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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

Modern Muslim Societies: Anthropology of Migration

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


Капустина Екатерина Леонидовна

Капустина Екатерина Леонидовна

Course Syllabus


This discipline aims to introduce students to various approaches to the study of migrations on the example of Muslim communities and introduce them to the problems of the anthropology of migrations. It is at the junction of the anthropology of migration and the anthropology of Islam. The modern Muslim world is no longer limited to the Middle East, Maghreb, Pakistan, Central Asia, Indonesia and some other regions traditionally associated with Islamic culture. Muslim communities are found throughout the world, and in some Western countries constitute a significant portion of the population. According to mainstream academic approach to the anthropology of Islam it is important to reject the generalization, the recognition of the Muslim space as religiously, socially and culturally heterogeneous, a shift in the scope of research towards the study and analysis of certain practices of individuals. Besides, in the course it is focusing on the personal experience of informants, their religious introspection and their own interpretations of Muslim and regional traditions and the relationship between the former and the latter. One of the central focuses of the course is a discursive approach to migrations, that is, to language (both special and ordinary) and its ability to build hierarchical relationships. In the light of migration and the Muslim world, such key anthropological subjects as gender, materiality, agency and others are considered. Special attention is given to Muslim communities living in Russia.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The main goal is to demonstrate relevant modern approaches to the anthropology of migrations, through the prism of Muslim societies.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Students are required to know history of different waves and mobility in Russia.
  • Students know basic theories of anthropology of migration, history of the discipline.
  • Students must prove their knowledge of basic anthropological theories and notions.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Acquaintance with historiography and migration studies.
  • Discourses and practices.
  • Transnationalism and Diaspora. Muslim communities through the borders and the unity of the ummah.
  • Migration and the State 1: Social and Spatial Boundaries of the Gulf Countries.
  • Migration and the State: the problem of status, deportability and undocumentary.
  • New approaches: criticism of methodological nationalism and sedentarism, materiality.
  • Religious migration. Study of pilgrimage – history and modernity
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Final essay
    The final written work is an essay on a topic agreed with a professor and based on the topics covered in the course seminars. Essay should be between 1200 and 2000 words, the research question, the methodology for collecting material should be spelled out in the paper, relevant theoretical approaches should be considered, conclusions should be presented. The essay should present the historiography on the topic and the main arguments of the author, qualitatively present empirical material. By agreement with the professor, instead of an essay, a historiographic review can be made on a topic related to the course, the evaluation criteria for which in this case will be specified separately in accordance with the project assignment.
  • non-blocking Work at seminars
    Activity in class and good attendance at seminars will influence the final grade.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2022/2023 2nd module
    0.3 * Work at seminars + 0.7 * Final essay


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Abramitzky, R., Boustan, L. P., & Eriksson, K. (2014). A Nation of Immigrants: Assimilation and Economic Outcomes in the Age of Mass Migration. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.88D9ED36

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Bowen, J. R. (2004). Beyond Migration: Islam as a Transnational Public Space. Journal of Ethnic & Migration Studies, 30(5), 879–894. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369183042000245598
  • Marranci, G. (2008). The Anthropology of Islam. Berg Publishers.