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Department of Europe

Contact Information

Phone: (812) 328-00-25

Head of Department

Department Staff

Alexander NOVIK, Cand.Sc., Head of Department (traditional culture of Balkan Peninsula, Balkan settlers in former Russian Empire).

Yuliya IVANOVA-BUCHATSKAYA, Cand.Sc., Senior Researcher (folk culture of northern Germany, interface between Slavonic and German cultures in the Elba – Oder interfluve, northern German toponymy, oral folklore genres, northern German imagology, and modern calendar rites).

Natalia GOLANT, Researcher, Cand.Sc.

Iliya GUBANOV, Senior Researcher, Cand.Sc. (society and culture in ancient Scandinavia, contacts between Scandinavians and their neighbors).

Denis YERMOLIN, Junior Researcher, Cand.Sc.

Julietta MESKHIDZE, Researcher, Cand.Sc. (cultures of islanders and highlanders of southwestern Europe, and index catalogue of Western and Southwestern European ethnographic collections at MAE)

Tatjana SCHRADER, Senior Researcher, Cand.Sc. (culture and ethnology of Scandinavia and the Circum-Baltic region).

History of the Department

The Department of Europe, established in the early 1990s, derives from the former Department of General and Theoretical Problems. It emerged through the efforts of Prof. A.S. Myl’nikov , then Director of MAE. A specialist in a whole range of European peoples, he headed the department until his death in 2003.

Main Research Areas

The department’s research activities mainly concern traditional culture of Scandinavia and Central Europe, the Balkan Peninsula, the Slavic world, and southern and southwestern Europe.

Several department’s staff members have participated in A.V. Desnitskaya Memorial Conferences co-sponsored by MAE, St.-Petersburg Institute of Linguistic Studies, and St.-Petersburg State University. The department publishes regular series such as Nemtsy v Peterburge. Biogragicheskii aspekt [Germans in St.-Petersburg: A Biographic Aspect], Skandinavskie chteniya [Scandinavian Lectures], Etnografiya Peterburga-Leningrada [Ethnography of St.-Petersburg-Leningrad], etc. An important domain of departmental activities is preparation of temporary exhibitions.

 

Principal Publications

Over the recent years, the department staff members have published several monographs and articles. Some of them are listed below.

  • Myl’nikov A.S. Narody Tsentral’noi Evropy: Formirovanie natsional’nogo samosoznaniya XVIII – XIX vv. [Peoples of Central Europe: The Origins of National Identity 18th – 19th centuries]. SPb.: Petropolis, 1997. 176 p.
  • Myl’nikov A.S. Kartina slavyanskogo mira: vzglyad iz Vostochnoi Evropy. Etnogeneticheskie legendy, dogadki, protogipotezy XVI – nachala XVIII veka [View of the Slavic World: A Look from Eastern Europe.Ethnogenetic Legends, Guesses, Proto-Hypothesis, 16th – early 18th century]. SPb.: Peterburgskoe Vostokovedenie, 1996. 320 p.
  • Myl’nikov A.S. Kartina slavyanskogo mira: vzglyad iz Vostochnoi Evropy. Predstavleniya ob etnicheskoi nominatsii i etnichnosti XVI-XVIII vv. [View of the Slavic World: A Look from Eastern Europe. Ideas of ethnic nomination and ethnicity, 16th – 18th centuries]. SPb.: Peterburgskoe Vostokovedenie. 1999. 400 p.
  • Novik A.A. Albantsy i slavyane v poseleniyakh yuga Ukrainy. Po materialam ekspeditsii 1998 g . [Albanian and Slavic colonies in southern Ukraine. Based on 1998 field data] // Problemy slavyanovedeniya: Sbornik nauchnykh statei i materialov. Bryansk, 2000. Vol. 1. P. 234–243.
  • Novik A.A. Albanskaya odezhda perioda osmanskogo gospodstva na Balkanakh v muzeyakh Sankt-Peterburga [Albanian clothing worn during the Turkish Domination of the Balkans (based on collections at Saint-Petersburg museums] // Studia Linguistica et Balcanica: Pamyati Agnii Vassilievny Desnitskoi (1912–1992). SPb., 2001. P. 379–406.
  • Yukhneva N.V. Etnicheskii sostav i etnosotsial’naya struktura naseleniya Peterburga. Vtoraya polovina XIX – nachalo XX v. [Ethnic Composition and Ethno-Social Structure of St.-Petersburg Population: Late 19th – Early 20th Centuries]. Leningrad: Nauka. 1984. 223 p.
  • Yukneva N.V. . Istoriya [History] // Mnogonatsional’nyi Peterburg. Istoriya. Religii. Narody. SPb., 2002. P. 9–160.
  • Schrader T.A. Runicheskie reznye kalendari v kollektsii MAE [Carved Runic Calendars in the MAE Collections] // 285 let Peterburgskoi Kunstkamere: Materialy itogovoi nauchnoi konferentsii MAE RAN, posvyaschennoi 285-letiyu Kunstkamery. SPb., 2000. P. 98–106. (MAE Collection. Vol. XLVIII).
  • Ivanova Yu.V. Legendy o slavyanakh v severonemetskoi literature [Legends about the Slavs in northern German literature] // Mavrodinskie chteniya. SPb., 2002. P. 489–495.
  • Gubanov I.B. Struktura drevneskandinavskogo obschestva po materialam rodovykh sag [Structure of the ancient Scandinavian society, based on family sagas] // Skandinavskie chteniya 1998 goda. Ethnograficheskie i kul’turno-istoricheskie aspekty. SPb., 1999. P. 40–48.
  • Meskhidze J.I. Sovremennaya baskologiya: problematika, nauchnye i muzeinye tsentry [Modern Basque studies: Problems and research centers] // Latinskaya Amerika (America Latina). 2003. No. 3. P. 99.
  • Meskhidze J.I. Ostrov Madeira: kollektsiya K.N. Pos’eta i zapiski puteshestvennikov (50-60-e gody XIX v.) [Madeira Island: K.N. Pos’et’s Collection and Travelers’ Notes (1850s – 1860s)] // V mire Luzofonii: Materialy i stat’i / Ed. by B.N. Komissarov . SPb., 2003. P. 303–310.