The results of the project "Cognitive mechanisms and discursive strategies for overcoming socio-cultural threats in historical dynamics: multidisciplinary research" in 2017
During the first months of the project, which will last till 2020, the following results have been achieved:
- The basis of the interdisciplinary conceptual thesaurus (terminological dictionary) of the research has been developed;
- the research team has developed a methodology and started forming a specialized thematic corpus of Russian historical, literary and news texts containing various socio-cultural threats and risks. At the moment the corpus includes about 5 million word usages. The creation of a multimodal corpus appendix containing videos showing aggression, threats and dominant behavior has been started. The corpus will serve as a unique source base for all subsequent studies related to the problem of overcoming public threats;
- the event frame of "threat" has been elaborated; the category of "threat" has been structured as the basis of the corresponding conceptual domain; the concepts that serve the cognitive basis of the discursive manifestation of threats have been identified and classified; a methodology for revealing and identification of the conceptual metaphors of socio-cultural threats has been proposed and tested;
- the team of historians has developed the concept of four semantic fields representing various phases of socio-cultural threats: the phase of anticipation of the approaching threat, the phase of experiencing the threat (behavior strategies in the crisis situations), the phase of post-threat (the reflection of what has happened), the phase of the relevance of the lessons learned;
- a set of successful experiments has been carried out to elaborate a methodology of neurolinguistic mapping of Russian-speakers brain on the basis of selected concepts of socio-cultural threats;
- the International School for Young Scholars "Overcoming socio-cultural threats in historical dynamics: case studies in anti-Semitism, the Holocaust and genocides" was held at Russian State University for the Humanities;
- 12 articles in Web of Science and SCOPUS journals have been published.
The research is unprecedented in the world science: it is simultaneously focused on the study of the neuropsychological substratum, social, cultural and linguistic construction of threats, as well as on the analysis of the historical experience of overcoming threats. Such kind of multidisciplinary work facilitates the search for critical tools and analytical mechanisms for normalizing modern communicative space in crisis situations.