From the 1st to the 12th of May, 2019 an Archaeological School took place in the city of Agrigento on the Sicily, Italy. It was organized by the Centre of Classical and Oriental Archaeology, IOCS HSE (Prof. Dr.hab. Askold Ivantchik, Prof. Dr. Valentina Mordvintseva, Yuri Svoyski, Engineer). The School was conducted in the frame of an international archaeological expedition (University of Bordeaux-Montaigne, France and HSE, Russia, with the participation of the University of Wisconsin in Madison, USA).
In her paper, presented on April 24, 2019 at the seminar Oriental Cultures (Moderator: Dr. Natalia Chalisova, IOCS HSE), Dr. Natalia Korneeva analysed the structure of the morning ritual of worship at the Ganges river at Assi Ghat in Varanasi. The focus of the paper was on the female students from Pāṇini Kanyā Mahāvidyālaya who recite Vedic mantras as part of their education on performing rituals.
On April 15, 2019, Research Centre for Contemporary Culture organizes a special event "Manga as Literature, Manga as Reading" with the participation of Jaqueline Berndt (Professor of Japanese Language and Culture, Stockholm University), Yulia Magera (Senior Lecturer, Institute for Oriental and Classical Studies HSE), Natalia Samutina (Leading Researcher, Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities HSE) and Yulia Tarasuk (Leading Librarian, Curator of Comics Library at the Izmailovskaya City Library, Saint Petersburg).
On the 13th of March, Valentina Mordvintseva, the associate professor at IOCS HSE, lecturer in the Master’s program “Classical and Oriental Archeology” gave a lecture on “Historical Sarmatians and the Sarmatian archaeological culture” at the Institute of History of the University of Rzeszow, Poland.
From the 12th of January until the 17th of February Liubov Eliseeva, a staff member at the Centre of Classical and Oriental Archaeology, was working with the database of epigraphic documents at King’s Digital Lab and Department of Classics (King’s College London) with the participation of Institute of Classical Studies.
“The ups and downs of elites. Symbols of power in archaeological contexts”: a lecture of Valentina Mordvintseva
On November the 22nd, Associate Professor (IOCS HSE) and lecturer in the Master’s program in Classical and Oriental Archeology delivered a lecture on elite burials in antiquity.
On November the 21st, a presentation of a new collective monograph “Crimean Scythia in a system of cultural relations between East and West (3rd century BC – 7th century AD)” prepared under the editorship of Askold Ivantchik and Valentina Mordvintseva (Master’s Programme ‘Classical and Oriental Archaeology’ at IOCS HSE) took place at the Department of Comparative Studies of Ancient Civilizations of the Institute of World History of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
From the 1st of August to the 15th of September, 2018, in Dzhankent (Kazalinsk district, Kyzylorda region, Republic of Kazakhstan) there was hosted an international archaeological expedition under direction of Irina Arzhantseva. Excavations were carried out in frames of the project “Nomad state formation and urbanization on the northern Silk Road: The early medieval town of Dzhankent (Aral Sea region, Kazakhstan)” funded by the German research society (DFG).
In the second week of September, at the end of this year’s excavation season at Dzhankent, an international group of experts gathered in western Kazakhstan for an intensive workshop discussing archaeological work at Dzankent and its results so far.
From the 20th to the 24th of August, 2018, took place the International Conference “Advances in Ancient Black Sea Studies: Scholarly Traditions & Preservation of Cultural Heritage” organized by the Institute of Archaeology in Jasi and the Museum of National History and Archaeology of Constance (Romania).