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Medieval & Early Modern Studies in Russia
Nationwide Scientific Conference
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Round tables & seminars
One of the forms of the conference will be thematic round tables and seminars:
Round tables
thematic round tables (half a day/day) with individual reports. The time regulations for presentations at round tables are made by the agreement with the organizers of the round table. Organizers are encouraged to have a Zoom business version, MS-Teams or other systems.
thematic seminars with 2-4 individual presentations with in-depth consideration of a particular topic. Time limit for speeches - 45 minutes, including discussion. Please note that the seminar in 2022 is possible only on the account of its organizer (the account of the Zoom business version, MS-Teams or other systems).
Applications for round tables and seminars
The organizer/s of the round table or seminar must have publications in peer-rewied journals or thematic collections on the declared topic.

In the application for a round table or seminar within the framework of the conference, please indicate in Russian or any of the main European languages:
1) the topic of the round table/seminar and the approximate topic of a broader thematic block for it;
2) full name and affiliation of the organizers;
3) list of participants with sample topics;
4) an abstract in any of the main European languages and, optionally, in Russian, each with up to 1000 characters with spaces.

E-mail address of the Organizing Committee: mediiaevi.iviran@gmail.com
The topics of the planned round tables and the thematic blocks formed from them will be placed as applications are received
General topic: Source Criticism and Historiography
Workshop "Medieval Authorship Studies Through Digital Stylometry"
Organizer: Centre for Medieval Studies, HSE University, Moscow; Svetlana Yatsyk (HSE University, Moscow)
Alexey Khismatulin. Determining Authorship by Digital Stylometry : Case of an Anonymous Medieval Qasida
Boris Orekhov, Natalia Pimenova. Meier Helmbrecht : Authorship Attribution using Stylometry
Svetlana Yatsyk. “Tabula exemplorum” and “Ars praedicandi”: Did John of Wales Write These Texts After All?
Stylometry is one of the rapidly developing domains of digital humanities. In particular, it is used to establish the authorship of texts that other methods cannot unambiguously attribute. However, applying stylometry to medieval texts still poses a significant challenge: both because of the variations (orthographic mistakes and more significant ones) that occurred with each copying of the text and because of the influence that the researcher who digitizes the manuscript has on the resulting text.
Participants of this workshop will present several examples of digital stylometric techniques to attribute both prose and rhymed medieval texts.
Round table "Conceiving / Constructing the medieval historiography in (present day) Russia"
Organizer: Academic Journal "Vox medii aevi", HSE University, Moscow; Grigorii Borisov (PhD student, University of Tübingen); Svetlana Yatsyk (HSE University, Moscow)
Anastasia Anufrieva. Fin de siècle. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of History, Department of the medieval history: 1970s-1990s
Grigorii Borisov. Reviews in Soviet Medieval Studies in the 1970s. Case-Study of Several Specialized Journals
Maria Kirillova. What the Journal of Ancient History was like in 1937-1941?
Elena Kravtsova. [To be declared]
Anna Seregina. Reformation Studies in Russia: history of failure?
Russian medieval studies have a complex path: it emerged in the days of Timofey Granovsky and the dispute between Westernernisers and Slavophiles; by the beginning of the twentieth century, it had formed into an independent field of knowledge with several outstanding scientific schools and distinct research profiles. However, its further development was not consistent: it was interrupted by significant social and political cataclysms. As we stand on the threshold of another watershed event, it seems necessary to reflect on Russian medieval studies' path in the twentieth century and its further development.
Unlike scholars of the Ancient and Modern Ages (and colleagues dealing with the "long" Russian Middle Ages), Russian medievalists turn to the past of their discipline mainly by studying individual figures (Fyodor Uspensky, Aleksey Neusykhin, Boris Porshnev, Aron Gurevich, and many others) or research concepts (feudalism,  ständische Monarchie, etc.).
Therefore, the main task of this round table is to examine Russian medieval studies as a whole. What intellectual and social foundations and ideas determined and defined it? How have the fates of individual intellectuals, grouped around journals or academic departments, and entire generations been refracted under these conditions? What allows us in 2022 to feel a commonality with twentieth-century medievalists, and in what ways are we different (or do we want to be different) from them? Finally, can we talk about Russian medieval studies, comparing its intellectual path with that of English, German, French, or Italian, as integral historiography, a particular intellectual space for forming meanings?
Round table “Representing the Past in Icelandic sagas”
Organizer: Tatjana N. Jackson, Dr. hab. of History, Chief Research Fellow at the Institute of World History of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Natalia Y. Gvozdetskaya. Representing the Past in the 13th-Century Icelandic Chronicle Hungrvaka: Local and Continental Тraditions
Tatjana N. Jackson. Icelandic Sagas about the Inhabitants of the Far North
Elena V. Litovskikh. On Chronological Markers in Icelandic Family Sagas
Inna G. Matyushina. From Troy to Iceland via Britain: Representing the Past in Trójumanna saga and Breta sǫgur
Elena A. Melnikova. Onyms as a Form of Representing the Past in Ancient Rus and Scandinavia
The round table entitled “Representing the Past in Icelandic sagas” will be devoted to the discussion of topical issues arising from modern research on sagas. The meeting will be led by well-known Russian scholars in the field of Old Norse-Icelandic studies who will assess the new directions, mostly regarding the study of sources, in which international research on sagas moved at the turn of the century. The participants will discuss a number of questions concerning representations of the past of both Scandinavia and beyond, in various saga genres and Old Norse-Icelandic texts. The round-table presentations are based on detailed analyses of sources and take into account results of the latest historiographical studies. The speakers will discuss not only traditional, but also other ways of representing the past, including plot motifs and names. The discussion is aimed at developing new methods of research on sagas.
The program of the round table has been finalised and the call for papers is now closed
General topic: Social History of medieval Europe
Round table “Commemorative practices of Moscow Russia. XIV—XVII centuries”
Organizers: Uspensky Fyodor Borisovich, Shokarev Sergey Yurievich, Laboratory of Ancient Russian Culture of the School of Topical Humanitarian Studies of the RANEPA
Belyaev L.A., Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Archaeology of the Russian Academy of Sciences
The study of the tombstones of Russia of the XII-XVII centuries over the last half century: results and objectives

