About Forum

Tomsk Anthropological Forum is conducted once every two years and devoted to current theoretical and practical issues of social anthropology.

The TAF-2 will discuss a wide range of issues associated with the phenomenon of interdisciplinarity, anthropological approaches to its analysis and its use in anthropological studies. We seek to stimulate professional dialogue among colleagues on topics such as migration, indigenous and archaeological research in contemporary social and political processes, as well as the anthropology of outer space.

Migrations, diasporas, transnationalismAt the symposium, we are planning to look at conceptual tools which are currently used to describe migration, including in the post-Soviet space, and to revisit some of the approaches, themes, and methods considered to be essential for the understanding of migration today.

The ethnography of outer space explorationThe symposium will discuss current theoretical and practical questions in the anthropology of outer space and explore the history of this field going back to the first deep space researchers (with the focus being placed on social history and ethnography of scientific activity of research teams that dealt with the task of space exploration in the USSR, USA, Europe, and Asia) who shared one common (anthropological) characteristic, namely, complete dedication to the cause and enthusiasm.

Indigenous studies in and of Northern and Central AsiaBy discussing some pressing issues in indigenous studies in Northern and Central Asia, with a number of international experts involved, we would like to initiate a conversation between researchers working within the emic and etic paradigms and to make a step forward toward rethinking the problem of interdisciplinarity in this area of scholarly inquiry.

Archaeology, power, and societyWe are interested in elaborating on the analysis of mechanisms of and reasons behind the mythologisation of the pre-history period and of archaeological heritage, as well as on the problem of archaeological data being used to create ethno-historical myths. Particular attention is to be paid to the relationship between archaeology and nationalism at the turn of the 20th to the 21st centuries, the repatriation of archaeological finds and remains, analysis of the image of the past being created and used as a resource, and the link between archaeology and politics, including archaeological heritage preservation during military conflicts.

TAF-2018 Events

Plenary Session (October, 11, 12.00-18.00) Symposium "Migrations, Diasporas, Transnationalism" (October, 12, 10.00-18.00) Symposium "The Ethnography of Outer Space Exploration" (October, 12, 10.00-18.00) Round Table "Perspectives of the Anthropology of Outer Space" (October, 13, 10.00-12.00)

TAF-2018 Results

Results of Symposium "Migrations, Diasporas, Transnationalism" Results of Symposium "The Ethnography of Outer Space Exploration" Anthropology of Migration

The Forum’s venue:

Room 30, 34 Lenin Ave., Tomsk 634050 Russia

National Research Tomsk State University

Laboratory for Social and Anthropological Research

E-mail: lsar.tsu@gmail.com

Irina Vladimirovna Nam namirina@bk.ru

Irina Gennadievna Popravko popravkoirina@yandex.ru

Albina Andreevna Rasskazchikova         dream91.07@gmail.com

Elena Mikhailovna Karageorgii karageorgiy-elena@ya.ru