Russian Anthropological School

Russian State University for the Humanities

103-105 , Block 5, Miusskaya  square 6,

Moscow, Russia  

Telephone:        + 7 495 250 6838, + 7 495 250 6841



Ivanov Vyacheslav Vsevolodovich - Director of Russian Anthropological School at Russian State University for the Humanities; PhD, Full Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAN)


«Collection of works Russian Anthropological School»



Protopopova Irina Alexandrovna - Deputy Director, Ph.D. (Philosophy)

Aranson Oleg Vladimirovich – Senior Research Fellow, Ph.D. (Philosophy)

Bandurovskii Konstantin Vladimirovich – Associate Professor, Ph.D. (Philosophy)

Baryshnikova Daria Valentinovna - Associate Professor, Ph.D. (Literature)

Boltunova Ekaterina Mikhailovna – Associate Professor, Ph.D. (History)

Dashkova Tatiana Urievna - Associate Professor, Ph.D. (Literature)

Garadzha Alaxei Viktorovich - Senior Research Fellow

Lisenko Viktoria Georgievna - Professor, Ph.D. (Philosophy)

Oleinikov Andrei Andreevich - Associate Professor, Ph.D. (Philosophy )

Pchelov Evgenii Vladmirovich - Associate Professor, Ph.D. (History)

Petrovskaya Elena Vladimirovna - Associate Professor, Ph.D. (Philosophy )

Poltavtseva Natalia Georgievna - Associate Professor, Ph.D. (Literature)

Smolianskaya Natalia Vladimirovna - Associate Professor, Ph.D. (Philosophy)

Sosland Alexandr Iosifovich - Senior Research Fellow, Ph.D. (Psychology)

Urakova Alexandra Pavlovna - Associate Professor, Ph.D. (Literature)


Helen Petrovsky

PhD, is Head of the Department of Aesthetics at the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Her major fields of interest are contemporary philosophy, visual studies, North American literature and culture. Among other books, she is author of The Unapparent. Essays on the Philosophy of Photography (2002), Anti-photography (2003), Beyond Imagination. Contemporary Philosophy and Contemporary Art (2009; co-authored with Oleg Aronson), and Theory of the Image (2010). She is compiler, editor and co-translator of Jean-Luc Nancy’s Corpus (1999) and Gertrude Stein’s selected writings (The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas. Picasso. Lectures in America, 2001). Since 2002 she has been editor-in-chief of the biannual theoretical journal Sinij Divan.

Daria Baryshnikova

Education: Russian State University for the Humanities (1997). 

Academic degree: Candidate of philosophical science (2005)

Dissertation: "Languages of Culture” in a Literary Work Treated as a Semiotic System

Lecturing on "Text analysis in Anglo-American literary theory”, "Introduction to Narratology".

Research interests: Literary and cultural theory, Russian non-official literature of 1960–1980s., history and theory of conceptual art.

Ekaterina Boltunova

Ph.D. (History), Russian Anthropological School of the Russian State University for the Humanities (Associate Professor).

A historian of imperial Russia, Ekaterina Boltunova focuses on early modern period (the 18th century, especially the reign of Peter I), Russian military and power discourses as well as history of memory. Her major Russian-language book "Peter the Great's Guards as a Military Corporation” (2011) deals with the formation of the Guards during the reign of Peter I as a unique structure. She examines the history of Preobrazhensky and Semenovsky Guards Regiments being vested with special powers and privileges, reconstructs the relations between the Guards and the Emperors Peter I and the complexities of relationships within the corporation itself.

Ekaterina Boltunova is author of a range of articles, mostly in Russian, but also in English, that address complex issues of Russian imperial topography of power creation (particularly royal palaces and throne halls) and its functioning for the purposes of sovereign power representation. She also researches Soviet and Post-Soviet perception of representative imperial space.

She has been a researcher at The Institute of Russian History of Russian Sciences Academy (Moscow, Russia) (2003-2006), a visiting scholar at Omsk State University, (Russia) (2003), Saratov State University (Russia) (2003), a lecturer at University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign, USA) (2009) and a Fulbright Scholar at the Harriman Institute of Columbia University (New-York, USA) (2008-2009).

Natalia Poltavtseva

Ph.D. (Literature), Russian Anthropological School at the Russian State University for the Humanities (Associate Professor). Field of research – anthropology of literature, history and theory of literature, philosophy of culture (the 20th century), Soviet discourse in contemporary culture.

Selected Bibliography:

Power and the Other in the Dramatic Works of Andrei Platonov // ULBANDUS. The Slavic Review  of  Columbia University. Vol.14, 2012;

Platonov i Lukács (iz istorii sovietskogo iskusstva 1930 godov) // Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie. № 107. 2011;

Platonov’s Chevengur. The Ambivalent Space // Baltics World. A quarterly scholarly journal and news magazine. From the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES) Södertörn University, Stockholm, Vol 1. 2011;

Platonov i sotsrealizm // Wiener Slawistischer Almanach, Band 63, 2009;

Philosophskaya proza Andreya Platonova. Rostov-on-Don, 1981.

Some books

Oleg Aronson, Helen Petrovsky. Beyond Imagination. Contemporary Philosophy and Contemporary Art. Lectures. Nizhny Novgorod: NCCA, 2009. – 230 p.

The book is a transcript of eight public lectures delivered in Nizhny Novgorod at the initiative of the local branch of the National Center for Contemporary Arts. It may serve as an introduction to both contemporary philosophy and contemporary art. The lecturers display different strategies in their treatment of the subject matter. Helen Petrovsky deals with an artist and a theorist whose work may be seen as mutually complementary in terms of the problems it poses. She analyzes A. Gursky and F. Jameson, Ch. Marker and R. Barthes, J. Wall and J. Derrida, S. Calle and W. Benjamin. Oleg Aronson unites art and philosophy by singling out a logic common to both. He treats such problems as politics of the image, destruction and deconstruction, the ethical dimension of art. Philosophy is thus not only a tool for the understanding of art but also a means for its creation.

Helen Petrovsky. Theory of the Image. Moscow: RGGU Press, 2010. – 284 p.

The book is an examination of the main approaches to the problem of the visible and the invisible in the works of leading contemporary philosophers and cultural studies scholars, such as M. Merleau-Ponty, J.-L. Marion, M.-J. Mondzain, J.-L. Nancy, J. Derrida, R. Barthes, R. Krauss and V. Flusser. The author aims not only to present the views of these theorists in an innovative perspective (that of the insufficiency of "reading” the visual as a set of signs), but also to map out the subject of a new discipline, namely, visual studies. The publication is addressed to graduate and post-graduate students, university professors, as well as to a broader audience interested in the problems of contemporary visual culture. The book was awarded the 2011 Andrei Bely Prize (theory category).