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Irina Fyodorovna
Popova

Head of the Department of Manuscripts and Documents at the IOM RAS
Director of the IOM RAS
Professor
Doctor of Sciences (equiv. Habilitation) - History
Corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences
In 1983, graduated from the Oriental Faculty of the Leningrad (St. Petersburg) State University with a degree in History of China. In 1986, completed postgraduate studies at the Leningrad Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR (now the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences) under the guidance of Professor A.S. Martynov.

In 1986, joined the staff of the Leningrad Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences as a Junior Researcher; in 1997–2003, worked as a Researcher and Academic Secretary of the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies, RAS.

Since April 10, 2003 – Director of the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences / Institute of Oriental Manuscripts, RAS (in 2007–2009 – Director-Organizer of the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences).

1988 – Ph.D. Thesis subject: “Rules for Emperors" (Di fan) by Tang Taizong as a Source on the Chinese Political Thought of the Early 7th Century”.

2000 – Dr. of Hist. Thesis subject: “The Theory of the State Rulership in the Early Tang China”.

Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences (2019).

Member of the Council for Science and Education under the President of the Russian Federation (2020).

Professor at St. Petersburg State University, Honorary Professor of Lanzhou University, Ningxia University, Shandong University, Peoples’ University of China (Beijing), Shaanxi Normal University (Xi’an), Honorary Doctor of the Institute of History of the Academy of Sciences of China.

The main fields of research: history and historiography of China; political ideology, governance, administrative system and military policy of Medieval China; Dunhuang Studies; textual criticism; history of Oriental Studies; bibliography.

Author of more than 200 academic works, including 9 monographs (5 of them are collective); editor of 19 collected works; Editor-in-Chief of academic periodicals: “Pis'mennye pamiatniki Vostoka” (in Russian), “Strany i narody Vostoka” (“Countries and Peoples of the Orient”), “Written Monuments of the Orient” (English version); Deputy Chair of the Editorial Board of the academic series “Pamiatniki pismennosti Vostoka” (“Written Monuments in the Oriental Scripts”). Member of the editorial boards of Russian and foreign academic periodicals, including “Turfan Studies” (“Tulufan yanju”, China), “Study of the Documents in the Chinese Minorities Scripts” (“Minzu guji yanju”, China), “Studia Orientalia Slovaca” (Comenius University, Bratislava), etc.

Awards

2013 – S. F. Oldenburg Prize of the Government of St. Petersburg and the St. Petersburg Scientific Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences for outstanding results in the field of the study of written heritage of China and Central Asia.
2016 – Honorary rank "Yangzi Scholar" 长江 学者 of the Ministry of Education of the PRC for achievements in the study of ancient and medieval history of China.
2017 – Medal "Friendship" of the Government of Mongolia.
2018 – Medal of the Order for Merit to the Republic of Tatarstan.
2020 – Frähn Medal for “Outstanding Achievements in Oriental Studies” from Kazan (Volga Region) Federal University.

Publications ( the entire list as a *.pdf file)

[2021]

Academician-Orientalist V. P. Vasilyev: Kazan—Beijing—Saint Petersburg. (Essays and materials) [Академик-востоковед В. П. Васильев: Казань—Пекин—Санкт-Петербург (очерки и материалы)] / Valeyev R.M., Walravens H., Datsyshen V.G., Elantseva O.P., Zhukov V.Y., Kulganek I.V., Liu Liqiu, Martynov D.Y., Mayatsky D.M., Pang T.A., Uspensky V.L.; compiled by Pang T.A.; eds. Valeyev R.M., Kulganek I.V. Saint Petersburg, Kazan, 2021. 320 p., ill.

Lundysheva O., Turanskaya A., Umemura H. Catalogue of the Old Uyghur manuscripts and blockprints in the Serindia Collection of the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts, RAS. Volume 1 [=Каталог древнеуйгурских рукописей и ксилографов Сериндийского фонда Института восточных рукописей РАН. Том 1] / Edited by P. Zieme. Manuscripts conservation by K. Korosteleva. With forewords by I. F. Popova and T. Hamashita. Tokyo: The Toyo Bunko, 2021. 386 p., ill. ISBN: 978-4-8097-0306-5

[2018]

Brush and Qalam. 200 Years of the collection of the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts. Exhibition Catalogue. Ed. by I. F. Popova, A. D. Pritula, N. V. Yampolskaya. Saint Petersburg: The State Hermitage Publishers, 2018.

