Public lecture

Press release — 31 October 2013

Prof. Andrey Tsygankov, Professor of Political Science and International Relations at San Francisco State University will give a public lecture entitled

“Foreign Policy and Qualitative Discourse-Analysis: Understanding Russia’s Shift toward the Language of Civilization.”

on 6 November 2013 from 14.00 – 16:00 at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Education (Lossi 36-304)

Scholars of discourse-analysis have recently turned to studying civilizations and languages of civilization. Recently, prominent officials in Russia have begun to advocate the vision of their country as a civilization in the world of competitive cultural entities. The Kremlin’s civilizational discourse should be understood in the context of resistance to the United States’ spread of democratization and fear of radicalized Islam.

Prof. Tsygankov teaches Russian/post-Soviet affairs, comparative politics and international relations at San Francisco State University. He is a graduate of Moscow State University (Candidate of Sciences, 1991) and University of Southern California (Ph.D., 2000). He has published widely in western and Russian academia and is the author of Russia’s Foreign Policy: Change and Continuity in National Identity (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006), Whose World Order? Russia ‘s Perception of American Ideas after the Cold War ( University of Notre Dame Press , 2004), and Russia and the West from Alexander to Putin: Honor in International Relations (Cambridge University Press, 2012), along with many articles.

For more information about the speaker, please see his website