|Who Is in Putin’s Army? Talking to Russian Prisoners of War in Ukraine and What We Can Learn From It||Seminars and Colloquia||Clemena AntonovaKirill RogovPeter Ruzavin||
Peter Ruzavin is a Russian journalist, who has been reporting from Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion. Peter conducted several interviews with Russian prisoners of war in Ukrainian captivity. He believes that the conversations he had are important in giving a sense of a range of questions.
|Junior Visiting Fellows' Conference Winter 2022||Conferences and Workshops||
Series: Conferences and Workshops
The Junior Visiting Fellows' Conference is an annual event at the Institute for Human Sciences that gives the Junior Fellows the opportunity to present their work and research in a day-long conference. A traditional semester-closing celebration of the talented young researchers that is as old as the Institute itself, it is always organized by the Junior Fellows themselves and usually includes Senior Fellows, Staff members and Alumni among others as commentators and discussants.
|Reverse Perspective, the Politics of Space, and Contemporary Art Practice||Panels and Discussions||Clemena AntonovaTomáš GlancWim Goes, Volkmar Mühleis||
“Reverse perspective,” the theory of space in the medieval icon developed in Russia in the 1920s, is seen as an element of a political and philosophical project, which aims to “turn around” the Western paradigm of art and knowledge. The Russian icon becomes the alternative model to Renaissance perspectivism and the Enlightenment project of modernity.
|Symposium: Belarus in Contemporary Europe||Conferences and Workshops||Andriej MoskwinClemena AntonovaPavel BarkouskiHenadz Korshunou, Anton Saifullayeu, Olga Shparaga, Aleksandr Raspopov||Register here||
Speakers: Andriej MoskwinClemena AntonovaPavel BarkouskiHenadz Korshunou, Anton Saifullayeu, Olga Shparaga, Aleksandr Raspopov
Series: Conferences and Workshops
For many years, Belarus was confined to the sidelines of European history. It was only with the presidential election of 2020 and the huge accompanying wave of social protests that the country became a widespread topic of discussion. The symposium “Belarus in Contemporary Europe: Saving an Identity” aimed to initiate a more in-depth debate on the current situation in Belarus and to consider how it might develop. Particular emphasis will be placed on the notion that Belarus is a country with a rich history and culture that has been a part of Europe and has maintained close relations with the rest of the continent for many centuries.
|Belarus: A Land that Rests on Three “Whales”||Seminars and Colloquia||Andriej MoskwinClemena AntonovaDessislava Gavrilova-Krasteva||
Series: Seminars and Colloquia
In Poland, as in many European countries, Belarus is a country with a rather low profile. It was only the events of 2020 that demonstrated that there is a significant, strong civic community in Belarus demanding reform. In this context, research on various aspects of Belarusian literary life, culture and art is vital: it will serve not only to demonstrate Belarus’s rich literary and artistic output, but also the achievements of the process of Europeanization, which is crucial for the future of the country. Such activities are especially important now, as Belarusian culture is being repressed by the authorities and its representatives are either unable to work or are forced to emigrate.
|Delhi, Oxford, Moscow.||Lecture||Andrei SoldatovArundhati Virmani||Register here||
Speakers: Andrei SoldatovArundhati Virmani
Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, philosopher, academic, intellectual, president of the Indian Republic, spent his life in building and crossing unexpected bridges: between the multifarious activities he undertook during his lifetime, between places that he chose to inhabit, or where he was sent. His multifaceted profile thus led him from his native southern India to the seat of the British empire in Calcutta, to academic citadels in Britain and in the United-States, and later, at the heart of the Cold War, as ambassador to the Soviet Union. His trajectory allows us to follow these multilateral exchanges at different scales and leads us to consider the complex exchanges between distant places belonging to civilizational blocs like Europe, India and Russia beyond traditional binary poles, while viewing them in very contemporary contexts. The intervention examines how Radhakrishnan’s biography challenges our classic understandings of colonial and post-colonial categories and relationships.
|Red Platonism? Kazimir Malevich and Russian Religious Philosophy||Seminars and Colloquia||Clemena AntonovaTatiana Levina||
Kazimir Malevich (1878-1935) is usually perceived as a revolutionary and iconoclast. His position is often presented in the light of Communism or Leninism. Several researchers have argued that Malevich’s “new theology” developed from glorifying God into extolling Lenin. Tatiana Levina started her talk with analysing Malevich’s “Cult of Lenin” and present his ideas on the Communist leader. She juxtaposed these with the metaphysical ideas he discusses in his tractate on Suprematism and showed his position within the circle of the Russian religious philosophy instead. Malevich’s intellectual parallels with religious philosophers Pavel Florensky (1882-1937), Sergey Bulgakov (1871-1944), and many others were the main focus of her talk. He has not usually been perceived as a worshipper of the divine, and she showed his way of glorifying God relying on Meister Eckhart’s negative theology and Gregory Palamas’s hesychasm. His revolutionary rhetoric during the first years of the Communist state, rather, served as an appeal to platonism and idealism.
|Who Are Russia's National Heroes?||Seminars and Colloquia||Ivan KrastevMaria Lipman||
In recent years, governments and citizens in countries all over the world, from Eastern Europe to North America and Africa, have torn down historical monuments in pursuit of historical justice. Russia experienced such paroxysms of iconoclasm three times in the 20th century, but following the collapse of the Soviet Union, it instead embarked on a wave of monument building across the country. What are the dynamics and causes of this monument fever? What does it tell us about nation-building in Russia thirty years after the collapse of the Soviet Union?
|Byzantium and the Origins of Eurasia||Conferences and Workshops||Alexey LidovClemena AntonovaSergey IvanovValentina IzmirlievaEndre Sashalmi, Ivan Foletti, Ivan Christov, Vladimir Cvetković||
Speakers: Alexey LidovClemena AntonovaSergey IvanovValentina IzmirlievaEndre Sashalmi, Ivan Foletti, Ivan Christov, Vladimir Cvetković
Series: Conferences and Workshops
The aim of this international conference, organized under the auspices of the “Eurasia in Global Dialogue” Programme, was to offer a better understanding of contemporary developments in Eurasia by looking at their origins in Byzantium. The focus fell on the history of the reception of the Byzantine heritage in Russia and Eastern Europe. While addressing a wide range of topics in intellectual history, politics, aesthetics, religion, etc., all papers engaged with the contested nature of the concept of “Eurasia.”
|Europe and Russia After the Liberal World Order||Seminars and Colloquia||Clemena AntonovaIvan KrastevTimofei Bordachev||
The relationship between Europe and Russia after the end of the Cold War emerged within the rules and practices of the Liberal World Order. This order was based on certain universal freedoms and global American leadership and ultimate power dominance. Recently it has been under stress, and now there are serious reasons to believe that it is coming to an end, under pressure from a change in the global composition of powers. Both Russia and Europe are looking for new roles within changing international politics.