Nusantara Society

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Nusantara Society
Nusantara log.jpg
Established 1990
Chairman Sikorsky V. V.
Location Moscow, Russia
Website [3]

The Nusantara Society is a Russian non-profit learned society for research fellows, professors, lecturers, students and postgraduates of Moscow and St. Petersburg academic institutions, universities and higher schools, studying the vast region of Nusantara, populated by peoples speaking Austronesian languages. Nusantara includes Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Timor Leste, Madagascar, Oceania, as well as countries where Austronesian minorities are present, such as Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Taiwan (Republic of China).[1]

Short History

The Society was founded on January 10, 1990 on the basis of the Malay-Indonesian Readings. Later, in June 1998, the Nusantara Research Center was established at the Institute of Asian and African Countries at Moscow State University.[2]. The founder and the President of the Society till 2004 was Dr. B.B. Parnickel.

Malay-Indonesian Readings, 6.6.2011
Nusantara Society Activists Dr. E.S. Kukushkina, Dr. V.V. Sikorsky, Dr. V.A. Pogadaev, Dr. L.V. Goriaeva, Dr. N.P. Maletin at the jubilee meeting of the society (Moscow, 4.4.2018)

The main aims

The main aims of the Nusantara Society are as follows:[3]

  • To establish contacts with scientific institutions and universities in Nusantara, Europe, the United States, Australia and elsewhere.
  • To promote studies and teaching courses on Nusantara as well as teaching the Malay language (Malaysian and Indonesian), and other Austronesian languages.
  • To carry on the exchange of books, periodicals and other materials between Nusantara nations and Russia, to organize all kinds of exhibitions, performances, video and film showings.
  • To work out joint research projects and to arrange conferences and seminars.
  • To encourage the research work of postgraduates and students and to facilitate the probation of Russian specialists, postgraduates and students abroad.
Malay-Indonesian Studies, Issue XVIII

Cooperation with other institutions

The Nusantara Society cooperates closely with the Gorky Institute of World Literature under the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Margarita Rudomino All-Russia State Library for Foreign Literature and the Russian State Library, the Faculty of Oriental Studies at Saint Petersburg State University; Leiden University and the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) in the Netherlands, the University of Malaya, the Malaysian Institute of Language and Literature (Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka) and other institutions abroad. A memorandum of understanding was signed with the Malaysian Institute of Language and Literature in 1995.

In December 2017, Nusantara Society celebrated 50th anniversary of the Malay-Indonesian Readings (under the patronage of the academician A.A. Guber) which became the basis for the Nusantara Society. April 4, 2018, the 20th issue of the collection Malay-Indonesian studies was launched at the jubilee meeting of the society[4].

The Nusantara Society is also engaged in publishing.[5] Its publications include the Malay-Indonesian Studies Series (partly based on seminar papers) and miscellaneous studies on Nusantara culture (in cooperation with Saint Petersburg University). Uptill 2018 there were 20 issues of Malay-Indonesian Studies.

Board (2017)


Honorary member of the Society is Malaysian Poet Datuk Dr. Kemala (since November 22, 2017)[6].


  1. ^ Victor Pogadaev. "Persatuan Nusantara Moscow aktif dalam aktiviti sastera" - "Mingguan Malaysia", Kuala Lumpur, 1.5.2016
  2. ^ Ulianov M. Yu. "Kultura Nusantari" (Nusantara Culture) - in: "Vostok" (Oriens). M.: Russian Academy of Science, N 5, 1993
  3. ^ Pogadaev V. A., Sikorsky V. V. "Obshestvu Nusantara - 5 Let" (Nusantara Society Celebrates the 5th Anniversary) - in: "Vostok" (Oriens). M.: Russian Academy of Science, N3, 1997, p. 159 – 160.
  4. ^ Victor Pogadaev. Jubli emas seminar Melayu-Indonesia (Golden Jubilee of Malay-Indonesian Readings) // Malaysia Kini 16.4.2018 [1]
  5. ^ "Sastrawan Nusantara dan Akademi Russia terbitkan Ensiklopadi Asia". - "Pelita", Jakarta, 26. 12. 1994
  6. ^ Sasterawan Malaysia dilantik ahli kehormat Persatuan Nusantara Russia[2]

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