Boris Putilov and Kirill Chistov Memorial Conference

Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian Academy of Sciences

Institute of Russian Literature (the Pushkin House), Russian Academy of Sciences

 

November, 14-16

St. Petersburg, Russia

 

Boris Putilov and Kirill Chistov Memorial Conference

 

The memorial conference, dedicated to the centenary of Boris Putilov and Kirill Chistov, deals with developments of late Soviet and post-Soviet ethnology and folklore studies. We reflect on the heritage of Soviet academic discourses, new approaches to ‘traditional’ subjects of both disciplines, their interaction in the late Soviet period, the factors that shaped the ‘Russian school’ in ethnology and folklore studies, and its place in contemporary humanities and social sciences.

The conference is aimed at discussing the history of Soviet and post-Soviet ethnology and folklore studies in relation to the present state of the fields. How have research objects changed during this time? How are the disciplinary boundaries between ethnology, folklore studies, and anthropology  drawn today?  What is the role of national academic schools in contemporary international humanities and social sciences? And to what extent is the term ‘national academic school’ still relevant today?

Boris Putilov and Kirill Chistov addressed a significant number of topics which remain relevant to this day. Although the models they developed in their work are still applied, it is obvious that research language has dramatically changed in the last couple of decades. We invite scholars from a broad range of disciplines to discuss those shifts as well as new approaches and categories applied today in the fields of ethnology, folklore studies, anthropology, and related disciplines.

We invite proposals addressing the following questions:

−       The academic heritage by Boris Putilov and Kirill Chistov in the context of modern anthropology and folklore studies

−       Soviet and post-Soviet ethnology and folklore studies in historical context: new genealogies of the humanities

−       Novel approaches to ‘traditional topics’ of Soviet ethnology and folklore studies

−       ‘Cultural memory’ and mass-media as the research topics in ethnology and folklore studies

−       ‘Urban Studies’ in ethnology and folklore studies

−       Folkloristics, theories of communication and new media

−       Innovative methodologies in anthropology and folklore studies: the ‘affective’, ‘material’, ‘ontological’ and other ‘turns’ in present day research

−       Interdisciplinary contexts of present day ethnology and folklore studies: psychology; cognitive science; linguistics; musicology; science, technology, and society studies

The languages of the conference: Russian, English

Proposals are due by April 10, 2019 and should be submitted electronically on the web-site: https://goo.gl/forms/ZEAQVg37mvOQhJsG2

Do not hesitate to contact us by email: chtenia-2019@ya.ru

Organization committee:

Albert Baiburin (European University at St. Petersburg / Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), RAS),

Konstantin Bogdanov (Higher School of Economics / Institute of Russian Literature (Pushkin House), RAS),

Natalia Komelina (Institute of Russian Literature (Pushkin House), RAS),

Ekaterina Melnikova (European University at St. Petersburg / Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), RAS),

Alexander Panchenko (Institute of Russian Literature (Pushkin House), RAS / European University at St. Petersburg),

Tatiana Schepanskaia (Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), RAS / St. Petersburg State University),

Andrey Vlasov (Institute of Russian Literature (Pushkin House), RAS),

Svetlana Zhadovskaia (Institute of Russian Literature (Pushkin House), RAS),

 

Conference support group: Natalia Savina, Ekaterina Khonineva, Maria Momzikova