Four speakers – a translator, a philosopher, a physicist and a geographer – discuss the nature of borders; what they are, their essential properties, how to understand them, and why boundaries are necessary.


Viktor Pervushin is a doctor of physical science, professor, and advisor to the director of the Bogoliubov Laboratory of Theoretical Physics at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna. His research interests include elementary particle physics, cosmology, and gravity. His book “Principles of the Quantum Universe”, about the boundaries of the Universe, will be released this summer.

Dmitry Zamyatin, PhD, is a geographer, expert in cultural studies, and the founder and director of the Centre for Humanitarian Studies of Space at the Likhachev Institute for Cultural and Natural Heritage Studies. He research interests include borders, geohumanities, and geo-cultural studies.

Yekaterina Surova, PhD, is a specialist in cultural studies, lecturer, and director of the Centre for the Study of Culture at St Petersburg State University’s philosophy faculty. She is a member of the editorial committee of the journal “Cultural Geography & Geohumanities”. Since 2001 Ekaterina has been running a permanent seminar on “Frontiers in Culture” at St. Petersburg State University, which has formed the basis for an original school of science.

Viktor Golyshev is a translator. His work includes the definitive Russian translations of J.D. Salinger, F Scott Fitzgerald, Truman Capote, William Faulkner, George Orwell and other giants of American and British literature. Viktor is President of the Guild of Literary Translators and sits on the editorial board of the journal “Foreign Literature.” He was awarded the Master prize for literary translation in 2012.