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Department Head Alexander Semyonov
Academic Supervisor Evgeniy Anisimov
Socialist Internationalism and National Classifications at the Comintern Schools (1922-1943)

Matos Franco R. M.

Ab imperio. 2021. No. 3. P. 136-165.

Book chapter
Spells of Materialist Magic, or Soviet Children and Electric Power

Chunikhin K.

In bk.: The Pedagogy of Images: Depicting Communism for Children. University of Toronto Press, 2021. P. 265-298.

Working paper
Language and Cultural Contacts in the Russian-Nordic Borderlands: Change and Continuity

Vlakhov A., Deresh A., Mironova E. et al.

Linguistics. WP BRP. НИУ ВШЭ, 2021. No. 108.

Ethnography and Social Theory

Academic Year
Instruction in English
ECTS credits
Delivered by:
Department of History
3, 4 module


Course Syllabus


This is a concluding course in the social anthropology minor. Its goal is to situate anthropological research in a broader landscape of current social theory and to learn how it has worked its ways into ethnography. It focuses on relationship between theoretical approach and ethnographic methodology, relevant in preparation for fieldwork. How do theoretical concepts translate to ethnography? How does ethnography use, rework and critique social theory? How can we assess from this point of view the landscape of anthropology since the 1980s? The course addresses these questions by looking in depth at a series of case studies. Lectures and seminars are structured by main schools of thought in social theory, the history of anthropology in which students draws on both new ethnographies and revision of the literature of the earlier courses of this minor.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • This is a concluding course in the social anthropology minor. Its goal is to situate anthropological research in a broader landscape of social theory and to provide a comprehensive overlook of key anthropological therories.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Able to learn and demonstrate skills in the field, other than the major field
  • Able to efficiently communicate based on the goals and communication situations
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Anthropology and political theory.
  • Affect.
  • The field, the site and the scale.
  • Governmentality.
  • Ethnography, applied anthropology and social theory.
  • Faces of surveillance (anthropology of anthropology).
  • Necropolitics.
  • Anthropology since the 1960s.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking attandabce
  • non-blocking project essay
  • non-blocking final essay exam
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.5 * attandabce + 0.5 * project essay


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Marcus, G. E. (1995). ETHNOGRAPHY IN/OF THE WORLD SYSTEM: The Emergence of Multi-Sited Ethnography. Annual Review of Anthropology, 24(1), 95–117. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev.an.24.100195.000523
  • Ximena Picallo Visconti, Akhil Gupta, & James Ferguson. (2000). Gupta, Akhil ; James Ferguson (eds.). Anthropological locations : boundaries and grounds of a field science. Berkeley ; Los Angeles ; Londres : University of California Press, 1997. Estudios de Asia y África, (3), 544. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsdoj&AN=edsdoj.7f921f83511e41c19869104abbab1170

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Eriksen, T. H. (2015). Small Places, Large Issues - Fourth Edition : An Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology (Vol. 4th ed). London: Pluto Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1057037