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Neighborhood in Europe: cultures, borders, communicative practices

II All-Russian Symposium on Anthropological/ Ethnological European Studies

October 22-23 2018, St. Petersburg, Russia


  • Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian Academy of Sciences
  • N.N. Miklukho-Maklay Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Russian Ethnographic Museum

Organizing Committee:

  • Alexander Novik, Candidate of Historical Sciences, Head of the Department of European Studies, Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian Academy of Sciences (Chairman);
  • Marina Martynova, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor, Director, Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy of Sciences (co-chairman);
  • Denis Ermolin,Candidate of Historical Sciences, Scientific Secretary, Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian Academy of Sciences (co-chairman);
  • Yuliya Buchatskaya, Candidate of Historical Sciences, Senior Research fellow, Department of European Studies, Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian Academy of Sciences (co-chairman);
  • Natalia Kalashnikova,Doctor of Culturology, Professor, Head of the Department of Ethnography of Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Russian Ethnographic Museum
  • Lusine Guschyan, Research fellow of the highest category, Department of Caucasus, Crimea, Central Asia and Kazakhstan Ethnography, Russian Ethnographic Museum.

Since Europe has always been a multinational and multicultural region there is still a plenty of space for anthropological studies of its complex and ambiguous history of relations between official states, multiple European nations and entire political and economic units as well as between the peoples living there now and in the past. The second half of the 20th century and especially last decade are characterized by waves of migrations that led to the emergence of new groups on the territory of Europe. So called "old" Europeans face the challenge to get along with different groups of migrants and to build new neighborhood relations in both political and everyday life. Within the main conference’s theme it is supposed to treat neighborhoodin both broad and narrow contexts with the focus on communication practices between human communities in contact at different levels. The event aims to provide an overviewon contact areas within the international and historical perspectives. The other spotlight is to discuss the anthropology of everyday life with special attention to communication between neighboring groups and individuals.

The wide range of topics focusing on neighborhood in Europe is welcomed but not limited to the European issues. Having in mind the latest foreign policy changes, paper proposals aiming at Russian and European Union neighborhood are especially welcomed.

Possible topics may address to the following questions:

  • Intercultural relations and contacts of the peoples in Europe in historical perspective;
  • Sacral objects in Europe: breaking boundaries and stereotypes;
  • European countries and Russia, traditions of interaction, mutual cultural stereotypes;
  • Neighborhood as a phenomenon of everyday life: local patterns;
  • Relationship of groups:amongand inside;
  • Migrants in the European environment: refugees, labor migrants, illegal migrants (integration, communication and interaction)
  • Contact areas: borders and border regions, interaction, communicative practices;
  • Conflicts: reasons, conflict and crisis regulations, etc .
  • Field studies of neighborhood: a reflexive view, opportunities and boundaries, difficulties, the options of academic perspectives (the Russian school of ethnography vs. European and American schools), etc.

Participants are expected to cover their travel and accommodation expenses.

The organizers will provide for participants the opportunity to visit museum expositions and funds of Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera), Russian Ethnographic Museum, the State Hermitage and the State Russian Museum. 

Please send your proposals in English to: europe-ethnology@inbox.ru


1)your full name

2) institutional and disciplinary affiliation

3) your academic interests

4) E-mail and phone number

5) the title of your paper 

6) abstract of not more than 200 words.


8) if you need any multimedia equipment.

9) any help with hotel booking

The deadline for the submission of proposals is July 1, 2018.

Speaking time is minutes, plus minutes for discussion.

We will notify you of the Committee’s decision by ….




October 22

First session 10:00-14:00.

Alexander Novik. Welcome speech.

Benedetto Ligorio (University of Rom, Italy)."The new ghetto in Italy: segregation, illegal work and dynamics of integration of migrants". 

Natalia Kosmarskaya (Center for Central Asia, Caucasus and Urals-Volga region studies, Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences,Moscow). Do Contacts Matter as a Way to Ease Anti-Migrant Sentiments? Exploring Perception of Migrants Among Muscovites.

Nona Shakhnazarian (Institute for Archeology and Ethnography, Yerevan, Armenia), Raghim Shaliev (NGO The House of Human Rights, Tbilisi, Georgia), Leon Aslanov (University College London (UCL), Programme of Armenian Studies, London).Helping neighbors in the situation of outrages and ethnic cleansing: global morality and narratives of (not)salvation in Soviet Azerbaijan (1988-1991).

Carmen Banta (University of Craiova, Romania). The Role of the Church in Migration. RomaniansinBruxelles.


Coffee-break (15 min)

Natalia Kalashnikova (Russian Museum of Ethnography, St. Petersburg)Moldavian Gypsies: neighborhood as a phenomenon of everyday life and it’s local forms.

