Institutum Herderianum Rigense:

Herder Institute in Riga as a science network in the European Science Network (HeInRi)

The educational center and scientific institution “Herder Institute in Riga” (HI) was a university whose history (1921-1939) and contribution to the genesis of modern science have an important place in the context of Latvia, Europe and the world. HeInRi is a project focusing on HI in the European Science Network.

Since December 2020, the University of Latvia has been implementing the individual project application of the Latvian Science Council in the open competition program “Provision of funding for scientific excellence and performance of scientific institutions to strengthen research specialization, excellence and influence – to implement a unified academic and scientific career system reform and increase the role of science and innovation”. project “Institutum Herderianum Rigense: Herder Institute in Riga as a science network in the European Science Network” (LZP registration number lzp-2020 / 2-0083, LU registration No. LZP2020 / 9). The project focuses on the educational center and scientific institution – the Herder Institute in Riga (HI), whose history (1921-1939) and contribution to the genesis of modern science have not been properly studied so far in Latvia or in the world. Among the correspondents of HI, founded by the Riga Herder Society, were such scientists as M. Planks, J. J. von Ikskils, V. Nernsts, and others. The aim of the project is to study HI as a surprisingly well-organized science network in a triple sense.
The aim is to explore:

  • correspondence of HI employees with prominent European and world-wide scientists, as well as discussion of their research in HI internal correspondence and inviting themselves to Riga for research and education purposes;
  • to carry out research on HI cooperation with more than 50 scientific institutions in Europe and worldwide (and research on the network of these institutions and the structure of this network);
  • to study the networking of HI within the Baltics, as well as the relations between HI and other Baltic universities in the fields of science and education.

All these aspects of HI scientific networking, with their research perspective, have not been studied in depth in this turn. In order to arouse a wider and special interest in the scientific heritage of HI, as well as in the intellectual contribution of the Baltic Germans to culture and science, the project envisages digitization of the most important scientific correspondence samples by adding metadata. This will provide a new and innovative insight into the richness, specificity and meaning of HI materials in the genesis of modern science.

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Since December 2020, the University of Latvia has been implementing the individual project application of the Latvian Science Council in the open competition program “Provision of funding for scientific excellence and performance of scientific institutions to strengthen research specialization, excellence and influence – to implement a unified academic and scientific career system reform and increase the role of science and innovation”. project “Institutum Herderianum Rigense: Herder Institute in Riga as a science network in the European Science Network” (LZP registration number lzp-2020 / 2-0083, LU registration No. LZP2020 / 9). The project focuses on the educational center and scientific institution – the Herder Institute in Riga (HI), whose history (1921-1939) and contribution to the genesis of modern science have not been properly studied so far in Latvia or in the world. Among the correspondents of HI, founded by the Riga Herder Society, were such scientists as M. Planks, J. J. von Ikskils, V. Nernsts, and others. The aim of the project is to study HI as a surprisingly well-organized science network in a triple sense.
The aim is to explore:

  • correspondence of HI employees with prominent European and world-wide scientists, as well as discussion of their research in HI internal correspondence and inviting themselves to Riga for research and education purposes;
  • to carry out research on HI cooperation with more than 50 scientific institutions in Europe and worldwide (and research on the network of these institutions and the structure of this network);
  • to study the networking of HI within the Baltics, as well as the relations between HI and other Baltic universities in the fields of science and education.

All these aspects of HI scientific networking, with their research perspective, have not been studied in depth in this turn. In order to arouse a wider and special interest in the scientific heritage of HI, as well as in the intellectual contribution of the Baltic Germans to culture and science, the project envisages digitization of the most important scientific correspondence samples by adding metadata. This will provide a new and innovative insight into the richness, specificity and meaning of HI materials in the genesis of modern science.

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University of Latvia, Faculty of History and Philosophy, Department of Philosophy and Ethics, Master’s student. Graduated from Liepāja State 1st Gymnasium, Architecture Department of Liepāja Secondary School of Design and Art. Studied at the Latvian Academy of Arts, Department of Art History. She has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Latvia, Faculty of History and Philosophy, and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. Spent a semester at the University of Helsinki within the ERASMUS + exchange program (2017). Has been in practice at the Latvian State Archives (2018), in the editorial office of the Internet magazine “Satori” (2019). Research interests are related to the history of philosophy, 20th century. French philosophy, phenomenology.

