English title: Proceedings of the International Congress on Historiography and Source Studies of Asia and Africa
Russian title: Doklady Mezhdunarodnogo kongressa po istochnikovedeniyu i istoriografii stran Azii i Afriki
The biennial International Congress on Historiography and Source Studies of Asia and Africa, the major international forum in the field of Asian and African studies in Russia, has been held at the Faculty of Asian and African Studies (FAAS) of the Saint Petersburg State University for more than half a century since 1961. It was established by prominent Russian orientalists, historians and oriental sources experts, including Academician Joseph Orbeli who was head of the State Hermitage Museum, the Institute of Oriental Studies, the Faculty of Oriental Studies of Leningrad State University and also its Department of Middle East History. Among the organizers of the congress in different periods were such famous St Petersburg scholars as Academician Boris Piotrovsky, Corresponding Member of the Academy of Sciences Nina Pigulevskaya and other prominent professors of the Faculty of Oriental Studies.
In the Congress framework, a book of Abstracts that included detailed synopses of the papers was published prior to starting the sessions. However, at the Congress of 2019, it was decided to establish a new series of “Proceedings” intended to publish selected Congress papers chosen by dedicated experts following the double-blind peer review.
The Proceedings of the International Congress on Historiography and Source Studies of Asia and Africa, with the selected peer reviewed papers, are published after each Congress, being divided into three sections:
- African Studies;
- Middle East, Caucasus and Central Asia;
- Far East, South and South-East Asia.
An online digital version in periodical format is published annually, since 2019. The first two sections of the Proceedings — “African Studies” and “Middle East, Caucasus And Central Asia” — appear as the first issue in the year of the Congress, while the third section — “Far East, South and South-East Asia” — is published as the second issue in the following year.
The complete Proceedings will be published biennially in book form in the year following the Congress.