The author attempts to reveal the most efficient methods of mental mapping for cultural geography and geohumanities. The retrospective overview refers to the two opposing understandings of the “mental maps” term. The first mental maps type includes orientation schemes, which exist in minds and can be visualized as special diagrams. The second type unites various kinds of geoimages with conventional or traditional cartographic proportions, from sketch maps made by informants based on the researcher’s task, to thematic geographical maps presenting certain kinds of space perceptions. The author argues that the combinations of those two approaches with the major space images (revealed using research methods) localized in certain places on the conventional geographical map are the most prospective.
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The possibilities to transform the author’s academic concept of mythogeography & the methods of producing complex geographical descriptions in order to be used in practice are discussed. The limits & peculiarities of this practical implementation are described on the example of a guidebook of New Moscow, an area that became a part of Moscow city in 2012 & is regarded as a good case to study how a new local discourse is constructed.
The article analyzes the image of Russia in the politics of identity of political elites that support European integration. The author believes that the leading trend is the exclusion of Russia from the "Europe", while the negative image of Russia is inevitable in establishing Europeanness. The article highlights the political, cultural, ethnic, religious, historical and civilization discourse practices of exclusion Russia from Europe. According to author, the image of Russia performs the following functions in the politics of European identity: defining criteria of Europeanness, achieving positive collective self-conception, legitimating of the EU, maintaining social and political order of the EU, the legitimating of the relations between the EU countries
The article focuses on the phenomenon of online giveaway communities. These are the Internet communities by means of which participants can share or exchange consumer goods (books, baby stuff, clothes, jewelry, dishes among other things) free of charge. The authors carry out a descriptive analysis (netnography) of several online giveaway communities in Russia investigating the practices and reasons for exchange as well as structure and consequences of this phenomenon in Russia
This article analyzes the contradictions and problems of search for a new image of Penza and Penza region. The article draws attention to the symptoms of amnesia collective memory of the recent Soviet past in a regional context. Also author of the article discusses the contradictions of a new urban identity, which is reflected in the change of the city symbols, processes of media representation of the recent Soviet past, and the prospects of the Soviet museumfication in the urban context. The author raises the problem of the integration of the collective memory of the late Soviet period in contemporary discourse about the urban image of Penza.
In the paper the preliminary results are summarized to four years of works in frame of the international project of annual scientific and educational seminars on the philosophy of history “Eschatos”. The seminars are organized from 2010 by joint forces of scholars from Odessa I.I. Mechnikov national university and Perm state university. Philosophers, historians and culturologists from Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Israel, France, Italy, Moldova and Uzbekistan took part in the debates on history of eschatological conceptions in European tradition , on the morphology of historical time