Dr Dmitry Arzyutov

Dr Dmitry Arzyutov
Dr Dmitry Arzyutov
Dr Dmitry Arzyutov

Honorary Research Fellow


External Memberships

Assistant Professor in Siberian Indigenous Studies at the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA


Research Overview

I am a historian who is intellectually and affectively attached to anthropological ideas and long-term fieldworking (PhD, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm) and an anthropologist who is fallen in love with history (Candidate of Sciences, Museum of Ethnography and Anthropology, Saint Petersburg). My bi-disciplinary identity is forged through the curiosity about our mundane life which is inseparable from our imaginaries. I am interested in how the paths, ideas and practices of scholars and people they collaborate with cross one another, coevolve and consequently shape the "stable" notions of the environment, social life, and the past. All this spurs me on to constantly nomadize between the Arctic/Siberian lively "field" and secluded and dusty "archives", where I seek and come up with most of my ideas. The arguments of my writings revolve around the entangled lives of anthropological and natural science ideas and the long-term dynamics of human-environment interactions in the circumpolar North.

Current Research

At the moment, I am working on two projects. The first is on the histories and ethnographies of seeds and Arctic agricultures and the second is dedicated to the digitisation and repatriation of old wax cylinders and tape recordings to "source communities" in Northern Eurasia.

Knowledge Exchange

In 2022, I co-chaired (together with Dr Anna Oleneko) the Environmental History Today seminar series within the ESEH.

Funding and Grants

Current projects

2022-2023 - Funding institution: “High Risk/High Gain” within the Biodiverse Anthropocenes Program at the University of Oulu. Project title: SEESU – Seeding the Sustainable Future: A Pilot Research on How the Arctic Saves the World Agricultures. PI, co-PI Prof Vesa-Pekka Herva, Oulu University. Total budget: €33 323

2022-2026 - Funding institution: Eudaimonia Institute at the University of Oulu, Finland. Project title: Archiving the Planet: Material Infrastructures and Ecologies of Storage in the High North (SEEDARC). PIs: Prof Vesa-Pekka Herva and Dr. Esa Ruuskanen (Oulu University, Finland). Post-Doctoral Fellow. Total budget: €420 000

2022-2024 - [declined upon receiving another grant] Funding institution: Biodiverse Anthropocenes Transdisciplinary Program, University of Oulu, Finland, Project title: The Lives of Seeds and Technoscientific Infrastructures in the Eurasian North. Program directors: Prof Marko Mutanen, Dr Roger Norum. PI of an individual project / Post-Doctoral Fellow. Total budget: €180 000

2022-2025 - [postponed due to the Russian war in Ukraine] Funding institution: The Modern Endangered Archives Program (MEAP) / UCLA Library granting program funded by Arcadia Fund (US). Project title: Siberian Voices. Voices of Pre-Industrial Siberia: The Collections of the Pushkin House (MEAP-3-0065). PIs: Dr Dmitry Arzyutov (University of Oulu, Finland), Prof David Anderson (University of Aberdeen, UK), Dr Svetlana Podrezova (The Institute of Russian Literature – The Pushkin House, Russia). Total budget: $49 768

2022-2023 - [postponed due to the Russian war in Ukraine] Funding institution: The Khamovniki Foundation (Russia). Project title: Horns and Hoofs: Reindeer Body and Market Infrastructures in Eurasia. PI. Total budget: ₽2 400 000 (= €27 000)


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