Today, July 5, a meeting of the group working on the development of the new permanent exhibition at the MAE (Kunstkamera) RAS was held under the leadership of the museum director Andrei Golovnev with the representatives of the Ministry of Culture, the Embassy and the Ministry of European Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand. The meeting was also attended by Ms. Sirikitiya Jensen, who is a member of the Royal family of Thailand and an official of the Ministry of Culture. At the meeting, issues of restoration and display of the gifts of the King Rama V of Thailand to Tsarevich Nikolai Alexandrovich in the Imperial Hall of the MAE RAS, which is scheduled to open on November 2, 2022, were discussed.
The new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of the Philippines to the Russian Federation Mr. Igor G. Bailen and his delegation paid a call on Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) of the Russian Academy of Sciences during a visit to St. Petersburg.
An article by MAE RAS researchers Vladimir and Elena Davydov was published in the new issue (No. 45 (1-2)) of the Etudes Inuit Studies journal (Laval University, Quebec, Canada). The issue is entirely devoted to the issues of ethnographic and anthropological research in Chukotka and was called Tchoukotka: Comprendre le passé, les pratiques contemporaines et les perceptions du présent / Chukotka: Understanding the Past, Contemporary Practices, and Perceptions of the Present.
The journal Etnografia was included in the first quartile (Q1) in the areas of Cultural Studies and History according to the SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) for the Scopus database, which indexes about 21,000 scientific journals.
May 14 at the Central City Public Library named after V.V. Mayakovsky, within the framework of the International Film Festival of Audiovisual Anthropology Days of Ethnographic Cinema and the International Festival of Oriental Art DAIRAFEST, two documentaries will be demonstrated and discussed, both of them easily attributed to anthropological cinema.
The publishing house of the MAE (Kunstkamera) RAS has released a new issue of the Kunstkamera journal No. 1(15) for 2022. The main section of the issue Peter the Great and Imperial Identity includes materials from the international scientific conference Peter the Great and the Imperial Identity of Russia: on the 300th Anniversary of Peter assuming the title of Father of the Country and Emperor of All Russia.
April 28, 3 p.m., in the reading room of the Library of the MAE RAS a regular meeting of the standing seminar of the MAE RAS "Christianity in the regions of the world" will be held. Nikolai Steblin-Kamensky, junior researcher at the African department of the MAE RAS, will make a report on the topic “The Lyre of King David (begena) – the role of the musical instrument in the culture of Christian Ethiopia”.
On April 12, 2022, in the Council Hall of the Saint Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design the traditional scientific conference of the Department of Archeology of the MAE (Kunstkamera) RAS, the Fifth Zamyatnin Readings, was opened. The format of the event this year is an all-Russian conference with international participation. Its main themes are: Abstract Forms in Ancient and Modern Fine Art and Ornament, Interdisciplinary Dialogue: Archeology - Ethnography - Art Criticism. The three-day program of the conference includes more than 50 scientific reports.
The Publishing House of the MAE (Kunstkamera) RAS has released a new issue of the journal "Etnografia" No. 1 (15) for 2022. Thematically, all published materials are combined into three sections: "Food", "Things", "Body". The “Food” section contains articles dedicated to the food safety issues in Taimyr (V. Davydov) and about the food practices of nomadic Evenks (D. Brandišauskas), and about the traditions of Sicilian cuisine (O. Fais-Leutskaja), the formation of the Bio concept (A. Novik) and the significance of cynophagy among the Austronesian and Austroasiatic peoples (M. Stanyukovich).
On March 23, the regular Northern Anthropological Seminar of the MAE RAS was held at the Russian State Museum of the Arctic and Antarctic, organized as part of the educational program of the exhibition “66°33ʹ Taste of the Arctic”. This meeting adopted an unusual format of the author's excursion “Taste of the Arctic. The path to get on the table”. The guides were staff members of the Kunstkamera: Deputy Director for Research of the MAE RAS Vladimir Davydov and Senior Curator of the Siberian Ethnographic Foundation of the MAE RAS Vasilisa Bobrova. The researchers spoke about the peculiarities of food in the Arctic, relying on their own expedition materials and using photographs from the exhibition.
A unique scientific publication Ethnoexpertise in Taimyr: Indigenous Peoples and Technogenic Challenges (authors: A. V. Golovnev, V. N. Davydov, E. V. Perevalova, T. S. Kisser) has been released as a result of the strenuous research work of a group of staff members of the MAE (Kunstkamera) RAS, headed by its director, corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences Prof. Dr. Andrei V. Golovnev, to conduct an independent ethnological examination in Taimyr under an agreement with the local public organization Association of Indigenous Peoples of Taimyr of the Krasnoyarsk Territory.
Today, March 21, 2022, at the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) of the Russian Academy of Sciences a general meeting of the staff for the election of the director of the MAE RAS was held.
The latest issue of the “Folklore” magazine, which has been issued in London since 1878 and is one of the oldest in the field of folklore, published an article by the staff members of the Department of America of the MAE RAS Yuri Berezkin and Evgeny Duvakin “Volga-Ural and West Siberian Components in the Folklore of the Sámi and the Baltic Finns”.
