Period of stay: March 2015
Evaluation sheet for Guests of the IWM
- What would you consider to be the major benefits of your stay at IWM?
— The IWM is an excellent place for doing research work in all the spectrum of human sciences, having a very good supply of literature and periodicals, and also having quiet and friendly atmosphere;
— The IWM provides the best possibilities for having contacts with colleagues working in close and neighbouring fields of research. It also makes special efforts to stimulate and support active communication between specialists in human sciences both on the formal and informal level.
— The IWM makes also special efforts to concentrate its work on the most topical subjects. Following the events that it organizes, you can always be au courant of the most important present-day ideas, results and trends in all the spectrum of human sciences.
- Was the event programme of the IWM attractive and interesting for you?
It surely was.
- Do you have any criticisms of any aspect of the Institute’s program and operations?
Please include any suggestions for improvement.
Since my own work is concentrated on fundamental problems of anthropology, social and political philosophy, I could see that such problems are not high on the list of priorities of the IWM, at least at this period. I am sure that they would deserve more attention nowadays when European thought is working intensely on radical reform of all its foundations, methodological, epistemological, subjectological and so on.
- Please provide a brief report on your activities and what you have accomplished during your research stay.
The main activities of my work during my stay in the IWM in March 2015 were as follows:
– I have given a long and substantial interview to Kristina Stoeckl and Alexander Mikhailowski on my work, my theory of “synergic anthropology” and my standings on topical cultural, political and social problems of Russia both now and in the soviet past;
– I have taken part in the workshop on Russian nationalism;
– together with Kristina Stoeckl I have performed the presentation of my book “Practices of the Self and Spiritual Practices: Michel Foucault and Eastern Christian Discourse” which came out recently in the USA;
– I have taken part in the workshop on Eurasianism.
At the preparatory stage of my stay it was planned that I shall work mainly on the big theme of analysing the anthropological doctrines of Freud and Nietzsche in the prism of my synergic anthropology. However, I had practically no time even to start the work on this theme because of my participation in so many current events. Surely, one month is too small time for doing serious academic research in parallel with taking part in current academic events, and the big theme remains for the future.