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This special issue Personality in the Context of Dialogue of Cultures. For Tatiana G. Stefanenko’s Anniversary of the RUDN Journal of Psychology and Pedagogics is dedicated to the anniversary of the outstanding Russian scientist, Tatiana G. Stefanenko (1949-2018), one of the founders of modern Russian ethnopsychology and cross-cultural research. The idea of creating a special issue was born in July 2019 at the 16th European Congress of Psychology. At meetings during the congress, students, followers and colleagues of T.G. Stefanenko, working in leading universities in Russia and the world, noted her invaluable contribution to the development of ethnopsychology. The issues of cross-cultural studies of personality, ethnopsychology, ethnopedagogy, cross-cultural psychology and pedagogy, and linguodidactics are central to RUDN Journal of Psychology and Pedagogics; therefore, the idea of preparing a special issue dedicated to the famous Russian ethnopsychologist fully corresponded to the concept of our journal. Our announcement published in the journal and its website, social networks and in newsletters was caught on by those who knew and loved Tatiana Stefanenko, who studied and worked with her on numerous projects or at conferences. All their responses were filled with warmth and gratitude to Tatiana Stefanenko for her contribution to Russian ethnopsychology, for her textbooks, lectures and articles as well as for her participation in the life of her colleagues and students. We received more than 30 papers from different countries. The final version of the issue includes 16 publications that reflect different facets of the Tatiana Stefanenko’s phenomenon as a scientific researcher, practical ethnopsychologist, teacher, organiser and leader, as an amazing person who left an indelible mark not only in science but also in the lives of all those who were lucky to know her. The section Modern Ethnopsychology in the Context of Dialogue of Cultures includes articles concerned with the problems that Tatiana Stefanenko dealt with as an ethnopsychologist and a specialist in intercultural interaction. The specialists of the Cross-cultural Psychology and Multicultural Education Department at Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, with most of whom Tatiana Gavrilovna closely collaborated, - Oleg E. Khukhlaev, Valentina V. Gritsenko, Olga S. Pavlova, Natalia V. Tkachenko, Shushanik A. Usubyan, Valeria A. Shorokhova - in their article Comprehensive Intercultural Competence Model: Theoretical Substantiation propose a version of a new comprehensive model of intercultural (ethnocultural) competence developed at the intersection of Russian and foreign concepts, one of which had been previously proposed by Tatiana Stefanenko. Elena O. Golynchik, her colleague in the Department of Social Psychology at Lomonosov Moscow State University, in the article The Ethos of Intractable Interethnic Conflicts: Research Approaches and Perspectives continues the study of the phenomenology of intractable intergroup conflicts that T.G. Stefanenko began in Russian psychology. The article Sino-Russian Intercultural Communication Research: Literature Review by Nadezhda M. Lebedeva (who, like Tatiana Stefanenko, stood at the origins of modern ethnopsychological and cross-cultural studies in our country) and Ekaterina D. Vasilyeva (Centre for Sociocultural Research, National Research University Higher School of Economics) presents a review of research on Russian-Chinese intercultural communication. Tatiana Stefanenko had always taken a keen interest in these issues both as a researcher and a person, because, since she spent six years in childhood in China, where her father worked. The section New Trends in Cross-Cultural Research contains the article Cross-Cultural Neuropsychology: History and Prospects by Alfredo Ardila. The author, a follower of Alexander R. Luria, for many years has continued the tradition of the cultural-historical approach, with which he familiarised himself during his studies at the Faculty of Psychology at Lomonosov Moscow State University. A. Ardila is the founder of one of the new areas of cross-cultural research, i.e. cross-cultural neuropsychology, the formation and development of which is discussed in this article. The next section of the issue is devoted to various areas of Applied Ethnopsychological Research. Nadezhda M. Melnikova (M.K. Ammosov North-Eastern Federal University) continues the topic of intercultural competence, which is discussed in the first article of the issue. In the article Intercultural Competence of Psychologists: Problems and Prospects of Study and Development, the author, based on her own experience of psychological work in the multicultural environment of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) considers the specifics of preparing psychologists for cross-cultural counselling, analyses important aspects in how psychologists develop and manifest intercultural competence during ethnopsychological field studies and explores the ethical issues of psychological activity related to intercultural competence/incompetence of specialists. Elena Yu. Chebotareva, Mira A. Konina and Alla S. Rudenko in their article Ethnic Identity of Russian Women in Interethnic Marriages and Its Relationship with their Attachment to Husbands and their Separation from Parents present the results of an empirical study of ethnic identity (one of the central problems in the scientific work of Tatiana Stefanenko) in the context of intercultural marriages, the number of which is constantly growing both in Russia and around the world. Our colleagues from Penza State University, Vsevolod V. Konstantinov and Marina V. Babaeva, in their article Transformation of Ethnic Identity of Armenian Migrants Involved and Non-involved in the Activities of Their National Cultural Autonomy also consider the results of the study of ethnic identity, but in the context of another pressing problem, i.e. the growth of migration processes in modern society. Aida I. Egorova (M.K. Ammosov North-Eastern Federal University) in her article Psycholinguistic Analysis of the Associations of the Concepts ‘Man’ and ‘Woman’ Typical of the Siberian Turkic Peoples presents the results of an interdisciplinary study carried out at the intersection of ethnopsychology and psycholinguistics based on the results of the expedition to national regions of Russia (Altai, Tyva, Khakassia, Sakha (Yakutia) Republics), which chimes with the traditions of emic-research thoroughly described by Tatiana Stefanenko in her famous textbook on Ethnopsychology. The articles included in the section Tatiana G. Stefanenko: Scientist, Teacher and Person. Touches to the Portrait reveal some personality traits, relationships with colleagues and facts of Tatiana Stefanenko’s biography that are not known to a wide audience, for example, details of her collaboration with the most multinational University of Russia, i.e. RUDN University (Irina A. Novikova and Olga V. Maslova); involvement in the development and testing of training for intercultural interaction (Olga V. Luneva); contribution to the work of the dissertation council of the Southern Federal University (Anna I. Tashcheva) and traditional ethnopsychological conferences in Smolensk (Valentina V. Gritsenko); participation not only in scientific activities but also in the personal life of her students (Aleksandra S. Kupavskaya). All the articles in this section are permeated with a special personal attitude to Tatiana Stefanenko, which the authors found it possible to share with readers in order to pay tribute to the wonderful person whom they were lucky to know. The section Scientific Chronicle includes two reports. One of them tells about Tatiana Stefanenko’s contribution to the development of ethnopsychological research at Baku State University (Yuri E. Shirkov, Aydan A. Azimzade, Ulkar U. Hasanova, Leyla Z. Novruzova), the other one is focused on a broader topic reflecting another aspect of intercultural dialogue, i.e. a historical retrospective of the work of individual psychologists and psychological organizations in the United Nations (Harold Takooshian). The special issue is completed with a review of a book on cognitive-behavioural therapy across cultures (Iwamasa, G.Y., & Hays, P.A. (Eds.). (2019). Culturally Responsive Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Washington DC: American Psychological Association), written by Debbie J. Ellis, one of the classicists of rational-emotive behavioural therapy. We are sure that this book would not have gone unnoticed by Tatiana Stefanenko who had always been aware of new publications on cross-cultural topics. We also hope that the book will find its readers in Russia. In conclusion, we want to note that some articles submitted to the editorial board during the preparation of this special issue were not included in it for various reasons, primarily because of the limited volume of the publication. Nevertheless, the editorial board will try to publish most of these articles in subsequent issues in our traditional sections on the study of personality in the context of intercultural dialogue.

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