The Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies Emerging Voices in REEES Colloquium presents
Maria Chehonadskih, , Max Hayward Visiting Fellow at St. Anthony’s College, Oxford University:
“The Convergence of People, Things and Ideas: Alexander Bogdanov and the Problem of Organisation in Early Soviet Theory and Art.”
The fourth colloquium in the series features Maria Chehonadskih, the Max Hayward Visiting Fellow at St. Anthony’s College, Oxford University. She will present on “The Convergence of People, Things and Ideas: Alexander Bogdanov and the Problem of Organisation in Early Soviet Theory and Art”
In early 1920s Alexander Bogdanov proposes to understand society as a triple unity of people (economy), things (technics) and ideas (ideology). The mutual articulation of economic, technical and ideological forms constitutes a chain connection where people, things and ideas form interdependency. This formula expresses in simple and accessible terms Bogdanov’s concept of the convergence of forms, a core principle in his theory of organisation. By examining the concept of convergence, I will focus on the problem of interdependency in Soviet theory to demonstrate how Bogdanov establishes a new environmental understanding of social totality. I will conclude by showing how the concept of convergence disseminates across various artistic programmes focusing on Sergei Tretyakov’s methodology of the biography of the thing (1920-1930).
Chehonadskih received her PhD in philosophy from the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP), Kingston University in 2017. She has lectured at Central St. Martins, University of the Arts and University of Wolverhampton on philosophy, art theory, and methods and methodologies. She was a guest lecturer at Stockholm University of the Arts (Sweden) and Academy of Fine Arts, Nuremberg (Germany). Before moving to the UK, Chehonadskih obtained her undergraduate degree in cultural theory from the Voronezh State University, Russia and received her MA in cultural theory from the Russian State University for the Humanities, Russia. Her research and work concentrate on Soviet epistemologies across philosophy, literature, and art, as well as on post-Soviet politics and culture. During her Max Hayward Visiting Fellowship, she will transform her dissertation into a monograph on Andrei Platonov’s philosophical prose and Alexander Bogdanov’s tektology’.