Dr Tatiana Argounova-Low
MA, MPhil, PhD
MA Linguistics, Yakutsk University, Russia
MPhil Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
PhD Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
- MA Languages1986 - Yakutsk University
- MPhil Anthropology1995 - University of Cambridge
- PhD Anthropology2001 - University of Cambridge
Member of Quality Assurance Committee (QAC)
MRes Social Anthropology Programme Director
Anthropology Society Liaison Staff Rep
School Equality & Diversity Committee
School Teaching and Learning Committee
School Postgraduate Committee
School Internationalisation Committee
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.
Funding and Grants
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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Introduction: Auto-AnthropocenesSocial Anthropology, vol. 29, no. 4, pp. 1008-1017Contributions to Journals: Editorials
Heterotopia of the road: driving and drifting in SiberiaJournal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, vol. 27, no. 1, pp. 49-69Contributions to Journals: Articles
Model of a Summer Camp: Object in FocusBritish Museum Press, London. 64 pagesBooks and Reports: Books
Bright Sun Shining: A Siberian Summer FestivalNon-textual Forms: Exhibitions
Biography of a Road: Past and Present of the Siberian Doroga LenaDevelopment and Change, vol. 47, no. 2, pp. 367-387Contributions to Journals: Articles
Breaking the code: Strategies of alcohol addictsFolklore (Estonia), vol. 61, pp. 11-26Contributions to Journals: Articles
Century Long Journey: the Ysyakh Model at the British MuseumNon-textual Forms: Exhibitions
Narrative Objects: The Sakha Summer Festival and Cultural RevitalizationMuseum Worlds, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 136-138Contributions to Journals: Articles
River Stars Reindeer: Imaging Evenki & Orochen communities of Inner Mongolia & SiberiaNon-textual Forms: Exhibitions
Book review: Landscapes of movement: trails, paths, and roads in anthropological perspective – Edited by James E. Snead, Clark L. Erickson & J. Andrew DarlingJournal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 470-471Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles