Ural Federal University jointly with the School of Slavonic and East European Studies of UCL and supported by the Russian Society for Intellectual History, invites you to participate in the International Research Seminar, Intellectuals and Power in Britain and Russia: Ideas and Values in the Transition Era (the 17th – 18th centuries): conflict of interpretations and semantic shift, which will be held online on November 11, 2021 (on the Zoom platform). This seminar is part of the research project “’Culture of the Spirit’ vs ‘Culture of the Mind’: Intellectuals and Power in Britain and Russia during the Era of Transition”, supported by the Russian Science Foundation. This seminar offers the means for a limited circle of specialists to frame a project for creating a collective monograph on the seminar topic over the next two years, 2022-2023.
The discussion will be focused on practices and mechanisms involving intellectuals’ influence on power and society in Britain and Russia, particularly in relation to the collapse of the universal picture of the world and the formation of new ideas about man, society and the state in the 17th – 18th centuries, producing in turn the birth of a new cultural ‘code’ and secular ‘culture of Reason’. A new form of activity appears, which includes the articulation of thoughts and meanings. The role of intellectual practices increases dramatically. Control and influence on society is carried out, not so much by power resources, but by the ability to produce and legitimize ideas, meanings and knowledge. Based on Peter Laslett's idea of a ‘lost world’, we want to focus on the disappearance / erasure of spirituality in a person's life and society. At the beginning of the twentieth century the outstanding Russian historian Vasily Klyuchevsky formulated this paradox as follows: in the West there is a church without God, in Russia there is a God without a church.
The working language of this International Research Seminar is English.
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Создано / Изменено: 26 октября 2021 / 26 ноября 2021
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