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Department Head Alexander Semyonov
Academic Supervisor Evgeniy Anisimov
From Cotton and Smoke: Łódź – Industrial City and Discourses of Asynchronous Modernity 1897–1994

Zysiak A., Śmiechowski K., Każmierska K. et al.

Lodz University Press, Jagiellonian University Press, distributed by Columbia University Press, 2018.

Courts and Court Hierarchy in Novgorod the Great in the Late 16–Early 17th Centuries

Selin A. A., Iablokova I. V.

Canadian-American Slavic Studies. 2020. Vol. 54. No. 4. P. 432-445.

Book chapter
Climate Change from the Arctic People’s Point of View: Rhythms of Everyday Life, Infrastructures and Landscapes

Rakhmanova Lidia, Kolesnichenko L., Kirpotin S. et al.

In bk.: The Arctic: Current Issues and Challenges. Iss. Arctic region and antarctica issues and research. NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc., 2020. Ch. 2. P. 15-55.

Working paper

Selin A. A., Байгушев С. В., Levin F. et al.

Working Papers of Humanities. WP. Издательский дом НИУ ВШЭ, 2020. No. 197.

Anthropology of Kinship and Gender

Academic Year
Instruction in English
ECTS credits
Delivered by:
Department of History
1, 2 module


Course Syllabus


Social anthropology explores social and cultural diversity of contemporary world drawing on a distinct research method of ethnography — an in-depth participant observation of human communities and institutions. This English language-taught minor offers a project-oriented introduction to contemporary theories and methods of social anthropology. The minor’s first course introduces anthropological approaches to social and cultural analysis by looking at anthropology’s foundational problematic of kinship and gender. These topics formed the core of anthropology since its inception and constitute vibrant fields of study today. The aim of the course is thus both to convey one of the state-of-the-art areas of anthropological research while also serving as a window into the history of anthropology.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The minor‟s first course introduces anthropological approaches to social and cultural analysis by looking at anthropology‟s foundational problematic of kinship and gender. These topics formed the core of anthropology since its inception and constitute vibrant fields of study today. The aim of the course is thus both to convey one of the state-of-the-art areas of anthropological research while also serving as a window into the history of anthropology.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Able to learn and demonstrate skills in the field, other than the major field
  • Work with information: find, define and use the information from different sources which required for solving of research and professional problems (including the system approach)
  • Able to efficiently communicate based on the goals and communication situations
  • Student should get knowledge about the main trends in the history of anthropology, key approaches and schools.
  • Able to see the difference between different research methods and be ready to apply them.
  • Able to distinguish matrilineal and patrilineal kinship systems.
  • Able to characterize key theoretical frameworks.
  • Able to comprehend the key issues of kinship studies.
  • Able to understand basic approaches to studying gender, sexuality and love.
  • Able to understand symbolic analysis of home space
  • Student should be able to distinduish between different approaches to studying and researching "love".
  • Able to learn anthropological perspective on house as a method.
  • Able to know how differently conception of gender is understood across cultures
  • Able to understand issues of partial perspective and partial truth.
  • Able to analyze key anthropological concepts (gift and commodity)
  • Able to understand the critique of the study of kinship, basic issues of the history of kinship studies
  • Able to discuss critical approaches to gender and kinship
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • What is anthropology?
  • Main schools of anthropology in early 20th century.
  • Fieldwork methods: examples and origins
  • Matrilineal kinship
  • Key theoretical frameworks (introduction)
  • Kinship
  • Gender, sexuality, love
  • Kinship method
  • House societies
  • Love
  • House as a method
  • From classical to critical anthropology: kinship and gender
  • Gifts and commodities
  • Gender and kinship: nature?
  • From classical to critical anthropology: Marxist, Feminism, Foucault
  • Gender and kinship: not nature
  • Partial perspectives versus partial connections
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking attendance
  • non-blocking discussion
  • non-blocking colloquium
  • non-blocking research paper.
  • non-blocking Essay
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.05 * attendance + 0.2 * colloquium + 0.05 * discussion + 0.4 * Essay + 0.3 * research paper.


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Author(s) Carol Delaney, & Carol Delaney. (n.d.). The Meaning of Paternity and the Virgin Birth Debate. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.1CE24297
  • Berge, A. (2003). Men in groups: a reexamination of patriliny in Lowland South America. Gender and Kinship: Essays Toward a Unified Analysis/LANGUAGES OF THE NORTH PACIFIC RIM (Book). International Journal of American Linguistics, 69(3), 340–342. https://doi.org/10.1086/381342
  • Boellstorff, T. (2016). For Whom the Ontology Turns: Theorizing the Digital Real. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.C627D360
  • Bourdieu, P. (n.d.). The Berber house or the world reversed. Social Science Information, 9(2), 151–170. https://doi.org/10.1177/053901847000900213
  • Carsten, J. (2018). House‐lives as ethnography/biography. Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale, 26(1), 103–116. https://doi.org/10.1111/1469-8676.12485
  • D. Ferembach. (1986). Stocking Jr (G.W.) éd. — Objects and others. Essays on Museums and material culture. History of anthropology n° 3. Bulletins et Mémoires de La Société d’anthropologie de Paris, (2), 143. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsper&AN=edsper.bmsap.0037.8984.1986.num.3.2.2263
  • Day, S. (2007). On the Game : Women and Sex Work. London: Pluto Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=329493
  • Eriksen, T. H. (2010). Small Places, Large Issues : An Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology (Vol. 3rd ed). London: Pluto Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=367908
  • 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
  • Fabian, J., & Ebooks Corporation. (2014). Time and the Other : How Anthropology Makes Its Object. New York: Columbia University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=781064
  • Foucault, M. (1990). The History of Sexuality : An Introduction. New York: Vintage. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=733101
  • Foucault, M. (2013). The Order of Things : An Archaeology of Human Sciences (Vol. Unabridged). New York: Vintage. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=737821
  • Gregory, C. A. (1981). A conceptual analysis of a non-capitalist gift economy with particular reference to Papua New Guinea. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.401435BD
  • Kuper, A. (2014). Anthropology and Anthropologists : The British School in the Twentieth Century (Vol. Fourth edition). Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=850102
  • Mody, P. (2008). The Intimate State : Love-Marriage and the Law in Delhi. New Delhi: Routledge India. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=598416
  • Rabinow, P. (2007). Reflections on Fieldwork in Morocco : Thirtieth Anniversary Edition, with a New Preface by the Author (Vol. Thirtieth anniversary edition /. with a new preface by the author). Berkeley: University of California Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1339201
  • Rivers, W. H. R. (1910). The Genealogical Method of Anthropological Inquiry. Sociological Review (1908-1952), 3(1), 1–12. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=sih&AN=13788265
  • Stocking, G. W. (1983). Observers Observed : Essays on Ethnographic Fieldwork. Madison, Wis: University of Wisconsin Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=330406

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Strathern, M. (1988). The Gender of the Gift : Problems with Women and Problems with Society in Melanesia. Berkeley: University of California Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=10107