On October 2, 2020, Poletayev Readings 9¾ took place – annual conference of the Poletayev Institute for Humanitarian Historical and Theoretical Studies. We present a report by Elizaveta Lysenko, Alexander Mikhailovsky, and Ksenia Belik, and video recordings of the round table discussions.
Dr. Valentina Mordvintseva gave a lecture ‘The Sarmatian Archaeological Culture: The Network Model vs. Speculative’ in a series of on‑line lectures of the Eurasian Department of German Archaeological Institute.
This fall the Linguistic Convergence Laboratory will organize a free online course on the East Caucasian (alias Nakh-Daghestanian) language family. The course will start on October 14.
Brazilian Linguistics Association, Abralin, in cooperation with Comité International Permanent des Linguistes, Asociación de Lingüística y Filología de América Latina, Sociedad Argentina de Estudios Lingüísticos, Associação de Linguística Aplicada do Brasil, Association Internationale de Linguistique Appliquée, Linguistic Society of America, Linguistics Association of Great Britain, Societas Linguistica Europaea, Australian Linguistic Society, British Association for Applied Linguistics, and Sociedad Española de Lingüística is organizing a virtual event: Abralin ao Vivo — Linguists Online. Irina Samarina gives her lecture ‘Have tonal languages always been tonal? Vietic languages and the monosyllabisation process’.
Associate Professor Irina Arzhantseva and Professor Heinrich Haerke from the HSE Centre of Classical and Oriental Archaeology (Faculty of Humanities) have been involved in the discovery of the earliest domestic cat yet found in northern Eurasia. The study has been published in Scientific Reports journal.
Middle Eastern Studies, a leading journal in the field, has published an article authored by Associate Professor Denis V. Volkov. ‘The evil genius of Iranian constitutionalism? “Bloody Shapshal” at the Qajar court’ presents the findings of Volkov’s research that is part of a major international project ‘Life Writing and Historiography of the Modern Middle East’ carried out under the aegis of the Centre for the Study of the Middle East, the Caucasus and Central Asia (CSMECCA) with the participation of the IOCS’ researchers as well as scholars from France, Austria, United Kingdom and the USA.
HSE Expands Offerings in Asian Studies with Opening of Joint Department with RAS Institute of Oriental Studies
HSE has been offering courses in Asian Studies for 10 years now with numerous departments and programmes producing research in the field and offering in-depth courses. In December 2019, the HSE Academic Council approved the opening of a Joint Department with the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IOS RAS). How will the IOS RAS transfer its vast experience and resource to its new home at HSE? And what traditions in the study and teaching of Asian studies already exist at HSE?
The Institute for Oriental and Classical Studies, HSE congratulates Dr Denis V. Volkov, Associate Professor and Leading Research Fellow, Head of the Center for the Study of the Middle East, the Caucasus and Central Asia (CSMECCA) on the occasion of a new honourable award. Dr Volkov’s monograph Russia’s Turn to Persia: Orientalism in Diplomacy and Intelligence (Cambridge University Press, 2018) has been graced by the IRI World Award for Book of the Year.
Michele Minardi, from Italy, holds a PhD in Archaeology from Sydney University and has spent a number of years in investigating Karakalpakstan in Uzbekistan. He has recently joined the team of Centre of Classical and Oriental Archaeology of the Institute for Oriental and Classical Studies as a Research Fellow. We spoke with Michele about his projects, teaching methods and expedition plans.