On June 3, 2016, Marina Mogilner, leading research fellow of IGITI, reported on The Purity of Race vs. Imperial Hybridness: Vladimir Jabotinsky against the Russian Empire.
Kirill Levinson, leading research fellow of IGITI, reported on Emotion Concepts and Conceptual History: Perspectives on the Challenges of Translation at the conference 'Concepts of Passions and Politics' organized in London by UCL European institute, UCL Center for Transnational History, UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, and Center for Contemporary anf Modern History of the University of Sheffield.
Gabriel Abend, professor at the University of New York, reported on The Ways of Love-Making at the seminar of the Center for the History of Ideas and Sociology of Knowledge of the IGITI.
Dr Mark Duffett wrote a post about the international conference "Challenges of Participatory Culture: Methodologies and Perspectives of Research"
On May 12-13, IGITI Research Centre for Contemporary Culture held an international conference "Challenges of Participatory Culture: Methodologies and Perspectives of Research". Social scientists and scholars from the US and Europe met at the Higher School of Economics and discussed theoretical issues and research methods of the phenomenon of 'participatory culture', as well as different aspects of contemporary culture – fanfiction, street art, musical fandoms, etc. Dr Mark Duffett (University of Chester, UK) wrote a post about the conference.
The paper introduces a metaphor 'digital porosity' aiming to grasp the nonuniformity, limitations and gaps of digital connectivity (technological, material, spatial, social, etc.) in urban spaces. Being used as a research guidance, the metaphor raises the questions what digital porosity is? how is it produced? how is it changing? Based on the research of internet connectedness and practices of Internet use in the subways of Moscow and St. Petersburg, the paper states that the extension of the Internet zone and the inclusion of new urban spaces do not automatically increase the connectivity of the city, since the latter depends not only on the availability or the quality of internet communication, but also on the intentions and skills of the internet users and their ideas about the comfort and the possibility of internet connection, the role of the subway ride in the broader planning horizons.
On April 15, 2016, Sigurdur Gylfi Magnusson, professor at the University of Iceland, and István Szijártó, lecturer at the University of Budapest, reported on Microhistory: its Advantages and Limitations. The round table was organized by the IGITI and the Laboratory of Medieval Studies of the HSE School of History.
On April 20, 2016, Danielle Jacquart, dean and professor of the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudies (Paris), reported on the issue called Animated Body in Medieval Medical Thought.
An international Spring School 'Texts and Places: Introduction to Russian History, Language and Culture' ('I testi dei luoghi: introduzione alla storia, alla cultura e alla lingua russa') held at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) on March 15–23, 2016. The School was jointly organized by the Poletaev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities (IGITI) and the University of Eastern Piedmont 'Amedeo Avogadro.' From IGITI, the organizing committee was represented by leading research fellow Julia Ivanova and senior research fellow Pavel Sokolov, while associate professor of the Faculty of Humanities Stefania Irene Sini invaluably contributed to the organization process from the Italian side.
Our new paper: "Fan fiction as world-building: transformative reception in crossover writing" by Natalia Samutina
A new paper on popular culture by Natalia Samutina was published in "Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies". The paper is titled "Fan fiction as world-building: transformative reception in crossover writing" and discusses fan fiction communities. See the abstract of the paper.
Olessia Kirtchik presented her paper at the conference Economie de marché et mondes ruraux à l’Est de l’Europe
Olessia Kirtchik, senior research fellow of the Poletaev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities, presented a paper at the conference Economie de marché et mondes ruraux à l’Est de l’Europe arranged by the University of Bordeaux and the Center of Emile Durkheim. The paper analyzes Russian laws on land ownership in the late Soviet and post-Soviet periods.