On the Trail of the Great Northern Expedition

Society and Culture 1 November 2017
The 9th All-Russian Conference Steller Readings, held at UTMN, was devoted to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. 

As per tradition, international researchers gathered to discuss the history of the Great Northern Expedition of 1733-1743 and the contribution of foreign scholars, particularly Germans, to the exploration of Siberia. The peculiarities of Siberian nature and culture were also discussed. 

As part of the readings, a teleconference with Professor Natasha Lind (University of Copenhagen) and Natalia Tatarenkova, head of the Commander Islands Nature and Biosphere Reserve’s department of historical and cultural heritage protection, was organized. The university, located in Denmark – homeland of Vitus Bering, one of the Great Northern Expedition’s organisers, has been publishing the Expedition’s materials for many years. Participants of the conference discussed the prospects of researchers from different countries cooperating to study materials of the Great Northern Expedition and biographies of its participants, especially Georg Steller.    

The Yekaterinburg writer, Alexandr Kerdan, was a headliner at the event, presenting a historical novel about Vitus Bering.  

The next Steller Readings will be held in autumn 2019. 

Earlier this autumn, the 23rd Research Conference Deutsch-Russische Begegnungen, devoted to Russian and Siberian Lutherans, took place in Halle (German state Saxony-Anhalt) as part of the Reformation anniversary. UTMN researchers Dr Alexandr Yarkov (PhD in History) and Dmitry Gogolev (Candidate of Historical Sciences) took part in the conference, where they presented a report on the history of Protestantism in Siberia. Alexandr Yarkov was awarded the bronze medal for the development of Russian-German academic cooperation. 

500 years ago, on 31 October 1517, Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five Theses to the door of All Saints' Church in Wittenberg, an act which is considered to have started the Reformation in Europe. In many German states people celebrate this day, and Wittenberg becomes a place for pilgrimage. 

Source: UTMN Department of Strategic Communications

Link to Russian version: https://www.utmn.ru/presse/novosti/obshchestvo-i-kultura/456568/


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