Department of Anthropology

In Russian

The department’s curriculum combines the ideas and methodology of ethnography, social and cultural anthropology, folklore studies, linguistics and semiotics. Coursework and research are grouped around the three above-mentioned disciplines. Students have the opportunity to explore all three subject areas and thus avoid confining themselves to their own specialization. After familiarizing themselves with the basics of all three disciplines, master’s students are able to make an informed choice about the next destination on their academic journey, based not only on thematic but also methodological preferences.

The department’s graduate students most often research one or another aspect of a contemporary community (e.g., an ethnic, religious or professional group, pensioners, the hearing impaired, native speakers of a particular language, etc.). However, historically oriented research projects based on archival materials, as well as research based on contemporary recordings and classic collections of folklore, are also common.

Teachers and researchers

Mikhail Lurye

Professor, Department of Anthropology; Scientific director of the project, Center for Applied Research

Alexander Panchenko

Professor, Department of Anthropology, Head of the Center for Anthropology of Religion

Nikolai Vakhtin

Founder, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Head of Center for Arctic Social Studies

Events and news

Spatializing Culture: the Ethnography of Space and Place

This talk offers an in-depth analysis of “spatializing culture,” an idea that grew out of my work on the Latin American plaza (Low 2000) and Deborah Pellow’s (2002) ethnography of West African socio-spatial organization and institutions. Through subsequent research and theory-building “spatializing culture” has evolved into a multi-dimensional framework that includes social production, social construction, embodied, discursive, emotive and affective, as well as translocal approaches to space and place.


Congratulations to EUSP Department of Anthropology graduate Ekaterina Rudneva on the successful defense of her dissertation for the degree of candidate of sciences in philology.   On May 16, 2019, Ekaterina Rudneva has defended her dissertation "Strategii lingvisticheskoi vezhlivosti v spontannom rechevom vzaimodeistvii" [Strategies of Linguistic Politeness in Spontaneous Speech Interaction] at the Institute of Linguistics of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow).