The Ninth Scientific and Practical Conference


Art exploration of the Arctic: Polar Regions in culture, art and philosophy,

May 18 –20, 2021

The scientific and practical conference “Polar readings” has been held in Saint Petersburg since 2013. The Readings focus on various aspects of the history of the Arctic and, from 2020, the Antarctic: the history of research, the historical experience of organizing human activities in the Polar regions of the Earth, management issues, the development of specialized technologies, and the preservation of historical and cultural heritage. Conference participants not only explore the past, but also create ideas for the future.

The next Polar readings (2021) will be devoted to the issues of artistic and philosophical understanding of the Arctic and Antarctic, identifying and forming the meanings that characterize and shape our understanding of the Polar regions.

Specialists, researchers of the Arctic and Antarctic from research institutes, archives, museums, libraries, representatives of state and public organizations will participate in the conference.

The conference is hosted jointly by the Museum and Exhibition Center for Technical and Technological Development of the Arctic (Arctic Museum and Exhibition Center) and the State Scientific Center “Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute”.

The conference is supported by the Presidential Grants Fund.

Conference partners: St. Petersburg Arctic Affairs Committee; Branch of the Museum of the World Ocean in St. Petersburg – “Icebreaker Krassin”; Russian State Museum of the Arctic and Antarctic; Maritime Heritage Association; PJSC Sovcomflot; ZAO “SMM”.

The conference venue in 2021 will be the conference halls of the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (Saint Petersburg) and the halls of the A. A. Borisov Museum of Arctic Art Development (Arkhangelsk).

The conference will be held both in person and online. For the audience, the sessions will be broadcast on the “Polar Readings” channel on YouTube.

As part of the "Polar Readings – 2021", the Branch of the Museum of the World Ocean in St. Petersburg-"Icebreaker "Krasin" will host the exhibition "Nikolai Pluzhnikov: Hooker Island, Tikhaya Bay, 2012. Graphics" (May 21 – June 6, 2021)