Ivan Antonov presents his StipendienPatin, professor Ulla Johansen, with a present
"These eight months in Germany it was not only research-work for me. I learned more about academic and scientific work in Germany and Europe as well. I had realized that I can use my new knowledge in my future career."
Ivan Antonov is a Russian doctoral student who, thanks to the DAAD-Stiftung's Ulla-Johansen-Scholarship, was granted a fellowhip which allowed him to spend time researching in Germany.
In the following report he shares the cultural and academic experiences that defined his stay abroad:
I am grateful to the DAAD-Stiftung and Professor Ulla Johansen for a chance to do research in Germany. And I am very happy that Professor Otto Joachim Habeck was my supervisor during my work in Hamburg University.
My first days in Germany started with language courses in Marburg. For everyone from Russia this city is very interesting because in Marburg studied such famous personalities as Mikhail Lomonosov and Boris Pasternak. Language courses in such a picturesque and beautiful city as Marburg fruitfully affect the study of the language, as well as allow you to have a great time with students from almost all over the world. The language school also organized all kinds of cultural events and excursions.
At the end of the language courses, I went to Hamburg for the research work with Professor Joachim Otto Habeck at the Institute of Ethnology of the University of Hamburg. Thanks to my teachers and previous Johansen fellows Aital Yakovlev and Galina Belolyubskaya, I had been able to provide a plan of my research to Professor Habeck and he agreed to supervise my project. The focus of my work is the interaction of cultures in the territory of Yakutia, the issues of cross-cultural communications and multiculturalism. The scholarship allowed me to learn more about the methodology and scientific approaches of foreign researchers. Moreover, right here I began to pay attention to those aspects in my research that I had not paid due attention to before. Thanks to the scholarship I was able to feel all the charm of international academic work in a Hamburg University, as well as fall into the academic life of the Institute, participate in workshops and colloquiums.
One of the important things regarding my scholarship was a general scholarship holders meeting and a welcome seminars. In October 2018 I visited such a seminar in Bonn. It was very important for me that I met Frau Professor Johansen herself at scholarship holders meeting and we had a conversation about my research and life in Germany. For me it is an honor to be one of the Ulla Johansen scholarship holders, because Frau Professor Johansen herself made a very big influence in researching Yakut culture.
As of fall 2019. The English version is the original.