Seminar, September 25th- 26th

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NORTHERN LIGHTS – FACETS OF ENLIGHTENMENT CULTURE

A Joint Finnish-Russian Symposium at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki (Unioninkatu 33, 2nd floor) September 25 th —26 th 2009

The Enlightenment of the 18th century was, besides its general "progressive" tendency, a multifaceted and contradictory process, and many of its aspects are yet poorly known. Especially in the Nordic countries and Russia the Enlightenment took shapes which differed considerably from the "paradigmatic" French discourse of the lumiéres or of the English 18th century thought now considered as classical. On the other side, nationalist tendencies in the historiography of both the Nordic countries and Russia have tried to play down the fact that these countries have, despite of all differences, had their share in a general European Enlightenment culture. The symposium arranged by the Aleksanteri Institute will present relevant studies of Finnish and Russian scholars on the theme and at the same time contribute to further research in the field of Nordic and Russian history   of ideas. Languages of the symposium are English and French, discussion in German or Russian is of course possible, too. The symposium is open to all who are interested in the history of the Enlightenment and Russia and Nordic countries in the 18th century.

Friday 25th of September

9.30 MATTI KLINGE
Opening Words

9.45 TATIANA ARTEMYEVA
The Status of Intellectual Values in the Russian Enlightenment

10.30 OILI PULKKINEN
Scottish Enlightenment between Periphery and Cosmopolitism

11.00 MIKHAIL MIKESHIN
A Russian Adam Smith in French Style. An example of the transfer of ideas

12.30 Lunch Break

13.30 JOHANNES REMY
Radishchev's Ideas on the Social Impact of Consumer's Choices

14.00 JOHAN STEN
Anders Johan Lexell, a Finnish Astronomer at St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences and His European Contacts

14.45 KIMMO SARJE
Anders Chydenius and Finnish Radical Enlightenment

17.30 Dinner for the Guests

Saturday 26th of September

9.30 ALLA ZLATOPOLSKAYA
L’autocritique des Lumières chez Rousseau et le rousseauisme russe

10.15 CAROLA HÄNTSCH
Kant, Herder und die Aufklärung

11.30 Lunch Break

13.00 LARISA AGAMALIAN
A Library of an Enlightened Russian Land-owner

13.45 VESA OITTINEN
Between Popularphilosophie and Utilitarism -- The Peculiarity of Nordic Enlightenment

Concluding discussion.

Changes and additions yet possible.

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