Universität Wien FIND

240035 VO History of Russian and Soviet Anthropology (2019W)

Moodle; Th 12.12. 13:15-16:30 Hörsaal A, NIG 4.Stock



Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 03.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal A, NIG 4.Stock
Thursday 10.10. 13:15 - 14:45 Hörsaal A, NIG 4.Stock
Thursday 24.10. 13:15 - 16:30 Hörsaal A, NIG 4.Stock
Thursday 07.11. 13:15 - 16:30 Hörsaal A, NIG 4.Stock
Thursday 09.01. 13:15 - 16:30 Hörsaal A, NIG 4.Stock
Thursday 30.01. 13:15 - 16:30 Hörsaal A, NIG 4.Stock


Aims, contents and method of the course

During the first part of the course, the following topics will be presented:
- What is an anthropological history of theory?
- An overview over the "prehistory" of Russian ethnology
- The founding of ethnological institutions in Russia
- Soviet ethnography
- Russian ethnology and anthropology in post-Soviet times

The second part of the course will include presentations and discussions.The following topics will be addressed:
- Differences and similarities between Russian and Soviet ethnology.
- Russian/Soviet ethnology and international developments
- What is usable outside Russia?
- What is "Russian" about Russian/Soviet ethnology?

Assessment and permitted materials

The final examination modalities will depend on the number of students. The central elements will be a written exam OR a written paper. You can receive bonus points for active participation in group discussions (including reaction papers).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

In order to get a positive grade, you need at least 60 out of a possible 100 points.

Examination topics

The written exam will cover everything presented in class and part of the mandatory reading list.
For the written paper you can select any topic from the "history of Russian and Soviet ethnology" (minimally 5,000 words and no less than 10 sources used).

Reading list

- Alymov, Sergei. 2011. “On the Soviet Ethnography of Soviet Life: The Case of the ‘Village of Viriatino’.” Histories of Anthropology Annual 7: 23-48.
- Elfimov, Alexei. 2007. “Russian Ethnography: Dilemmas of the Present and the Past.” Anthropological Yearbook of European Cultures 16(1): 77-100.
- Glebov, Sergey. 2014. Siberian Ruptures: Dilemmas of Ethnography in an Imperial Situation. In An Empire of Others: Creating Ethnographic Knowledge in Imperial Russia and the USSR. R. Cwetkowski and A. Hofmeister, eds. Pp. 281-310. Budapest: Central European University Press.
- Hirsch, Francine. 1997. The Soviet Union as a Work-in-Progress: Ethnographers and the Category Nationality in the 1926, 1937, and 1939 Censuses. Slavic Review 56(2): 251-278.
- Kan, Sergei. 2008. Evolutionism and Historical Particularism at the St. Petersburg Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography. Museum Anthropology 31(1): 28-46.
- Meurs, Wim van. 2001. “Die sowjetische Ethnographie: Jäger oder Sammler?” In: Inszenierung des Nationalen. Geschichte, Kultur und die Politik der Identitäten am Ende des 20. Jahrhunderts. B. Binder, W. Kaschuba, and P. Niedermüller, eds. Pp. 107-135. Alltag und Kultur; 7. Cologne: Böhlau.
- Slezkine, Yuri. 1997. Naturalists Versus Nations: Eighteenth-Century Russian Scholars Confront Ethnic Diversity. In Russia's Orient: Imperial Borderlands and Peoples, 1700--1917. D.R. Brower and E.J. Lazzerini, eds. Pp. 27-57. Indiana-Michigan Series in Russian and East European Studies. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
- Tishkov, Valery A. 1992. “The Crisis in Soviet Ethnography.” Current Anthropology 33(4): 371-394.

Association in the course directory

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