International Conference “Time, onward!”

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Location: Herzen State Pedagogical University (korpus 5, enter from Kazanskaya Str.)

The period from the end of the 19th century to around 1939 was characterized by an unprecedented cultural surge. It is traditionally divided into Avant-Garde Copper Age (1910-1934), the Golden Decade (the 1920s) of Soviet philosophy, the Goldene Zwanziger period (1924-1929) in Germany and the Roaring Twenties period in the US, UK and France.

Many approaches and theories have been put forth to analyze the cultural situation of this period, concentrating specifically on the underlying philosophical aspect, thus making philosophy a liaison agent between separate art forms and movements.

This approach, coupled with the breakthrough in theories about the space-time continuum (Einstein’s relativity theory), sociology and psychoanalysis, led to a completely new perception of the idea of time.

This concept of “temporal shift”, the idea that the time is inseparable from its content, will be the main topic of the Conference. The goal of the event can be defined as an attempt to trace, on the material of Russian culture, the evolution of the perception of time in various aspects of life.

The conference will deal with topics on spacetime, relationship between man and time, relationship between time and timelessness, relationship between personal and social time, and others.

In the period in question, the following paradigms of perceptions of time can be identified:

  1. History as a tool to reinterpret the past in linguistics, literature, philosophy, art, etc.
  2. Nihilism vs. the “old culture”/”historicism”
  3. Sociologism, that considered the creative activity as a “time-forming natural factor”
  4. Subjectivistic time theories (phenomenology, existentialism)

Steering and program committees

  • Aleksandr Brodsky (St.-Petersburg State University, Research Center for Cultural Exclusion and Borderland Areas), professor, Steering Committee Deputy Director Email:
  • Marina F. Bykova (North Carolina State University, NC, USA) PhD, Dr. Habil., Prof., Editor-in-chief of Studies in East European Thought & Editor of Russian Studies in Philosophy, Email:
  • Alyssa DeBlasio (Dickinson College, USA), PhD, Associate Professor & Chair of Russian, Email:
  • Evert van der Zweerde (Radboud University of Nijmegen, Netherland), Prof. Ph. D., Email:
  • Kornelija Ičin (Belgrad University, Serbia), professor, Email:
  • Dr. Malinov (St.-Petersburg State University, Research Center for Cultural Exclusion and Borderland Areas), professor. Email:
  • Vesa Oittinen (Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland), Ph. D., Prof, Email:
  • Maja Soboleva, Yeltsin Ural Federal University, University of Klagenfurt, University of Marburg, Chair of the Program Committee, Email:
  • Daniela Steila (University of Turin, Italy), Ass. Prof., Ph. D., Email:
  • Galin Tihanov (Queen Mary University of London, Great Britain), Ph. D., Dphil, George Steiner Professor of Comparative Literature, Email:
  • Sergey Troitsky (Herzen State Pedagogical University, Research Center for Cultural Exclusion and Borderland Areas), Chair of the Steering Committee, Email:
  • Ekaterina Cherepanova (Yeltsin Ural Federal University), Deputy Chair of the Program Committer, professor. Email:
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The deadline for abstracts (200-400 words, Russian or English) is March 1, 2020.

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