Our 19th century. The Phenomenon of Culture and Historic Concept

Our 19th century. The Phenomenon of Culture and Historic Concept

Deutsches Historisches Institut Moskau
Nakhimovskiy prospekt, 51/21
Moskau, Russland
Russian Federation
Vom - Bis
19.05.2011 - 20.05.2011
Sdvizkov, Denis

Does "19th century" refer in reality not to a period of time, but to time itself, a process synonymous with "modernisation" and "Europeanisation"? To what extent does the historical analysis of self-representation here follow the historical period? First topic for investigation – the examination of the language and key concepts of the age.

Periodisation evidently also has a reactive effect on history. Numerous national historiographies are still centred on the 19th century, and the specific details covered are, for the historical concepts, on the national and European scale. The problems of the different national 19th centuries form the next complex of topics.

If any country is taking a long farewell from the "long 19th century", it is above all Russia. The "brief 20th century", the limits of which are marked primarily by Soviet Russian history, is rather felt as a break in and interruption of the "normal“ development of Russia -– which paradoxically brings the last century but one closer. Thus the analyses of the "19th century" in historical memory provide another topic for discussion.

The abandonment of the narratives of national history stimulates the restructuring of the fields of research, above all by the revaluation of the spatial factor and the periods determined by space. To what extent can the historical concept of the "century" in general and the "19th century" in particular be used in this context?



09:30 - 10:00
Registration. Opening of the conference: Е.А.Vishlenkova, D.А.Sdvizhkov

10:00 – 13:30
I. Semantics of the century

Keynote address: Denis Sdvizhkov

1.Svetlana Malysheva (Kazan‘), “Birth of leisure”: the origins and evolution of concepts in the process of modernisation in the Russian everyday life, 2nd half of the 19th century – beginning of the 20th

2.Victoria Faybishenko (Moscow), The nineteenth – a century of disappointments. The practice of subjectivity and time in history

3.Vera Dubina (Moscow), Boredom in the 19th century

4.Denis Sdvizhkov (Moscow): The invention of the century. “19th century” as a historical concept

5.Anna Piotrowska (Krakow), Musical ‚exoticism‘ of Russia in the 19th century

6.Irina Kulakova (Moscow), 19th century: journey practice of Russians through Russia as means of understanding the country in space and time

7.Aleksandr Polunov (Moscow), Pobedonoscev: space continuum of a Russian conservative in the 19th century

13:30 – 14:30 – Lunch

14:30 – 18:00
II. Tropes of the century

Keynote address: Irina Savel’eva (Moscow)

1.Elena Vishlenkova (Moscow), “A century of classical university culture”: deconstruction of a trope

2.Olga Edelman (Moscow), The legend of the Russian 19th century: Decembrists

3.Maria Mayofis (Moscow), The concept of moral occult as a basis for revision of the definitions “epoch of romanticism” and “epoch of realism”

4.Semyon Ekshtut (Moscow), “New people“ or “sullen people“ in the mirror of Russian literature: the problem of time and chronotopos

5.Boris Stepanov (Moscow), “The Golden Age of Russian music”: Glinka in the Stalin cinema

6.Oksana Rafalyuk (Moscow), The images of the „Golden Age” in Russia’s cultural memory

7.Natalia Proskuryakova (Moscow), The 19th century for academic purposes, or Personal experience of writing a university textbook


10:00 – 13:30
III. The century in space

Keynote address: Alexander Martin (Notre Dame, Indiana)

1.Aleksey Miller (Budapest/Moscow), The 19th century as an age of Empire

2.Franz Fillafer, Jan Surman (Wien-Konstanz). The Habsburg Nineteenth Century? Pan-monarchical and national histories and their conceptualization

3.Maciej Janowski (Warsaw/Budapest), XIXth century looks at history

4.Marharyta Fabrykant (Minsk) „Golden double standards“: Representation of the Russian and nationalist “Golden Age” in the perspective of Belorussian expectations

5.Anatoliy Remnev (Omsk), The „short“ 19th century in Siberia: the Siberian time and space

6.Elena Korchmina (Ryasan’), The „beginning“ of the new 19th century in Russian provinces: view of the contemporaries

13:30 – 14:30 – Lunch

14:30 – 18:00

IV. Anthropology of time
Keynote address: Elena Vishlenkova (Moscow)

1.Elena Marasinova (Moscow), „If they only asked how the fathers did it…“ (The Fronde of Russian nobility in the correspondence, second half of the 18th century, and in literature, first half of the 19 century)

2.Vadim Parsamov (Moscow), The 19th century begins… (The beginning of the century as a typological characteristic)

3.Andrey Andreev (Moscow), The beginning of a new century: „Christmas mystery play” of the Emperor of Russia Aleksandr I

4.Anna Serykh (Samara), The history of the 19th century as the time of generations in the Russian historiography at the turn of century

5.Alexa Von Winning (Tübingen), On the global and vital Religion: Religiousness of the nobility in the second half of the 19th century

6.Fyodor Sevastyanov (Saint-Petersburg), Russia’s „ Great Reforms” – the end or the the beginning of an epoch?

7.Maria Taroutina (Yale), Forgotten Monuments of Unaging Intellect: The Case of Mikhail Vrubel and Russian XIXth-century Art

V. 18:00 – 19:30
Discussion. “19th century” in the historical context.

Keynotes: P.Y.Uvarov (Moscow), the concept of the “Early modern period”, А.Anan‘eva (Mainz), “The long 18th century”; Nikolaus Katzer (DHI Moscow) “The short 20th century”.

Closing of the conference.


Denis Sdvizkov
Nachimovsky pr. 51/21, Moscow, DHIM

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