Boris Putilov and Kirill Chistov Memorial Conference (November 14-16, 2019, Saint Petersburg)

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We are pleased to announce the memorial conference, dedicated to the centenary of Boris Putilov and Kirill Chistov, taking place in Saint Petersburg, Russia, November 14-16, 2019.

The conference deals with developments of late Soviet and post-Soviet ethnology and folklore studies. We reflect on the heritage of Soviet academic discourses, new approaches to ‘traditional’ subjects of both disciplines, their interaction in the late Soviet period, the factors that shaped the ‘Russian school’ in ethnology and folklore studies, and its place in contemporary humanities and social sciences. The conference is aimed at discussing the history of Soviet and post-Soviet ethnology and folklore studies in relation to the present state of the fields. How have research objects changed during this time? How are the disciplinary boundaries between ethnology, folklore studies, and anthropology drawn today?  What is the role of national academic schools in contemporary international humanities and social sciences? And to what extent is the term ‘national academic school’ still relevant today?

Proposals are due by April 10, 2019, and should be submitted electronically on the website:        

The languages of the conference: Russian, English. There is no registration fee, but participants are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses. Please feel free to circulate this call among your colleagues and networks. Do not hesitate to contact us by email:        

The conference is organized by Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Russian Literature (the Pushkin House), Russian Academy of Sciences. You are most welcome to Saint Petersburg!

More information about the conference is on the website:

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