№ 1(50) 2023: Ethnoculture & Ethnosophy
Anatoliy M. Alekseev-Apraksin
Dr. Habil., Professor at UNESCO Chair in Comparative Studies of Spiritual Traditions, their Specific Cultures and Interreligious Dialogue; Professor at Department of Philosophy and Culture of the OrientSt. Petersburg State University, Visit-Professor HAINNU (Hainan Normal University. China)
This issue’s topic presents studies of modern forms of mythological consciousness and its cultural manifestations referring to ethnocultural traditions. The relevance of this topic is related to the necessity of studying practices, concepts, and phenomena that are appearing and spreading universally while being aimed at resorting to cultural roots. Its relevance is also related to the need of reviving local traditions and studying art projects and daily practices in which freshness and timeliness are gained by breaking through towards tradition and archaicism.
As it is known, one of the founders of Eurasionism N.S. Trubetskoy introduced the term ‘ethnosophy’ in 1926. Later, American cultural anthropologist M. Herskovits, famous Africanist V.R. Arsenyev as well as modern philosophers V.V. Vanchugov, A.V. Malinov, and M.N. Epshtein worked with this notion and the correspondent issues. Lying at the confluence of ethnography and sociology, historical and cultural anthropology, philosophy, and cultural studies, ethnosophy represents a forming academic discipline. It is aimed at studying cultural diversity that forms on the level of regional consciousness and manifests in multiple versions of ethnocultural and regional identity.
We would like to have readers of this issue of the International Magazine of Cultural Research among thinkers that study these phenomena, many of which are marked as ethnic by cultural studies but not fitting the framework of ethnology and ethnography due to academic traditions.
Topics for discussion:
– ethnosophy as a basis for the cultural self-consciousness
– semantic fields of ethnoculture
– new archaicism (theory and practice)
– ethnocultural appropriations and transfers
– regional forms of the cultural memory preservation
– experience of reconstructing local ethnic traditions
– mythodesign in modern cultural processes
– new global and regional ethnic traditions.