A new course" The ethnography of the post-socialistic societies " in September 2014
A new course The ethnography of the post-socialistic societies FLKU.04.121 ,3 ECTC) can be taken as an optional course by all PhD and MA, BA students.
Dr. Alexandra Arkhipova (Russian State University for the Humanities) will give lectures from 12th September to 26th September 2014. The course takes place in Ülikooli 16-212. Everybody is welcome to attend!
1) Friday, Sept 12th, at 10.15 (Ülikooli 16-212)
The introduction lecture ("The Man, Who Brought the Rain with Him": Relationship between Informants and Anthropologists from Past to Present) will be devoted to a key moment in cultural anthropology: how we get the information for our research. This lecture suggests a short review of changing viewpoints about the rules for dealing with informants from 19th - 21st centuries.
2) Monday, Sept 15th, at 10.15 (Ülikooli 16-212)
The second lecture (Demons and Photographers: between Technology and Mythology) examines how cameras, radio receptors and telephones not only influence on the local beliefs and myths, but also become an important part of the new rituals.
3) Friday, Sept 19th, at 10.15 (Ülikooli 16-212)
The third lecture (Evil Sorcerer Wanted! Witchcraft and Social Order) is dedicated to the current situation in the nomadic society of Mongolia and rural communities in South Siberia. How the nomads and peasants are dealing with their enemies and problems in the situation of vanishing shamans of old school, which previously were the keepers of social order?
4) Monday, Sept 22nd, at 10.15 (Ülikooli 16-212)
This lecture (Shamans, Party Leaders and Power) will reveal the connections between former Party leaders, actual shamans and local communities of rural Buryats. Do the shamans use their power to control the local people or are the people controlled by the traditional rules of behavior?
5) Friday, Sept 26th, at 10.15 (Ülikooli 16-212)
The fifth lecture (From Yurt to House: the Domestic Space for Former Nomads) reveals how the traditional social structures and behavior patterns survive in the new world.
The course Ethnography of Post-Socialist Societies is aimed to investigate how the different types of communities (nomadic, rural and industrial) deal with the destruction of traditional cultures, and how the new cultural meanings and structures appear in the process of transformation, and as a result, how they affect the social behavior of former Soviet citizens. The lectures are based on the materials collected during the fieldwork in different regions of Central Russia, South Siberia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Cuba (2006-2013).