Dr Tatiana Argounova-Low

Dr Tatiana Argounova-Low
MA, MPhil, PhD

Senior Lecturer

Dr Tatiana Argounova-Low
Dr Tatiana Argounova-Low

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen G15, Edward Wright Building Department of Anthropology University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen AB24 3QY, UK


MA Linguistics, Yakutsk University, Russia

MPhil Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

PhD Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom


PhD, Anthropology University of Cambridge 2001
MPhil, Anthropology University of Cambridge 1995
MA, Languages Yakutsk University 1986

Internal Memberships and Affiliations

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





Research Overview

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

Current Research

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.

Long-distance driving:

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.

Research 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"


Teaching Responsibilities

AT4026 Roads: Mobility, Movement, Migration

AT4009 Anthropology of the North

AT1501 Introduction to Anthropology





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  • Model of a Summer Camp: Object in Focus

    Argounova-Low, T., Brown, A., Jansari, S.

    British Museum Press, London. 64 pages

    Books and Reports: Books

  • Bright Sun Shining: A Siberian Summer Festival

    Brown, A. K., Argounova-Low, T. I.

    Non-textual Forms: Exhibitions

  • Century Long Journey: the Ysyakh Model at the British Museum

    Brown, A., Argounova-Low, T.

    Non-textual Forms: Exhibitions

  • Narrative Objects: The Sakha Summer Festival and Cultural Revitalization

    Brown, A. K., Argounova-Low, T. I.

    Museum Worlds, vol. 3, no. 1, pp. 136-138

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • River Stars Reindeer: Imaging Evenki & Orochen communities of Inner Mongolia & Siberia

    Dudding, J., Argounova-Low, T.

    Non-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 Darling

    Argounova-Low, T.

    Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 470-471

    Contributions to Journals: Reviews of Books, Films and Articles

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