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20.12.2016 | 2nd International conference “Jewish Diasporas in Europe and Beyond: Fieldwork and Source Studies”

Dear colleagues and friends!

We are happy to announce the call for papers for the 2nd International conference “Jewish Diasporas in Europe and Beyond: Fieldwork and Source Studies” that is organized by the Department of European Studies at Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) RAS. The conference will be held in our Museum (Saint-Petersburg, Russia) in November, 6-8, 2017.

13.12.2016 | “Manuscripta Orientalia” is included in SCOPUS

On December 12, 2016 the Editorial Board of “Manuscripta Orientalia. International Journal for Oriental MSS Research” received an official letter confirming that the journal has been evaluated for inclusion in SCOPUS by the Content Selection & Advisory Board (CSAB). The letter says in particular: “This is a well organized journal with an excellent editorial policy, and which publishes articles that are already highly cited in SCOPUS. The journal is international in focus and is associated with leading institutions and scholars. For all of these reasons it merits inclusion in SCOPUS”. 

13.12.2016 | 3D Tour

Now you can visit our museum from your home. 3D-tours would guide you around museum premises, as well as you can listen to audio-stories about items from Africa, America, Japan, China and others. You can browse the museum both on PC and tablet.

3D-tour is a part of Kunstkamera of the III Millennium Project supported by Vladimir Potanin Foundation and done in 2015-2016.



11.11.2016 | Cultural processes in the Circum-Baltic space in the Early and Middle Holocene

An international scientific conference “Cultural processes in the Circum-Baltic space in the Early and Middle Holocene” will be held in Saint-Petersburg, Russia on April 26–28, 2017

The conference is dedicated to the memory of Vladimir I. Timofeev, an outstanding Russian researcher of Holocene Stone Age, whose 70th birthday is coming in 2017. The topics to be discussed are connected to the scientific heritage of V.I. Timofeev, namely:

1. Archaeological sites and disappeared Holocene landscapes

2. Absolute chronology data arrays and models of neolitization

3. Social networks during the Mesolithic and Neolithic

4. Elshanian – Strumel – Ertebølle pottery – parts of one cultural area or cultures with different origins?

07.04.2016 | # Unite4Heritage. Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography Supports Yemeni Heritage Week – Museums United for Yemen

Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography which hosts rich Yemeni collection which is mostly the result of the work of Soviet-Yemeni Complex Expedition (SOYKE), fully supports #Unite4Heritage Campaign.

The recent conflict in Yemen that started in March 2015 has caused serious security and humanitarian crisis in the country. At the same time, the conflict severely affected Yemen’s unique cultural heritage mostly as collateral damage caused by military operations, aerial bombardment in particular. The Old Cities of Sana’ and Saa’da, the Citadel of Taez, the archaeological site of the pre-Islamic walled city of Baraqish, the archaeological site of Sirwah (near Marib) from the 1st millennium B.C., and the Great Dam of Marib, a wonder of technical engineering, were all affected. Dhamar Museum, which used to host 12,500 artefacts, was completely destroyed.

In this regard, UNESCO proposes to organise Yemeni Heritage Week – Museums United for Yemen together with major museums around the world that host Yemen’s important cultural artefacts under #Unite4Heritage Campaign.

On April 26 the MAE (Kunstkamera) RAS will present Museum's participation in this international event. Lecture by Prof Mikhail Rodionov, the Head of the Department of South and Southwest Asia of the Museum and SOYKE participant, entitled «‘Yemeni Cultural Memory: Challenges and Concerns’» will be presented at the special meeting of the Museum Scholarly council and will be broadcasted live via the Periscope.

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