Mass Communication University of Minnesota

Endaltseva Alexandra,
MA in Communication, Purdue University Calumet. Lecturer, Department of Integrated Communications, National Research University Higher School of Economics. Professional membership: National Communication Association, International Communication Association, Union for Democratic Communication.

Nelli Bachurina,
Assistant professor, Department of Integrated Communications, National Research University “Higher School of Economics.” Candidate of Sciences* (PhD) in Theory and Vocational Training Technique. August 2011-May 2012 - Fulbright visiting scholar, University of Southern California (USA), Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, department "Strategic PR".

Veksler Asya,
Assistant professor, Department of Integrated Communications, National Research University Higher School of Economics. Author of multiple Russian books on Public Relations: “Public Relations for Business,” “Why business needs charity” (co-authored), “PR and Culture.”.

About the Department of Integrated Communications

Department of Integrated Communications is a young and fast-growing faculty at the National Research University Higher School of Economics. It serves as an innovative education and research platform that unites academics, experts, and professionals in the discipline of communication to provide high-quality results for advances in the field of communication. It also became the first educational venue in Russia to integrate into the world trends, providing practice-oriented training for the students and at the same time maintaining academic depth and communication studies focus in its research activities. The key feature that makes this institution unique is its aim to not only provide a platform for academics and experts in Russia, but to build itself into the world communication community and unite the professionals from different countries for the advancement of communication as a field and profession. This is achieved by various collaborations with researchers from Europe, North America, China, and Eastern European countries and through partnership with such organizations as ECANA and EUPRERA. The Department of Integrated communications has quality resource base along with determination for achievement which makes it a state-or-the-art education and research platform in Russia.

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About the Higher School of Economics

In just 20 years since its foundation Higher School of Economics in Moscow became one of the top-five universities in the country. The Higher School of Economics is a research university that carries out its mission through research, instruction, design, expert analysis, as well as social and cultural activities based on international academic and organizational standards. We see ourselves as part of the global academic community and believe that international partnerships and interaction among global universities are key elements of our advancement. For more information, visitsite.