Irina V. Nam
head of LSAR
The TSU Laboratory for Social and Anthropological Research was established in the framework of the project “Man in a Changing World. Problems of Identity and Social Adaptation in History and at Present” (Russian Government Grant № 14.B25.31.0009) as a result of long-standing efforts of TSU historians and ethnologists to develop such lines of research and educational subjects as history, ethnography, ethnology, anthropology, and archaeology.
In 1962, a subdepartment of archaeology, ethnography and history of Siberia (later renamed to the subdepartment of archaeology and history-oriented regional studies) was opened. In 1968, there was a domain-specific research laboratory for history, archaeology and ethnography of Siberia created. At different times among the subdepartment and the laboratory’s staff members were well-known Siberian ethnographers and anthropologists – G.I. Pelikh, N.V. Lukina, E.L. Lvova, A.M. Sagalaev, V.M. Kulemzin, N.A. Tomilov, V.A. Dremov, A.A. Kim, A.V. Bagashev, O.M. Ryndina, I.E. Maximova, M.V. Rykun and others. The staff of other TSU subdepartments was also involved with research and teaching in the field of ethnography/ethnology.
Over the years, a lot of field research was carried out in the regions of Tomsk, Kemerovo, Tyumen, Yakutiya, Khakasiya, Shoriya, Altai, etc. Numerous research publications were issued. Teaching staff of TSU department of history specializing in ethnology and social anthropology got many times invited as experts to assist authorities and public organizations in their work. TSU teaching and research staff’s professional skills and expertise in ethnology and anthropology led to the establishment of the second beyond the Urals dissertation defense board in “Ethnography, Ethnology, Anthropology” in the year 1999.
In the 1990s-2000s, along with the continuing ethnographical study of the Siberian population, different research projects dealing with a wide range of ethnological, social and anthropological issues were undertaken. The role of students in that research is difficult to overestimate. In 2005, the student research laboratory for social anthropology (SNILSA) was set up.
Today, the disciplines of social anthropology and ethnology are actively being developed at Tomsk State University in close collaboration with well-established Russian and international research and educational centres.