Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities (Russian acronym — IGITI) is a unique place in the Russian Academia as it carries out research in a wide range of humanities regarding their history and contemporary issues as interrelated elements, forming a coherent picture. The Institute carries out fundamental and applied research, provides expert analytics services and extensive teaching. The mission of the Institute is to provide a professional and creative intellectual environment for fruitful work of researchers in the fields of the history and sociology of knowledge, university studies, and studies in contemporary culture.

Irina M. Savelieva
Academic Advisor

Aleksei A. Pleshkov

Boris Stepanov
Deputy Director


On 30 September - 1 October, the tenth, anniversary "Poletaev Readings" were held. Unlike previous conferences, they were not devoted to the history of the humanities and social sciences, but to the future of theoretical knowledge, in particular in connection with the development of big data. How can we talk about academic ethics and the moral economy of the university? How is the new digital age changing the way we think about the past? Three sections of the conference were devoted to these topics.Report on the first section
October 24, 2021
Section «History of Scientific Knowledge» dedicated to academic reviewing in the history of knowledge is published in Studia Historiae Scientiarum. Guest editors of the special section – Aleksei Pleshkov and Jan Surman
October 13, 2021
On July 22, 2021, IGITI Chief Research Fellow, Professor at Queen Mary University of London Galin Tikhanov was elected a Fellow of British Academy. Congratulations!
July 26, 2021
Junior Research Fellow Alisa Maximova took part in a conference "Keep It Simple, Make It Fast! DIY Cultures and Global Challenges". The conference was held on July 7-10 and took place both online and in Porto, Portugal.
July 11, 2021
IGITI Senior Researcher Alexandra Kolesnik, Research Fellow Alisa Maksimova, and Research Assistant Elizaveta Lysenko took part in the international conference "Worlds of Imagination: Media, place and tourism in today's global world", organized online on April 7-9, 2021 by Erasmus University of Rotterdam.
April 10, 2021
On March 23, IGITI Research Assistant Olga Vinogradova made a presentation at the international online conference "Tour du Monde destination l'Asie / World Tour Destination Asia", organized by the Catholic University of Lille (France) with the participation of Stanford University, the University of Strasbourg and other partners.
March 30, 2021
The international conference was held online on March 10-12. It was organised by the European Sociological Association's Sociology of Culture research network (RN7) and University of Helsinki.
March 15, 2021
The article “Time as a Political Resource: Early Greek Thought and Plato’s Philosophy of Time” by the director of Poletayev Institute, Aleksei Pleshkov, was published in the journal “In Gremium. Studies in History, Culture and Politics” (No 14, 2020).

December 24, 2020
IGITI Junior Research Fellow Alisa Maximova took part in international online symposium “Making History Together: Public Participation in Museums”. The event took place on 15 December 2020 and was organised by The Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH).
December 17, 2020