  • 1980-1991. – Ērgļi primary school and high school
  • 1992-1997. – Bachelor of Philosophy at the University of Latvia, Faculty of History and Philosophy (LU VFF)
  • 1997-1999 – Master’s studies in philosophy at LU VFF
  • 1999/2000 – Philosophy and recent history studies at the University of Mainz (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz) within the framework of the ERASMUS program; study mentor: Head of Kant Research Center, Member of the Board of Kant Society, t. s. Förder- und Forschungsgemeinschaft Friedrich Nietzsche e.V. (later Nietzsche Society) co-founder prof. Dr. Hans-Martin Gerlach (1940-2011)
  • 1999-2003 – Doctor of Philosophy studies at LU VFF
  • 2001/2002 – Philosophy studies at the University of Münster (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, WWU) with a Rotary Club Münster-Rüschhaus scholarship, mentor Prof. Dr. Ruth-Elisabeth Mohrmann (1945-2015)
  • 2003-2004 – LU Faculty of History and Philosophy, Department of History of Philosophy, Assistant (Prof. Dr. Rihards Kūlis)
  • 2005 – LU VFF Department of Philosophy History lecturer
  • 2005 – Dr. phil. (Doctoral Thesis “Truth and Factuality. Martin Heidegger’s Early Philosophical Search 1909-1923.”)
  • From 2005 – Researcher at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology (FSI)
  • From 2005 – Member of the Philosophy Terminology Subcommittee of the LAS Terminology Commission
  • 2006 – LU VFF Department of Philosophy History, Assistant Professor
  • From 2006 – Member of the Martin-Heidegger-Gesellschaft (Messkirch)
  • 2007-2011 – LU VFF Bachelor of Philosophy academic study program director
  • 2007-2011 – Member of LU VFF Council
  • September 2008 – internship at the University of Regensburg (UR) with the leader of the long-standing international Haman colloquium (since 1975) in the latest German literature Prof. Dr. Bernhard Gajek (* 1929)
  • From October 2008 – Latvian Science Council (LZP) expert in the Philosophy of Humanities and Social Sciences sub-branch
    From May 2009 – FSI Leading Researcher
  • February 2010 – exchange of experience of study program directors at the University of Tübingen (cooperation partner Prof. Dr. Michael Heidelberger)
  • 2010/2011 – Acting Head of the Department of History of Philosophy, LU VFF
  • 2011 – repeated internship at RU with Prof. Dr. Bernhard Gajek at the University of Regensburg
  • From June 2010 – Member of the LU VFF Philosophy Promotion Council
  • From June 2010 – Scientific Secretary of the LU VFF Philosophy Promotion Council
  • From 2012 – LU VFF Philosophy study program council member
  • From October 2014 – freelance methodologist of the State Education Content Center of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia
  • From March 2015 – LU VFF Associate Professor of the History of Philosophy
  • 2015 – repeated internship at RU with Prof. Dr. Bernhard Gajek at the University of Regensburg
  • From 2017 – LU Deputy Vice-Rector for Humanities and Education in the Council of Humanities and Education
  • 2017 – Member of the Publications Policy Commission of the University of Latvia
  • From 2017 – repeatedly a member of the LU VFF Council
  • From 2017 – Member of the Scientific Council of the University of Latvia FSI
  • From 2017 – LU VFF Philosophy and Ethics Department (FĒN) head
  • November 2017 – Conducting lectures and seminars organized by the Training Unit of the European Parliament’s Directorate-General for Translation “Philosophers Europes: political development of Europe and related terminology from a philosophical perspective” (European Parliament, Luxembourg)
  • April 2018 – Visiting Professor at the University of Potsdam (PU): Block seminar “Heidegger in Riga and Seine Herder-Auslegung” / Blockseminar an Universität Potsdam, Professur Kulturen der Aufklärung / DAAD-Zentraleinrichtung Bonn finanziertes ERASMUS+ Projekt “Medienpraktiken der Aufklärung”
  • 2018. november – Visiting Proffesor Université Bordeaux Montaigne / Hamann und Aufklärung / Blockseminar Universität Bordeaux / DAAD-Zentraleinrichtung Bonn finanziertes ERASMUS+ Projekt “Medienpraktiken der Aufklärung”, Prof. Dr. Tristan Coignard
  • From 2018 – Member of the Doctoral Council of History of the University of Latvia
  • From January 1, 2019 – co-founder and president of Martin Heidegger Society in Latvia (MHBL)
  • November 2019 – Visiting Professor Universität Innsbruck (UI), Institute of Philosophy / Sinnlichkeit – Kreis – Verweigerung: Hamann – Herder – Heidegger (cooperation partner: Prof. Dr. Paola-Ludovika Coriando)
  • From 2019 – Member of the Klages-Gesellschaft Marbach e.V.
  • From 2019 – Deputy Chairman of the LZP Humanities and Arts Sciences Experts Commission
  • From 2019 – Member of the Board of the Central and East European Society for Phenomenology (CEESP)
  • From 2019 – Member of the FORTHEM University Network Committee
  • From 2019 – Chairman of the LU Philosophy Promotion Council
  • From 2020 – Member of the History Promotion Council of the University of Latvia
  • From 2020 – Member of the LZP Advisory Council
  • From 2020 – Member of the Scientific Council of the International Society of Heidegger (Martin-Heidegger-Gesellschaft Messkirch)
  • From 2020 – Corresponding member of the Latvian Academy of Sciences (LAS)
  • From 2020 – Member of the Humanities and Social Sciences Council of the University of Latvia
  • From 2020 – Member of the Ethics Commission of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Latvia

