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Intelligentsia and/or Intellectuals
Moscow, September 1999


"INTELLIGENTSIA AND / OR INTELLECTUALS :
THE FORTHCOMING REALITY OF THE XXI CENTURY"

September 28-30,  1999,  Moscow


    The Conference on "Intelligentsia and/or Intellectuals : the
Forthcoming Reality of the XXI Century" (the 3rd International Conference
on the Problem "Intellectuals and Society") will be held at the Moscow
State University from 28 to 30 of September, 1999. 

    The Conference is organized by the Interregional Centre for Advanced
Studies in cooperation with the Moscow State University, the Historical
Division of the Russian Academy of Sciences, editorial board of the
journal . 

    The aim of the Conference is to bring together researches working in
various fields for the inter-disciplinary discussion on the past, present
and future of intelligentsia. The Conference is organized within the
inter- branch research project on  that
is supported by the ICAS. This research project has started with the First
International Conference on the Problem 
(subtitle of that conference was ) that was held at the Moscow State University
in September, 1995.  The next conference of this series on  was held in September, 1997. The Russian scientists and public
figures and scientists from Brazil, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, France,
Italy, South Africa and the USA participated in these conferences. 

    It is planned that the Conference of the year 1999 will examine the
following themes: 

1.  Theory of intelligentsia and the problems of intellectual labor.
Intelligentsia - what is this? The Russian roots of intelligentsia and its
universal significance. Intelligentsia and spiritual world. The historical
evolution of intelligentsia, the genealogy of intelligentsia in the XIX
and the beginning of the XX century. Intelligentsia in a non-stable
society. Intelligentsia and power. Intelligentsia in Russia after 1917.
Intelligentsia in external and internal emigration. Perestroika and
intellectual elite. Intelligentsia and the class of .
Contemporary intellectual labor in Russia and the West: common traits and
difference. 

2.  Psychological and sociological portrait of intelligentsia. The
typology and taxonomy of the Russian intelligentsia. The intelligentsia
individual, intelligentsia behavioural strategies, false intelligentsia
appearance. The humanities and engineering/scientific intelligentsia. The
 and  types of intelligentsia. Intelligentsia in big
capital cities and in the province. Moral orientations of intelligentsia. 

3.  The humanistic values and economy. The economic policies of the state
towards the intellectuals. Can the material degradation and dedication to
lofty objectives go together?  - what is this? The
intellectuals and moral culture of the contemporary business. The
traditional moral values and the success ethic. Can a creative inspiration
be a market product? Intellectual , markets, and commerce. The
moral dimensions of advertising, marketing and PR. Business and
philanthropy. 

4.  Intelligentsia in the labyrinth of the cultural evolution in the XX
century. High culture, mass culture, pop-culture, elite culture, folklore
culture. In the laboratory of creativity: sociology of culture in the XX
century. Makers of literature cinema, theater, music, visual and other
arts. The experiments in arts and its social meaning. People in arts: are
they prophets or producers of mass consumption. 

5.  A university as citadel of knowledge or the marketplace of
professions? Ways and means of the commercialization of the university
education. The manifest and latent privatization of the university
education. Does the contemporary society need a high quality education?
Between the fundamental orientation and competitiveness of high education.
Who manage and who own a contemporary university. The  -
the administration, teaching faculty, and students. The new social role
and mutual expectations of teachers and students. A university in the XXI
century. 

6.  The moral and ethical responsibility of intelligentsia for the
advanced studies in science and humanities applications . Responsibility
of a scientist for undesirable consequences of scientific progress and
introduction of new technologies The problem of protection of nature and
respect for our environment (atomic power, destruction of the ozone layer,
genetically modified food, cloning etc.).  The role of intelligentsia in
choosing the proper economical and social models provided the stable
development of the society. Responsibility of intelligentsia for adequate
vision of the future of the human civilization. 

7.  Intelligentsia and the World. A citizen of the world or a herald of
his/her local homeland? How to work for your homeland and serve the whole
humanity. The global paradigms of the present age. What does the
modernization and globalization bring us? The trends of the forthcoming
century. The leading mission of intelligentsia in times of instability and
decadence. Intelligentsia of the World, unite! 

    Participants of the Conference, government and political officials,
and intellectuals from business and industry are invited to take part in
the Round Table presentations and discussions that will be held during the
conference. 

    During the Conference it is also planned to hold the meeting of the
ICAS Coordinational Council on the project "Intellectuals - Science -
Society". 

    For more information, please contact Conference Organizer: Prof.
Alexander I. Studenikin at e-mail:  studenik@srdlan.npi.msu.su

Address for mails:
Department of Theoretical Physics
Moscow State University
119899 Moscow, Russia

phone: (007-095) 939-50-47
fax: (007-095) 932-88-20
e-mail: studenik@srdlan.npi.msu.su (Alexander Studenikin),
ane@srdlan.npi.msu.su (Andrey Egorov - Secretary of the Conference)