Center of History and Cultural Anthropology
Institute for African Studies of The Russian Academy of Sciences
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Research Activities

The Center of History and Cultural Anthropology is conducting a number of projects:

In 2019, the initial work on the topic “The Development of African Countries and Peoples in a Cultural-Historical Context” (2019–2021).
Leaders: Corr. member of RAS, Doctor of History, Professor Bondarenko D.M., Ph.D. Gribanova V.V.

The scientific project is devoted to the study of the cultural and historical aspects of the development of African countries and peoples from the viewpoint of modern scientific knowledge. In particular, such issues as relations between Russia / USSR and North African countries in the XVIII – XX centuries, African diasporas outside the African continent (USA, India, New World countries), groups and practices of mutual assistance and self-organization of African countries, history and modern development of certain groups of African society, the socio-political development of Southern Africa, the development of mass media in Africa and globalization.

Recent Monographic Publications of the Center and Its Researchers:

• Banschikova A. A. Tanzania. Modern slavery, interethnic relations, and group perception of Arabs // Asia and Africa Today. 2021. No.5, P. 59-65. (in Russ.)
• Bondarenko D.M. Nation-Building in Post-Colonial States: Historical Past and Present-Day Realities // Journal of Globalization Studies. 2021. Vol. 12, № 1. P. 18-37.
• Bondarenko D.M., Banshchikova A.A. & Ivanchenko O.V.) Whose State? Whose Nation? Representations of the History of the Arab Slave Trade and Nation-Building in Tanzania. In: Arne S. Steinforth and Sabine Klocke-Daffa (eds.). Challenging Authorities: Ethnographies of Legitimacy and Power in Eastern and Southern Africa. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021. P. 29-62.
• Gribanova V.V., Grishina N.V. Specificity of gender roles in the urban black population of South Africa: history and modernity // Vostok (Oriens). 2021. № 2. P. 93-103. (in Russ.)
• Ivanchenko O. Participation of Tanzanian tribes and tribal chiefs in the 19th century slave trade // Vostok. Afro-aziatskie obshchestva: istoriia i sovremennost. 2021. No.5, P. 168-179. (in Russ.)
• Khokholkova N. African Digital Diaspora // Etnografia. 2021. No. 3 (13) P. 191–206. (In Russ.)
• Shubin V.G. From Cairo to Cape Town. Africa through the Eyes of a Russian Person. M.: Institute of African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 2021.
• Zherlitsyna N. A. Ottoman and British factors in anti-french resistance of beylik Constantine in 1830-1837 // Nauchnyi Dialog. 2021. № 4. Р. 357-371. (in Russ.)

• Africa: Postcolonial Discourse / Ed. T.M. Gavristova, N.E. Khokholkova. Moscow: Institute for African Studies, RAS, 2020. 248 p. (in Russ.)
• Banshchikova A.A., Ivanchenko O.V. Memory about the Arab Slave Trade in Modern-Day Tanzania: Between Family Trauma and State-Planted Tolerance // Antropologicheskij forum [Anthropological Forum]. 2020. № 44. P. 83-113. (in Russ.)
• Bondarenko D.M. Conversion to Orthodox Christianity in Uganda: A Hundred Years of Spiritual Encounter with Modernity, 1919–2019 // Religions. 2020. Vol. 11, № 5, 223. P. 1-18 (with A.V. Tutorskiy).
• Dmitri M. Bondarenko, Stephen A. Kowalewski, and David B. Small (eds.). The Evolution of Social Institutions: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2020. XVII, 661 p.
• Tatarovskaya I.G. Inhibition – an attributive function of the nervous system: from Hippocrates to I.M. Sechenov // History of Medicine. М., 2019, V. 6, №4. P. 217-220. (with G. Kh. Shingarov).
• Shubin V.V. “Moscow and Zimbabwe’s Liberation” // Jocelyn Alexander, JoAnn McGregor and Blessing Mills-Tendi (eds.). Transnational Histories of Southern Africa’s Liberation Movements, Abingdon: Rutledge, 2020, P. 225-233.
• Subbotin V.A. From the Colonial Wars to the First World War. Excerptsfrom the History of the Overseas Troops and Their Command. Moscow: Institute for African Studies, RAS, 2020. 150 p. (in Russ.)

