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J. Otto Habeck was appointed professor at the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Universität Hamburg, in 2014. Earlier (2003–14), he was coordinator of the Siberian Studies Center at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle (Germany). His research interests comprise different aspects of agriculture and animal husbandry in socialist and postsocialist Eurasia (nomadism, state-induced transition to sedentary life, land use in permafrost areas). He combines these topics with research on changes in livelihoods and lifestyles in postsocialist settings. Recently (2016–18) he has conducted field research on socialist agricultural enterprises in the Polish-German border area near Szczecin. He is author of What It Means to Be a Herdsman: The Practice and Image of Reindeer Husbandry among the Komi of Northern Russia, published by LIT in 2005; coeditor (with Brian Donahoe) of Reconstructing the House of Culture: Community, Self, and the Makings of Culture in Russia and Beyond, published by Berghahn in 2011; and editor of Lifestyle in Siberia and the Russian North, by Open Book Publishers in 2019. He has also published several papers on gender and space in the Far North of Russia.

Kirill V. Istomin has been a senior researcher at the Institute of Language, Literature, and History, Komi Science Center, Ural Division of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Syktyvkar, Russia) since 2012. Before that he spent seven years working as a senior researcher in the Siberian Studies Center, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle (Germany). His sphere of scientific interests includes ecology and techniques of traditional reindeer herding, and cognitive anthropology, particularly the study of specific cognitive skills of reindeer-herding nomads. He has also published extensively on the history of reindeer-herding groups and their complex relations to the larger society. Results of his research have been published in leading international journals such as Current Anthropology, Human Ecology, Polar Research, and others.

Yulian Konstantinov recently retired from his positions of Visiting Lecturer at Murmansk Arctic State University and Adjunct Professor at the Arctic University of Norway in Trømso. Before that he was Affiliated Researcher at the Max Planck Institute of Social Anthropology in Halle (Germany) and lectured in a number of European and American research centers and universities. He is known for his contributions to the research of postsocialism in Bulgaria and northwestern Russia. From 1994 to 2016 he conducted sustained field-research with Sami, Komi, and Nenets reindeer herders in the Kola Peninsula, Murmansk Region. His books include Reindeer Herders: Field-Notes from the Kola Peninsula (Uppsala: Uppsala University, 2005), and Conversations with Power: Soviet and Post-Soviet Developments in the Reindeer Husbandry Part of the Kola Peninsula (Uppsala: Uppsala University). His extensive research with reindeer herders has been published in article form in leading anthropological journals.

Colum Leckey teaches history at Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville. He has published broadly in the field of Russian cultural and economic history and is the author of Patrons of Enlightenment: The Free Economic Society in Eighteenth-Century Russia (2011). His latest article, "Imagining the Urals: Eighteenth-Century Academic Travelers and Russia's Europe-Asia Divide," will soon appear in the journal Eighteenth-Century Studies.

Oleg Riabov is a Doctor of Sciences, Professor, and leading researcher at St. Petersburg State Univ, russia. He is an author of Europe and the Bear (War-saw, 2013, in Polish, with A. de Lazari and M. Żakowska); "Mother Russia": Nationalism, Gender, and War in the XX Century Russia (Stuttgart, 2007, in Russian), and other monographs. His articles have been published in Nationalities Papers, Problems of Post-Communism, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Journal of Cold War Studies, Neprikosnovennyi Zapas, and elsewhere.

Kenneth Slepyan is a professor of history at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. He is the author of several publications on Soviet Union in the Second World War, including Stalin's Guerrillas: Soviet Partisans in World War II (2006). He is currently working on a book about daily life in the Nazi-occupied USSR.

Alexander A. Yuzhakov is one of the leading specialists in the field of reindeer husbandry in Russia with...


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