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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.

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 Kinship and Gender

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


Course Syllabus


Social anthropology explores social and cultural diversity of contemporary world drawing on a distinct research method of ethnography — an in-depth participant observation of human communities and institutions. This English language-taught minor offers a project-oriented introduction to contemporary theories and methods of social anthropology. It does so by looking at anthropology’s foundational problematic of kinship and gender — the topics formed the core of anthropology since its inception and constitute vibrant fields of study today. The aim of the course is thus both to convey one of the state-of-the-art areas of anthropological research while also serving as a window into the history of anthropology.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • be able not only read key ethnographies, but also make an individual research, based on the unique ethnographic experience, applying the skills learnt through the course.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • A student knows the history of the discipline and subfields
  • interpret the specificity of research methods of social anthropology
  • interprets goals and scope of the discipline
  • A student interprets the state of the art in contemporary anthropology
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • introduction to social anthropology
  • history of anthropology
  • anthropological methods
  • schools of thought in anthropology
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Attandance
  • non-blocking Project essay
  • non-blocking Final essay exam
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2023/2024 2nd module
    0 * Attandance + 0 * Attandance + 0.5 * Final essay exam + 0.5 * Project essay


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Hannerz, U. (2010). Anthropology’s World : Life in a Twenty-First Century Discipline. Web server without geographic relation, Web server without geographic relation (org): Pluto Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.7AC7B27E
  • 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
  • Kuper, A. (2014). Anthropology and Anthropologists : The British School in the Twentieth Century (Vol. Fourth edition). Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=850102
  • Sherry B. Ortner. (2008). Anthropology and Social Theory : Culture, Power, and the Acting Subject. Duke University Press Books.

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Radcliffe-Brown, A. R., & Kuper, A. (2004). The Social Anthropology of Radcliffe-Brown. London: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=661115