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Publications of Bozhok Nikolay Sergeevich
Genesis: Historical research, 2020-12
Bozhok N.S. - Images of the past in the festivals of cultural-historical reconstruction pp. 44-61


Abstract: The object of this research is images of the past, actualized in the festival practices of cultural-historical reconstruction. The subject of this research is the mechanisms of formation and strategies of representation of images of the past in the festivals of cultural-historical reconstruction. It is noted that the author views festival as the representative of the more general phenomenon –  cultural-historical reconstruction, an integral interpretation of which allows embracing the variety of nonacademic practices aimed at studying and most accurate reconstruction of the material and spiritual culture of the past, preservation, actualization, representation and conveyance of cultural-historical values. In the context of commemorative practices of reconstruction, arrangement and representation of images of the past is conducted “intentionally, collectively and adapted for stage”. Relevance of the selected topic is defined by the fact that the reenactment movement becomes an increasingly meaningful actor in commemorative space of modern Russia, which significantly affects the formation of consensual images of the past. From theoretical and methodological perspective, the conducted analysis is based on the conceptual approaches presented in the Russian historical-culturological research on imagery. Internet resources, such as websites and forums of reenactors, social networks, and online media, served as the empirical foundation for this research. In the course of preparation and execution of cultural-historical reconstructions, the author employed quantitative and qualitative methods, including of thorough overt observation. As a result of the conducted analysis, the author determines specificity of the mechanisms for creating authentic images of the past and strategies for revealing collective representations on the past in the festivals of cultural-historical reconstruction, which have a positive impact upon ordinary consciousness.
Man and Culture, 2020-5
Yarskaya-Smirnova V.N., Bozhok N.S., Zaitsev D.V. - Inversion of temporality in commemoration of cultural-historical reconstruction pp. 11-24


Abstract: The object of this research is the commemorative practices of cultural-historical reconstruction. The subject of this research is the inversion of temporality in festival practices of cultural-historical reconstruction. The goal lies in determination of specificity of temporal representations of historical reenactors through the prism of the concept of inversion of social time. For achieving the set goal, the author carries out a secondary analysis of interviews with the planners and participants of the historical reconstruction festival “Times and Epochs”. The materials of Russian media comprised the empirical basis for this work. Most informative source was portal “The City”, which published interviews with the representatives of historical reconstruction movement from various Russian cities, socio-demographic and professional groups. The novelty of is defined by introduction of the new theoretical and empirical material into the scientific discourse. The memorial culture and cultural-historical reconstruction are viewed as significant and effective factors of collective commemoration from the perspective of temporal approach for the first time. The conducted analysis allowed determining multivariation of the motives and intentions underlying the commemorative practices of cultural-historical reconstruction. The festival “Times and Epochs” is viewed as an example of commemorative practice, where the subject of commemorative activity is the collective past, actualized within metropolitan sociocultural space in terms of the project-network approach. The author reveals the problems of development of the festival as a memorial project, as well as prospects of its integration into the urban environment.
Urban Studies, 2020-3
Bozhok N.S. - Inclusive culture of urban communities: on the example of historical reenactors pp. 61-74


Abstract: The relevance of this research is substantiated by the need for examination and generalization of positive experience of the implementation of inclusive practices initiated by nongovernmental entities – formal and informal associations of reenactors. The subject of this research is the inclusive culture of urban communities of historical reenactors. The key goal lies in determination of specificity of inclusive culture based on he analysis of normative-value system of the reenactors movement and relevant sociocultural practices implemented in public space of Russian cities. The theoretical-methodological framework is comprised of the conceptual provisions of inclusive model of urban culture elaborated by the participants of cross=disciplinary project of the Russian Foundation for Basic Research “Inclusive Culture of Social Time: current urban context (Lower Volga Region)”. The novelty of this consists in introduction of new empirical material into the scientific discourse, which allows revealing the inclusive readiness and specificity of inclusive culture of reenactors, which are a part of the All-Russian Social Movement “Clubs of Historical Reconstruction”. The author concludes on affiliation of the associations of reenactors to the inclusive community, which shares the fundamental inclusive values – acceptance and support of the diversity and engagement. An important aspect of inclusive culture of reenactors is participation in practical activity, aimed at creation of a barrier-free urban environment and interactive communication space for the purpose of representation of the world and national cultural and historical experience.
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