"Poletayev Readings X: Future(s) of Theories" took place.

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

The first section, “Do We Still Need Scientific Theory in the Time of Big Data and AI?,” was dedicated to the issues of big data, automation, AI, and the future of the humanities. Machine analysis and processing of data, according to the widespread standpoint, makes theoretical thinking obsolete. The speakers represented different positions: from optimism and enthusiasm to philosophical and historical-scientific skepticism.


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The second section of the conference was titled “Public History of the Digital Age” and included presentations by Serge Noiret (European University Institute), Mykola Makhortykh (University of Bern), and Andrei Zavadski (Humboldt University Berlin)

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The last section, “New Perspectives on Academic Ethics: Bridging the Gap between Contemporary Practices, the Social Sciences, and History,” was focused on academic ethics from the point of view of academic virtues, interaction with technology, and a combination of private and collective interests in the solving of ethical problems. 

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