Alexander Dmitriev joins the Vossius Center in September for two months as a Research Fellow with his project History of Humanities and the Search for Relevant Past for Social Sciences in Russia and Europe before and after the Great War.
The project analyses major studies on the early modern history of the humanities published in Russia in 1910s and 1920s and their European context. While facilitating the separation of the individual disciplines, these historiographical traditions at the same time continued to promote an integrative vision of Wissenschaft as a whole (not only science as Natural Knowledge per se), arguing with positivist claims to universalism of natural scientific methods. An important element of the historical turn in the humanities in general was the internationalization of the European thinking about the past of historical method (cf. the impact of the work of Benedetto Croce on Vico and on the theory of historiography in the UK and Germany).
Alexander Dmitriev is Leading Researcher, Head of the Center for the History of Ideas and Sociology of Knowledge at the Andrey Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities, National Research University -- Higher School of Economics (Moscow)