We are planning the following sessions:

Session 1. The Philosophy of Science: A Historical Perspective and Futurological Projections
Aleksandr M. Dorozhkin, Svetlana V. Shibarshina (Lobachevsky State University)

Today, the social and collective component of science is strengthening and interdisciplinary interactions are intensifying, stimulating us into rethinking of the epistemological status for the subject of scientific knowledge. While analyzing the present of science and its possible future scenarios, scholars also inevitably address its previous steps, the historical forms of its organization, scientific rationality, etc. Along with it, the recognition of general patterns in the evolution of science requires attempts to analyze the structure and dynamics of specific academic disciplines. Thus, the framework of this session suggests considering the theoretical and practical aspects of philosophical and epistemological problems of science and its specific areas; the emergence and historical dynamics of the scientific knowledge; contemporary trends in the study of science and technology.

Session 2. Innovative Technologies and the Prospects for Humanity.
Vladimir A. Kutyrev, Dmitry Yu. Shatalov-Davydov (Lobachevsky State University)

The rapid development of information technologies, including the anticipated stages of digitalization and artificial intelligence, raises the question of their fateful impact on humanity’s further destiny and the preservation of nature and life on Earth itself. Opportunities for active technological intervention in human corporeality and consciousness are opening up. Within the framework of transhumanism, the ideas of “improving a person” are promoted by connecting humanity with a machine, transformation into a kind of cyborg. All the newest trends in the development of technoscience represent fundamental challenges and threats that require a comprehensive discussion including the prospects for the further existence of humanity and human society. Philosophy is responsible for evaluating the things happening around; it has to comprehend the strategy of our survival in the technogenic world and offer its answers to these problems. The framework of this session suggests considering these issues in the context of anthropology, ontology, and social philosophy.

Session 3. Education under the Sign of POST: A Navigator in the Space of a New Culture
Svetlana A. Maximova (Institute of the Education Development)

This session focuses on the analysis of development trends and the possibilities of the education system in the formation of the adaptive potential of today’s humanity in the space of a new culture. The participants’ presentations and the panel discussion that concludes the work of the session will encourage to form a request for the content and technologies of modern education and suggest relevant tools for its improvement. The session is anticipated to become a platform for an open dialogue between scholars from philosophical studies, cultural, social and linguistic sciences, and other disciplines, who, from various viewpoints, describe the embodiment of the modern cultural code in various forms of thought and life of modern humanity.

Session 4. Splitting in Media Reality: The Features of (Post) Communication in the Digital Age
Chair: Anton N. Fortunatov (Lobachevsky State University), Konstantin A. Ocheretyany (Saint Petersburg State University)

The contemporary communicative situation possesses quite pronounced centrifugal properties: “spreading” through the endless labyrinths of information, it does not seem to notice the person for whom it once arose. The tendency to dehumanize communication processes has reached its peak during the period of total digitalization, and the subject starts to communicate not with another member of society, but rather virtual technical systems that have replaced almost all the diversity of previous social ties. In turn, a person that has “dissolved” in information streams feels loneliness and emptiness. The communication revolution at the end of the last century was focused on the emancipation of technology from humans. Today there is a chance for a postcommunicative Renaissance, in which transformed (reborn) subjects have a chance to regain their right to exist and be an actor, to consciously and meaningfully transform themselves and the society. Is the existing communication system able to meet this challenge? We will attempt to answer this question within this session.

Session 6. Episteme in science and religion
Andrey N. Tkachev, Dmitry V. Vorobiev (Lobachevsky State University)

This session focuses on discussions of revolutionary and evolutionary processes in science and religion, which have changed the idea of knowledge. We invite the participants to also consider the cultural and social prerequisites and concepts of “knowledge” in science and religion, the “eternal” problem of knowledge and faith, as well as to discuss the mythological nature of knowledge. This session aims to investigate the interaction between science and religion in relation to cognition not only as opposed and confrontational, but also as determining the evolution of each other.

Round Table “Poetry and Orders of Discourse: History in the Present”
Evgeniya V. Samostienko, Evgeniy E. Proschin (Lobachevsky State University)

Poetics in its variations has always carried some implications of the original autonomy of poetry. It proceeded either from the idea of the specificity of poetic language, or from the idea of the possibility of its convergence with other discursive systems, recognizing its openness to “external” influences, which only emphasized autonomy. However, for the study of poetry, it may be methodologically interesting to look through the archeology of knowledge and the theory of discourses. Foucaultian perspective presents the possibilities of considering poetry as a discourse not through a figure of influence, but rather as a realization of the features of a particular episteme. This approach opens up opportunities, on the one hand, to revise history, and on the other hand, to place poetry in an open field of discursiveness, trying to find its specificity at the junction of strategies of semiosis as a concentration of force fields and cultural practices.

Round Table “Constructing the Future: Utopias and Dystopias in Contemporary Culture”
Svetlana V. Shibarshina (Lobachevsky State University)

Humanity is going through an era of accelerated transformation in various systems, as well as the modification of social processes, characterized, among other things, by a reassessment of cultural and moral ideals. The contemporary historical and cultural situation updates the phenomenon of utopian and dystopian thought. There is a re-evaluation of the utopian heritage and the rejection of interpretations of utopia as a “chimera of reason” and “a realized nightmare.” New forms of utopian creativity become a kind of attempt by the individual to comprehend their role at the intersection of virtual and objective realities. Our round table suggests a shared discussion on a variety of topical aspects of utopia-dystopia. We invite philosophers and scholars in other fields interested in this topic to participate.

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