Alexander A. Panov

Junior research fellow of the Center for History and Cultural Anthropology

Contacts:
123001 Spiridonovka st. 30/1 Moscow, Russia
Tel: +7 495 691-41-19
Email: klimchugunkin.81@mail.ru
Skype: alexander_panov.1981

Personal status:
Born on April 29, 1981 in Taganrog, Rostov Region, Russia/USSR.

Academic degrees and titles:
2009 – 2013: Post-graduate student of the Centre for History and Cultural Anthropology, Institute for African Studies, Russian Academy of Science (speciality “World History”)
2009: M.A. (Social Anthropology) from the Russian State University for Humanities, Center of Social Anthropology, Moscow, Russia (speciality: “Social Anthropology of Sub-Saharan Africa). Graduation thesis: The Role of Trade in the Process of African City’s Formation Before European Arrival (cases of Northern and Southwestern Nigeria).
2000: Diploma in law from the Taganrog Polytechnic College.

Language competence:
Fluent: Russian, English, French. Limited knowledge: Swahili, Portuguese.

Research interests:

- Processes of nation-building and transformation of cultural identities in the East African states in XX – XXI c.
- Political crises of XXI c. in Africa and their humanitarian consequences
- Migration from Sub-Saharan Africa, problem of refugees
- Modern mass culture in Sub-Saharan Africa
- Image of Russia in Africa

Academic experience:

Since May 2013: Institute for African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, Centre for History and Cultural Anthropology. Position: Junior research fellow.
January 2008 – February 2010. Institute for African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, Centre of Encyclopedia “Africa”. Position: Senior assistant-researcher.

Academic trips abroad
2014: Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo (North Kivu province). Participation in “Kwibuka 20” program devoted to 20th anniversary of the genocide against Tutsis in Rwanda.
2013: Benin, Burkina Faso, Niger. The research project “African Students in USSR: after-graduation social mobility and career promotion”.
2010: Rwanda. Observation for the Commemoration mourning week for the victims of the Genocide against Tutsis”.
2009: Rwanda (as a member of research expedition of Institute for African Studies of Russian Academy of Science). The research project “Image of Russia in Africa”.

Scholarly associations’ membership:
Since January 2012: European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA).

Other current responsibilities:
Since July 2014. Field: Press Agency. Workplace: Russian Press Agency TASS. Position: Editor of Monitoring Department.
December 2012 – July 2014. Field: NGO; Workplace: Civic Assistance Committee (Moscow, Russia); Position: social worker and French translator.
Since February 2011. Field: Web-Journalism; Workplace: “Liva” (www.liva.com.ua), Ukrainian online magazine. Position: co-editor, columnist.
February 2010 – January 2012. Field: International Tourism; Workplace: Moyo Africa Explorations Ltd (Arusha, Tanzania). Position: Sales and Marketing Manager.

Anthropological fieldwork experience:
1. January – June 2006. Field: Moscow, Russia. Research issue: Moscow flashmobbers as a new subculture.
2. June 2007. Field: Moscow Zoo, Russia. Research issue: Ethological aspects of children reaction at the moment of facing the different types of animals.
3. June 2008. Field: Republic of Karelia, Russia. Research issue: Transformation of family as a social institute in rural area: from Soviet era to nowadays).
4. November 2009. Field: Republic of Rwanda. Researching issue: The image of Russia in Africa in comparison with images of USA, Europe, China, Islamic world.

Publications (those in English or French are bolded):
I. Journal Articles and Book Chapters:
1. The Ancestor’s Cult in Modern African City. In T. M. Gavristova (eds.). Africa: History, Economy, Politics, Culture: Collection of Materials of VI Russian School of Junior Africanists. Yaroslavl: Yaroslavl Demidov State University Press, 2007. P. 149 – 155.
2. Flashmob in Moscow and in Russia. In M.Y. Martynova (ed.). The Youth’s Subcultures in Moscow. Moscow: IEA RAS Press, 2009. P. 344 – 384.
3. The Crisis of Traditional Family and Representations of the Marriage in Karelian Countryside in XX – beginning of XXI Centuries. In D.P. Bak, V.V. Minaev (eds.). The Field Researches of the RSUH Students. Ethnology. Folkloristic. Linguistic. Religion Researches. V. 4. Moscow: RSUH Press, 2009. P. 36 – 49.
4. The Memory of Genocide as the Basis of New Rwandan Nationalism. In T.V. Evgenieva (ed.). Russia and Africa: Problems of National and State Ideology. Moscow: Institute for African Studies Press, 2012. P. 206 – 246.
5. Les printemps arabes croqués par le dessinateur de presse Godfrey Mwampembwa (dit Gado). In: Afrique contemporaine. No 245. 2013. P. 37 – 52.
6. Substance of Tutsi and Hutu Identities in Rwanda: Processes of Transformation in the Context of Political History of the State. In D. M. Bondarenko, E. B. Demintseva (eds.). Africa: Processes of Socail and Cultural Transformation. Moscow: Institute for African Studies Press, 2014. P. 47 – 77.
7. Rwanda. “Kwibuka-20”: Memory on Genocide, Debates, Discussions // Asia and Africa Today. 2015, No 2. P. 53-58, No 3. P. 41-45.
8. “We are all Rwandans”: Resistance to Genocide as a Nation-building Process. In D. M. Bondarenko (ed.). Collection of essays of Junior scholars council of Institute for African Studies of Russian Academy of Science. Vol. 1. M., 2015. P. 54-92.
9. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim: Mauritian Royal Majesty // Asia and Africa Today. 2016, No 3. – p. 52-60
10. “Blaise Compaoré Is Dead, Thomas Sankara Still Alive!”: Images, Narratives and Discourses of Popular Uprising in Burkina Faso (2014–2015) // «Новое прошлое / New Past». 2016, №4. – p. 111-138.

