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News  (July 2018)

The Foundation for Siberian Cultures has extended its publishing program with additional new titles. In the series Languages and Cultures of the Russian Far East, the volume Clothing and Decorative Arts, Evens, Kamchatka, Bystrinski District has been released, together with a full DVD documentary (3:58 hrs.) of the relevant video recordings. In the series Bibliotheca Sibiro-pacifica, the new edition of Waldemar Jochelson’s The Yakut has been published, with an extensive foreword by Tat’iana Argounova-Low. In the series Contemporary History, additional electronic editions have been published on the theme of Oral Histories of Survivors of the Ravensbrueck Concentration Camp.

From January 24 to 27, 2018 Erich Kasten participated in a workshop of the Alfred Wegener Institute and the University of Versailles, titled “Gateway to the Arctic V,” in Pyhätunturi (Finnish Lapland). The theme of the workshop was "Co-Production of Knowledge." On behalf of the Foundation for Siberian Cultures, Kasten gave a lecture on "Indigenous Knowledge and Ritual Practice among Koryak Reindeer Herders in Kamchatka.”

As part of project cooperation with Andrzej Dybczak, from February 27 to March 2, 2018 Erich Kasten visited the Ethnographic Museum in Krakow. There he gave a lecture on February 27, 2018 on "Sustaining Endangered Languages and Indigenous Knowledge: The Program of the Foundation for Siberian Cultures with Regard to the Evens in Central Kamchatka." In the following days, he joined with with Andrzej Dybczak and Jacek Kukuczka in studying objects of the Dybovski collection dating to the second half of the 19th century. Kasten offered comments on them, based on his fieldwork experience, which brought forward new insights for both sides.

In the Spring of 2018 the Foundation for Siberian Cultures launched a new initiative on the theme Digital Humanities of the North. Toward this end, a consortium was established comprising anthropologists and linguists who have compiled extensive digital archival collections during many years spent documenting the languages and cultures of the peoples of the North. The aim of this initiative is to archive these data in a well-structured, compatible and sustainable way, and to make these important materials easier accessible to various user groups. Respective Interfaces will be created that will take into account the needs of specific users. To work out the details of the initiative, a number of individual meetings took place, along with two larger workshops at the Foundation for Siberian Cultures from May 16 to 18 and June 1 to 3, 2018. Among the results of these workshops was to plan a variety of projects to realize the initiative’s stated aims, including the drafting of proposals for funding. 

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