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News  (July 2017)

The Foundation for Siberian Cultures has extended its publishing program with additional new titles. In the series Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology there are several  releases. One is the comprehensive volume by Alexandra Lavrillier und Semen Gabyshev An Arctic Indigenous Knowledge System of Landscape, Climate, and Human Interactions: Evenki Reindeer Herders and Hunters. Another is a new edition, including a foreword by Igor Krupnik, of the important monograph by Waldemar Bogoras The Chukchee. More recently, easier access has been provided to other classic ethnographies from the Jesup North Pacific Expedition through their new edition in this series. Also dealing with research on the history of the Russian Far East, Erich Kasten has published an edited volume, Aus dem Fernen Osten Russlands, that contains articles by Waldemar Jochelson from 1881–1908. These are in German, and have hitherto remained largely unknown, but they are uniquely revealing, allowing a better assessment of his field methods and later scientific works.

In the series Exhibitions and Symposia, Erich Kasten, Katja Roller, and Joshua Wilbur have published the edited volume Oral History Meets Linguistics. The book contains results from the workshop at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), December 3–4, 2015, with additional contributions by other well-known authors on this theme.

On May 14, 2017, the volume Auf den Spuren der modernen Sozial- und Kulturanthropologie: Die Jesup North Pacific Expedition (1897–1902) im Nordosten Sibiriens was presented at the Museum of Ethnology in Hamburg, with a lecture by one of the authors, Matthias Winterschladen, with more information on the Foundation's publishing program by Erich Kasten. 

At the UNESCO Global Expert Meeting in Siberia in Khanty-Mansiysk from June 5–9, 2017, Tjeerd de Graaf reported, among others, on the work of the Foundation for Siberian Cultures with regard to the conference’s general theme Multilingualism in Cyberspace for inclusive Sustainable Development.  » more 

On June 26, 2017, Erich Kasten gave a lecture at the Berliner Gesellschaft für Anthropologie, Ethnologie und Urgeschichte (Berlin) on the world views and ritual practices of the peoples of the Russian Far East. The paper will be published in the society’s Mitteilungen in spring 2018.

In meetings with Jonathan Bobaljik (MIT and University of Vienna), there was discussion of closer collaboration regarding possible future editions devoted to Itelmen language learning tools.

The Foundation for Siberian Cultures has announced further details on its recently launched new main topic, Discourses on contemporary history and people with diverse cultural histories. A relevant new series was added to the existing publishing program, in which documents, articles, and books will be published on these issues.

In the latest Show on the web (from July 2017), Jaroslava Panáková (Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia) presents examples of her video art. The films feature impressions from her own fieldwork in Chukotka.

Archive of earlier activities  » more