• Banshchikova A.A., Ivanchenko O.V. Historical Memory of the 19th-Century Arab Slave Trade in Modern-Day Tanzania: Between Family Trauma and State-Planted Tolerance. In: D.M. Bondarenko and M.L. Butovskaya (eds.). The Omnipresent Past. Historical Anthropology of Africa and African Diaspora. Moscow: LRC Publishing House, 2019. P. 23-45.
• Bondarenko D.M. African Americans and American Africans: Migration, Histories, Race and Identities. Canon Pyon: Sean Kingston Publishing, 2019. 160 p.
• Bondarenko D.M. In Search of the True Faith: The Appearance of Orthodox Old Believers in Uganda and Spiritual Anti-globalism in Contemporary Africa. Exchange. Journal of Contemporary Christianities in Context. 2019. Vol. 48, № 2. P. 127-155.
• Khokholkova N.E. Afrocentrism in the USA: Theory and Practice of Sociocultural Transformation. Moscow: Institute for African Studies Press, 2019. 194 p. (in Russ.)
• Shubin V.V. Zimbabwe: Isolation or Liberation? // South African Historical Journal. Published online: 16 Jul 2019.

• Anthropology of Africa: New Objects of Research / Ed. O.I. Kavykin. Moscow: Institute for African Studies, RAS, 2018. 206 p. (in Russ.)
• Bondarenko D.M. State Building, States, and State Transformation in Africa: Introduction // Social Evolution and History. 2018. Vol. 17, № 1 (Special Issue State Building, States, and State Transformation in Africa). P. 3-15 (with C.I. Njoku).
• Gribanova V.V., Ponomarev I.V. School and politics. From the history of the creation and reform of the school system in the countries of Eastern and Southern Africa. Moscow: Institute for African Studies Press, 2018. 176 p. (in Russ.)
• Ivanchenko O., Banshchikova A. Urbanization and Mutual Help Groups: Contribution to Nation-Building in Tanzania // Social Evolution and History. March 2018. Vol. 17. No 1. P. 34–59.
• Shubin V.V. Africa аnd Russia: The Pursuit of Strengthened Relations in the Post-Cold War Era. // Africa and the World. Bilateral and Multilateral International Diplomacy. Ed. by D. Nagar and Ch. Mutasa. Cham Switzerland: The Palgrave Macmillan inprint is published by Springer Nature, 2018. P. 51-69. (with Rosaline Daniels).

• Bondarenko D.M. African Migrants in Post-Soviet Moscow: Adaptation and Integration in a Time of Radical Socio-Political Transformations. Ìrìnkèrindò: a Journal of African Migration. Iss. 9. P. 35-75.
• Ethnic Identity in Contemporary Africa. Moscow: Institute for African Studies Press, 2017. (in Russ.)
• Gribanova Sub-Saharan Africa and the Millennium Development Goals // Asia and Africa Today. 2017. №. 2. Pp. 59-62. (in Russ.)

• Bondarenko D.M. The Shades of Black: Cultural-Anthropological Aspects of Mutual Perceptions and Relations between African Americans and African Migrants in the U.S.A. Moscow: LRC, 2016. 216 p. (in Russ.)
• Tatarovskaya I.G. Ontology and epistemology of the supernatural in African mythology. Moscow, 2016 (co-authored). (in Russ.)
• Tatarovskaya I.G. Myths of Nations of Sub-Saharan and South Africa: The Frame of Social and Spiritual Life of African Society. Moscow, 2016. (in Russ.)