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May 14, 2013

Funding: Doctoral Fellowship

Deadline: June 17, 2013

The Department of Anthropology, University of Aberdeen, is offering one
3-year PhD studentship, to start on 1st October 2013. The studentship will
include full UK/EU fees, a maintenance stipend at RCUK rates, and the full
ESRC fieldwork stipend.
Additional funds may be available to fund conference travel and
digitisation/computing costs. The studentship forms part of a 3-year ESRC
funded project beginning 1 August 2013 entitled 'Etnos: A life history of
the etnos concept among the Peoples of the North'.

The larger project aims to examine the status of ethnogenetic thinking in
post-Soviet Russia. The 'etnos' concept, with its radical 'primordialism'
has been associated strongly with Soviet statebuilding creating an
unarticulated assumption that theory crumbled along with Soviet
institutions. It has been one of the surprises of the post-Soviet
transition that 'ethnos-style' thinking not only persists but is a vibrant
part of the Russian anthropological context. This project aims to rewrite
the concept in an active mood demonstrating its evocativeness both
to contemporary Russian society and to the discipline as a whole. The
project will therefore make use of the interpretative ethnographic
techniques developed by historians of science to examine the life history
and archaeology of the concept.

The studentship, entitled 'Emerging Indigineities in the Russian North'
queries the claim of indigeneity which is often thought to be confined to
settler states overseas. This studentship will investigate emergent
indigineities in the urban Russian North, with special reference to how
these new movements articulate new collective identities transcending
traditional national narratives. The PhD candidate will work closely with
community organizations that are lobbying for the recognition of their
status, and will similarly ground the fieldwork in a reading of published
historical and unpublished archival texts. The project will work parallel
to the established team working on the history of etnos theory on a
special example of etnos theorising - the indigenous case.

For further information and eligibility information please see;
http://www.abdn.ac.uk/funding/details.php?funding_id=222

The deadline for applications is 17 June 2013.

Posted by sarayu at May 14, 2013 12:34 PM

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