II. Conference Paper Abstracts:
1. Religious and Secular Higher Education as Factor of Common Racism and Xenophobia. In D.M. Bondarenko and O.I. Kavykin (eds.). “Hierarchy and Power in the History of Civilizations”. Fifth International Conference (Moscow, June 23–26, 2009). Abstracts. Moscow: Institute for African Studies Press, 2009. P. 312.
2. Religious and Secular Higher Education as Factor of Common Racism and Xenophobia in modern Russia. In V. A. Tishkov (ed.). VIIIth Congress of Russian ethnologists and anthropologists. Abstracts. Orenburg: Orenburg State Agrarian University Press, 2009. P. 273.
3. Marriage Relations and Representation of Marriage in Karelian Village at XX – Beginning of XXI Centuries. In V. A. Tishkov (ed.). VIIIth Congress of Russian ethnologists and anthropologists. Abstracts. Orenburg: Orenburg State Agrarian University Press, 2009. P. 517.
4. The Nation of the Victorious Feminism: The Main Intentions of the Rwandan Government in the Sphere of Gender Policy. In A.M. Vassiliev (ed.). Africa in the Changing World Development Paradigm. 12th Conference of Africanists. Moscow: Institute for African Studies Press, 2011. P. 127-128.
5. Politics and Politicians of The East African Community in the Works of Godfrey Mwampembwa (Gado). In: V. G. Shubin, N. A. Zherlitsina (eds.). Problems of Africa’s Researches in Russia and Abroad: Materials of XI School of Russian Junior Africanists. Kazan, 2012. P. 137 - 139.
6. Nomothetic and Ideographic Approaches to Analysis of Rwanda's Modern History. In: N. A. Zherlitsina (ed.). BRICS and Perspectives of Africa’s Socio-economic, Political and Cultural Development: Materials of XII School of Russian Junior Africanists. Moscow, 2013. P. 139 – 140.
7. Woman as an Object and Subject of Genocide in Rwanda. In N. L. Pushkareva, Z. Z. Mukhina (eds). Womens and Women's Movements for the World without War and Armed Conflicts (to the 70th Anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War). Papers of the 8th International Conference of Russian Association for Research in Women's History and the Institute for Ethnology and Anthropology of Russian Academy of Science. Vol. 3. Moscow - Stary Oskol, 2015. P. 76-79.

III. Encyclopedia entries
1 - 6. Annan; Ansah; Brew (with N.S. Frolova); Vahbi (with T.A. Putintseva); Dove Danquah; Kakamega // In A.M. Vassiliev (ed.). Africa. Encyclopedia. Vol. 1. Moscow: Entsiklopedija; INFRA-M, 2010. P. 451, 452, 586, 628, 788, 955.
7 – 28. Kenitra; Kimberley; Kissidogou; Kodjo; Colenso, Compaoré (with D.M. Bondarenko); Kgositsile; Makeba; Mamdani; Moore; Mancham; N’Diaye; Traditional Modes of Production; Rwanda: Architecture and Visual Arts, Cinema, Media (all – with V.N. Shilov); Settat; Ceuta; Citole; Ouedraogo; Chaillu; Soyinka (with B.G. Petruk). In In A.M. Vassiliev (ed.). Africa. Encyclopedia. Vol. 2. Moscow: Entsiklopedija; INFRA-M, 2010. P. 44, 68-69, 71, 76, 79, 86, 131-132, 276, 306-307, 407, 414, 442, 551-552, 592-593, 593-594, 594, 656, 656, 662, 832, 919, 927-928.

IV. Translations
1. Ambrose Reeves. The Sharpeville Massacre – A Watershed in South Africa (from English to Russian): Online Russian magazine “Scepsis” ( http://scepsis.ru/library/id_2803.html#a1 ).

