May 22–25 • St. Petersburg • Russia

Russia

A History of Ideas

A seminar on the ideas that shaped Russia

«Russia: A History of Ideas» is a seminar arranged by Arr: The Norwegian Journal of the History of Ideas. The seminar takes place at The Norwegian University Center in St. Petersburg. Participants that do not present papers are most welcome to attend the seminar.

The theme

For those following Western media coverage, Russia might seem to be both a strange and dangerous neighbour. Russian culture, the people and its leaders are portrayed simplistically in reports offering little insight. An awareness of Russian history, politics and mentality is often absent. This seminar and the following issue of «Arr: The Norwegian Journal of the History of Ideas» is an attempt to nuance shallow caricatures and to understand Russia better. Our aim is to collect articles on Russian history of ideas that shed light on the historic relations between Russia and the West, or that analyse today’s Russian self-understanding and patterns of conduct.

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Seminar programme

Presentations Monday to Wednesday • Excursions every day

9:00-09:45SEMINAR ROOM
Iver Neumann
Iver Neumann

Oslo/London

Russian Nationalism 1991–2017: Fringe to Mainstream

If Russia does nothing about the root causes of its perceived inferiority to Europe, its cyclical shifting from Westernising to xenophobia will not be broken. Read abstract.
09:45-10:00CAFETERIA

Coffee

10:00-10:45Seminar room
Jeanne Kormina
Jeanne Kormina

Saint Petersburg

‘The church should know its place’: cultural heritage, social protests and the limits of desecularisation in Russia

The paper offers explanations of what has made St. Issac Cathedral such an "affective place". Read abstract.
11:00-11:45Seminar room
Ilya Kalinin
Ilya Kalinin

Saint Petersburg/Berlin

Historical Imagination in Contemporary Russia. Russian Culture as a euphemism of Russian Empire

“Russian culture” is, in a certain sense, being transformed into a conceptual politically correct palliative or the unconscious euphemism of “Russian Empire”. Read abstract.
12:00-13:30CAFETERIA

Lunch

13:30-14:15Seminar room
Ingunn Lunde
Ingunn Lunde

Bergen

Eternal Past: The Role of History in Contemporary Russian Literature

The paper focuses on post-Soviet literary approaches to Vergangenheitsbewältigung – the coming to terms with the past with regard to historical events, disasters, terror or daily life. Read abstract.
14:30-19:00Saint Petersburg

Excursion: Pushkin’s Saint Petersburg

Led by Lillian Helle.  
19:00Baku Restaurant
09:00-09:45Seminar room
Lillian Helle
Lillian Helle

Bergen

Quo vadis? Along the Russian Road from Peter the Great to Putin

The current tension between Russia and Europe is not new and can easily be recognized at least from the time of Peter the Great. I will look at such oppositions and conflicting ideas to examine how they appear in today’s political discourse. Read abstract.
09:45-10:00CAFETERIA

Coffee

10:00-10:45Seminar room
Kåre Johan Mjør
Kåre Johan Mjør

Uppsala

Russian religious philosophy: religious, secular or post-secular?

The paper discusses ways of exploring the so-called “Russian religious philosophy”. The term refers to the religious idealism that was created by Vladimir Soloviev and developed further by Sergei Bulgakov, Nikolai Berdyaev and others. Read abstract.
11:00-11:45SEMINAR ROOM
Olga Malinova
Olga Malinova

Moscow

‘Liberals’ and Liberalism in post-Soviet Russia: Images and Myths

Liberalism took a new shape as it returned to Russian politics after perestroika. The paper investigates the features of post-Soviet liberalism that contributed to its negative image. Read abstract.
12:00-13:30CAFETERIA

Lunch

13:30-14:15Seminar room
Maria Veits
Maria Veits

Saint Petersburg/Tel Aviv

Becoming visible: Artists and public space in a changing political context

The paper aims to show that a new wave of political and socially engaged art has arisen in Russia, stimulated by a deteriorating economic situation, censorship and a harsh political climate. Read abstract.
14:30-19:00Saint Petersburg

Excursion: Artists and curators

Led by Maria Veits.
19:00Brúxelles
09:00-09:45Seminar room
C. Serck-Hanssen
C. Serck-Hanssen

Oslo

Visions of ‘Holy Russia’ in 20th century Russian painting

The paper will show how ideas of Russia's national religious identity is expressed in some widely known works of art. Read abstract.
09:45-10:00CAFETERIA

Coffee

10:00-10:45SEMINAR ROOM
Alexei Miller
Alexei Miller

Saint Petersburg/Budapest

The concept of nation in 19th century Russia

The paper covers these and other convolutions of the history of the concept of nation in Russia in the 19th century. Read abstract.
11:00-11:45Seminar room
Maria Engström
Maria Engström

Uppsala

Cosmos as the Russian National Idea

The paper traces Nikolai Fedorov’s ideas of human transformation and of overcoming death in contemporary neoconservative discourse and in the technological imagination of transhumanism. Read abstract.
12:00-13:30CAFETERIA

Lunch

13:30-14:15Seminar room
Lena Jonson
Lena Jonson

Stockholm

Forward Towards the Dark Past! The New Russian Zeitgeist and Its Opponents

The paper discusses how the conservative turn in Russian policy since 2012 has influenced cultural and intellectual life and transformed the Zeitgeist. Read abstract.
14:30-18:00Saint Petersburg

Excursion: The Russian Museum

Led by Caroline Serck-Hanssen.
20:00Kroo Café
9:00-14:00Saint Petersburg

Excursion: Kronstadt

Led by Caroline Serck-Hanssen.
14:00

End of seminar

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Seminar venue

The Norwegian University Center

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Norwegian University Center

www.st-petersburg.uio.no

Kalužskiy pereulok 3

191015 St. Petersburg

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(+7 812) 327 80 48

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Transport

The closest metro is the Metro station Chernyshevskaya on M1. The station is about 10–15 minutes’ walk from the center. You may choose to use one or two minutes extra strolling through the idyllic Tavricheskaya park.

Travel expenses and accommodation

We cover expenses for travels within Russia for participants presenting papers. Please read the instructions.

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