Department of Chinese Philology

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 19:42

Languages taught:

  • Chinese, Middle Chinese, Old Chinese.


  • Aesthetic Features of the Poetry of the Tang and Song (VII-ХIII Centuries)
  • Chinese Grammar Theory
  • Chinese Epigraphy
  • Chinese Ethnopsychology
  • Chinese Medieval Philosophical Writings
  • Chinese Oral Narrative Tradition
  • Chinese Phonology
  • Chinese Press
  • Chinese Borrowings in Kоrеan
  • Classical Chinese Language
  • Classical Chinese Literature
  • Classical Chinese Novel
  • Dictionaries in Chinese Studies
  • History of Chinese
  • Introduction to Chinese Studies
  • Lexicology of Chinese
  • Life and Writings of Yuan Zhen
  • Life and Writings of Lao She
  • Old Chinese Language
  • Old Chinese Grammar
  • Poetics of Classical Chinese Verse
  • Reading Chinese Fiction
  • Spoken Chinese
  • The Classical Chinese Novel "Dream in the Red Chamber"
  • The Novel of the Tang Dynasty
  • Three Teachings

The Department of Chinese Philology is one of the oldest at the Faculty of Asian and African Studies: Chinese started to be taught as early as in 1855. The establishment of the Department and the first scientific school of Russian Chinese studies is inseparable from the name of Academician B. P. Vasilyev (1818-1900). In the second half of the nineteenth century and early twentieth century, prominent sinologists worked at the Department including D. A. Peshchurov (1833-1913), S. M. Georgievsky (1851-1893), A. O. Ivanovsky (1863-1903), P. S. Popov (1842-1913). Between 1910 and 1940, the study and teaching of Chinese philology was taken to new heights by Academician V. M. Alekseev (1881-1951) and his students Yu. K. Shchutsky (1897-1938), B. A. Vasilyev (1899-1937), A. A. Dragunov (1900-1955), A. A. Shtukin (1904-1953), K. I. Razumovsky (1905-1942). For many years leading experts in the field of Chinese studies taught at the Department, including G. F. Smykalov (1877-1955), B. I. Pankratov (1892-1979), V. V. Petrov (1929-1987), V. A. Velgus (1922-1980), Pan In (1928-2009), and N. A. Speshnev (1931-2011).

The Department of Chinese Philology for decades successfully trained highly qualified specialists in various field of Sinology; among the alumni were such renowned Russian orientalists as B. L. Riftin, academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Prof. E. A. Serebryakov (who headed the Department for 37 years), Prof. L. N. Menshikov and numerous other distinguished scholars who worked both at St. Petersburg State University and other major research centers in Russia.

Our ample scientific and teaching potential allows us to provide well-rounded fundamental education in classical and modern Chinese language and literature, as well as in the disciplines that are inextricably linked with traditional philological fields of study (such as, for instance, traditional Chinese culture, mythology, ethnopsychology, etc.). A significant proportion of students undertake study trips to China. Compulsory courses include Theoretical Grammar, History of Language and Literature, Ethnography, Geography, and History of China.

The Department of Chinese Philology long served as a scholarly and teaching base for emerging fields of study in Oriental linguistics and literary studies, which subsequently often gave rise to independent departments at the FAAS. The most recent has been the Department of Korean and South-Eastern Philology opened in 2011.

Prof. A. G. Storozhuk has headed the Department of Chinese Philology since September 2011.

On 13 December 1993, with support from the General Consulate of the Chinese People’s Republic, the St. Petersburg Center for Chinese Language was established, which forms part of our Department. This has contributed to the development of extensive international ties at the Department. The General Consulate has donated a vast collection of valuable books, which has helped enhance Chinese language teaching.

Under the guidance of Education Department at the General Consulate of China, from 2004 the Center for Chinese Language annually conducted the Chinese Language Test (HSK— 汉语水平考试), as well as Chinese Bridge 汉语, a regional student competition. Following the establishment in 2005 of the Confucius Institute (in operation from 2007), the staff of the Department have taken an active part in its organization and work, while the HSK examination and the Chinese Bridge competition have been conducted under the aegis of the Confucius Institute.

Staff dynamics at the Department are largely determined by the working conditions in tertiary education and social provision in the country. The Department, however, has been able, through involving researchers in the teaching process, to widen the circle of teaching staff working with students and achieve a balanced age structure of the faculty. Gradual rejuvenation of faculty has been a strategic goal for many years, which is why preparing new staff through postgraduate programs as well as shaping perspectives for young teachers has become a priority and will remain so in future.

