A new scientific-educational project "The Heritage and Modernity in the Dialogue of Cultures: from the Volga to the Zeravshan" (Samara-Samarkand 2016), including the publication of the eponymous volume, has been launched by the Samara State Institute of Culture with the participation of several partner organizations of Russia and Uzbekistan. This book is dedicated to the tenth anniversary of the Agreement "On trade and economic cooperation between the Administration of the City of Samara (Russian Federation) and the Municipality of the City of Samarkand (Republic of Uzbekistan)".

This project is a continuation of the earlier publication "A Concise Encyclopedia of Foreign Samarkandiana: Culture Linking the World": http://www.kultura.uz/view_7_r_3206.html.

Samarkand as one of the oldest cities in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has become an integral part of the Eurasian integration, multicultural creativity and social reconciliation. Publication of the book (2014) has found broad response in the cultural communities of Uzbekistan and Russia, and has motivated its authors to continue the conversation about the dialogue of cultures and a link of times in the context of the pressing issues of the present day.

The thematic sections of this publication include texts featuring the influence of cultural traditions of Samarkand and Samara on the lives of people of different countries, nations and generations.

The purpose of the forum is presentation of scientific research (works), current socio-cultural practices and educational projects related to the study of the place and the role of heritage in a changing world in the context of understanding the historical experience of interaction between cultures, modern challenges and new strategies of Eurasian integration.

The main mission of the forum is to contribute to the rapprochement and reconciliation of cultures through dialogue of traditions and innovations, synthesis of continuity and novelties, new scenarios of communication between objects of cultural heritage and contemporary social practices.

The special task of the forum is to broaden and deepen the interdisciplinary and interregional discussion about the creative possibilities of culture in the formation of sustainable trade and economic relations, social partnership and educational collaboration between the cities of Samara and Samarkand.

Main areas:

  1. Russia and Uzbekistan: new possibilities for economic cooperation and cross-cultural integration
  2. Samara and Samarkand in the space of cross-cultural communication: historical experience and new prospects for interaction
  3. The Middle Volga Region in the system of world heritage: the link of times and the dialogue of cultures
  4. The Central Asian world in the dialogue of cultures of the East and West
  5. The trade routes from the Volga to the Zeravshan River: history and the present
  6. Socio-cultural environment of a creative city: scenarios and models of a "smart city"
  7. The creative economy and social innovations in the changing world
  8. The test of heritage: can the past be our future?
  9. Heritage and terrorism: the monuments of culture in the clashing world
  10. Festivals and holidays in the space of modern urban culture
  11. Heritage and tourism: experience, new technologies and social practices
  12. The entrepreneurial culture in the traditions and creative practices of the region
  13. The contemporary museum: creative projects and exhibition practices
  14. Humanistic foundations of a cultural heritage: diversity and identity


Thematic issues:

  1. The Volga and the Zeravshan: the rivers uniting cultures and nations
  2. The heritage of the Volga-Ural Region in the Eurasian integration
  3. The Great Silk Road in the regional heritage of Samara and Samarkand
  4. The historical and cultural heritage of Samarkand: the past, present, future
  5. Samara and Samarkand in the system of cross-cultural communication: historical experience and new prospects for interaction
  6. Museum as a repeater of cultural heritage
  7. Heritage in the communicative space of urban culture
  8. The world natural and cultural heritage: current challenges and management strategies
  9. The world heritage and new technologies: commemoration in contemporary cultural practices
  10. The interaction of traditions and innovations in the architectural landscapes of a modern city
  11. Mythmaking and symbolic practices of urban culture
  12. Images of everyday life in the projections of urban cultures of Samara and Samarkand
  13. Art and decorative-applied creativity in the space of cultural heritage
  14. The city's monuments as a cultural heritage
  15. Folk art and traditional crafts in the space of cross-cultural communication
  16. Public archaeology as a contemporary cultural practice
  17. International resources of modern transcultural integration
  18. Intangible heritage in the dialogue of cultures
  19. Interregional communication in the dialogue of cultures: institutional partnership and citizen diplomacy
  20. Archaeological monuments (sites) as a cultural heritage
  21. Diversity and identity in the dialogue of cultures
  22. Cross-cultural interactions in a globalizing world: synthesis of the traditional and the innovative
  23. Dialogue of cultures in the global community: challenges and opportunities for integration
  24. People and things in the communicative space of the society (socium)
  25. Landscape design and interior in the architectonics of urban culture
  26. Displaying things: the actual museum and exhibition presentations
  27. Things that move: postcards, souvenirs, photos in the tourism industry
  28. World heritage and new tourist routes
  29. Antique things in the memorative culture
  30. The image of the city in the space of cross-cultural communication
  31. Visual forms of relaying of cultural heritage
  32. The battle for legacy: the resistance of cultures and the possibilities for reconciliation
  33. Local lore museum in the system of cross-cultural communication and educational practice
  34. World heritage in the formation of ecological culture
  35. Personalized heritage: the role of personality in the transformation and rapprochement of cultures
  36. Literary heritage in the integration of cultures
  37. Archaeology as a tool for peacemaking: the artifacts that reconcile us
  38. Music in the cultural heritage and creative practice
  39. The world of folklore in the creative industry of the modern city
  40. Artistic heritage in the dialogue and integration of cultures

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