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The Baikal-Amur Mainline

Memories and Emotions of a Socialist Construction Project

Olga Povoroznyuk

The Baikal-Amur Mainline (BAM), a railroad in East Siberia and the Russian Far East, became the last large Soviet industrial project. Its construction in the 1970s and 1980s attracted migrants from across the USSR, who formed the bamovtsy, or group of BAM builders. They share a history of working and living along the BAM and constitute the majority population in the region. The article argues that emotionally charged social memory of the BAM construction plays the central role in reproducing and reinforcing the bamovtsy identity in the post-Soviet period. Drawing on in-depth interviews and focus groups, the article examines the dynamics of both individual and collective remembering of the socialist BAM. It forms a vibrant discursive and emotional field, in which memories and identities are reconstructed, relived, and contested. Commemorative ceremonies such as the fortieth anniversary of the BAM serve as forums of public remembering and arenas for the politics of emotions.

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Valeria V. Vasilyeva

the Baikal-Amur Mainline Railroad. She discussed attachment to the place, expectations of the future, and social networks that are being created by the infrastructural change among the inhabitants of the region. The third day was mostly dedicated to

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Svetlana Huusko

the names of its exhibitions and halls—“Exploration of Northern Transbaikalia,” “History of the settlements of Severobaikal'skii district,” “Socialist way of life,” “Baikal-Amur Mainline Railway,” “Fish factory—the glory of Baikal, the pride of the

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Temporality of Movements in the North

Pragmatic Use of Infrastructure and Reflexive Mobility of Evenkis and Dolgans

Vladimir N. Davydov

Tabornoe to the Baikal-Amur Mainline. The implementation of industrial development projects was accompanied by the establishment of regular transport to shift-work sites ( vakhtovki ). In many places, hunters and herders used the regular commuter trips of

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Roads versus Rivers

Two Systems of Spatial Structuring in Northern Russia and Their Effects on Local Inhabitants

Kirill V. Istomin

, Robert M. , and Mark Blades . 2002 . The Cognition of Geographic Space . New York : I.B. Tauris . Kuklina , Vera , Olga Povoroznyuk , and Gertrude Saxinger . 2019 . “ Power of Rhythms—Trains and Work along the Baikal-Amur Mainline (BAM) in