Anthro. Dept. Seminar Series: “The Social Life of Shrines in the Contemporary Caucasus,” Bruce Grant (NYU), February 8


Bruce Grant

Associate Professor of Anthropology
New York University

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“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

Selected Publications

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.

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