The collection is a festschrift on the occasion of Prof. Irina M. Savelieva’s anniversary celebration. In 2002, Prof. Savelieva has founded, together with Andrey V. Poletayev, and led ever since the Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities. She is also a tenured professor at the National Research University Higher School of Economics. The book’s structure reflects a variety of the research interests of the Institute’s academic staff. It comprises works on the history of ideas and science, articles on the representation and politics of the past, and studies of the communication practices in various media and the urban environment.
The book addresses both professional researchers and those interested in the contemporary trends in the humanities.
The article considers four approaches to the interpretation of images and mythologems from the sphere of Western esotericism in mass culture. The first approach is based on the depth psychology of C. G. Jung and aims to identify archetypes common to the whole culture. The second is based on the reductionist theories of Marx and Freud, its main task is to reduce religious imagery to social and psychological realities. The third approach is represented by C. Partridge theory of occulture, in which the emphasis is made on tracing the historical genesis of esoteric imagery in modern culture. The fourth approach is expressed in the writings of J. Kripal, it synthesizes the historicism of the theory of occulture with the understanding of mass culture as a way of self-knowledge, revealing the deep spiritual essence of man
This article examines the role of archivists in shaping the capacity and the structure of a university’s memory. Drawing on sources such as laws and ministerial instructions, the authors analyze the government’s archive policy with regard to universities and how professors and archivists were taking part in its implementation. Their participation included sorting documents and attributing them to individual ‘cases’, destroying some of the ‘unnecessary’ documents and preserving others that were designated for destruction. Based on information from service records and university reports, the article tracks changes in the corporate status of university archivists in nineteenth-century Russia.
This is a subject collection of scientific articles dedicated to the issues of emergence and operation of ideas about the past at the level of scientific, everyday and artistic awareness. The task of complex examination of the phenomenon of representation of the past is resolved by combined efforts of representatives of a number of sciences: history, sociology, philosophy, philology, psychology. Such approach allows to thoroughly consider individual memory and collective representations of the past within framework of different disciplinary discourses and their specific conceptual and categorical apparatus.Addressed to students, postgraduates, and researchers in the area of social and historical sciences.