St. Petersburg Society for the History of Ideas was founded in 2001. The conception of it is based on the possibility of intellectual communications in the virtual space, openness and respect to every opinion. Special attention is paid to the openness of information in the scholarly world.
That is why the society unites more than 450 members from various regions of Russia, CIS, and other countries.
More than ten years of activity of St. Petersburg Center for History of Ideas got many scholars from many cities of Russia and abroad together to take part in the conferences, summer schools and other projects. It is an informal community from universities, institutes of the Academy of Sciences, museums, scholarly libraries, archives who are historians, philosophers, philologists, specialists of cultural studies and art. They are visitors of the Center's website and many of them met at the Center's events and wanted to keep their professional relations.
That is why it generated the need to invent a way to be connected and supported by the professional society.
The necessity to invent a form for a permanent connection was especially essential for the participants of the summer schools for young scholars. It was important not only to support the theoretical communication, but also to learn how to realize independent research projects, how it was done by the Center. Alumni of the summer schools became the first group of members of the Society for the History of Ideas.
The principal way to join members of the Society is a regular electronic bulletin "Information for Scholars: Grants, Fellowships, Conferences, Reviews" which is issued monthly and is disseminated among the members of the Society. The information is being taken from various Russian and foreign sources and members of the Society and published mostly in Russian and English. Editors of the Bulletin are Tatiana Artemyeva, Maxim Diomin, the administrator of distribution is Tatiana Novikova.
The administrative group of the Society is sure that this virtual form of organization based on the system of "not strong" connections gives members a possibility to be related and to feel themselves free.
The members of the Society do not share the same opinion about history of ideas and its role in the humanities. Papers of quite opposite approaches may be published in the volumes of the "Philosophical Age" almanac. To support all positions and create a polyphonic choir where all voices are important is a principal point of the Center and the Society for the History of Ideas.
So the Society is not a learned society in a strong sense, but most probably a society of the learned.
Membership of the Society is free of charge and all members of the administration group of the Society do their work on a voluntary basis. To became a member of the Society you should write to President Tatiana Artemyeva and fill a form to authorize yourself and to inform about your research interest.