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Arctic Domus regional fieldworker Elena Volzhanina wins research grant

Arctic Domus regional fieldworker Elena Volzhanina wins research grant
01 March - 01 June 2016

Congratulations to Elena Volzhanina for being awarded a 2-year British Academy-Leverhulme research grant.

The British Academy-Leverhulme research grant was awarded to conduct an ethnohistorical study of how territories were assigned to indigenous reindeer herders in Western Siberia. Elena is an honorary research fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen, previously working on a British Academy Researcher Links project. She is also a regional fieldworker for Arctic Domus.

Title: The personal transcripts of land entitlement expeditions in the Iamal peninsula in the 1930s

Abstract: This project is a an ethnohistorical study of the process of land entitlement among indigenous reindeer herding people on the Iamal peninsula in Western Siberia in the first third of the 20th Century. It analyses a huge, little known, archive of primary documents from the 1930s which casts light on the multiple agendas of this process, and focuses on the personal reflections of state officers involved in land registration. The project will base itself on documents held locally in the State Archive of Iamal-Nenets District in Salekhard, Russia. Aside from consulting the folios, the project will create an electronic catalogue and organize a series of seminars to draw the interest of local and international scholars to this archive. The core of the project will be the organization and digitization of a large set of hand-written texts.


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