Litvina A.F., Candidate of Philological Sciences, Institute of Slavic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Uspensky F.B., Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, V.V. Vinogradov Institute of the Russian Language, RANEPA STEPS
Name selection and commemorative practice in the XVI century.

Kuzmin A.V., Candidate of Historical Sciences, STEPS of the RANEPA
Features of fixing the ancestral memory of the Gediminovites according to the synodics of the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery (using the example of RNB. F.351. No. 759/1016)

Avdeev A.G., Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor of the Orthodox St. Tikhon Humanitarian University
Reconstruction of the genealogical tree of the Kashin Sikeotov nobles by "stone" and handwritten synodics

Sukina L.B., Doctor of Historical Sciences, Associate Professor, Head of the Department of Training of Highly Qualified Personnel, A.K. Aylamazyan Institute of Software Systems of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Commemoration of two failed tsarinas in the synod of the Pereslavl Nikitsky Monastery of the late XVI - XVII century

Shokarev S.Yu., Candidate of Historical Sciences, STEPS of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Wives of Tsarevich Ivan Ivanovich, their burial and commemoration
The program of the round table has been finalised and the call for papers is now closed
Round table "The epidemics in the Medieval World"
Organizer: Elena E. Berger, Cand. Sc. (hist.), Senior Research Fellow at the IWH RAS
Preliminary list of participants: Timur F. Khaydarov, Kirill S. Khudin, Elena E. Berger
The problems of studying medieval epidemics as an interdisciplinary scientific field are proposed for discussion. Questions will be considered, how epidemics have changed world history, how the historiography of this direction has changed over the past decades and how productive is the cooperation in the field of the history of medicine between scientists of different specialties.
Call for papers
Open academic discussion “Video materials in the historical science of the pandemic period: pros and cons”
Organizer: executive secretary of the conference Kazbekova Elena V., Cand. Sc. (hist.), senior research fellow at the IWH RAS
With the pandemic, not only Zoom, but also YouTube with videos of scientific conferences and seminars quickly entered our lives. Their account is already in the thousands and is increasing every day. Why, for whom, how do we make them? What are the dangers and pitfalls here?
The following questions are proposed for discussion at the round table:
Thematic block: Video recordings of scientific conferences and seminars
For what and for whom? How to find videos on your topic? Where to store videos (upload) and how to describe? Is a video recording of a scientific report a type of publication? How to protect the copyrights of scientists?
Thematic block: Educational and popular science videos
For students or for self-education? How to use in university teaching? What should be the requirements for educational and popular science videos: duration, format (lecture, interview, film)? How to control their quality (peer review system)?
Applications for participation in an open academic discussion are accepted until April 11, 2022. Please include your full name on the application, degree, position, place of work, thematic block on the problems of which you plan to speak. If you would like to propose a question for discussion, please indicate the topic of your speech and give a brief annotation (1-3 sentences). Working language of open academic discussion – Russian.
Acceptance of applications for an open academic discussion is open
Thematic Block "Political history of medieval Europe"
Round table "Courts of rulers in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: trends and discussions of newest historiography"
Organizer: Krylova Yulia Petrovna, Cand.Sc. (hist.), Senior Research Fellow at the IWH RAS
A.Yu. Seregina - Dr. of Sci. (History), Leading Researcher, Institute of World History of the Russian Academy of Sciences
The English Court of the Early Modern Times in the System of Social Communications (in Contemporary British Studies)

M.A. Boytsov - Dr. of Sci. (History), Professor, National Research Institute «Higher School of Economics»
(to be declared)

V.A. Vedyushkin - Cand. of Sci. (History), Senior Researcher, Institute of World History of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Court of the Spanish Habsburgs in Modern Historiography

A.L. Korzinin - Dr. of Sci. (History), Professor, St. Petersburg State University
Sovereign court in Russia at the end of the 15th-17th centuries in Modern Russian and Foreign Historiography

Yu.P. Krylova – Cand. of Sci. (History), Senior Researcher, Institute of World History of the Russian Academy of Sciences
The French Medieval Courts in the Latest Historiography of France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland

V.V. Shishkin - Dr. of Sci. (History), Senior Researcher, North-Western Institute of Management of the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration
French Court of the 16th Century: What Else Do We Not Know About It?

T.I. Zaitseva – Cand. of Sci. (History), Associate Professor, St. Petersburg State University of Economics
Research of Courts in the Latest Russian Medieval Studies
The programme of the round table has been set up, no applications will be accepted
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