International Congress on Historiography and Source Studies of Asia and Africa
Ex Oriente Lux
Issues if Far Eastern Literatures
LESEWA: International Conference on Languages of Far East, Southeast Asia and West Africa
St Petersburg International Conference of Afghan Studies
Kononov Readings
Readings in memory of B. N. Melnichenko and S. E. Trifonov


  • "Game on six regional boards": upcoming elections in Türkiye discussed at St Petersburg University

    St Petersburg University has hosted a roundtable discussion "Elections in Türkiye and Regional Security", organised by the Centre for Contemporary Turkish Studies and Russia-Türkiye Relations at St Petersburg University together with the Institute of Scientific Information for Social Sciences of the Russian Academy of Sciences (INION RAN). The experts have discussed the current political situation in Türkiye and the Middle East region, as well as the prospects for its development in view of the changing geopolitical environment. Having developed rapidly in recent decades, Türkiye today proclaims itself as one of the centres of the global political system. Vladimir Avatkov, Head of the Department of Middle and Post-Soviet East at the Institute of Scientific Information for Social Sciences of the Russian Academy of Sciences (INION…

  • Readings in Thai studies held at St Petersburg University in memory of the University teachers

    Readings to commemorate Professor Boris Melnichenko and Assistant Professor Sergei Trifonov, major scholars who worked in the field of Thai studies, have opened at St Petersburg University. The event is dedicated to the 125th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Thailand. A great contribution to the study of these relations was made by St Petersburg University Professor Boris Melnichenko (1935–2018) and Assistant Professor Sergei Trifonov (1960–2019). Mikhail Ignatev, a doctoral student of St Petersburg University, teacher of the history of Thailand and the Thai language, acted as a moderator at the opening and during the sessions. Evgeny Tomikhin, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Kingdom of Thailand, delivered a welcoming address. He noted that, as a graduate of the sinology department of St Petersburg University, he was especially…

  • From the Middle East to Eastern Europe: St Petersburg University experts discussed problems of the Eurasian arc of instability and geopolitical outcomes of 2022

    SPbU has hosted the XIII International scientific conference "Eurasian arc of instability and problems of regional security from Eastern Europe to North Africa: 2022 outcomes". Leading Russian scientists and experts discussed a wide range of factors influencing security systems of key regions along the Eurasian arc of instability. Sergey Andryushin, Vice-Rector for International Affairs of St Petersburg University, delivered a welcoming speech. At this conference every year we discuss problems in international relations and security. I would like to thank our partners from other universities and research institutions that each year help us in organizing the conference.Sergey Andryushin, Vice-Rector for International Affairs of SPbU Aleksandr Drozdenko, Governor of the Leningrad Region, addressed participants of the conference. ‘Within present situation topics…

  • “Readings in memory of B. N. Melnichenko and S. E. Trifonov” is the title of Russia’s first international scientific conference of Thai and Laotian Scholars. The Readings provide a rare opportunity for its participants to share the results of their researches on the languages, history, politics and culture of Thailand and Laos. Programme The idea to hold the Readings was inspired by the sincere desire of the organizers to honor the memory of outstanding Soviet and Russian orientalists - Boris Nikolaevich Melnichenko (1935–2018) and Sergey Evgenievich Trifonov (1960–2019). The contribution these scholars have made to the Thai Studies in Russia,…

  • "Muslims in Russia have been in the northern periphery of the Islamic world for centuries"

    From 22 to 24 November 2022, an international conference dedicated to Islamic studies in universities was held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Russia was represented at the event by Professor Damir Mukhetdinov, Head of the Centre for Islamic Studies at St Petersburg University, First Deputy Chairman of the Spiritual Administration of Muslims of the Russian Federation, Doctor of Theology. The conference, themed "Islamic Studies in Universities: Towards Promoting the Values of Citizenship and Coexistence", was organised by Mohamed Bin Zayed University for Humanities (Abu Dhabi). The participants were addressed by: Sheikh Abdallah bin Bayyah, Chairman of the Supreme Academic Council of Mohamed Bin Zayed University for Humanities; Dr Hamdan Musallam Al Mazrouei, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Mohamed Bin Zayed University for Humanities; Dr Muhammad…