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Inga V. Stasevich

inga v. stasevich

Senior Researcher, Central Asia Department at Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (the Kunstkamera) of the Russian Academy of Sciences (MAE RAS), Candidate of Historical Sciences


Phone: +7 (812) 328-07-12 (office)

Fax: +7 (812) 328-08-11



Inga V. Stasevish graduated from the Department of Archaeology of the Faculty of History, Saint-Petersburg State University, in 1995. From 1995 to 2000, she worked in the Department of Central Asia and Kazakhstan Ethnography at the Russian Museum of Ethnography. In 2000, she began her graduate study at the Department of Ethnology of the European University at St. Petersburg, having graduated in 2003 with Master’s degree in Ethnology. She then entered a post-graduate study at the same university and, in 2006, she earned her Candidate of Historical Sciences degree.

Starting 2005, Stasevish has worked as a Senior Researcher at the Central Asia Department of MAE RAS. Her main research focus continues to be on the traditional cultures of nomads in Central Asia, particularly on functioning traditional cultural forms in modern society. She conducts field ethnographic research in the Central Asia region.


2006 Candidate of Historical Sciences, European University at Saint Petersburg. Dissertation title: “The status of widow in the culture of the Turkic nomads of Central Asia (Kazakhs and Kirghiz). A study on the basis of the 19th – early 20th century materials.”

2003 Master of Ethnology, European University at Saint Petersburg

1995 Specialist diploma, Saint-Petersburg State University, Faculty of History, Department of Archaeology


Ethnography of peoples of Central Asia; study of traditional material and spiritual culture; regional specifics of Central Asian Islam; gender aspects of culture, and modern ethnic processes, in particular forms of traditional culture adaptation in today’s world.


  • 2020-2022, The Committee for Science of the Ministry of Education and Science, Republic of Kazakhstan, no. AP08856108. Project title: “The Place of Family Rites in the Context of Intangible Heritage Theory: The Case of Western Kazakhstan.”
  • 2012-2014 Fundamental research program of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences: “Mountains, people, and borders: Invention and use of traditions in highland communities in the post-Soviet space”, Contributor. Grant supervisor: Dr. Yu. Yu. Karpov.
  • 2009-2011 Fundamental research program of the Presidium of the RAS “Museum and Archival Funds: Study, Introduction to Scientific Circulation, Providing a New Quality of Access to Cultural Heritage.” Project title: “‘The Mirror with the Memory of the Heart’: Kazakhstan in the Creative Heritage of S. M. Dudin.” Contributor. Grant supervisor: Dr. E. A.Rezvan.
  • 2009 Honorary Certificate from the Committee on Science and Higher Education of the St. Petersburg Administration for great contribution to the study of the mechanisms of functioning of traditional forms of culture in modern society.



  • 2011. The Social Status of Kazakh Women: Traditions and Modernity. St. Petersburg: Nauka Publishing House, 202 p. In Russian. Author.


  • 2021. “The Challenge of Time: The Reproduction of "Forgotten" Traditions in Contemporary Kazakh Culture,” Bulletin of Archaeology, Anthropology and Ethnography" Tyumen Scientific Center of the Siberian Branch of RAS, no. 2(53), pp.146-154
  • 2020. “Kazakhologists of St. Petersburg Kunstkamera: Vadim Petrovich Kurylev (1928-2008) and his museum and scientific heritage,” History: Network Scientific Educational Journal. Vol. 11, issue 5(91);
  • 2019. “Children’s dolls in the Kunstkamera Kazakh collection,” Manuscripta Orientalia. Vol. 25. no. 2, pp. 47-53.
  • 2019. “Life Cycle Rites in Contemporary Kyrgyz Culture: Following Traditions and the Emergence of New Practices,” Kunstkamera no.2, pp. 38-50.
  • 2019. “Mosque Construction Features of the Kazakh People: the mid-19th – early 20th centuries,” Reports of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Volume 4, no. 326. Co-authored with K.K. Rakhbayev , R.A. Beknazarov.
  • 2018. “Modern Kyrgyzstan: Re-Islamization or Revival of National Culture,” Ethnographic Review no. 2, pp. 76-88.
  • 2016. “Kazakh Women Wedding Headdress in the MAE RAS Collection,” Manuscripta Orientalia. Vol. 22. No. 1. June, pp. 20-36.