Researcher Project E8



Max-Planck-Institut für ethnologische Forschung

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Staff - 3rd phase of research

Dr. Kirill Istomin

During his studies and his work as research assistant, Kirill Istomin has worked on a combination of spheres of research in social anthropology, such as cultural ecology, a multitude of aspects of reindeer herding technology and land use, and mediation of land-use conflicts in the Far North of Russia.

Since July 2005 research executive at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (responsible for the implementation of SFB subprojects B6 and E8) • 2004 Defence of the doctoral dissertation "Ethno-ecological characteristics of Izhma Komi reindeer herding" at the Institute for Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow) • 2001-2004 PhD course and position as research assistant at the Institute for Language, Literature and History of the Komi Science Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Syktyvkar) • 1998-2001 MA course at the Department of Ethnology, Tartu University (Estonia) • 1996-1997 Participant of the Arctic Studies Programme at the University of Lapland in Rovaniemi (Finland) • 1994-1998 BA course at the Department of Regional Studies, Finno-Ugric Faculty, Syktyvkar State University (Komi Republic, Russian Federation).

Selected Publications:

with Dwyer, M. J. Theories of Nomadic Movement: A new Theoretical Approach for Understanding the Movement Decisions of Nenets and Komi Reindeer Herders. Human Ecology. In Print.

with Donahoe, B. Izmenenie praktiki regulirovaniia dostupa k resursam u nekotorykh olenevodcheskikh narodov Sibiri. Popytka teoreticheskogo obobsheniia [The change of tenuriality among some Siberian reindeer herding peoples. An attempt of atheoretical generalization] In: Funk, D. A. (ed.) Rasy i narody: sovremennye etnicheskie i rassovye problemy. Vypusk 33, pp. 128-163. Moskva: Nauka 2007.

with Dwyer, M. J. Mobility and Technology: Understanding the Vulnerability of Two Groups of Nomadic Pastoralists to Reindeer Losses. In: Nomadic Peoples vol. 10, no. 2 (2006), pp. 142-165.

My smotrim na mir - mir smotrit na nas: predmetno-prostranstvennye otnosheniia i ikh oboznachenie kak element semioticheskoi kartiny mira [We look at the world -- the world looks at us: spatial relations between objects and their meaning as an element of the semiotic map of the world]. In: Fadeeva, I. E. (ed.): Semiosis i kul'tura: sbornik nauchnykh statei, vol. 2, pp. 130-136. Syktyvkar: Komi Pedagogicheskii Institut 2006.

Komi-izhemskoe olenevodstvo: istoriografiia dvukh vekov izucheniia [Reindeer husbandry of the Izhma Komi: historiography of two centuries of investigation]. In: Studia Juvenalia, vol. 2 (2005), pp. 88-102. Syktyvkar: Komi Nauchnyi Tsentr.

Oil and Reindeer - Traditional Methods of Pasture Selection among Komi Herders and the Relevance to Conflicts over Land Use. In: Northern Veche: Proceedings of the Second NRF Open Meeting. Akureyri: Stefansson Institute; University of Akureyri 2004, 184-187 [English version] and 187-190 [Russian version].

with Dronova, T. I.: Mezhetnicheskoe vzaimodeistvie v Pechorskom krae: nentsy, russkie (ust'-tsylema) i komi-izhemtsy [Interethnic interactions in the Pechora Region: Nenetses, Russians of Ust'-Tsyl'ma and Izhma Komi]. In: Etnograficheskoe obozrenie 5 (2003), pp. 54-67.

O nekotorykh malozatratnykh merakh po uluchsheniiu vzaimodeistviia mezhdu neftianymi kompaniiami i olenevodami [On some inexpensive measures for improving relations between oil companies and reindeer herders]. In: Mir korennykh narodov - Zhivaia Arktika 13 (2003), pp. 101-105.

Living in Chum: Social Relations and Personal Behavioral Strategies among Komi Reindeer Herders. In: Pro Ethnologia: Publications of the Estonian National Museum 10 (2000), pp. 49-81.

Kolva Volost and the Kolva Ethnographic Group as an Example of Transition from Settled to Nomadic Way of Life. In: Pro Ethnologia: Publications of the Estonian National Museum 8 (1999), pp. 19-34.