Works

  • Bičevskis, R. / Brombach, B. Kulturpolitik und Wissenstransfer am Herderinstitut zu Riga? Ein Beitrag zur intellektuellen Geschichte des Baltikums in den 1920er und 1930er Jahren. In: Forschungen zur Baltischen Geschichte Nr. 14 (2019), S. 136-156.
  • Bičevskis, R. Johann Georg Hamann zwischen der Bildung der Handelsrepublik und der Bildung des Nichtwissens. In: Baltisch-deutsche Kulturbeziehungen vom 16. bis 19. Jahrhundert. Medien – Institutionen – Akteure. Hrsg. von Raivis Bičevskis, Jost Eickmeyer, Andris Levans, Anu Schaper, Björn Spiekermann, Inga Walter. Band 2: Zwischen Aufklärung und nationalem Erwachen. Heidelberg: Winter-Verlag, 2019. S. 235-258.
  • Bičevskis, R., Eickmeyer, J., Levans, A., Schaper, A., Spiekermann, B., Walter, I., Einleitung. In: Baltisch-deutsche Kulturbeziehungen vom 16. bis 19. Jahrhundert. Medien – Institutionen – Akteure. Band 2: Zwischen Aufklärung und nationalem Erwachen. Heidelberg: Winter-Verlag, 2019. S. 1-19.
  • Bičevskis, R. “Wunder von ferne oder traum/Bracht ich an meines landes saum”. Heideggers Beziehungen zu Riga und seine Herder-Auslegung im Seminar des Sommersemesters 1939 “Zur Wesung des Wortes”. In: Language and Thinking in a Post-Metaphysical Age: Plato, Aristotle, Husserl, and the Unthought Question of Ethics and Politics. Hrsg. von Parvis Emad, Friedrich-Wilhelm von Herrmann, Paola-Ludovika Coriando, Frank Schalow, Pascal David, Ingeborg Schüßler (Heidegger Studies=Heidegger Studien=Etudes Heideggeriennes Vol. 34). Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, 2018. S. 17-41.
  • Bičevskis, R. Heidegger in Riga. Biographische Skizze und Anmerkungen zu Heideggers Herder-Rezeption. In: Triangulum: Germanistisches Jahrbuch 2016 für Estland, Lettland und Litauen. 22. Folge. Bonn, 2017. S. 29-44.
  • Bičevskis, R. Der Realismus Oswald Külpes im Kontext der erkenntnistheoretischen und ontologischen Versuche des jungen Martin Heidegger. In: Raivis Bičevskis. Discipline Filosofiche Vol. 27, N 2: Rivista fondata da Enzo Melandri. Periodicità semestrale (2017), S. 81-105.
  • Bičevskis, R. Unity and Difference: Johann Gottfried Herders Philosophy. In: Vienotība un atšķirība: Johana Gotfrīda Herdera filozofija. Rīga: Filozofijas un socioloģijas institūts, 2017. P. 449-453.
  • Bičevskis, R. Erica Sehl: A brief Biography from 1902-1934. In: Рустик: The Early Russian and Baltic Phenomenology Working Group 2016 (Aug 17). URL: rustik.ophen.org
