Research Institute of the History and Ethnography of the Southern Urals


In 1999, on his own initiative, Leonid Iosifovich Futoryanski founded the Research Institute for the history of the Southern Urals and Cossacks of Russia in Orenburg State University. It was intended to bring together and coordinate the efforts of scientists, in order to conduct basic research on important aspects of the region’s history and Cossacks as a nationwide sociocultural phenomena. In March 2010, the Institute was reorganized into the Research Institute of the History and Ethnography of the Southern Urals. The institute’s organizer, eminent Orenburg historian L.I. Futoryanski, continues to contribute as a research consultant, providing the staff with his wealth of experience and vast knowledge.

Scientific work

From 1999 to 2015, the research team of the Institute published a total of 737scientific papers.

Educational Materials

Members of the Institute produced a wide range of textbooks and teaching aids on the history of the Orenburg region which are widely used in the region’s high schools, colleges and universitiesas well as beyond the classroom, in local history studies, and in the patriotic upbringing up the younger generation.

Attangement of scientific and educational activities

From 1999 to 2015, the Institute oranized and held 46scientific events (36conferences, 17round tables, and 2research seminar and a symposium). As a result of the conferences and round tables, a collection of articles was published.

The Institute members take an active role in online, as well as on-site international, national, and interregional scientific events such as conferences, symposiums, round tables, seminar, and reigional hsitory readings.

Special attention is paid to the promotion of science, and its introduction into the educational process, as well as its interaction with industry and university sciences.

There are public lectures open to students and teachers of secondary and higher educational institutions, as well as to employees of cultural and education institutions. Scientists from other towns are invited to work together with OSU’s departments in overseeing the students’ scientific research, advising students in their senior theses, and assisting them in preparation for defending their theses.

Research priorities of the Institute are:

  • Past and present of all confessionas and religion organizations in the Orenbrug region;
  • Monitoring of modern interactions between ethinical groups and confessions, analyzing national, migration and language policy in the Volga Federal District of the Russian Federation.


460018, Orenburg

Pobedy avenue, 13

(3532) 72-37-01

Orenburg State University, 1999–2017. Design by CIT

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