Actual Problems of Theory and History of Art

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, culture theorists, archaeologists, art conservators, museum practitioners, and other humanities scholars whose research areas include architecture, visual and decorative arts.

Applications for the conference are accepted in electronic form on our website through June 1, 2020.


How to apply

  1. Registering an account

If you are applying for the first time, register an account. Fill in the registration form, save your login and password, and then search your mailbox for the automatic message from the Organizing Committee of the conference. Follow the link in the message to activate your account.

If you can’t find the message, check the spam folder in your mailbox. We also recommend adding to your contact list, to avoid our newsletters going into spam in future.

If you haven’t received the message or experience any other difficulties with the registration or application, please contact the Organizing Committee of the conference via and describe the issue in detail (it is also worth attaching the screenshot of what you see).

Use your login and password to access your account on the conference website. Should you forget your login or password, use the link to restore them – you will receive the new data in an automatic message to your mailbox (please enter the same one that you had used during the registration).


  1. Editing your personal data

After you sign in to your account, go to 'Personal data' page and fill in all the fields in the form. Please double-check that there are no errors or typos in your data, as it will be used automatically during the application process.


  1. Filling in the application form

After you login to your account, go to 'Applications' page. To submit a new application, click ‘Submit an application’ button and fill in all the fields of the form, including the abstract 2.000 to 3.500 characters long (including spaces). Don’t forget to select from the list the section of the conference in which you wish to take part. You can leave your comments or any additional information in the corresponding field of the form.

If you have a co-author, he or she should also register an account and fill in his or her personal data. Your co-author doesn't need to submit a new application; instead, he or she should click the 'Submit an application as co-author' button and enter the 8-digit secret code. The secret code will appear in your application data after you submit it. Please inform your co-author of this secret code.

PhD and postgraduate students should also attach recommendations from their academic supervisors (as signed and scanned document).


  1. Recommendations for preparing the abstracts

The title and abstract of your presentation should be as informative as possible, to present clearly and concisely the contents of your research. In the selection process, moderators assess not only the accordance of your presentation topic with the theme of the conference, but also the meaningfulness of the abstract, topicality and quality of the presented material. Therefore, we strongly recommend paying special attention to preparing the abstract.

The abstract should summarize your future presentation in a brief and precise form. It should not only describe the subject of your research, but also reveal its goals and objectives, methods and outcomes, as well as demonstrate your input in the scientific issue in question.

The recommended (but not obligatory) mode of writing your abstract is to follow the structure of your future presentation. The text of the abstract should be between 2.000 and 3.500 characters including spaces.

Selection criteria for applications:

  • accordance of the presentation topic with the theme of the conference;
  • topicality and scientific novelty of the research;
  • meaningfulness and quality of the abstract;
  • possibility of grouping your presentation with other participants in the section.

Received applications will not be reviewed. The Organizing Committee of the conference reserves the right to decline any submitted application at its discretion.


  1. Selection process and outcomes

After you press ‘Submit’ button, your application will be sent for consideration to moderators of the conference, and you will see the screen message stating that your application is received.

The information about applications accepted for the conference is available in your account on our website. Please don’t forget to check the status of your application.

The preliminary program of the conference with the schedule of sections (but without schedule of individual presentations) will be published on our website on September 1, 2020.

The full program of the conference will be published on our website on September 20, 2020.

Registration for conference visitors will be open on our website in October 2020..

The abstracts of accepted presentations will be published in electronic form on our website. Conference papers will be published in two volumes in 2019–2020. ‘Actual Problems of Theory and History of Art’ is a peer-reviewed publication indexed in SCOPUS international database and RINTS Russian database.

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  1. Poster presentations

Poster is a concise presentation of your research. The text of poster presentation usually contains the same sections as the oral presentation or scientific publication: introduction, research goals and objectives, subject and methods of your research, outcomes and their consideration, and a brief bibliography. The text can be accompanied by illustrations; the design of the poster is left to the discretion of the author.

Poster presentations are included in the conference program, and  poster presentations are published in the electronic form. Researchers with poster presentations are conference participants in full right, and their papers can be included in ‘Actual Problems of Theory and History of Art’ peer-reviewed publication.

Should your application be accepted for the conference as poster presentation, you will need to send the text and illustrations for your poster to the Organizing Committee of the conference through August 20, 2020 (via, note ‘poster’ in the email heading). In their reply, the editors will send you their comments and recommendations.


  1. Recommendations for preparing the posters

The layout of the poster can be made in any graphic editor (such as Microsoft Office Publisher, Adobe Illustrator, and more).

A1 format (594×841 mm), vertical page orientation.

Illustrations should be processed for printing, with a resolution of 300 dpi or more.

Please scale the size of font and illustrations so that your poster can be easily read from the distance of 1 m or more.

The upper part of the page should contain the following information:

  • title, city and year of the conference;
  • title of your presentation;
  • name(s) and surname(s) of the author(s) and brief information about them (academic title, position, organization);
  • contact information, including email address;
  • for PhD and postgraduate students – name, surname, academic title, position and organization of their academic supervisor;

The ready-made layout of the poster in PDF format and resolution sufficient for printing in A1 format should be sent to the Organizing Committee of the conference through September 15, 2020 (via, note ‘poster’ in the email heading). Posters are printed by conference organizers and displayed in the conference venues. The format of discussing poster presentation is left to the discretion of section moderators.