Section Leader: Vasily Kostyrko
The Russian media of the mid-tenths and modern Russian society are a vivid illustration of the modern global demand for depoliticization. In a society that got tired of reforms, a special system of values and a picture of the world has been established: political activists (people who join the political struggle to protect the common good and insist on civilian control over the actions of the authorities) and celebrities (media figures involved in the entertainment industry or just known only because they are known) unexpectedly acquire similar features in the public space. Both those and others appear before the general public, first of all, as immoral persons, troublemakers and heroes of scandals. The very idea of authority as a government without violence is called into question.
However, as historians and sociologists believe, the crisis in the public sphere generates a particularly acute need for authority. A society cannot exist without social action, which is often impossible without certain types of leadership and authority.
It can be assumed that in modern Russia these phenomena took a specific, deliberately depoliticized form, which requires the use of special scientific optics from the researcher. First of all, it is the theory of charisma and the theory of social action, starting with its classical version, formulated in the works of Max Weber, and ending with the latest and the newest, including microsociological, modifications in the works of Irwin Hoffmann and Jürgen Habermas.
On the section to discuss the following problems:
- similarities and differences between the figure of a celebrity and a political activist in modern Russia;
- types and potential of leadership and social action in traditional media and social networks;
- authority, leadership and social action at the grassroots or atomic level (local government, charity, communities of interest, protection of the environment and architectural monuments, etc.)
- authority and social action in acephalic communities.
Sociologists, political scientists, anthropologists are invited to participate.Experts:
, Associate Professor, Department of Modern Russian Literature, RSUHAlexander Markov
, Professor, Cinema and Modern Art Department, RSUHElisabeth Schimpfossl
, lecturer in sociology, University of Aston, author of the book "Rich Russians" (Birmingham)