Popova I.F. Pearls from the Chinese Collections of the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts, RAS. St. Petersburg: Kvarta, 2018. 159 p., ill. ISBN 978-5-89609-531-6.

[2017]

Countries and Peoples of the East. Vol. XXXVII. The State in the East. Ed. by I.F.Popova, I.V.Bogdanov.Moscow: Nauka - Vostochnaya literatura 2017. 327 p. ISBN 978-5-02-039782-8.

[2016]

[Review:] “Vtoroi” i “Tretii” al’bomy o. Iakinfa (N.Ya. Bichurina) [The “Second” and “Third” Albums of Fr. Iakinf (N.Ya. Bichurin)] / Introduction by Academician V.S. Miasnikov and O.V. Vassilieva. Publication by O.V. Vassilieva — St. Petersburg: National Library of Russia, 2012. — 56 pp. + 58 pp. of facsimiles (Nontraditional sources on the history of China during the Qing Dynasty (1644–1911), by Irina F. Popova // Written Monuments of the Orient. 1(3), 2016. P. 113–114.

[2015]

The Buddhist Traditions of Russia: Commemorating the 250th Anniversary of the Lineage of the Pandita Khambo Lamas [Учение Будды в России: 250 лет институту Пандито Хамбо-лам]. Editorial Board: Prof. Dr. I. F. Popova (chief editor); B. B. Badmaev; Prof. Dr. V. L. Uspensky; Dr. A. V. Zorin (executive editor); A. A. Sizova (secretary). St. Petersburg: St. Petersburg Centre for Oriental Studies Publishers, 2015. 186 р.

Countries and Peoples of the East. Vol. XXXVI. Religions of the East. Ed. by I.F.Popova, T.D.Skrynnikova.Moscow: Nauka - Vostochnaya literatura 2015. 431 p. ISBN 978-5-02-039952-5.

Popova I. A Dunhuang Document on the Division of Property from the Serindia Fund of the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts, RAS // Written Monuments of the Orient. 1(1), 2015. P. 4-13.

[2014]

Countries and Peoples of the East. Vol. XXXV. Collections, texts and their "biographies". Ed. by I.F.Popova, T.D.Skrynnikova.Moscow: Nauka - Vostochnaya literatura 2014. 439 p. ISBN 978-5-02-036581-0.

Popova I. Depictions of Tributaries of the August Qing 皇清職貢圖 and Hyacinth Bichurin’s First Album // East Asian Studies: Festschrift in Honor of the Retirement of Professor Takata Tokio. Kyoto: Rinsen Book Co., 2014. P. 401-415.

Tibetology in St. Petersburg. Collected papers. Issue 1. Editorial Board: I.F.Popova (chief editor), B.B.Badmaev, A.V.Zorin (executive editor), V.L.Uspensky. St. Petersburg: St. Petersburg Centre for Oriental Studies Publishers, 2014.

[2013]

Popova I. Tang Political Treatise from Dunhuang: “Heavenly Instructions” (Tian xun) // Studies in Chinese Manuscripts from the Warring States Period to the 20th Century. Ed. by Imre Galambos. Budapest: Institute of East Asian Studies, Eötvös Loránd University, 2013. P. 59-79. (Buddhist Monographs Asian Series, Series Editor Imre Hamar.)

[2012]

Dunhuang Studies: Prospects and Problems for the Coming Second Century of Research / 敦煌學:第二個百年的研究視角與問題 / Дуньхуановедение: перспективы и проблемы второго столетия исследований. Ed. by I.Popova and Liu Yi. Slavia Publishers, St. Petersburg, 2012.

