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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
123 Griboedov channel

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

Anthropology of bureaucracy

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


Course Syllabus


This course charts classical social theory of bureaucracy, key historical work and emergent ethnographies in this new field. While it includes case studies that range from (post)colonial, (post)socialist and EU contexts, its focus is not regional but methodological. We look at such issues as bureaucratic rationality, cultural intimacy and state affect, material and archival turns, ethnographies of archives, bookkeeping and digitalization of state, social lives of paper and digital documents, and violence symbolic and real.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • to understand approches in this field of inquiry
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • A student compares research design
  • A student knows the history of the discipline and subfields
  • Able to solve professional problems based on synthesis and analysis
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Weber
  • Bourdieu
  • Foucault
  • Latour
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

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

Interim Assessment

  • 2022/2023 4th module
    0.5 * project essay + 0.5 * final essay exam


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Matthew S. Hull. (2012). Government of Paper : The Materiality of Bureaucracy in Urban Pakistan. University of California Press.

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Nabrendorf, R. O. (1949). Max Weber on the Methodology of the Social Sciences. American Sociological Review, 14(6), 821–822. https://doi.org/10.2307/2086694