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.
On March 12, a seminar of IGITI Centre for University Studies was held. IGITI Chief Research Fellow and Professor of History at Indiana University Ben Eklof presented a paper "Seeing Like a State? Local Governance and State-Society Relations in Provincial Russia Through the Lens of the School". See the abstract.
At the end of February, the HSE IGITI Research Centre for Contemporary Culture hosted a roundtable entitled ‘Field Studies in Russia: A Country Familiar and Foreign’. Roundtable participants talked about field work methods and standards, research challenges, and ways to solve them. The participants also discussed the extent to which it is possible to apply international experiences and approaches to field work in Russia as well as ways to study Russia from within and without.
New article of IGITI research fellow Jan Surman discusses the history of Habsburg philology as an "a-political" science. On the example of Theodor Gartner, Romance philologist whose work had a great influence on Ukrainian, Romanian and Rhaeto-Roman languages, Surman shows how mobility, research and politics were intertwined in the Habsburg Empire.
Olga Vinogradova participated in the seminar "Methodological problems of modern science" at Moscow State University
Research Assistant of IGITI Olga Vinogradova took part in the seminar "Methodological problems of modern science: epistemology of scientific explanations", which was held on the 25th of February at the Faculty of Philosophy of Moscow State University and was devoted to the problems of artificial intelligence.