Mikhail Kabitski (Moscow State University/ Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow). Cross-border ethno-cultural unities: examples and research experience in Southern Europe.  

Alena Mikhailova (Russian Museum of Ethnography, St. Petersburg)The Serezhans on the border of the Habsburg Empire:  the problem of interpretation of the museum heritage according to historical changes of ethnocultural landscape.

Denis Ermolin (Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography RAS, St. Petersburg).The Oldbelivers in Baltic states: insiders or outsiders?

Discussion: Neighborhood in bordering, historical and intercultural perspective 


Dinner 14:00-15:00

Second session 15:00-18:00

Ekaterina Protassova (University of Helsinki, Finland). Culinary and food practices of Russian speaking immigrants in Finland. 


Alexandra Dugushina (Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg).  Ethnoconfessional neighborhood in female spaces: «Ladies beach» of city Ulcinj, Montenegro. 

Natalia Golant (Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg), Maria Ryzhova (Independent researcher, St. Petersburg).Everyday vocabulary of Vhach-tsarans of Eastern Serbia (a case study of the village Shipikovo, Zajechar Municipality, based on the field research data)

Alexander Novik (Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg).The Eurovision Song Contest and the Phenomenon of Neighborhood: destructing the borders and communicative practices.

Discussion: Neighborhood thru the language, literature, culture and music 



First session 10:00-14:00

Olga Davydova-Menguet (Karelian Institute, East Finland University of Joensuu, Finland).How to immigrate into the history: the Russian speaking residents in Russian-Finnisch border region and the public memory.

Brednikova Olga (Center for independent social research (CISR), St. Petersburg),  Zaporozhets Oksana (Higher School of Economics, Moscow),  Kaisto Virpi (Karelian Institute, East Finland University of Joensuu, Finland).  Exporting/creating the neighbourhood: Russian residents of Finnish cities.

Mikhail Lurie (European University in St. Petersburg), Anna Sokolova (N.N. Miklukho-Maklai Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Moscow)Neighborhood infrastructure, or How to be friends with Finns in the forest villages of Karelia.


Coffee-break (15 min)

Elena Nikiforova (Centre for Independent Social Research, St. Petersburg). “Neighborhood through the time”: historical memory as a driver of neighbor relationships in the borderlands.

Ekaterina Melnikova (Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography RAS/ European University in St. Petersburg). Finnish cemeteries in the former Finnish Karelia: spaces of joint care.

Pavel Kupriyanov (N.N. Miklukho-Maklai Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology RAS, Moscow). “The Neighbors in the Old Moscow”: Construction of the neighborhood in local history projects.

Discussion:  Bordering Neighborhood / Imagined Neighborhood. 

Dinner 14:00-15:00


Second session 15:00-18:00

Elena Bogdanova (Center for independent social research (CISR), St. Petersburg). New Solidarities ofNeighbors vsIndividual Strategies: Two Approaches for Improvement of the Utility Servicing in the Russian Metropolitan City 

Mikhail Garder (Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow / European University in St.Petersburg). Neighboring ties in a separate region of Moscow: homeless residents and local inhabitants.

Fedor Veselov (European University in St. Petersburg). Hostels in St. Petersburg: interaction with local inhabitants in the local environment of a residential building.

Maria Kalinkina (European University in St. Petersburg). "Dangerous Neighborhood": the system of relations between street gangs and the local community (the case of Naberezhnye Chelny).

Natalia Savina (European University in Saint Petersburg). Tourists as Neighbors: the Case of city Sviyazhsk.

Julia Buchatskaya (Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (Kunstkamera) RAS, St. Petersburg). Old City Quarters: Everyday Life and Neighbourhood in Bamberg, Germany.

Discussion: Neighborhood in city everyday life 



First session 10:00-14:00

Elena Nosenko-Stein (Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Studies)Jewish Studies in Russia: Problems of Ethnography and Social and Cultural Anthropology.

Bardhosh Gaçe (University of Vlora, Albania). Viktori Puzanova – një bizantologe e shquar e botës shqiptare.       

Vassili Glushak, Nikita Yudin (Moscow State Institute of international relations). Communicative practices of attack on the image of competitive parties in the German Bundestag.

Tatjana Shrader (Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg). Scandinavia in the Russian press of nineteenth century.

Majlinda Bushaj (University of Shkodra “Luigj Gurakuqi”Shkodra,  Albania). Ethnolinguistic features in the spoken language of Postriba.    

Вероника Костенко (Лаборатория сравнительных социальных исследований НИУ ВШЭ)Мигранты – мусульмане как соседи. Сравнительный анализ европейских странJ.

JuliaBuchatskaya, AlexanderNovik. Closing speech.


Dinner 14:00


15:00 Guided tours on Kunstkamera and Russian Museum of Ethnography.