Maria Chehonadskih on Bogdanov's Theory of Organization
"Maria Chehonadskih, the Max Hayward Visiting Fellow at St. Anthony’s College, Oxford University ... will present on “The Convergence of People, Things and Ideas: Alexander Bogdanov and the Problem of Organisation in Early Soviet Theory and Art”
In early 1920s Alexander Bogdanov proposes to understand society as a triple unity of people (economy), things (technics) and ideas (ideology). The mutual articulation of economic, technical and ideological forms constitutes a chain connection where people, things and ideas form interdependency. This formula expresses in simple and accessible terms Bogdanov’s concept of the convergence of forms, a core principle in his theory of organisation. By examining the concept of convergence, I will focus on the problem of interdependency in Soviet theory to demonstrate how Bogdanov establishes a new environmental understanding of social totality.