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Interprofessional and Interdisciplinary Relations in Russia


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Friday 19 September 2014

13.00 – 14.00 Registration (with coffee)

14.00 – 14.15 Greetings and Introduction

14.15 – 16.15 Panel I: Writing

Chair: Adam Stock (Newcastle University)

Octavie Bellavance (Yale University)

The Pre-Revolutionary Russian Newspaper as an Interprofessional Institution

Sergey Tyulenev (Durham University)

Translating and Original Writing: Some Reasons for Cross-Professional Involvements

Henrietta Mondry (University of Canterbury, New Zealand)

Cosmists-Immortalists, Experiments on Dogs, and Bolshevik Science and Fiction

Tatiana Sokolova (Higher School of Economics, Moscow & Institute of Philosophy, RAS)

Scientist as Fiction Writer: Soviet Science-Fiction and Space Exploration

16.15 – 16.45 Tea break


16.45 – 18.00 Keynote Lecture

Chair: Andy Byford (Durham University)

Steve Fuller (Warwick University)

Russian Cosmism as a Potential Inspiration for Twenty-First Century Interdisciplinary Work

The audio recording of the lecture can be downloaded from here.

19.00 Dinner at Oldfields


Saturday 20 September 2014

09.30 – 11.00 Panel II: Humanities

Chair: Samuel Bootle (Durham University)

Maxim Demin (Higher School of Economics, St Petersburg)

Beyond Discipline? The Professionalization of Academic Philosophy at Russian Imperial Universities

Alexander Dmitriev (Higher School of Economics, Moscow)

New Strategies of Interdisciplinary Publishing in Russia on the Eve of the Great War

Dušan Radunović (Durham University)

The Emergence of Modern Scientific Communities in Late-1910s and Early-1920s Russia: The Cases of OPOIAZ and the Moscow Linguistic Circle

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break


11.30 – 13.00 Panel III: Law

Chair: Sarah Davies (Durham University)

Elizaveta Blagodeteleva (Higher School of Economics, Moscow)

Where Legal Theory Meets Legal Practice: Law Professors and Sworn Attorneys in the Russian Empire

Jakob Zollmann (Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin)

Tsarist Russia’s International Lawyers: The Professionalization of an Elite

Juliette Cadiot (EHESS, Paris)

Soviet Lawyers: An Ordinary Profession?

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch


14.00 – 15.30 Panel IV: Human Science

Chair: Holger Maehle (Durham University)

Kenneth M. Pinnow (Allegheny College)

From All Sides: Soviet Criminology, Interdisciplinary Knowledge, and the Search for a Unified Understanding of Criminality in the 1920s

Vera Shibanova (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

Pavel Blonsky’s Biogenetic Approach in Paedology: Interdisciplinarity under the Banner of Marxism

Frances Bernstein (Drew University)

Battle Scars: Fighting for the Bodies of Disabled Veterans

15.30 – 16.00 Tea break


16.00 – 17.30 Panel V: Geography

Chair: David Moon (University of York)

Nick Baron (University of Nottingham)

Identities, Interests, Lobbies: Professions and Disciplines in Soviet Cartography, 1918-1953

Victoria Donovan (University of St Andrews)

Khrushchev’s Kraevedy: From ‘Motley Crew’ to Mass Organisation

Jonathan Oldfield (University of Birmingham)

Soviet Climate Science: An Interdisciplinary Endeavour

19.30 Reception & Dinner at Castle College


Sunday 21 September 2014

09.30 – 11.00 Panel VI: Technology & Education

Chair: Steve Fuller (Warwick University)

Karl Hall (Central European University, Budapest)

The Dawn of ‘Industrio-Physics’ in Leningrad (and Berlin): Abram Joffe, Michael Polanyi, and the Diffusion of Laboratory Experience

Roman Abramov (Higher School of Economics, Moscow)

The Scientific-Technical Revolution (STR) and the Professionalization of Computer Engineers in the USSR

Mikhail Sokolov (European University at St Petersburg) 

Governing the Status Commons: The Strain between Professional/Disciplinary and Higher Education Ecologies in Russia

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break


11.30 – 13.00 Round Table

Andy Byford (Durham University)

Summing up: Interdisciplinary and Inteprofessional Relations in Russian History

General Discussion

Closing Statements

13.00 Lunch