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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


The article “Eternity for Plato: The Dialogue between Parmenides and Timaeus” by Aleksei Pleshkov, was published in the book “Plato’s Parmenides. Selected Papers of the Twelfth Symposium Platonicum” (Academia Verlag, 2022).  
July 26, 2022
IGITI Research Fellow Anastasia Zolotukhina took part in the annual congress of the Canadian Society of Renaissance Studies with a paper on Poggio Bracciolini and Lorenzo Valle.
May 13, 2022
The article "Soviet music heritage as a discursive middle ground in Belarusian political conflict" is dedicated to the Soviet-Belarusian VIA "Pesnyary". The article deals with the perception of VIA as a cultural heritage and the redefinition of the Soviet cultural heritage in the context of the political conflict in modern Belarus.
May 05, 2022
Andrey Ilyin and Ksenia Belik took part in the seminar of the Centre for Russian, Caucasian and Central European Studies at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS/CNRS)
February 11, 2022
On December 14, a public lecture was presented by Juliane Fürst (Leibniz Center for Contemporary History (Potsdam) and Humboldt University of Berlin) “Why Soviet Hippies were the better Hippies: A Short Survey of Soviet Flower Power, its History and its Historical Significance”. The event was held within the framework of the mirror laboratory “Late/Post-Soviet: Values, Actors, Practices”.
December 19, 2021
Oleg Morozov became an associate member of the International Commission for the History of Universities - a community of researchers from around the world that studies the formation and development of science and scientific institutions.
December 15, 2021
Thematic issue titled Russian Historians and Public History is focused on discussing public history in Russia.
December 07, 2021
Poletaev Institute researchers Irina Savelyeva, Boris Stepanov, Kirill Levinson, Olesya Kirchik, Alexander Dmitriev, Alexandra Kolesnik, and Daria Khlevnyuk presented at the 53rd Annual Conference of the Association of East European, Eurasian and Slavonic Studies (ASEEES), held in New Orleans (USA) in person on November 18-20 and online on December 1-3, 2021.

December 03, 2021
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