The Rise and Fall of Petrine-Pushkin's Russia: from the Silver Age to Proletcult — International Academic Conference
On May 13-14, 2022, the International Laboratory for the Study of Russian and European Intellectual Dialogue organized an international conference
The organizers of the conference proposed for discussion a problem that has not lost its significance even today. The deeds of Peter the Great glorified by A. S. Pushkin in the year of the 350th anniversary of his birth became an intellectual reason for comprehending reformism in the processes of cultural identification of the Russian state and choosing the trajectory for the development of Russian culture. For world cultural history, 350 years is a short time. However, for Russia this period was a time of great speed. The legacy of Peter was realized: a powerful start, the development of culture in the century of Catherine II, its heyday in the 19th century, the decadence of the turn of the 19th-20th centuries. This development, which included Russia in the general movement of European culture, was stopped and destroyed in 1917. The power of the Bolsheviks, completely destroying the 'old world', which was barely 200 years old, faced the question of 'socialist' cultural construction. The first proposed project of Proletkult (A. A. Bogdanov and others) did not find the support of the leader of the revolution.
Has the 'Petrine turn' remained in the cultural memory of the country? Academic discussions do not exhaust the answer; what is important is reflection on the comprehension and retention of historical experience. In this context, it is understandable to address such issues as: attitude to heritage and the phenomenon of violence; understanding of connections and gaps in cultural traditions and innovations; identifying grounds for creating a different education system; awareness of the cultural identification of the new state system and the definition of social guarantees for the artistic and intellectual activity of a person.
Watch video recordings of the conference on the laboratory's YouTube channel:
Day 1; Day 2.