Actual Problems of Theory and History of Art

Lomonosov Moscow State University, Saint Petersburg State University, and the State Hermitage Museum invite you to take part in the 10th International Academic Conference Actual Problems of Theory and History of Art

Moscow, October 4 – 6, 2022.

Applications will be accepted starting April 1st through June 1st, 2022.

The conference will be held in online format

Languages used: Russian, English

The conference "Actual Problems of Theory and History of Art" is an international academic forum held every two years in Moscow and St. Petersburg alternately by Lomonosov Moscow State University and St. Petersburg State University. The State Hermitage Museum is a permanent partner of the conference.

The conference discusses a wide range of issues of theory and history of fine arts and architecture, preservation and interpretation of Russian and world cultural heritage, interaction between the academic art history and the museum practice. The forum is interdisciplinary in nature, as the chronological range of the discussed topics covers all periods - from the prehistoric era to the present. We welcome art historians, cultural study specialists, archaeologists, conservators, museum curators, and other scholars, whose work is directly related to the study of architecture, fine and applied arts.

Applications are accepted in the following major areas:

  • Ancient art
  • Byzantine art, medieval Balkans and the Christian East
  • European art of the Middle Ages
  • Old Russian art
  • Renaissance art
  • European art of the modern time
  • Russian art of the 18th – 19th centuries
  • Art of the 20th century and contemporary art
  • Theory of art
  • Interdisciplinary methods in cultural heritage studies

Applications for participation in the conference will be accepted starting April 1st until June 1st, 2022, only through the official website of the conference at To submit an application, you have to open a personal account on our website, fill out an electronic application form, and submit the abstract of your paper (up to 2,000 to 3,500 characters including spaces). The abstracts are to be submitted only in the language in which your paper is intended.

The abstracts will be used in the selection process, publication is not provided.

Preferences will be given to those applicants whose works present most convincingly the results of recent research, make a significant contribution to the issues discussed, and allow the formation of interesting semantic blocks within the planned sections.

Information about the acceptance or rejection of applications will be available to the participants through their personal accounts on our website after June 30, 2022. Notification by e-mail will not be provided. The reasons for rejecting applications are not commented on.

We are planning to publish a selection of articles in 2023 and 2024 in the two-volume issue of "Actual Problems of Theory and History of Art" (indexed by the international database SCOPUS and the Russian RSCI database).

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Actual Problems of Theory and History of Art conference is an international academic forum held biannually by Lomonosov Moscow State University and Saint Petersburg State University, supported by major Russian museums. The conference takes place alternately in Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

The Conference IX is held October 26–31, 2020 in Saint Petersburg, with the State Hermitage Museum as partner museum.

The conference is dedicated to a wide range of issues related to history and theory of visual arts and architecture, conservation and interpretation of Russian and international cultural heritage, and interaction between academic science and museum experience. The chronological scope of this interdisciplinary forum spans from prehistoric era to contemporary stage. The conference welcomes art historians, archaeologists, museum practitioners, art conservators, philologists, culture theorists, and other humanities scholars whose research areas include architecture, visual and decorative arts.

The conference of 2020 focuses on the contemporary perception of historiography and art studies.

The thematic bloc of the International conference “Art and Culture of the Middle Ages: Heritage and Perspectives of Comprehension” was funded by RFBR, project number 20-012-22040.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference was held on schedule in both live and online formats. Foreign participants were kindly invited to present their reports in online format.The connection to the online broadcast was provided by the St. Petersburg State University.

 The schedule is based on Moscow time.

Dear colleagues, we ask you to pay attention to the fact that in many countries on October 25, the transition to winter time is carried out. Please note the difference in time zones!