THE ANTHROPOLOGY DEPARTMENT MONDAY SEMINAR SERIES
Associate Professor of Anthropology
New York University
“The Social Life of Shrines in the Contemporary Caucasus”
Monday, February 8, 3:30 pm Haskell 315
Here is some background information
BA 1985 McGill (Anthropology)
PhD 1993 Rice (Anthropology)
2004-05 Member, School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
Interests: Former Soviet Union, Siberia, Caucasus; Azerbaijan; (post-) Soviet nationality policies; expressive culture; state culture; nationalism; shamanism; Islam; historiography; cinema; modernism; histories of anthropology
1995 In the Soviet House of Culture: A Century of Perestroikas. Princeton U Press. (Winner of the 1996 American Ethnological Society Prize for Best Book in Anthropology by a First Author.)
2009 The Captive and the Gift: Cultural Histories of Sovereignty in Russia and the Caucasus, Cornell U Press
2007 “Brides, Brigands, and Fire-Bringers: Notes Toward a Historical Ethnography of Pluralism,” IN Grant and Yalcim-Heckman, eds, Caucasus Paradigms, 47-74.
2005 “The Good Russian Prisoner: Naturalizing Violence in the Caucasus Mountains,” Cultural Anthropology 20(1): 39-67
2004 “An Average Azeri Village (1930),” Slavic Review 63(4) 705-731
2001 “New Moscow Monuments, or, States of Innocence,” American Ethnologist 28(2): 332-362.
1999 “The Return of the Repressed: Conversations with Three Russian Entrepreneurs,” in G. Marcus, ed., Paranoia within Reason: A Casebook on Conspiracy as Explanation, U Chicago Press, 241-267
1997 “Empire and Savagery: The Politics of Primitivism in Late Imperial Russia,” in Brower & Lazzerini, eds., Russia’s Orient: Imperial Borderlands and Peoples, 1700-1917. Indiana U Press 292-310
1993 “Dirges for Soviets Passed: Conversations with Six Russian Writers,” In G. Marcus, ed., Perilous States: Conversations on Culture, Politics, and Nation, U Chicago Press, 17-51
1993 “Siberia Hot and Cold: Reconstructing the Image of Siberian Indigenous Peoples,” in Diment & Slezkine, eds., Between Heaven and Hell: The Myth of Siberia in Russian Culture. St. Martin’s Press, 227-253.