  • Bičevskis, R. Seelenmanumission. Bemerkungen zur Hamann-Forschung in Riga. In: Hamanns Briefwechsel: Acta des Zehnten Internationalen Hamann-Kolloquiums an der Martin Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg 2010. (Hamann-Studien, Bd.1). Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2016. S. 347-358.
  • Bičevskis, R. Kant, Heidegger and Lebenswelt. In: Kants, Heidegers un dzīvespasaule Riga: FSI, 2015. P. 559-561.
  • Bičevskis, R. The Magus of the North. Johann Georg Hamann. In: Ziemeļu mags. Johans Georgs Hāmanis. Riga: FSI, 2014. P. 395-398.
  • Bičevskis, R. / Taimina, A. Johann Georg Hamanns kameralwissenschaftliche Studien und Johann Christoph Berens‘ Vision von Riga: ein utopisches Projekt aus der zweiten Hälfte des 18. Jahrhunderts. In: Forschungen zur baltischen Geschichte Bd. 8 (2013). Tartu: Akadeemiline Ajalooselts, 2013. S. 127-144.
  • Bičevskis, R. Rigaer Herbst Heideggers: zwischen Natur und Heimat, und der philosophischen Landschaft in Lettland. In: Heidegera Rīgas rudens. Martins Heidegers Rīgā. Riga: LU Filozofijas un socioloģijas institūts, 2011. S. 363-380.
  • Bičevskis, R. Kommentar zu Paul Jurevičs „Begegnung mit Martin Heidegger und seiner Philosophie. In: Heidegger und Nationalsozialismus I: Dokumente. Hrsg. von Alfred Denker, Holger Zaborowski. München: Verlag Karl Alber Freiburg, 2010. S. 264-267.
  • Bičevskis, R. 18th-19th century German philosophy in Latvia within the context of European philosophical and theological tradition: Hamann and Herder. In: Humanities and Social Sciences. Latvia. Nr. 2: The European connection: Baltic intellectuals and the history of Western philosophy and theology (2006). P. 4-26.
  • Bičevskis, R. Die “Phänomene von dem funesto veterno des Weltalters”: Johann Georg Hamanns Kritik von Kants “Kritik der reinen Vernunft” im Kontext der Lebensphilosophie und der Phänomenologie-Debatte. In: Phenomenology and Aesthetics: 3rd Conference on Traditions and Perspectives of the Phenomenological Movement in Central and Eastern Europe, 29 June -1 July, 2017. Riga, 2017. P. 4.
  • Bičevskis, R. Johann Georg Hamann zwischen der Bildung der Handelsrepublik und der Bildung des Nichtwissens. In: Baltic Educational Histories: Interdisciplinary conference, 19-22 September 2016, University of Tartu. Tartu, 2016. P.15-16.
  • Bičevskis, R. Johann Georg Hamanns sinnliche Sprache der Natur im Kontext der Muendlichkeit und Schriftlichkeit in der Kultur. In: Suuline ja kirjalik kultuuris: põimumised ja põrkumised. Eesti Kirjandusmuuseum. Eesti-uuringute Tippkeskus Tartu: EKM Teaduskirjastus, 2016. S.13.