MA Yakutsk University, Russia
MPhil University of Cambridge, Great Britain
PhD University of Cambridge, Great Britain
Themes: roads, narratives and roads, movement, mobility, migration, long-distance driving, winter roads, drifting
Regional: North, Russian North, Siberia, Sakha, Yakutia, Evenki, reindeer herding communities
Roads and narratives:
This project approaches roads as social phenomenon that offer economic and social opportunities. People travel along roads for work and leisure and each road and each journey can be narrated. In this project I investigate the relationship between roads and narratives.
Much driving in the North happens on winter roads that exist only for a short period of time. These roads are difficult and treacherous, always fluctuating, always changing. This project studies the work of truckers who drive long distances to deliver goods to the northern settlements of Sakha (Yakutiia). I investigate the concept of road as experienced by these road-users. The project focuses on drivers' navigation and driving skills, knowledge of routes, and engagement with the road.
Driving and drifting in urban space:
This project is based on study of driving practices in the city of Yakutsk, north-eastern Siberia. I investigate the spatial concept of road through performance of driving and various practices that road-users employ in the city. The project studies emerging car-cultures in post-socialist environment with its car fetishism and appreciation of speed and mobility. The project focuses on use of cars, street games, racing, and notions of risk. The project discusses the post-Soviet production of space where cars, money, and speed are important elements for expression of individual freedom.
Leverhulme Special Research Fellowship (2003-2005) "Indigenous and Diaspora Identities in Post Soviet Siberia"
British Academy Small Research Grants (2004-2005) "Remembering Lost Connections: the Past and Present of Two Native Siberian Villages"
AT4026 Roads: Mobility, Movement, Migration
AT4009 Anthropology of the North
AT1501 Introduction to Anthropology
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External Examiner for the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge
Assistant Editor to Sibirica: Interdisciplinary Journal of Siberian Studies
Member of the Executive Board, Chairperson (2009-2011)Russian Education and Support Centre SLOVO, Scottish Charity SCO41702
Departmental Examination Officer
School Teaching and Learning Committee Member
Member of Senatus Academicus
2010. Southewest/Texas Popular Culture Annual Meeting. Panel on: Automobility and Road Culture (Albuquerque, Nex Mexico). Paper delivered: Narratives of Movement: Roads as Lived Experience in Siberia
2007. ESRC Landscape Seminar (University of Aberdeen). Paper delivered: Narrating the road
2007. The Ethnohistory and Archaeology of Northern Eurasia: Theory, Methods and Practice (Irkutsk, Russia). Paper delivered: Roads as narraitives
2006. (organiser and convenor) Workshop: Anthropology of Roads (University of Aberdeen). Paper delivered: Roads: memory, knowledge and narrative
2004. 5th ICASS Conference (Fairbanks, USA). Paper delivered: Reindeer versus Buran , herding versus hunting: diet, subsistence and identity in Essei, Siberia
2004. Baikal Archaeology Project (Aberdeen). Paper delivered: Fish as starvation food. On material from 1926-27 Polar Census Data.