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Source: State University Higher School of Economics – State University “Higher School of Economics” –

It was headed by a corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, deputy director of the Institute of African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences and head International Center for Anthropology Faculty of Humanities HSE National Research University Dmitry Bondarenko. The dissertation council included well-known Russian orientalists and Africanists from the Higher School of Economics and other leading organizations.

Today, the list of specialties for which the Higher Attestation Commission awards academic degrees does not include Oriental Studies or African Studies. Those who defend dissertations in this field receive degrees in history, philology and other specialties, although educational programs in Oriental and African studies exist.

Rector of the Higher School of Economics Nikita Anisimov, speaking at the 19th International Muslim Forum in 2023, emphasized the strategic need to recognize Oriental Studies and African Studies as separate scientific directions. He noted that this will help achieve Russia’s foreign policy goals. That is why the Higher School of Economics took the initiative to create a dissertation council in these areas.

“We have created Russia’s first dissertation council on Oriental and African studies, as we continue to insist on the strategic importance of this area of scientific knowledge for our country. Our goal is to make the council a significant element in the development of Oriental and African studies as independent scientific disciplines. The Higher School of Economics considers this decision to be one of the important links in strengthening ties with countries in Asia and Africa. I am sure that many professionals in the field of Oriental studies will pass through our dissertation council and will successfully promote Russian science around the world,” said Nikita Anisimov.

The status of a national research university makes it possible to open such a dissertation council: since 2018, the Higher School of Economics has its own rules for awarding academic degrees, and the defense system is more focused on the meaningful assessment of scientific qualifications. Oriental studies have been carried out here for decades; relevant topics are systematically presented in educational activities.

The order to create the dissertation council was signed in March; it included 19 doctors of science, representing various fields and specializing in Asia and Africa. Chairman of the dissertation council, corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences Dmitry Bondarenko, is a famous Russian historian-Africanist and social anthropologist, deputy director for scientific work at the Institute of African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences and director of the International Center for Anthropology of the Faculty of Humanities at the Higher School of Economics. The dissertation council included the best scientists from leading centers of Oriental studies, including the scientific director of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences Vitaly Naumkin.

According to Dmitry Bondarenko, one of the factors in the creation of the dissertation council was the growing demand for oriental knowledge, caused by increased cooperation between Russia and the countries of Asia and Africa. And HSE, which always catches the latest trends, could not stand aside. At the same time, the need to recognize Oriental and African studies as a special complex scientific discipline, the formation of which began in the 18th century, is long overdue. The current situation has only helped to understand its fundamental significance.

The new dissertation council on Oriental and African studies does not limit the defense of dissertations on these topics in other scientific councils. Dmitry Bondarenko explains that much here depends on the accents chosen by the applicant. If, for example, a dissertation on the history of the United Arab Emirates deals with the peculiarities of the historical process that characterize this country as eastern, it makes sense to submit it to the dissertation council on oriental and African studies.

Soon, a postgraduate school in Oriental and African Studies will be opened at HSE, and then its graduates will come to defend themselves on the dissertation council.

“The goal of our dissertation council is to provide applicants studying Asia and Africa with additional opportunities and to promote an understanding of Eastern and African cultures as special phenomena,” says Dmitry Bondarenko. “We have no intention of competing with anyone, much less contrasting, for example, the history of the East with general history or the sociology of the East with general sociology. We are open to cooperation with any dissertation councils and are ready to work together for the benefit of Russian science.”

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