Saint Petersburg, Russia

City As a Narrative: History, Culture and Identity of St. Petersburg

when 28 June 2021 - 9 July 2021
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 440

The course aims to reveal Russian culture, history and politics through looking at St. Petersburg as one of the narratives of Russia’s identity within four dimensions: St. Petersburg “European Identity”; Russia between the West and East; key political metaphors of St. Petersburg collective memory; principal perceptions of St. Petersburg within a changing Russia’s geopolitical landscape. The course aims to take an in-depth look at St. Petersburg within the Russian civilisation understood as the conjunction of culture, society, and politics. We examine the intriguing interconnection between St. Petersburg and Russian culture, politics, history, international relations, literature and art.

Course leader

The course is taught by Sergei Akopov, Professor, Saint Petersburg School of Social Sciences and Area Studies, Department of Political Science and International Affairs.

Target group

The course is intended for a wide audience and everyone interested in learning the history of Russia and St. Petersburg.

Formal requirement: 18+.

Course aim

While familiarising themselves with history and culture of St. Petersburg, the students will learn about and be able to identify the oeuvre of well-known Russian artists and musicians, to understand the ideological context of these works as well as learn about popular stereotypes and social behavior within Russian civilisation taken at large.

Fee info


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