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Poletayev Readings is an annual conference of the Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities dedicated to the memory of the Institute's founder Andrey Poletaev.

About the conference

The Poletaev Readings in 2020 are the most unusual (almost magical) in their entire ten-year history: the event will happen in many places around the world at once, yet it will still take place at IGITI. Our previous conference was devoted to the historical imagination of late socialism, and the Tenth Poletaev Readings, now postponed to 2021, will focus on future theoretical horizons in the Humanities.

The obvious circumstances beyond our control that determined the new format of the Poletaev Readings 9¾ are the best reason to turn to the actual present. The innovations and changes that have already occurred in the humanities and social theory in the new millennium will be the subject of our discussion. We invite the speakers and opponents to present one or several key changes of recent years, without which, in their opinion, the theoretical agenda in their field is already inconceivable. These topics then will be discussed in a round table format – for, luckily, we need no visas or flight tickets, only web links.


Opening session

15:50–16:00 (UTC+3:00)

Session 1. Postcolonial Turn in the History of Knowledge

16:00–18:00 (UTC+3:00)

Session 2. Atheoretical Turn as a Challenge to the Humanities

18:05–20:05 (UTC+3:00)

Session 3. Culture for Inequality: Theoretical Shifts in Inequality Studies

20:10–22:10 (UTC+3:00)

Closing discussion

22:10–22:30 (UTC+3:00)

Keynote speakers

Mogilner Marina

University of Illinois at Chicago

Tihanov Galin

Queen Mary University of London, Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities, HSE

Gordin Michael

Princeton University; Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities, HSE

Dmitry Kurakin

Laboratory for Cultural Sociology and Anthropology of Education, HSE

Venediktova Tatiana

Moscow State University



The conference will be held online, in English. Do not forget to register to participate. A link to the Zoom conference will be sent out via E-Mail on the 1st of October.

Please, contact Andrei Ilyin if you have any questions: aailin@hse.ru.