Conference “The Future of Our Past” held at RSUH


Conference “The Future of Our Past” held at RSUH

On February 16, the Ninth Annual All-Russian Conference with international participation “The Future of Our Past: The Life of Science and Life in Science” was held at RSUH, at which leading professors and historians reviewed current aspects of Russian and Soviet historical knowledge and discussed modern challenges, which the science of history faces.

The moderator of the plenary session, Dean of the Faculty of History Elena Barysheva, addressed the participants with a welcoming speech.

During the plenary session, presentations were made about the political history of Russia at the turn of the 19th – 20th centuries, on the role of Vernadsky and the significance of his school in the development of modern ecology, biology and environmental sciences, about the norms of professional ethics in the scientific groups of late Soviet cinema, about empathy as a method of historical knowledge, mandatory in the reconstruction of women's history.

Participants of the section “Historical Thought in the Russian Empire” covered the topic of academic careers of the first Russian women historians of the second half of the 19th – early 20th centuries, identified the features of teaching history in the pre-revolutionary provincial gymnasia, analyzed strategies for studying English political thought of the early modern era in Russia at the beginning of the 20th century.

The section “Soviet Historical Science” included presentations on the role of the civilian population in the construction of defense lines during the Great Patriotic War, on the compilation of a bio-bibliographic reference book of the scientific, engineering and technical intelligentsia of Crimea, on the study of the history of domestic science in the late Stalinist USSR.

Analysis of the creativity of Dilthey, Granovsky, Bodyansky and Lamansky was presented in the works of the participants in the section “Scientists, Teachers and Students: Intellectual Biography and Biography”.

The section “Academic schools and teaching history” examined traditions and prospects for teaching the history of Eastern countries at Nizhny Novgorod State University, constants and variables in the traditions of teaching Russian history of the 19th – 21st centuries, history of the development of the Kemerovo academic school for the study of rock art, and the teaching of the regional history of Russia within the framework of non-historical training programs.

The composition of monuments of Russian medieval historiography and the social composition of their authors, the reflection of Hanseatic trade in Livonia in the second half of the 16th century in German historiography, the architecture of Soviet modernism in the interpretation of modern domestic researchers were discussed at the section “Historical Science Today: Issues and Challenges”.

During the section “History of Science in the Research of Young Scholars,” young scholars spoke about the phenomenon of the “red ritual” of the 1920s, the formation of Herzen studies in American post-war Russian studies, and the representation of science in the communicative space of the city using the example of the Moskovsky district of St. Petersburg.