Deputy Director of the Institute for African studies in charge of research, Ph.D., D.Sc. (Hist.)

Bondarenko graduated with the M.A. degree (with distinction) in 1990 from the Lomonosov Moscow State University Department of Ethnography, School of History. Since then he has been working for the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences from which he holds the Ph.D. (1993) and D.Sc. (Doctor of Sciences, 2000).

He has headed the Institute’s expeditions in the African states of Tanzania (thrice), Nigeria, Benin, Rwanda, and Zambia.

Dmitri has been a visiting scholar with the Program of African Studies of Northwestern University (Evanston, USA), Max Plank Society Institute of History (Goettingen, Germany; twice), and Maison des sciences de l’homme (Paris, France), a guest lecturer at universities of Russia, the USA, Egypt, Tanzania, Slovenia, and Angola.

He is Full Professor of the Center of Social Anthropology of the Russian State University for the Humanities at which he currently teaches Anthropology and History of Sub-Saharan Africa, Political Anthropology, and History of Anthropology.

Bondarenko is a member of the African Studies Association (USA), Societe des Africanistes (France), European Association of Social Anthropologists, American Anthropological Association, International Economic History Congress. He is a member (the Chairperson in 2006–2008) of the European Association of Social Anthropologists Africanist Network Executive Committee and of the Russian Academy of Sciences Research Council for the Problems of Economic, Social, Political and Cultural Development of African Countries.

Dmitri has participated in the international conferences held in Russia, Ukraine, USA, India, Egypt, Germany, Poland, Nigeria, Denmark, Lebanon, Austria, Finland, UK, South Africa, Switzerland, Slovenia, and Ireland.

He is a co-founder and co-editor of the international English-language “Social Evolution and History” journal.

Among Bondarenko’s notable professional awards are the Grant of the Foundation for National Science Support for outstanding young D.Sc. holders (2008, 2009) and the European Academy prize for young Commonwealth of Independent States scholars (for the monograph Benin on the Eve of the First Contacts with Europeans: Personality. Society. Authority) (1997).

The main spheres of Dmitri’s professional interests are the cultures and history of Sub-Saharan Africa , the socio-cultural evolution theory, political anthropology, preindustrial societies, the ethno-racial, religious, and international dimensions of contemporary intercultural interaction.

By now Dmitri Bondarenko has authored over 300 publications, including 5 monographs:

Homoarchy: A Principle of Culture’s Organization. The 13th – 19th Centuries Benin Kingdom as a Non-State Supercomplex Society. Moscow: KomKniga, 2006. 184 P. (in English)

A Popular History of Benin. The Rise and Fall of a Mighty Forest Kingdom . Frankfurt am Main etc.: Peter Lang, 2003. 391 P. (with P.M. Roese) (in English)

Pre-imperial Benin: Formation and Evolution of the Socio-political Institutions System. Moscow: Institute for African Studies Press, 2001. 350 P. (in Russian)

The Theory of Civilizations and the Dynamics of Historical Process in Pre-colonial Tropical Africa. Moscow: Institute for African Studies Press, 1997. 71 P. (in Russian)

Benin on the Eve of the First Contacts with Europeans: Personality. Society. Authority. Moscow: Institute for African Studies Press, 1995. 339 P. (in Russian)