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Referencebook The Institute for African StudiesThe Institute for African Studies (IAS) - is a research body incorporated in and funded by the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS).
    Dear colleagues, friends! Welcome to the website of the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences!
This website is designed to give you information on the range of scientific activity we do in our institute. It contains information about various research centres, research projects, conferences and seminars, postdoctoral studies programmes, publishing activity and much more. I hope that you will find the information you require here. Please feel free to contact us. Sincerely yours, Alexey Vasiliev, Honorary President.
15th International African Studies Conference

Moscow, Russia, May 25-28, 2021
Announcement Paper Abstracts
Guidelines for Conference Participants
Visa information
Maps and Guide
Conference Program

V-10. Is-1 2020

№ 4 2020

№ 1 (50) 2020

May 25, 2020
AFRICA: HISTORY AND RESULTS OF DECOLONIZATION (For the 60th Anniversary of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples)
2-5 November , 2020
The Institute for African Studies end the Russian-Tanzanian Cultural Centre in Dar es Salaam
Book of Abstracts
Roscongress Foundation published analytical reports on the Russia–Africa Economic Forum
Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of South Sudan
June 25-26, 2020
Yaroslavl, P.G. Demidov Yaroslavl State University, the Center for History and Cultural Anthropology
22-23th October 2020
Conference Series Internal Changes and Foreign Policy of African Countries
Call for Papers
Panels Accepted for the Conference
The Round Table "New Trends in African Studies: Historical, Anthropological, and Gender Aspects"
1 October 2019
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First Director Ivan Potekhin (1959-1964)
and distinguished African-American scholar W.E.B. Du Bois

The Institute for African Studies (IAS) of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) is Russia's leading academic research centre for African Studies and is considered to be among the most distinguished world institutions in this field. The IAS was founded in October 1959, on the eve of the collapse of the colonial system. The transformation of the political map of the world resulting from the emergence of several dozen independent states and the associated fundamental shift in the international situation demanded a thorough and detailed analysis, the implementation of which was entrusted to the newly created IAS.

Vasiliy Solodovnikov - Director from 1964 to 1976

The founder and the first Director of the Institute was Ivan Potekhin, who was succeeded in this capacity by Corresponding Members of the RAS Vasiliy Solodovnikov and Anatoliy Gromyko and Academician of the RAS Alexei Vasiliev. Since 2016, the IAS has been directed by Corresponding Member of the RAS Irina Abramova. Among the Institute's 73 research fellows there are an academician and three corresponding members of the RAS, 18 Doctors of Sciences and 43 PhDs. The IAS comprises 9 research centres, as well as the Centre of Information and International Relations, the Doctoral Studies Department, and the Editing and Publishing Department. Read more...

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