“Likhachev Prize” dedicated to cultural heritage

  Likhachev’s name is not unfamiliar to Russian academic circles, but there is still very little research on him, and the foundations and awards named after him have received less attention. The little-known Russian “Likhachev Award” has attracted the attention of Chinese scholars today, mainly because in 2012, a total of 5 people around the world won this award, including a Chinese. He is a well-known scholar in our country and researcher Liu Wenfei, director of the Institute of Foreign Literature of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the first Chinese to receive this honor.
  Dmitry Likhachev (1906-1999) was a Russian intellectual who lived through the Soviet era, a prominent cultural scientist, thinker, social activist, and a cultural master. He adhered to his noble character and sense of responsibility under totalitarian conditions, was loyal to Russia, and made great contributions to the development of Russian national culture and humanities. He became a moral model for Russians, a symbol of Russian culture in the 20th century.
  Likhachev began to think about the establishment of a charity foundation for the humanities in his later years, and this wish was realized after his death. The International Charitable Foundation named after Likhachev (referred to as “Likhachev Foundation”) was established in 2001. This is an unofficial, non-profit charitable organization. The purpose of the foundation is to develop Russian culture, education and humanities and to spread democratic and humanistic values ​​in society. All development programs and themes of the foundation are related to Likhachev and cultural heritage. The main activities of the foundation are the publication of Likhachev’s works, the compilation of books and films about Likhachev, the organization of exhibitions in memory of the cultural masters, the organization of seminars and academic conferences on the heritage of the masters, and the funding of the protection, dissemination and promotion of cultural heritage. develop.
  The foundation’s management board is composed of people who value Likhachev’s academic and social heritage highly. They were able to share Henry Khachev’s thought and devoted themselves to developing the cultural cause initiated by Likhachev. Well-known writers and honorary citizens of St. Petersburg Granin, Daniel, Alexander Rovich are the chairman of the foundation’s management committee. Likhachev’s daughters Lyudmila, Dmitrievna, and Likhacheva actively participated in the formation of the foundation.
  The main donors of the foundation are the St. Petersburg Government, the Mass Media and Publishing Committee, the Culture Committee, the State Historical and Cultural Conservation and Utilization Supervision Committee, the Education Committee, the Federal Office for Film and Culture, the Leningrad District Government, the Yeltsin Fund Committee, Russia Humanities Science Foundation Committee, etc.
  Since its establishment, the foundation has devoted itself to the themes of cultural heritage development:
  cultural heritage and modernity. Promote the pioneering spirit of the protection and utilization of cultural heritage, encourage the study of Russian cultural heritage, and provide ideological and moral standards for the development of modern Russia. To fund and reward outstanding activists in Russia and abroad who have made outstanding contributions to the preservation and dissemination of Russian culture.
  Conservation of historical and cultural monuments. Disseminate and carry forward Likhachev’s cultural thoughts, actively participate in the work of the social science appraisal committee of cultural monuments, and provide office space for it.
  Local chronicles and social groups. To promote the development of local chronicles and social groups engaged in cultural dissemination. Likhachev believes that the purpose of popularizing local chronology is to cultivate a love for the hometown and the motherland. And cultivating people’s love for their hometown is first and foremost through knowledge, because “the more you know about the homeland and the motherland, the more you love it”. Local chronicles have a huge potential for cultivating civic consciousness. Local chronicles should not only cultivate love for the hometown, but also a sense of responsibility for the destiny of the hometown, promote the active participation of citizens in social groups in the region, and voluntarily develop the protection and restoration of history, natural monuments, beautify the countryside, establish ecological reserves, restore Folk handicrafts, research family history. This is an important purpose of modern local chronicles. To this end, the foundation strives to develop programs related to localology.
  Russian diaspora culture. Promote the development of diaspora culture and its links with the country. The Russian diaspora of the 20th century was unique in both numbers and cultural significance. Throughout the Soviet era, a strict policy of censorship of Russian diaspora publications abroad was enforced. And it was Likhachev who promoted and spread the Russian diaspora culture widely. The foundation encourages the study of Russian diaspora culture and supports the dissemination and publication of research results.
