History textbook – experience, content, perspectives

Учебник истории - опыт, содержание, перспективы

On September 29-30, St. Petersburg Institute of History of the Russian Academy of Sciences hosted the international conference “Textbook for the Future. A New Look”. Scholars from different countries exchanged their experience in teaching history in schools, talked about the content of modern school textbooks and methods of teaching in schools. Among other things, the problems of the correlation in the programs of national and general history, the question of how much reading of passages from historical sources should be included in school textbooks, whether it is necessary to acquaint students with the discussions that are ongoing in science, and much more. It was decided to continue sharing experience and knowledge in this area.

The conference program ended with a tour of the exhibition of documents stored in the Scientific and Historical Archive of St. Petersburg Institute of History of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Senior researchers N.B. Sredinskaya and M.E. Proskuryakova acquainted the forum participants with documents from the collection of St. Petersburg Institute of History, in particular, with handwritten textbooks, teaching aids, as well as European and Russian diplomas of the Middle Ages and Modern times.

The conference was organized by the Institute of General History of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Russian Historical Society, St. Petersburg Institute of History of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Institute for Advanced Historical Research and the All-Russian public organization “Association of Teachers of History and Social Studies” with the support of the Russian Peace Foundation.

International conference timed to 350-year anniversary of Peter the Great

On October 3-5, 2022, St. Petersburg will host the international scientific conference “Peter the Great and the Formation of Russian Science”, which is included in the “Plan of the main events for the preparation and holding of the celebration of the 350th anniversary of the birth of Peter I”.
The conference was organized by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, St. Petersburg Institute of History of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg State University, the Committee for Science and Higher Education of the Government of St. Petersburg with the participation of the Library of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg Branch of the Archives of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the National Library of Russia, St. Petersburg Scientific Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the State Museum of the History of St. Petersburg. Conference program (in Russian).

On October 3–5, specialists in various fields of knowledge — historians, philologists, linguists, art historians, museologists, cultural scientists, researchers in the history of science — will discuss a wide range of issues related to the formation and development of various branches of science, secular and spiritual education, book publishing, and the expansion of geographical knowledge in Russia of the Petrine Era. Considerable attention will be paid to the creation and early history of the Academy of Sciences and Arts, as well as the impact of Peter the Great’s reforms on Russian science and education.

More than 80 scholars from the largest scientific centers of the Russian Federation – Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Omsk, as well as from the UK, France and Belarus will speak at the plenary and breakout sessions. Including well-known Russian historians: director of the St. Petersburg Institute of History of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Corresponding Member of the RAS Doctor of History A.V. Sirenov, Director of St. Petersburg Branch of the Archives of the Russian Academy of Sciences Corresponding Member of the RAS Doctor of History I.V. Tunkina, Chief Researcher of SPbIH RAS, Doctor of History E.V. Anisimov, Chief Researcher of the Institute of the History of Natural Science and Technology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Doctor of History I.N. Yurkin and others.

The Fifth International Scientific Conference “Trade, merchants and customs in Russia in the 16th-20th centuries”

On September 27-29, the Fifth International Scientific Conference “Trade, merchants and customs in Russia in the 16th-20th centuries” was held in Novosibirsk on the basis of the Institute of History of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, organized by a consortium of academic institutions (Institute of History of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of History and archeology of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Russian History of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the St. Petersburg Institute of History of the Russian Academy of Sciences).

Employees of St. Petersburg Institute of Science and Technology of the Russian Academy of Sciences took part in the conference.

Issues related to the study of social, economic, legal, political aspects of the history of trade, merchants and customs in Russia in the 16th–20th centuries have been brought up for discussion. (from 1500 to 1991 inclusive).

Conference program (in Russian)

Trade, merchants and customs in Russia in the 16th–20th centuries. : Abstracts of the Fifth International Scientific Conference (Novosibirsk, September 27–29, 2022) / Russian Academy of Sciences. Institute of History of the Siberian Branch [and others]; comp. A. I. Razdorsky. – St. Petersburg ; Novosibirsk, 2022. – 311 p. — Electronic edition (in Russian).

Regional scientific conference “Tikhvin region in the 12th-20th centuries”

The regional scientific conference “Tikhvin Region in the 12th–20th centuries”, organized by St. Petersburg Institute of History of the Russian Academy of Sciences in companionship with the Tikhvin Historical, Memorial and Architectural and Art Museum, was conducted on September 26-27, 2022 in the Teffi Library (Tikhvin).

The conference examined various aspects of the history of the Tikhvin region, in particular referring to the Assumption Tikhvin Monastery. The reports of the institute’s staff are based on documents from the fund of the Assumption Tikhvin Monastery from the Archive of St. Petersburg Institute of History of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Conference program (in Russia).

International scientific conference timed to the 250th anniversary of the birth of M.M. Speransky

On September 22–23, 2022, St. Petersburg Institute of History of the Russian Academy of Sciences hosted the International Scientific Conference “The Great Reformer of Russia: On the 250th Anniversary of the Birth of Mikhail Mikhailovich Speransky”. 72 researchers from St. Petersburg, Moscow, North-Western, Central and Southern Russia, the Urals, Western and Eastern Siberia, as well as near (Belarus) and far abroad (USA, Japan, Germany, Finland). The scientific forum was interdisciplinary in nature, leading experts in the history of the Russian state and society took part in its work: historians, archivists, lawyers, researchers in the field of economic history and the history of finance, philosophers, social scientists, cultural scientists.

In their speeches, the conference participants emphasized the need and relevance of addressing the creative heritage of M.M. Speransky, a reformer and administrator, noted the importance and significance of the scientific publication of his unpublished works and further study of documents covering the biography and various activities of a major statesman and thinker.

An exhibition of documents “M. M. Speransky and his era in the collections of the Archive of SPbIH RAS”, which featured several handwritten letters from M. M. Speransky to A. D. Balashov; as well as documents with his autographed signature from the collection of N.P. Likhachev (a letter to M.M. Filosofov, a report on receiving a decree from the Senate, a power of attorney for K.G. Repinsky to receive a salary, etc.). The exposition included: a draft note on the Senate, preserved in the Vorontsov family archive, edited by M. M. Speransky; related to his codification activities, a clerical copy of the “Case of Law Students Candidates” and a printed copy of the imp. Nicholas I on the enactment of the Code of Laws of the Russian Empire; as well as materials exposing M. M. Speransky and describing the circumstances and events that led to his resignation (a copy of F. V. Rostopchin’s note to Emperor Alexander I and A. I. Kovalkov’s handwritten note written for M. A. Korf). The exhibition featured rescripts of Alexander I and Nicholas I, autographs led. book. Ekaterina Pavlovna, A. A. Arakcheeva, A. D. Balashov, V. P. Kochubey, Prince. A. B. Kurakin, N. M. Karamzin, F. V. Rostopchin, M. M. Filosofov and other figures of the era of the first half of the 19th century.

The conference, organized by SPbIH RAS, became the only major scientific forum in Russia held in the year of the 250th anniversary of M.M. Speransky.

Scientific colloquium “Yu.V. Knorozov and his contribution to modern American studies”

Department of American studies of the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology of the Russian Academy of Sciences in cooperation with the A.A. Fursenko Center for American Studies of Saint Petersburg Institute of History of the Russian Academy of Sciences on September 22, 2022, holds a scientific colloquium “Yu.V. Knorozov and his contribution to modern American studies”. The colloquium is part of the program of scientific and anniversary events timed to the centennary of the birth of the outstanding Russian ethnographer Yuri Valentinovich Knorozov (1922–1999). Colloquium agenda (in Russian).

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