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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.

Applied Anthropology

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 social theory from Marx to Agamben and Schmitt, explore uses of anthropological knowledge that were engendered by this social theory and the history of anthropology, and revise the readings for this minor. This course links the history of anthropological theory with the history of applied anthropology, action anthropology and engaged anthropology. Lectures and seminars are structured by main schools of thought in social theory, which are illustrated by chapters from ethnographies, by applied anthropology examples and by readings from the other courses of this minor that we have already studied.
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
  • 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
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Ethnography, applied anthropology and social theory.
  • Anthropology since the 1960s.
  • Marxist perspectives.
  • Durkheim and the invention of society.
  • Durkheimian perspectives.
  • The invention of Society.
  • Weber and ‘understanding anthropology’.
  • Ethics and Economy.
  • Polanyi.
  • Distributed personhood and dividual.
  • Distributed personhood.
  • Feminist theory.
  • Panopticism.
  • The state of exception.
  • Schmitt.
  • Anthropology since the 1980s.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Attendance
  • non-blocking Discussion
  • non-blocking Colloquium
  • non-blocking Research paper
  • non-blocking Essays
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.05 * Attendance + 0.2 * Colloquium + 0.05 * Discussion + 0.4 * Essays + 0.3 * Research paper


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Agamben, G. (2005). State of Exception. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=324615
  • Butler, J. (2007). Gender Trouble : Feminism and the Subversion of Identity. New York: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=881409
  • Foucault, M. (1995). Discipline and Punish : The Birth of the Prison (Vol. 2nd Vintage books ed). New York: Vintage. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=733102
  • Gane, M. (2002). Radical Sociology of Durkheim and Mauss (Vol. Taylor & Francis e-Library ed). London: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=69706
  • Gusterson, H. (2016). Drone : Remote Control Warfare. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1239854
  • Louis Althusser. (2014). On the Reproduction of Capitalism : Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses. [N.p.]: Verso. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1694954
  • Polanyi, K. (2014). The Great Transformation : The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time (Vol. Unabridged). Boston, Mass: Beacon Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=715728
  • Poovey, M. (2002). The Liberal Civil Subject and the Social in Eighteenth-Century British Moral Philosophy. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.D328B293
  • Ssorin-Chaikov, N. (2015). Sociopolitics. Reviews in Anthropology, 44(1), 5–27. https://doi.org/10.1080/00938157.2015.1001645
  • Strathern, M. (2016). Before and After Gender : Sexual Mythologies of Everyday Life. Web server without geographic relation, Web server without geographic relation (org): HAU Books. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.AAFF0396
  • Tsing, A. L. (2015). The Mushroom at the End of the World : On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins. Princeton: Princeton University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=980728
  • Weber, M. (2011). Methodology of Social Sciences. New Brunswick, NJ: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=580683

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Emile Durkheim, & Steven Lukes. (2014). The Rules of Sociological Method : And Selected Texts on Sociology and Its Method. [N.p.]: Free Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1963188
  • 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
  • Strathern, M. (DE-588)130415774, (DE-627)501121730, (DE-576)16519202X, aut. (1988). The gender of the gift problems with women and problems with society in Melanesia Marilyn Strathern. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.018919200