Director of the MAE RAS Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences Andrei Golovnev joined the Expert Council for the Development of History Education, established under the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation. The first meeting of the council was held on March 16.
On March 14 at 4 PM in the reading room of the Library of the MAE RAS, a meeting of the regular seminar "Science of the Kunstkamera" was held, during which took place the presentation of the book by Dmitry Ivanov "Buddhist Collections of the Kunstkamera", released by the MAE RAS publishing house in 2021.
We regret to inform you that the international Congress of Anthropologists and Ethnologists IUAES 2022 in Saint-Petersburg has been cancelled, hopefully until better times.
On February 10, the International Research Seminar "Art, Science and Community-led Practices to Tackle Environmental Decay" was held at the MAE RAS in anticipation of the opening of the exhibition project "Echoes of the Sea" by British artist Nabil Ali. The seminar was attended by artists and curators working with environmental themes in art: Nabil Ali, Simon Periton, Indi Sandhu, Anna Bitkina; environmental journalists and activists: Angelina Davydova and Anna Ushakova; and, of course, scientists engaged in research both in the field of ecogeology - Daria Ryabchuk (VSEGEI), and in the field of studying the traditional cultures and practices of the indigenous peoples of the North: Sofia Unru (Institute of the Peoples of the North of the Herzen State Pedagogical University), Konstantin Klokov and Vladimir Davydov (MAE RAS).
On January 27, our museum was visited by a Pakistani delegation headed by the Press Counsellor of the Embassy of Pakistan, Mr. Zafar Yab Khan. The distinguished guests were welcomed and introduced to the Kunstkamera permanent exhibition by the head of the South Asia Department Igor Kotin.
On January 17, 2022, a cooperation agreement was signed in Warsaw between Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Centre for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding. The document was signed by Director of the MAE (Kunstkamera) RAS Andrei Golovnev and Director of the Center for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding Ernest Vytsishkevich.
We are happy to announce that the Call for papers for the IUAES 2022 Congress in Saint-Petersburg is now open. The submission of the applications is already available online on the IUAES 2022 Congress website. Applications will be accepted till the 15st February 2022.
The deadline for the call for panels, round tables and workshops for the IUAES 2022 Congress in St. Petersburg has been extended till November 21, 2021.
The International Conference "ON MELTING GROUND" (Chemnitz, Germany) ended on October 22. Having started on October 20 it lasted for three days in a hybrid format and brought together specialists from different countries engaged in the study of not only Arctic archeology, but also the general research of the Arctic.
A year ago, on October 13th 2020, online simultaneously in three European cities: in St. Petersburg, in Haarlem (the Netherlands) and in Halle (Germany), an Agreement was signed on the creation of the Alliance of Early Universal Museums. The Alliance was founded by three museums: the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Frankeche Stiftungen (Halle, Germany) and the Teylers Museum (Haarlem, the Netherlands).
On September 27, at the representative office of the Honorary Consul of Mongolia in St. Petersburg, a solemn presentation of Mongolian state awards to the citizens of St. Petersburg who made a significant contribution to the development and strengthening of good-neighborly relations between Mongolia and Russia took place. The awards were presented by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia to the Russian Federation Dulamsuren Davaa.
On September 23, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Russian Federation Kazem Jalali visited the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Having assumed office in December 2019, Ambassador is engaged in the strengthening and development of cultural and scientific ties between our countries.
We are happy to announce that the Call for panels and round tables for the IUAES 2022 Congress in Saint-Petersburg has opened on the 13th September 2021. The Call for workshops will open on the 15th September. The submission of the applications is already available online on the IUAES 2022 Congress website https://iuaes2022.spb.ru/#calls. Applications for panels, round tables and workshops will be accepted till 21st October 2021.
This week a research collaboration agreement was signed between the MAE (Kunstkamera) RAS and the Faculty of Philosophy, Vilnius University. Founded in the 16th century, Vilnius University is the oldest university in the Baltic states and one of the first and most famous in Northern Europe.
As a symbol of friendship and cooperation between the Embassy and the MAE RAS, the First Secretary of the Embassy of Sri Lanka Ms. Nirosha K. Herath donated to the museum two books written by Russian authors and translated into Sinhalese: "Mother" by M. Gorky and a collection of stories by A. Chekhov. Today, August 16, a Sri Lankan student pursuing a degree at one of the Russian universities Mr. Suraj Karunathilake presented both books to the Deputy Director for Research Dr. Vladimir Davydov.
Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography of the Russian Academy of Sciences continues to develop its international relations: an agreement of cooperation was signed between the MAE RAS and the University of Pécs.
Today, on the eve of the Ethnographer's Day, an exhibition "Nikolai Nikolaevich Miklukho-Maclay: to the 175th birth anniversary" was solemnly opened in the Round Hall of the Kunstkamera. The opening ceremony was attended by the director of the MAE (Kunstkamera) RAS Andrei Golovnev, curator of the exhibition, researcher of the Department of Australia, Oceania and Indonesia Arina Lebedeva, as well as curator and designer of the exhibition, head of the Exhibition Department Yulia Konkova.