The annual conference «Kononov Readings» have been held at the Department of Turkic Philology since 1986 and are dedicated to the outstanding Russian turkologist, Academician Andrei Nikolayevich Kononov (1906-1986).

Reports cover different issues of formation and development of languages, linguistic structure, history, culture, ethnography and literature of Turkic peoples in the past and at present.

Working languages: Russian, English, Turkish.



Getting to Saint-Petersburg University

Saint-Petersburg is easily accessed by air, bus or train. In order to get to Saint-Petersburg University you have to reach the metro:

  • from the international airport Pulkovo you can take the bus № 39, № 39Э or a shuttle-bus № K39  to the metro station "Moskovskaya";
  • from the central bus station you can take one of the buses № 15, 74 or 76 to the metro station "Ligovsky Prospect";
  • also Saint-Petersburg is served by four main railway stations ("Baltijsky", "Finlyandsky", "Ladozhsky" and "Moskovsky") and all of them have the overlapping metro stations.

By metro you can get to the metro station "Nevsky prospect" and then you can take the bus № 7 or trolleybuses № 1, 10, 11 to get to SPbSU campus (bus stop called "Universitetskaya naberezhnaya").

ISSN: 2074-1227
Index Catalogue: 32779

Vestnik of Saint-Petersburg State University, Series 13 is the interdisciplinary journal on history, languages, literature, cultural anthropology and other subfields in Asian and African Studies.

The Journal was launched by the Faculty of Asian and African Studies. The aforesaid Faculty belongs to the University of St. Petersburg, Russia that dates back to 1855 when the Faculty was founded in compliance with the Royal Decree enacted by Emperor Alexandre II. The Faculty is widely known for its achievements in education and research, both covering about one hundred languages of Asia and Africa.

Publishing and review articles maintain the highest academic standard. The Editorial Board of the journal includes eminent scholars, both Russian and international. 

The journal is primarily for academic specialists, professionals in the field. The journal welcomes contributions both in Russian and English.  

Authors wishing to submit articles should send them to the Executive Editor via e-mails or personally. Submitted manuscripts should meet the formatting and content guidelines (see at, otherwise the papers will be declined and returned to the authors. The maximum length for articles is 8,000 words. All submissions should include an abstract of 100-150 words, 3-5 key-words and note on author’s affiliation and contacts. 

If accepted, the manuscript will be sent to (normally) 2 reviewers. The authors will get written feedback within 2 months (but this can vary considerably) from the Editorial Board that will read the reviews and make a decision in terms of the categories below:

  • Publish submitted article without modifications
  • Publish with some modifications
  • Resubmit with revision
  • Reject

The publisher reserves the right to copyedit and proofread all articles accepted for publication.

Editorial policy
Series 13: Asian and African Studies of Vestnik is a peer-reviewed multi-disciplinary journal published in four issues per year and committed to foster original, independent, accurate and comprehensive professional research on the history, cultures, languages, literatures, folklore, religions, philosophy, ethnological issues, social practices and politics of the Asian and African peoples and societies. By publicizing newest, essential and well-argued results of current investigations the Journal aims at establishing an open intellectual forum for leading experts, qualified specialists and promising students in the field of Asian and African Studies both from Russian and foreign academic institutions. The Journal accepts scholarly articles, book reviews and reports on various academic activities in the field. The languages of publications are Russian and English. The Journal is included in the list of the certified scientific periodicals recommended by the Higher Attestation Commission of the Russian Federation.

Chief Editor: Piotrovskii Mikhail Borisovich, Doctor of History, Professor
Executive Editor: Lyakhovich Anastasia V., Ph.D. (Philology)


Editorial Board Members:

  • Mikhail B. Piotrovskii, PhD, Professor, Dean, St. Petersburg State University; Director, the State Hermitage Museum, Russian Federation (Chief Editor);

  • Mikhail S. Pelevin, PhD, Professor, Chair of the Department, St. Petersburg State University, Russian Federation (Deputy managing editor); 

  • Viktor V. Bocharov, PhD, St. Petersburg State University, Russian Federation; 

  • Dmitry M. Bondarenko, PhD, Professor, Deputy Director of the Institute for African studies of Russian Academy of Science (in charge of research), Russian Federation;

  • Elena E. Voytishek, PhD, Professor, Head of the Department, Novosibirsk State University, Russian Federation;

  • Yan Guodong, Professor, Nankai University, China;

  • Sebastian Gunther, Professor, Chair, Georg-August-Universitat Gottingen, Germany, Germany; 

  • Nikolay N. Dyakov, PhD, Professor, Chair of the Department, St. Petersburg State University, Russian Federation; 

  • Alexander Yu. Zheltov, PhD, Associate Professor, Chair of the Department, St. Petersburg State University; Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography, Russian Academy of Science (Kunstkamera), Russian Federation;

  • Fehmi Yilmaz, Associate Professor, Istanbul Medeniyet University, Turkey; 

  • Vadim B. Kasevich, PhD, Professor, Chair of the Department, St. Petersburg State University, Russian Federation;  

  • Irina B. Keidun, PhD, Associate Professor, Amur State University, Russian Federation;

