Society and Politics in Africa in the Historical and Cultural Aspects

Conveners: Dr. Natalia A. Zherlitsina (Institute for African Studies, Moscow, Russia);
e-mail:, Dr. Irina G. Tatarovskaya (Institute for African Studies, Moscow, Russia); e- mail:

The panel will concentrate on two basic directions. First, it is a research of various aspects of African history, its interrelation with world history, and also analysis of historical connections between the countries of the continent and Russia/USSR. Secondly, it is proposed to consider the cultural component of the African countries development, and its role in the bilateral Russian - African relations. Special attention will be paid to the processes which have emerged on the continent and in the bilateral relations in the crucial moments of history. The study of the topics will allow to expand the understanding of Africa and the Russian-African relations.