The project is aimed at the development of an electronic database dedicated to studies of national and cultural features of large social communities in the context of contemporary trends of globalization and cultural interaction. The database will provide access to research texts and information about the subject matters and the features of national mentalities of people from various regions of the world and their manifestations in different spheres of social life (in economics, politics, culture, language, etc.).
The project will pay much attention to Russia, its ethnical and cultural diversity, problems of interaction between peoples and cultures in the context of the formation of a consolidated Russian nation. The participants of the project are expected to use both classical explorations dedicated to national features (including large amounts of information about the studies of Russian national character in the native philosophical thought of the second half of the 19th — the early 20th century) and contemporary Russian and foreign elaborations in this field.
The project is developing on the basis of the Department of Social Philosophy at the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences in cooperation with the Department of Regional Studies and Centre of Cross-Cultural Studies of the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Area Studies at Lomonosov Moscow State University.