Anthropological Workshop

Partnership project of the ISA and Novosibirsk State University of economics and management

Main Idea of the Workshop

The aim of the Workshop is to make sense a modern anthropological situation and to discuss what is the ‘practice of the Self’ today. The Workshop wants to provide a forum for speakers of different professional and intellectual backgrounds — academical reasearchers and practical experts in contemporary art, design, education,  dramatic art, political technology and other practical  fields.

The First Anthropological Workshop:
‘Anthropology Today: Spiritual Practices and Humanitarian Strategies’

Novosibirsk, Decmber,  10-11, 2007.

From left to right: S.Smirnov, S.Horuzhy, O.Genisaretsky


>Desember, 10, Monday
10.00 – 10.15 Welcome.
Introduction: about Programme (prof. S. Smirnov, Novosibirsk, State Univ. of econmics and management)
10.15 – 11.15
prof. S. Horuzhy (Moscow). Synergetic Anthropology: Base Principles and New Investigations.
11.15 – 11.45 Cofee Break
11.45 – 13.00
Talks of the participants of the Workshop:
-prof. S. Smirnov (NSUEM, Novosibirsk). Anthropology of a poetry: Varlaam Shalamov
-prof. O. Donskih.(NSUEM, Novosibirsk). Image of Human Being in  the poetry of John Donne
13.00 – 14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 15.00
Presentation of ISA. prof. S. Horuzhy, prof. O.Genisaretsky (Moscow)
15.00 – 16.00
Talks of the participants of the Workshop:
-I. Lapova (NSUEM, Novosibirsk). Marginal Features of Modern Urban Activities.
-N.Makarova (NSUEM, Novosibirsk). Human Being in the Renaissance painting
16.00 – 17.00
Discussion: “Development Human Capital in the University: an Apprach to the Problem”
Spaekers:V. Efimov, prof. S. Smirnov
17.00 – 17.30 Cofee Break
17.30 – 18.00
V. Efimov (Siberia Federal University, Krasnoyarsk).
A Town in Education: Toward  Mind-Construction of Life.
Presentation project “School Urban Activities”.
18.00 – 20.00
Visual Anthropology: Films showing and follow-up discussion
(Center of Visual Anthropology, Moscow State University).
Speaker: prof. O. Genisaretsky.

>December, 11, Tuesday
10.00 – 11.30
prof. O. Genisaretsky. About Life which is Living “In” by Self
11.30 – 12.00 Cofee Break
12.00 – 13.00
Talks of the participants of the Workshop:
-U. Osachenko (Tomsk State University). Anthropological Measurement of the Social Designing
-A. Shepilov, I. Chernyshov. Pilot Programme “TerRa”: Approaches to the Activity Potencial Development of people in Regional Perspective.
13.00 – 14.30 Lunch
14.30 – 15.30
General Discussion introduced by S. Smirnov, S. Horuzhy, O. Genisaretsky, V. Efimov.
“The Area of Anthropological Projects in Russia”.
Speakers: prof. S. Smirnov, prof. S. Horuzhy, prof. O. Genisaretsky, V. Efimov.
Issues for discussion:
-What is anthropological project?
-Which resources are deficiency for  working up and carring out the anthropological projects?
-What are opporunities and limitations in the project approach to the anthropological discourse?
15.30 – 17.00
Talks of the participants of the Workshop:
-L. Shevchenko (Tomsk).  Humanitarian Designing.
-L. Kobzeva, K. Goloshubin, V.Ponomarenko, E.Klymchuk, E. Gribov, I. Kuznetzov, A. Igoshin (Tomsk).
When does the humanity come to ourself?  Effects of the Project “Action is which required”.
- V. Efimov (Siberia Federal University, Krasnoyarsk). The Project-scheme of the Philosophical-methodological School “Education and Intellectual Practices of XXI centure”.

17.00 – 17.30 Cofee Break
17.30 – 19.00
Showing the film about Merab Mamardashwily, the philosopher, and  follow-up discussion.
Plenary Debate on the Results.

The russian materials of the Workshop are on website

The Second Anthropological Workshop
‘Synergetic Anthropology and Programme of Practices of the Self (Michel Foucault)’

Novosibirsk, Decmber,  5-6, 2008.

The aim of the Workshop is to consider new views, ideas, projects in the anthropology which are important for analisys social changes and Human Being transfomations.

Michel Foucault

One of fundamental views is presented by Michel Foucault’s concept of “practices of the Self”. Foucault  introduced this concept in last years of his life. Earlier he has written about “practices of the Knowledge” and “practices of the Authority” as basic processes in the social constitution. Introducing new concept was — in Horuzhy’s opinion — meant  the Anthropological Turn in decomposing a social processes. Sinergetic Anthropology has used such concept too, but it has another way to think about “practices of the Self”.

So one of the task of this Worshop was to make the comparison between this two discources.

Another task was to examine various cultural practices in the prizme of this two discourses.


Decmber, 5, Friday
10.00 – 10.15 Welcome

Introduction: about Programme (S. Smirnov, Novosibirsk, State Univ. of econmics and management)
10.15 – 11.45
prof. S. Horuzhy (Moscow). Practices of the Self: Spiritual Exercises — Spiritual Practices
11.45 – 12.00. Cofee Break
12.00 – 12.30
prof. S. Avanesov (Tomsk State University). Realization of the Self and Creation of the Self.
12.30 – 13.00
G. Petrova (Tomsk). To Care for the Self: Is it technology or anthropology?
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 14.30
prof. A. Pogonjailo (St.-Peterburg). “The Art of the Self”  and the New Age
14.30 – 15.15
prof. A.Achutin (Russian State Humanitarian University, Moscow). Late Foucault’s opposition “to Care for the Self vs. to cognize the Self”:  review
15.45 – 16.00 Cofee Break
16.00 – 16.30
prof. V. Tyschenko (Novosibirsk). The concept of synergia in essentialism and anti-essentialism
16.30 – 17.00
A. Smirnov (Irkutsk). Chistian  Ascetics and Germenevtics of the Subject.
17.00 – 17.30
Ja. Kushnarenko (Novosibirsk). About the Basis of Synergetic Anthropology: essence-energy dialectics.
17.30 – 19.00
Visual Anthropology: Film Showing and follow-up discussion
Film: “Return to Ange” by R. Ernazarova.

Desember, 6, Saturday
10.00 – 11.30
prof. O.Genisaretsky (Moscow). Something about Cognitive-Strategical Navigation in the Field of  Person/Family and Think/Activity Crossing.
11.30 – 11.45 Cofee Break
11.45 – 12.15
A. Elashkina (Novosibirsk). Thinring as Anthropological Practice: the educational aspect.
12.15 – 13.00
prof. S. Smirnov (Novosibirsk). About  a Sence of the Ontological concern / work
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 14.30
M. Nemcev (Novosibirsk). “Resistance”: a Keystone to the Composition of a Social Anthropology of Subjectivity and a Projective Anthropology
14.30 – 15.00
M. Balashkina, D. Gubin (Novosibirsk). The Anthropological Approach to Historical Researches
15.00 – 15.30
L. Shevchenko. The Anthropology of a Fiction.
Plenary Debate: “Anthropology  of Generations.
Speakers: A. Elashkina, prof. S. Smirnov
16.30 – 17.00 Cofee Break
17.00 – 19.00
Visual Anthropology: Film Showing and follow-up discussion

The russian materials of the Workshop are on website

From left to right: S. Horuzhy, S. Smirnov, A. Pogonjailo, O. Genisaretsky