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 February 8, IGITI Leading Research Fellow Olessia Kirchik has participated in a seminar "Critique and circumvention of digital boundaries" (Critique et contournement des frontières numériques) of a collective research project RESISTIC at the School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS, Paris).
Lecture by Prof. Paul Josephson: "'New materialism', history, history of technology and environmental history"
On November 8, 2018, Paul Josephson, Colby College's Russian and Soviet history professor, delivered a lecture "'New materialism', history, history of technology and environmental history" at the Centre for the History of Ideas and Sociology of Knowledge at IGITI. We present a reportage of the event.
IGITI Chief Research Fellow Christian Fleck has participated in two conferences in Vienna: "Social Sciences as Society Organization: Diagnosis, Reflection, Anticipation" (Sozialwissenschaften als Gesellschaftsgestaltung: Diagnose, Reflexion, Antizipation) and "Edgar Zilsel and Critique of Geniereligion" (Edgar Zilsel und die Kritik der Geniereligion). See the conferences' programmes and presentations.
On June 21-22 international conference "Soviet States and Beyond: Political Epistemologies of/and Marxism 1917-1945-1968" was held at IGITI. The conference was focused on the political epistemology of intellectuals, primarily scholars working in the field of humanities and sciences, as well as artists and writers.