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Regular version of the site

190068 Saint Petersburg
123 Griboedov channel, Room 123

Phone:+7 (812)786-92-49 

Postal address: 
190068 Saint Petersburg
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Department Head Adrian A. Selin
Academic Supervisor Evgeniy Anisimov
Remembering the Neoliberal Turn: Economic Change and Collective Memory in Eastern Europe after 1989

Gökarıksel S., Gontarska O., Hilmar T. et al.

L.: Routledge, 2023.

Сholera Riots in Staraia Russa in 1831. People and the Authorities: Actions, Motives, Concerns
In press

Belan M.

Slavonic and East European Review. 2024. Vol. 102. No. 2.

Book chapter
The Stolbovo Treaty and Tracing the Border in Ingria in 1617–1618

Adrian Selin.

In bk.: Sweden, Russia, and the 1617 Peace of Stolbovo. Vol. 14. Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2024. P. 99-118.

Working paper
The Image of the Past in Ciro Spontone’s ‘Historia Della Transilvania’

Khvalkov E., Levin F., Кузнецова А. Д.

Working Papers of Humanities. WP. Издательский дом НИУ ВШЭ, 2021

Writing Power

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


Course Syllabus


This final paper of the social anthropology minor links two themes of this course. The first is political anthropology that looks at hierarchies and relations of power. The second is the linguistic turn (‘writing culture’) of the 1980s that marked a radical shift from ‘classical’ to ‘contemporary’ anthropology. It did so by looking not just the anthropology of home, rather than far away places, but also at the social and political relations between anthropologists and the people, communities and relationships that they studied. This put forward the relations of power between the observer and the observed, and also paved the way to the current prominence of such theorists as Foucault. This course takes this ‘home’ also by looking at case studies from Russia/Eastern Europe.
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 theories.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • A student knows the history of the discipline and subfields
  • Able to think critically and interpret the experience (personal and of other persons), relate to professional and social activities
  • Able to solve professional problems based on synthesis and analysis
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • The field, the site and the scale.
  • Anthropology since the 1980s.
  • Schmitt and Agamben
  • Faces of surveillance (anthropology of anthropology)
  • Distributed personhood
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking attendance
  • non-blocking project essay
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2023/2024 4th module
    0.5 * attendance + 0.5 * project essay


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Ingold, T. (2018). Anthropology : Why It Matters. Medford: Polity. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1801558
  • Mihail Petrovich Ostromenskij. (2016). K. Schmitt’s Theory of Partisan: Socio - Political Eventuality of Partisan. Vestnik MGIMO-Universiteta, (5), 86. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsdoj&AN=edsdoj.5889aed8a4a14949b9e07a50f0195069
  • Sherry B. Ortner. (2008). Anthropology and Social Theory : Culture, Power, and the Acting Subject. Duke University Press Books.

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • An inquiry into modes of existence : an anthropology of the moderns, Latour, B., 2013