Cfp; Scandinavian-Russian Enlightenment symposium in St.Petersburg 29-30 August

Call for papers: Scandinavian-Russian Enlightenment symposium in St.Petersburg

The Aleksanteri Institute of the University of Helsinki will arrange in August, together with St. Petersburg Center of the History of Ideas, a symposium on the Enlightenment thought in Northern Europe and Russia. The event is a continuation of previous "Northern Light" symposia.

This time the theme will be "History and Enlightenment", and the symposium will be held in the Finland House in St. Petersburg  in August 29. and 30. The location is in the very centre of classical St.Petersburg, near the Nevsky Prospekt. The address is 8, ul. Bolshaya Konyushennaya. For details, see the web page:

The previous Enlightenment symposia were held in Helsinki in 2009 and 2012. The papers of the first symposium have been published, and an electronic version can be downloaded from the address The papers of the 2012 symposium will be published soon.

The Enlightenment symposia are held annually in context of the Aleksanteri Institute's CoE project "Problems of Russian Modernization", and aim at analysing the initial states of the modernization processes in the 1700's both in Northern Europe and Russia. For more information about the CoE project in general, see the web page (the Enlightenment symposia are part of Cluster 5).

There is yet room for some papers. In case you are interested to deliver a presentation, please contact the organiser Vesa Oittinen (vesa.oittinen at The language of the symposium is English, but papers in German and French are possible, too. The presentations will be published in the same series as the previous symposium materials.

Dead-line for submisssions is May, 30.