The Department will continue to create a comfortable environment for teachers and researchers, increase qualification levels, and publish monographs concerned with the analysis of pressing issues in Asian and African Studies and exploring little- or underresearched topics.

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Department of History of the Far East Countries

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 18:45

The Head of the Department: Kolotov Vladimir N.


  • Ancient and Medieval History of China
  • Architecture of the Great Mughals
  • Basic Aspects of Protest from Lower Social Strata in Ancient and Medieval China
  • Buddhism
  • China and the Nomads of Central Asia in Ancient and Medieval History
  • Ethnography of China
  • Geography of China
  • History and Geography of Central Asia
  • History and Geography of India
  • History of Cambodia
  • History of Ideological Doctrines in Asian Countries
  • History of Japan
  • History of Pakistan
  • History of Russian-Siamеsе Relations
  • History of Modern Social Thought in China
  • History of Vietnam
  • History, Geography and Ethnography of Korea
  • History, Geography and Ethnography of Mongolia
  • History, Geography and Ethnography of Thailand
  • Medieval History of Southeast Asia
  • Modern History of Southeast Asia
  • New and Modern History of Asia and Africa
  • New and Modern History of China
  • Official Mongolian Documents of the XVII-XIX Centuries as Historical Sources
  • Political and Economic System of Modern India
  • Political and Economic System of Modern Japan
  • Political and Economic System of Modern Korea
  • Political and Economic System of Modern Thailand
  • Political and Economic System of Modern Vietnam
  • Political History of South Vietnam
  • Political System in the People’s Republic of China
  • Problems of Chinese History (XVII-XVIII Centuries)
  • Religious and Political Situation in South Vietnam
  • Russia and China: Developments in Mutual Perception, Images and Stereotypes
  • Secret Societies in China in the XVIII - early XX Centuries
  • Sources оn Ancient and Medieval History of China
  • Sources оn the History of India
  • Sources оn the History of Japan
  • Sources оn the History of Mongolia
  • Sоurсеs оn the History of Vietnam
  • Traditions of Historical Development and Modernisation (a Case of Indochina)
  • The Economic System in People’s Republic of China
  • Western Historiography оn East Asian Civilisations.

The Department offers training in the following areas of specialization: History of China, History of India, History of Korea, History of Vietnam, History of Vietnam and China, History of Malaysia and Indonesia. In addition to compulsory disciplines specified by the curriculum of history departments, students can choose from the following special courses and seminars: General and Specific in the Historical Development of Ancient and Medieval China, Secret Societies in China in the Modern Period, Traditions and Innovations in Chinese Folk Utopia in the Modern Period, Characteristics of Development of Major Regions in the PRC, Issue of Cultural Heritage in Contemporary China, Ancient Chinese Mythology, Everyday Life in Korea in the 16th-19th Centuries, North Korean Political History, History of the Delhi Sultanate, Muslim Movements in Indian Social Thought in the Second Half of the 19th Century, History of Manchuria in the 12th-19th Centuries, System for Conflict Management in South Vietnam in the Middle of the 20th Century.

The Department of History of the Far East Countries was established in 1949. Orientalist historians G. V. Efimov, L. A. Berezny, E. Ya. Lyusternik, D. I. Goldberg, N. V. Kuehner, and L. V. Zenina restored the tradition of teaching the history of the Far East countries that had been laid down in the nineteenth century by V. P. Vasilyev and S. M. Georgievsky.

In the 1950s-60s, the Department focused on the study of national liberation movements and international relations in the Far East (G. V. Efimov), contemporary history and historiography of Chinese history (L. A. Berezny), ancient and medieval Chinese history (G. Ya. Smolin), traditional Chinese historiography (B. G. Doronin), the history of secret Chinese societies and sects (B. M. Novikov), modern and contemporary Japanese history (D. I. Goldberg, L. V. Zenina), the issue of colonialism and national liberation movement in India (Yu. V. Petchenko), Russian-Indian relations (E. Ya. Lyusternik). New divisions were opened in the 1960s, including History of Thailand and Burma (B. N. Melnichenko), History of Indonesia (P. М. Movchanyuk) and History of the Philippines (B. G. Doronin). In the 1970s-80s, the research interests of the faculty turned to Chinese social thought (V. F. Gusarov, N. A. Samoilov), and religious and political history of Vietnam (V. N. Kolotov).

In recent years, the Department has been joined by specialists in the history of the countries of South-East Asia. From 1991, the Department has been exploring the relations between Russian and the countries of Eastern, Central, and South-East Asia, including the work of Russian Orthodox missions in these regions. The Department maintains links with universities and research institutions in Europe, America, Far East, and South-East Asia.

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