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Sergey A. Ivanov

  • Sergey A. Ivanov has been at HSE University since 2013.

Education and Degrees

  • 1997

    Doctor of Sciences* in World History
    Russian Academy of Sciences
    Thesis Title: Byzantine Holy Foolery

  • 1984

    Candidate of Sciences* (PhD) in World History
    Thesis Title: Procopius of Caesarea on the Slavs

  • 1978

    Degree in Classics
    Lomonosov Moscow State University, Dept. of Letters

* Candidate of Sciences
According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, Candidate of Sciences belongs to ISCED level 8 - "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar. Candidate of Sciences allows its holders to reach the level of the Associate Professor.
* Doctor of Sciences
A post-doctoral degree called Doctor of Sciences is given to reflect second advanced research qualifications or higher doctorates in ISCED 2011.

Awards and Accomplishments

  • Best Teacher – 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2014

  • Winner of the HSE University Best Russian Research Paper Competition – 2021

Courses (2023/2024)

Courses (2021/2022)

Courses (2020/2021)

Courses (2019/2020)

Courses (2018/2019)

Courses (2017/2018)

Editorial board membership

2007: Member of the Editorial Board, Scripta & e-Scripta.


scholarly grant of HSE


  • 2019
    ΧΧΙΙ Всероссийская сессия византинистов (Екатеринбург). Presentation: Антоний Новгородец и его византийский гид
  • 2018
    Восточная Европа в древности и средневековье: XXX чтения памяти чл.-корр. РАН В.Т. Пашуто (Москва). Presentation: Нашествие Святослава на Византию в Житии Нифонта Константианского
  • The Byzantine Commonwealth 50 years on: Empires and their Afterlife (Oxford). Presentation: The Reluctant Empire
  • Mission als transkulturelles und transnationales Phänomen (Шанхай). Presentation: Die byzantinische Mission und das chinesische Christentum
  • Byzantine Commonwealth 50 years on (Оксфорд). Presentation: the reluctant Empire
  • 2017
    Constantinople: en mémoire de G Dagron (Paris). Presentation: Constantinople in the Oldest Versions of the Life of Basul the Younger
  • 2016
    23rd International Congress of Byzantine Studies (Белград). Presentation: Slit Noses, Flush Toilets and Other Byzantine realia as Reflected in the Oldest Version of the Life of Basil the Younger
  • Theoretical Approaches to Byzantine Reception Studies (Стокгольм). Presentation: Byzantium and Russia Between East and West
  • XXIII International Congress of Byzantine Studies (Белград). Presentation: Flush toilets, Torn nostrils and Other Byzantine realia in the Oldest Slavic translation of the the Life of Basil the Younger
  • XXI Всероссийская научная сессия византинистов (Белгород). Presentation: Телеграф Льва Математика: история, астрология, сказка

  • Asia-Pacific Early Christian Studies Society 10th Annual Conference (Санкт-Петербург). Presentation: The Survival of Extravagant Saintliness in the Mid-Byzantine Period


Employment history

Institute of Slavic and Balkan Studies of the Academy of sciences


teaching at different universitites since 1996

Timetable for today

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HSE Academics Elected Fellows of the British Academy

Galin Tihanov, Chief Research Fellow of Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities and Professor of Queen Mary University of London, and Sergey Ivanov, Professor of the HSE Institute for Oriental and Classical Studies (IOCS) have been elected fellows of the British Academy. In an interview with the HSE News Service, Sergey Ivanov speaks about this important event, his new responsibilities as a fellow of the Academy, and his short-term research plans.

The Politics of a Kiss

Who Kissed Each Other and Why in Byzantium

HSE Scholars at 23rd International Congress of Byzantine Studies in Belgrade

Professor Sergey Ivanov and Lecturer Varvara Zharkaya presented papers on Byzantine Culture

The Holy Fools Symposium in Munich

Sergey Ivanov, Professor at the School of Philology took part in the international symposium ‘The Holy Fools’ as co-organizer of the event. The symposium was held on September 11-12 at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. Ivanov presented the report ‘Holy Foolery as an Ambiguous Sanctity by Nicon of the Black Mount’. 

Monography by Sergey Ivanov Translated into Czech

Czech publishing house ‘Pavel Mervart’ issued the translation of the monography ‘Fools for Christ: A Cultural History’ by Sergey Ivanov, Professor at the School of Philology.

Monography by Sergey Ivanov Translated into Czech

Czech publishing house ‘Pavel Mervart’ issued the translation of the monography ‘Holy Fools: A Cultural History’ by Sergey Ivanov, Professor at the School of Philology.