V. Reviews:
1. Phenomenology of Tropical Nazism (Reviewed work: One Hundred Days of Madness: Rwandan Genocide of 1994 by I.V. Krivushin). In: Asia and Africa Today. 2015, No 10. P. 73-75.

Papers at:
1. Seminar in the State Republic Centre of Russian Folklore. June, 2006, Moscow, Russia. “Subculture of Russian Flashmobbers”.
2. VI Russian School of Young Africanists. October, 2007. Yaroslavl, Russia. “Ancestor’s Cult in Modern African City”.
3. “The Field Researches of the RSUH Students”. Scientific Student’s Conference. December, 2008, Russian State University for Humanities, Moscow, Russia. “Crisis of Traditional Family and Representations of the Marriage in Karelian Countryside in XX – early XXI Centuries”.
4. Seminar of the Centre of History and Cultural Anthropology of the Institute for African Studies, Russian Academy of Science. September 2010, Moscow, Russia. “Totem, but not Taboo: The Memory on Genocide in Modern Rwanda. Observing the Mourning Week in the Context of Study of National Ideology”.
5. “Africa in the Changing World Development Paradigm”. 12th Conference of Africanists. May 24 - 26, 2013, Institute for African Studies, Moscow, Russia. “The Nation of the Victorious Feminism: The Main Intentions of the Rwandan Government in the Sphere of Gender Policy”.
6. “Fieldwork in Africa Today: New Options and Challenges”. EASA Africanists Network - Inter-conference Workshop. March 30 – 31, 2012. Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany. “Museum as Anthropological Field”.
7. “Problems of Africa’s Researches in Russia and Abroad”. XI School of Russian Junior Africanists. November 14 - 15, 2012. Kazan (Volga region) Federal University, Kazan, Russia. “Politics and Politicians of The East African Community in the Works of Godfrey Mwampembwa (Gado)”.
8. “African Dynamics in a Multipolar World”. 5th European Conference on African Studies. June 26 – 29, 2013. Instituto Univesitário de Lisboa (ISCTE – IUL), Lisbon, Portugal. “We Are All Rwandans”: Resisters to Genocide as Collective National Hero”.
9. “BRICS and Perspectives of Africa’s Socio-economic, Political and Cultural Development”. XII School of Russian Junior Africanists. November 7 – 8, 2013, National Research University – Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia. “Nomothetic and Ideographic Approaches to Analysis of Rwanda's Modern History”.
10. “Urban Anthropology”. Conference of Young Scholars. December 4 – 6, 2013, Institute for Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy of Science, Moscow, Russia. “Marginal African Migrants in Moscow: Modes of Social Behavior and Strategies of Survival”.
11. Regular Workshop of Junior Researchers’ Council of the Institute for African Studies, Russian Academy of Science. February 25, 2014, Institute for African Studies, Moscow, Russia. “Rwanda 59 and Zanzibar 64: Two Revolutions of the Epoch of Decolonization in East Africa”.
12. “Anthropology. Study of Folklore. Sociolinguistis”. Students’ of European University in St. Petersburg Conference. March 27 – 29, 2014, European University, St. Petersburg, Russia. “Marginal African Migrants in Moscow: Modes of Social Behavior and Strategies of Survival”.
13. “Society and Politics in Africa: Traditional, Transitional and New”. 13th International African Studies Conference. May 27 – 30, 2014, Institute for African Studies, Moscow, Russia. “The History of Rwandan Cinema in the Light of Nation Building”.
14. “Soviet Institutions and Liberation Movements: Places of Memory or Memory of the Places?”. Panel discussion in the exhibition of postcolonial art “Ten Thousand wiles and a Hundred Thousand Tricks” of the project “Meeting Point 7”. July 8, 2014. Institute for Afrian Studies, Moscow, Russia.
15. “Challenges for Russia in Changing World”. All-Russian Conference in the network of Academic Forum “Moscow Science Week 2014” September 9 – 10, 2014, Institute of World Economy and International Relations of Russian Academy of Science (IMEMO, RAS), Moscow, Russia. “Image of Russia in Africa: Fieldwork in 2009, 2013 and 2014”.
16. “African States in Global Politics of XXI century”. XIII All-Russian School of Junior Africanists. November 7-8, 2014. Saint-Petersburg State University. Image of Russia in Africa: Fieldwork in 2009, 2013 and 2014”.
17. “Power and Violence in Non-Western Societies: problems of theoretical comprehension and practical analysis”. March, 19-20, 2015. Higher School of Economics - National Research University, Moscow. “Balai Citoyen” Burkinabé Social Movement: Apolitical Revolutionaries?”.
18. Womens and Women's movement for the World without War and Armed Conflicts (to the 70th Anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War). 8th International Conference of Russian Association for Research in Women's History and the Institute for Ethnology and Anthropology of Russian Academy of Science. October 8-11, 2015. Stary Oskol, Russia. “Woman as an Object and Subject of Genocide in Rwanda”.