This article explores the role of higher education institutions in the development of indigenous cultures in the Arctic city of Yakutsk. Although indigenous cultures have historically been related to traditional subsistence activities and a rural lifestyle, the growing urbanization of indigenous people brings new challenges and opportunities. The article draws on statistical data, as well as qualitative data from the Institute of Languages and Cultures of the Peoples of the Northeast (ILCPN) at the North-Eastern Federal University (NEFU) and the Arctic State Institute of Culture and Arts (AGIKI): annual reports, focus groups, interviews, and participant observations. The article argues that students and graduates contribute to the creation of a new image of the city as one in which indigenous cultures can find their own niche.
The Case of Yakutsk
Vera Kuklina, Sargylana Ignatieva, and Uliana Vinokurova
Ekaterina Chekhorduna, Nina Filippova, and Diana Efimova
Translator : Jenanne K. Ferguson
that do not contradict the principles established in the concept and promote a fuller disclosure of the ethnic educational ideal within the educational process. Taking into account the age and individual characteristics of students, their needs and
Remembering Ina-Maria Greverus
The author reconsiders German scholar Ina-Maria Greverus as a committed feminist supporter of female doctoral students and early career academics. Greverus acted as an innovator especially in the realms of anthropology and aesthetics, and initiated a new international dialogue forum with the Anthropological Journal or European Cultures, which she founded in 1990 together with Christian Giordano.
Auto-ethnographical Reflections at the Jewish Museum Berlin
Victoria Bishop Kendzia
This article explores the issue of ethnic attributions versus options pertaining to Jewishness in Germany. The methodology is a combination of standard ethnographic fieldwork with Berlin-based high-school students before, during and after visits to the Jewish Museum Berlin (JMB) and auto-ethnography detailing and analysing my own experiences in and outside of the research sites. My goal is to illustrate particularities of interactions in sites like the JMB by contrasting the way in which Jewishness is handled in and outside of the standardised research situation. Further, the material points to continuities between anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. My analysis aims to open up further, productive discussion on this point.
Arctic Workshop at the University of Tartu, Estonia (30–31 May 2014)
This 2014 workshop was the fifth Arctic workshop held at the University of Tartu and the second dedicated to alcohol. In retrospect, both workshops were fruitful but differed in scope. The main difference between the first workshop in 2013 and second was that the first focused primarily on the social and cultural meaning of alcohol in the Arctic and the second broadened its geography. In the latter, we included papers presenting research results from outside the Arctic region. Comparing two workshops, then, it should be mentioned that, while the first was more in-depth, the second had more comparative focus. Besides various regions of Siberia, the talks in the workshop dealt with Mongolia, Latvia, and Sweden. Unfortunately, several participants had to cancel at the last moment—therefore an exciting study about alcohol use among Ethiopian students and the semantics of Canadian alcoholism were missed.
Europe between Nostalgia and Promise
The three articles published in this Forum section were all finalists for the Graduate Student Prize of the Society for the Anthropology of Europe (SAE), which met at the American Anthropological Association’s 2013 meeting in Chicago. While they deal with different parts of Europe (Bulgaria and Romania and Spain, respectively), what unites them is a shared interest in issues of loss, social memory, identity, agency and death, and, in particular, the way people experience temporality and change (see Connerton 1989; Forty and Küchler 1991). The authors brilliantly capture the mood of uncertainty and anxiety facing Europeans in a period of unprecedented uncertainty, insecurity and austerity. What they also show is how Europe’s poor and marginalised are both shaped by and, in turn, try to shape or subvert the national and European policy regimes to which they are subjected.
Components of Vocational Training for University Tutors
Nikolai Neustroev, Anna Neustroeva, Tuyaara Shergina, and Jenanne K. Ferguson
the Russian Federation until 2025, and the Federal Law No. 273-FZ “On Education in the Russian Federation” (December 29, 2012), we examined the dynamics of changes in the number of students in the republic, and revealed trends in the number of students
Negotiating the Modern and the Traditional in Educational Settings
1950s. 2 Many students of that school have positive memories about the school; as one of my informants said, “We were washed, checked by doctors, given clothes, and food,” and another continued, stating that “we had very good teachers and friends there
Egor Antonov and Venera Antonova
Translator : Tatiana Argounova-Low
request was granted, and on 23 August 1956 the Yakutsk State University was established by the decree of the Supreme Soviet ( Antonov 2011: 26–30 ). In 1962 the Yakutsk State University had 2,708 students registered, while 5,200 students were training in
A Northern Perspective
Dmitry V. Arzyutov and Sergei A. Kan
follows: 1) the field project of Franz Boas, partially carried out by his Russian students and colleagues Bogoraz and Shternberg; 2) conceptualization and Sovietization of the field in the lectures and programs of Bogoraz and Shternberg; and 3) the