  • Evgeny B. Kovrigin, PhD, Professor, Seinan Gakuin University, Japan;

  • Vladimir N. Kolotov, PhD, Associate Professor, Chair of the Department, St. Petersburg State University, Russian Federation; 

  • Nikolay N. Kradin, PhD, Professor, Director, Institute of History, Archeology and Ethnography of the Peoples of the Far East, Far Eastern Branch of Russian Academy of Science, Russian Federation;

  • Linar N. Latypov, PhD, Vice-Rector, Kazan State University, Russian Federation; 

  • Alexander V. Lomanov, PhD, Leading Researcher, RAS Professor, Institute of Far Eastern Studies of Russian Academy of Science, Russian Federation;

  • Konstantin I. Pozdniakov, PhD, Professor, INALCO/ LLACAN, CNRS, Member of Institut universitaire de France, France; 

  • Oleg I. Redkin, PhD, Professor, Chair of the Department, St. Petersburg State University, Russian Federation; 

  • Nikolay A. Samoylov, PhD, Associate Professor, Chair of the Department, St. Petersburg State University, Russian Federation; 

  • Alexander G. Storozhuk, PhD, Associate Professor, Chair of the Department, St. Petersburg State University, Russian Federation;

  • Sergey V. Filonov, PhD, Professor, Amur State University, Russian Federation;

  • Andrey B. Shluinsky, PhD (Philology), Senior Researcher, Institute of Linguistics of Russian Academy of Science, Russian Federation;

  • Juha Janhunen, Professor, University of Helsinki, Finland.

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Short-term Non-degree Regular Programme

This programme is intended for international students, who wish to spend a term or two at the FAAS attending classes, which they have chosen from amongst those courses available at that time. All international students are eligible for admission to this programme. Applications may be made for Autumn or Spring Terms. The total academic load is 20 hours a week. Non-degree students will attend classes together with students following degree programmes.


Study and Research Non-degree Regular Programme

This programme is intended for international students and researchers wishing to stay in the Faculty for a month or longer to carry out research and attend classes. All international students or researchers are eligible for admission to this programme. Applications are welcome for any time of the academic year. Those admitted to this programme may attend any of the classes available in the Faculty at the time (up to a maximum of 20 hours per week). A leading expert in the field of the student’s research will be assigned as his/her academic advisor. The advisor may be chosen from amongst the Faculty members or from external staff who work in other academic or research institutions in St. Petersburg. All applicants are advised to inform the Faculty about the sphere of their scientific interests in advance.


Individual Non-regular Programme

Individual training and research programmes can be arranged by negotiation with the Faculty to meet the specific needs of an applicant. Applications are welcome at any time of the academic year. The cost of such a programme will depend on its academic load, duration, and the cost of any other services provided by the Faculty to meet the applicant’s requirements.


Language Courses

Any of the Asian or African languages taught in the Faculty can be studied as separate subjects or in combination with other area or language related disciplines, either in small study groups or taught individually. This option is available throughout the year. Tuition fees will be calculated according to the academic load.


Since the Faculty does not provide funding to international students, practically all applicants who can afford the tuition fees and living expenses in St. Petersburg will be admitted to programmes, provided they are academically eligible. However, to be admitted to a degree programme the applicant must demonstrate sufficient Russian language proficiency by taking the Russian as a Foreign Language Test (basic level 1). This can be taken either in St. Petersburg or in any other city.

Thus it is important that before submitting an application, prospective students should consider their Russian language skills. If these are poor, and the student intends to take a preparatory course in the Russian language, this should be indicated in the application form together with the duration of the course to be taken. The date on which the student becomes available to commencing studying in the Faculty should be made clear.

Students seeking admission to BA or MA programmes should clearly state the title and level of the programme they wish to follow. Before admission students are advised to check with the Faculty that their chosen programme is available in the year of admission sought, since not every BA or MA programme is available every year. Non-degree programmes can be arranged according to the needs of the prospective student, and thus applications should state as clearly as possible which courses they wish to attend and/or which area of studies they are interested in.

The FAAS Library is оnе of the oldest of its kind in Russia. It was established in 1819, when several manuscripts in Persian, Turkish and Tartar as well as а number of books оn Oriental Studies were donated by the Chamber of Curiosities (Kunstkamera) and by the Asian Museum to the Imperial University of St. Petersburg оn the occasion of its inauguration. The library is well-stocked with books and materials totaling 285,000 items, of which 50,000 are manuscripts and xylographs.

There are a number of Research Centres in the Faculty.  

Centre for Korean Language & Culture
Centre for Vietnamese Studies
Confucius Institute (Chinese Culture and Language Studies)
India Information Center
Research Laboratory for Analysis and Modeling of Social Processes


The FAAS not only maintains active cooperation with some of the largest science and research centres in Russia, but also it participates in cooperative international programmes with a number of higher institutions in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. In particular, the Faculty cooperates with universities in Japan, China, South Korea, Mongolia, Egypt, Germany, Finland, Spain, Great Britain and the USA.

The Faculty organises regular international conferences and scientific seminars, in which specialists from many countries take part.

The Faculty publishes scientific articles on various issues of Oriental studies, contributed by Russian and foreign authors.