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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

Digital Anthropology and Digital Methods in the Humanities

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


Course Syllabus


The aim of the course is to introduce the emerging anthropological perspective on the digital and thus offer new critical optics in the field of digital humanities. Rather than looking merely at how the digital may be used in research, the course asks what is the sociopolitical world that digital technologies produce. The course charts the workings of the digital platforms, devices, data and infrastructure in their effects and new forms of relations of power in the contexts of biopolitics, new media, political technologies and sovereignty, economy and corporations, everyday services, subjectivity and corporeality, including coming of age, death and personal identity. Rethinking digital social and political domains also presupposes rethinking research ethics and practices of digital ethnography. The course addresses key debates and advances in these fields.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Critical reflexion of the effects of the Digital phenomena in modern society through anthropological lenses
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • The student acquires an anthropological perspective on the concept of phisycal and digital space
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Genealogies of the Digital Humanities
  • Multispecies Ethnography , Cyborgs and Hybridity
  • Ontologies of space in digital and pre-digital world
  • The Spatial Dimension of the Digital.
  • Clean fake and digital biopolitics
  • Religion and The Digital
  • Political dimension of BigData
  • Coming of Age in Social Networks
  • Death and anonymity in a digital society
  • Friendship, sexuality and distance in the field of the Digital
  • Identity of a human and identity of a User: new regimes of subjectivity.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Thoughtful participation in discussions during seminars
  • non-blocking Essay
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2023/2024 1st module
    0.3 * Thoughtful participation in discussions during seminars + 0.7 * Essay


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Boellstorff, T. (2012). Ethnography and Virtual Worlds : A Handbook of Method. Princeton: Princeton University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=482161
  • The production of space, Lefebvre, H., 1991

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • 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