Popova I. / 波波娃. The Chinese Documents of the “Serindia Collection” of the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts, RAS / 俄羅斯科學院東方文獻研究所西域收藏品中的 漢文文獻研究 // Dunhuang Studies: Prospects and Problems for the Coming Second Century of Research / 敦煌學:第二個百年的研究視角與問題. St. Petersburg: Slavia Publishers, 2012. P. 205—208.

Popova I. Remarks on the Documents SI 0/32 (4112) and Дх-18923 of the IOM RAS Collection // Talking about Dunhuang on the Riverside of the Neva / 涅瓦河邊談敦煌. Ed. by TAKATA Tokio / 高田時雄編. Institute ror Research in Humanities Kyoto University / 京都大學人文科學研究所 2012. P. 21—38.

[2011]

Transactions of the Archives of Orientalists of the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts, RAS. Edited by Irina Popova. Issue No 1. Studies of Orientalists at the time of the Leningrad Blockade (1941-1944). Moscow: Vostochnaya Literatura Publishers, 2011.

Works of the Orientalists during the Siege of Leningrad (1941-1944) [Труды востоковедов в годы блокады Ленинграда (1941—1944)]. Ed. by I.F.Popova. Moscow, Vostochnaya Literatura Publishers, 2011. 343 p. (Works Kept at the Archives of the Orientalists, Issue 1 [Труды Архива востоковедов. Выпуск первый].)

[2010]

Countries and Peoples of the East [Страны и народы Востока] / General editor of the series M.N.Bogolyubov. Ed. by I.F.Popova and A.M.Reshetov. Vol. 33. Moscow, Vostochnaya Literatura Publishers 2010.

[2009]

Beijing During the Qing Dynasty: Pictures of Folklife (min-su hua) [Цинский Пекин. Картины народной жизни (миньсухуа)]. Introduction, translation from Chinese, notes by I.F.Popova. St Petersburg, Slaviya Publishers 2009. 248 p.

On the Trail of Texts Along the Silk Road. Russian Expeditions Discoveries of Manuscripts in Central Asia / The Catalogue of the Exhibition. Introductory articles by I.Popova and Takata Tokio. Entries by E.I.Kychanov, I.F.Popova, L.Yu.Tugusheva, M.I.Vorobyova-Desyatovskaya. Kyoto 2009.

[2008]

The Caves of One Thousand Buddhas. Russian Expeditions along the Silk Route. On the Occasion of 190 Years of the Asiatic Museum. Exhibition Catalogue. St Petersburg, The State Hermitage Publishers 2008.

Popova I.F. S.F. Oldenburg's First Russian Turkestan Expedition (1909-1910) // Russian Expeditions to Central Asia at the Turn of the 20th Century / Collected articles. Edited by I.F. Popova. St Petersburg, Slavia Publishers, 2008. P. 148-157.

Popova I.F. S.F. Oldenburg’s Second Russian Turkestan Expedition (1914-1915) // Russian Expeditions to Central Asia at the Turn of the 20th Century / Collected articles. Edited by I.F. Popova. St Petersburg, Slavia Publishers, 2008. P. 158-175.

Popova I.F. Russian Expeditions to Central Asia at the Turn of the 20th Century // Russian Expeditions to Central Asia at the Turn of the 20th Century / Collected articles. Edited by I.F. Popova. St Petersburg, Slavia Publishers, 2008. P. 11-39.

Russian Expeditions to Central Asia at the Turn of the 20th Century [Российские экспедиции в Центральную Азию в конце XIX — начале XX века]. Collected articles. Edited by I.F. Popova. St Petersburg, Slavia Publishers, 2008. 244 p., ill.

[2004]

Central Asian Law: An Historical Overview. A Festschrift for The Ninetieth Birthday of Herbert Franke. Edited by W.Johnson, I.F.Popova. Society for Asian Legal History, The Hall Center for the Humanities, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Ks. 2004.

Popova I.F. The Administrative and Legal Regulations of the Tang Emperors for the Frontier Territories // Central Asian Law: An Historical Overview. Kansas 2004. P. 41-54.

[1999]

Popova I.F. Political Practice and Ideology of Early T'ang China [Политическая практика и идеология раннетанского Китая]. Moscow, Vostochnaya Literatura Publishers 1999. 279 p.


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