Culture of History

Curator – Boris Stepanov

The notion “culture of history” sets a wide horizon for the exploration of different forms and types of the actualization of the past and modeling of the future in contemporary culture. We are particularly interested in various types of historicity within different environments and urban landscapes; in institutions and groups involved into invention of (post)modern historical traditions. We also pay attention to media representations of the past and to possibilities contemporary media provide for changes in the culture of history.



Stepanov B., Natalia SamutinaAn Eighteenth-Century Theme Park: Museum-Reserve Tsaritsyno (Moscow) and the Public Culture of the Post-Soviet Metropolis // Urban history. 2018. Vol. 45. No. 1. P. 74-99.

Stepanov B. The “Axial Age” of Cultural Studies: A Discussion on Cultural Populism // Laboratorium. 2017. Т. 9. № 3. P. 104-134. (in Russian)

“The Attraction of the Land”: Space and Literary Image in N.P. Antsiferov’s Theory of Excursions // New Literary Review. 2017. №. 4. P. 110-120. (in Russian)

Stepanov B. The Space of the City and Literary Imagination: the Legacy of Nikolai Antsiferov // ENTHYMEMA. 2014. No. 11. P. 7-24.

Stepanov B. The Soviet system of historical periodicals in the postwar period: structural transformation and strategies of communication // The Russian Journal of Communication. 2014. Vol. 6. No. 1. P. 67-81.



Urban Images in the Systems of Communication (from 15th to 21st century) (HSE, 2015)

Representation of the past and historical culture in contemporary urban spaces (HSE, 2014)

People and Public Space in Contemporary Moscow: a Research of Cultural Transformations (Case study: State Museum-Reserve Tsaritsyno) (HSE, 2010–2011)