|The friends call me...||Masha|
|Educational background||B.A. in Russian History and Traditional Culture, St. Petersburg State University, (1995).
M.A. in Cultural Anthropology, History and Theory of Culture, European University at St. Petersburg (2000)
|Present position||PhD student
Was editor and book designer at Spetsialnaya Literature Publishers.
|Employer||European University of St Petersburg|
|Research interests||Post Soviet studies. Urban ethnography. Russian diaspora. Russsian identity. "The Other Russians". Imperial Russian history.|
|Current research||Work on the project "The Other Russians, or Mobilised Mentality", devoted to the study of the Russians coming back to Russian Federation from the former Soviet republics.|
|Excerpts from publications||1. Russians in Soviet Republics: Crisis of Identity
The article is devoted to Russian-speaking migrants from Middle Asia (Uzbekistan) and Caucasus (Baku) now living in Vyborg district of Leningrad region. It is based on the author's field materials gathered in summer 2001. Most of informants are specialists with high education who had worked in different spheres of Soviet economy and education. After the split of the USSR they had to remove from former republics to Russia owing to intolerable attitude to Russians and Russian language in newly formed national states. Returning back to Russia was caused by expectations of our informants to meet compatriots, "real" Russians who would be more friendly than native people in their former places of life. Having come to Russia they suddenly found themselves more "alien" than they felt at home. "Other Russians" now feel great difficulty with defining their national identity because in Soviet time they used to imagine themselves "Soviets", citizens of the whole USSR, and it was no matter what very nation they belonged to. Now, after about 10 years they have lived in Vyborg district they still feel strangers, and do not aim at assimilation with "Russian" Russians.
2. Migrants' Nets in Vyborg Disrict of Leningrad Region. Newcomers form Baku and Kokand.
The article is devoted to Russian-speaking migrants from Middle Asia and Caucasus now living in Vyborg district of Leningrad region. It is based on the author's field materials gathered in summer 2001. During work the field, we found that newcomers from Kokand (Uzbekistan) and Baku (Azerbaijan) are organized in informal "nets", each of these having some special features. Kokanders all came to Vyborg "in a line", owing to neighbors' help and support, and their contacts last from their life in Uzbekistan. As to the citizens of Baku, they have came to the place by their own contacts, each family having some friends who had helped them to settle down and find job. Their contacts with other comers from Baku began already after coming to Vyborg district. Representatives of both "nets" are acquainted but they exist apart of each other and of "local" Russians. As a whole, comers from Middle Asia and Caucasus seem more successful with their career than "local" people. Their points of pride are their "professionalism, responsible attitude to labor, high moral qualities" which they ascribe to their "Asian" neighbors' influence.
1. Russian Specialist in the Post-Soviet East: Failure of Imperial Ambitions. Case study.
The publication presents one interview with comments. The informant is now retired, during Soviet time had been a director of the prestige Russian secondary school in Baku, party functioner, with very strong communist and imperial convictions. He shows an excellent example of a "Soviet" Russian who still believes in "internationalism", "friendship of nations" that existed in the USSR and "intrigues of American imperialists" which broke the Soviet paradise.
|Case study for the summer course||The "other Russians", — the former Soviet experience and failure of expectations about compatriots in "big motherland".|
|Statement of interest||My intent connected with this course is to acquaint with current studies concerning identity, integration and other problems of migrants from liberated colonies (I mean representatives of mother nation). According to my research Russians coming back from "colonies" (former "national" republics) feel disappointment and embarrassment having found themselves very different from citizens of Russia. The process of integration is painful and difficult. Their habits seem strange and "Asiatic" to Russians, they are not welcome in Russia.Their imperial consciousness makes them haughty with their "cultural mission" among ignorant indigenes and they look with neglect upon their compatriots whom they find in Russia now. Often they feel that their former countrymen, Uzbek or Azerbaijan people whom they used to consider "alien" understand them better that Russians. I would be glad to know more about world experience of studies about former "colonizers" (occupants) in newly established states, former colonies.|
|Plans for the future||To teach a course on Ethnic History of the Russians and Imperial History of Russia.
In the future, it is planned to organize a new trend of research at the Department of Ethnology, that is, Russian Ethnci History, Imperial History of Russia, Post-Soviet Studies, where I am going to teach the course "Imperial History of Russia".
The best thing would be kurnik, North Russian wedding pie with chicken, eggs and mushrooms, it is very delicious and beautiful looking (also it contains flour, sour cream, rise, butter). But I wonder if I am permitted to bring food with me. Or are ingredients available to bye in Budapest? If not I can make a Russian pirog (pie) with any filling we can afford - meat, fish, fruit, cabbage...
|Hobbies||Folk culture and ethnography, cooking (and books about), folk embroidery, books about traditional crafts, fine and folk arts, detective stories.|
|Thanks for visiting my webpage!||Spasibo, chto posetili moyu stranitsy (moi sait) !|
|See you soon in Budapest!||Uvidimsya v Budapeshte !|
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