  Russian philanthropy. Disseminate scientific knowledge of philanthropy in Russia and encourage civil society groups to work on philanthropy. Since 2001 the foundation has held a series of congresses, seminars and roundtables of philanthropy researchers and philanthropists. Annually 2001-2006 published the collection of academic papers “Philanthropy in Russia: Historical and Social and Economic Studies”. In 2006 a successful traveling exhibition: “Philanthropy in Russia: History and Modernity”. In 2007, the online library “Philanthropy Research and Non-Profit Zone” was established. Since 2008, he has compiled and published the St. Petersburg Encyclopedia of Philanthropy.
  St. Petersburg phenomenon. Funds research on the history and culture of St. Petersburg. Created a large-scale historical and cultural network “St. Petersburg Encyclopedia” on the Internet.
  ”The Way of Peter the Great”. Promote the cultural integration of Russian cities associated with Peter I. During the period of Peter I, he participated in or directed the construction of more than 50 cities, such as St. Petersburg, Omsk, Yekaterinburg, Perm, Taganrok, etc. Peter I’s footprints have been left in many ancient cities, such as Arkhangelsk, Astrakhan, Voronezh, Old Lusa and so on. Peter I visited more than 120 settlements and left memorials there. In addition, Peter I has been to many places in Europe and preserved his monuments and museums in many European cities. The foundation encourages research on the project, funding the conservation and restoration of monuments associated with it. Since 2001 the foundation has published a series of books “The City of Peter the Great”.
  Since 2001, with the support of the Foundation funds, more than 40 works related to the Foundation’s programs have been published, including Likhachev’s books and research monographs, historical and local chronicles, monographs on Russian philanthropy, and conference proceedings. Among them, the more important publications are: “St. Petersburg Encyclopedia”, three-volume collection “Likhachev Selected Works” and so on. In addition, the Foundation regularly publishes an annual magazine “Culture and Society”.
  In 2006, the Russian government designated the year as “Culture, Education, Humanities: Year of Academician Likhachev” to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Likhachev’s birth. That year, the Likhachev Foundation held more than 200 events across the country to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Likhachev’s birth. At the same time, the Likhachev Foundation and the St. Petersburg government jointly established the St. Petersburg Prize named after Academician Likhachev, referred to as the “Likhachev Prize”, to recognize outstanding people who have contributed to the protection of Russian cultural heritage. The Likhachev Prize consists of a medal, a certificate of award and a bonus. The Likhachev Prize is awarded to: those who preserve Russian historical and cultural monuments; those who build museums, libraries and archives; those who carry out local chronicle activities in Russia; those who promote Russian historical and cultural heritage inside and outside Russia.
  Since 2006, 34 Russian and foreign scholars have won the award, including two French scholars, one Italian scholar, one American scholar and one Chinese scholar. In 2012, more than 50 scholars and experts from different regions of the world applied for the Likhachev Prize. In the end, 5 people won the prize. They are famous Russian geographers, experts in the protection of natural heritage, doctor of geography, professors Yuri, Alexanderrovich, Vedenin; famous Russian writers, cultural historians, researcher of MN Tsvetaeva Lev Obromovich Mnusian, who is also one of the founders and curators of the Moscow Tsvetaeva Museum; Sergei Konstantino, a well-known Russian local historian and researcher of Moscow history Vicki Romaniuk; local chronologist, village historical and cultural popularization worker, librarian Nina Vasilyevna Shabarshna from Wangzevat Village, Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Region, Russia; China Liu Wenfei, a famous translator of Russian literature, professor and researcher of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
  Today, the name of Academician Likhachev has been given the meaning of protecting the national cultural heritage. He once said: “Whoever does not love the historical and cultural heritage of his country does not love his hometown.” set and so on”. The work of protecting historical heritage can be professional, such as artists, restorers, collectors, etc., or social activities, such as Russian local historians and various social activity groups. Under today’s general emphasis on cultural soft power, development and protection of national culture, the legacy of the “Likhachev-style” is worthy of our study and research.

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