From November 18 till December 2, 2019, Kazan Federal University hosted the scientific and educational festival “Alexander‑Fest” dedicated to the 215th anniversary of the University. Head of the Center of Classical and Oriental Archaeology, IOCS HSE, Askold Ivantchik gave an opening lecture for the students of the Higher School of Historical Sciences and World Cultural Heritage of Kazan Federal University.
Professor Heinrich Haerke, a renowned archaeology expert, has been cooperating with HSE University researchers for a long time. This year he has joined HSE as a Professor at the recently formed Centre for Classical and Oriental Archaeology. He has talked to HSE News Service about his research interests, field projects, and teaching archaeology.
International conference “Ancient Heritage of Kuban” took place on November 5–7, 2019 at the Phanagoria Museum‑Reserve (Sennoi of the Krasnodar region). The conference was attended by researchers from Russia, Germany and France. The head of the Center of Classical and Oriental Archaeology, IOCS HSE, Askold Ivantchik gave a talk on “Problems of Teaching Classical Archaeology: To What and How to Train Archaeologists-Classicists”.
Dr. Denis Volkov: ‘Was there “Russia Abroad” at all? Russian Emigration in the Middle East (1917–1946)’
The paper of Dr. Volkov was presented on December 11th, 2019 at the seminar “Oriental Cultures” (Moderator: Dr. Natalia Chalisova). This talk was about the interim research results achieved in a project carried out under the aegis of the International Institute of Social History (IISH, Amsterdam) and funded by the Farman‑Farmaian Family and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Faussaires et marchands d’antiquités au sud de l’Empire russe (fin du XIXe et début du XXe s.) — lecture by Askold Ivantchik at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland)
On October 15, 2019, at the invitation of Professor Nathan Badoud, the head of the Centre for Classical and Oriental Archaeology Askold Ivantchik gave a lecture on “Faussaires et marchands d’antiquités au sud de l’Empire russe (fin du XIXe et début du XXe s.)” at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.
On October 7–9, 2019, Frankfurt University hosted the international conference “An den Ufern des Bugs. Fünf Jahre deutsch‑ukrainische Ausgrabungen in Olbia Pontike” dedicated to the five‑year anniversary of German‑Ukrainian excavations in Olbia. The head of the Centre for Classical and Oriental Archaeology Askold Ivantchik gave a paper on “Neue Forschungen zur Epigraphik Olbias”.
The IVth International Congress on the Archaeology of Eurasian Steppes “Nomadic Empires of Eurasia in the light of archaeological and interdisciplinary research” took place in Ulan‑Ude on September 16–21, 2019. The head of the Centre of Classical and Oriental Archaeology, IOCS HSE, Askold Ivantchik gave a paper at the opening session of the Congress on the subject “The King and Royal Power in the Scythian Ideas. Numismatics data”.
The Institute for Oriental and Classical Studies of the Faculty of Humanities has launched a Center of Iranian Studies and the Persian Language. On December 6, representatives of HSE University and the Cultural Representative of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Moscow signed the cooperation agreement.
Flying Away from the Bolshevik Winter: Soviet Refugees Across the Southern Borders (1917–1946) — Dr Denis Volkov’s Paper
Methodologically drawing on the most recent works in Migration Studies and Russian Emigré Studies the current research studies migration from the USSR into Turkey, Iran and Afghanistan (1917–1946). Using recently declassified documents from archives in Britain, France, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Russia and Iran, research looks into the phenomena, such as displaced statehood, political activism and cross‑cultural interaction in the context of the migration/refugees policies of the relevant states (Britain, the USSR and the host countries).
The conference “Archaeology of classical Bosporus and Pontus” dedicated to the 80th anniversary of Dmitry Borisovich Shelov was held in Rostov‑on‑Don, on October 28 — November 1, 2019. Head of the Centre of Classical and Oriental Archaeology Askold Ivantchik, Associate Professor Valentina Mordvintseva and students of the program “Classical and Oriental Archaeology” Alexey Devayev, Vladimir Lysenko and Pavel Nikulin presented there their lectures. The conference was very representative and brought together about a hundred experts on the archaeology of ancient Black Sea area from a dozen countries. It was held in a warm atmosphere thanks to the staff of the Tanais Archaeological Museum‑Reserve, the Southern Federal University and the Azov Museum of Local Lore, where meetings of scientific sections took place.