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Alexei Igorevich

Researcher at the IOM RAS
Born on October 19, 1968 to a family of Assyriologists. In 1985 graduated from the Faculty of History of the Leningrad University (Department of Classical Antiquity directed by Prof. Eduard Frolov). In 1990‒1991 worked at the Computer Laboratory of the Institute of Linguistic Studies of the Academy of Sciences under direction from Prof. Nikolay Kazansky, developing software for the study of Ancient Greek texts, namely Septuaginta.

In parallel with studies of the Ancient History, studied photography and cinema. From 1986 on, worked in the team of the Russian film director Alexander Sokurov. In 1991 entered FEMIS, Fondation Européene pour les Métiers de l'Image et du Son, a cinema school in Paris. In 1990-1994 contributed to editing of the English versions of the last two books by Prof. Igor M. Diakonoff (1915‒1999), “Archaic Myths of Orient and Occident” (published in 1997), “The Paths of History” (published in 1999).

On his return to St. Petersburg in 1995 participated in the project of Indo-European Thesaurus at the Institute of Linguistic Studies and published papers on the early history of the Greek tragedy. From 1998 until 2015 contributed to several films by Alexander Sokurov as production manager, assistant director, film editor, among them “Elegy of a Voyage” (a travel from Russia to Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, 2001) and “Francofonia” (the Louvre under the Nazi occupation, 2015). Author, director and editor of “The Kirkenes Ethics. Igor M. Diakonoff” (1997‒2012), “We Need Happiness” (Kurdistan-Iraq, 2010).

In 2013, curator of the exhibition “Les Courageux / De Heldhaftigen” (“The Braves”) in the Galeries de la Reine in Brussels, dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the looting of the Iraq National Museum. During the preparation for the exhibition, became acquainted with members of the international community of archaeologists, Assyriologists, museum workers, law enforcement specialists involved in the effort to protect Iraqi cultural heritage.

On the base of this knowledge and thanks to the support from the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts, Alexander Foundation and Time on Maps project, organised an international conference “Facing the Chaos. Protection of Tangible and Intangible Heritage in XXI century”, which took place at the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts in May 2016. The resulting contacts allowed Russian scholars to return to archaeological investigation in Iraq. At present, Alexei Jankowski-Diakonoff co-directs, together with Dr. Shahmardan Amirov (Institute of Archaeology of the Russian Academy of Sciences) the Iraqi-Russian Multidiscipline Project.


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