Florian Stammler, INNOCOM Project Coordinator, Coordinator of Anthropology research team, Arctic Centre
Social Anthropologist specialising on Northern Industrialisation, the study of human mobility and settlement, human-environment relations, and reindeer pastoralism. See here for a more detailed biography . fstammle(at)ulapland.fi or stammler(at)mail.ru
In INNOCOM Florian does besides general project integration into MOVE and ESF-BOREAS programmes the fieldwork case studies in West Siberia. He is particularly interested in understanding the principles how people develop intimate ties to places and become part of a particular community on these places, e.g. industrial cities in the Russian North. Basing on this, we can try to find factors that influence people’s decisions to move, or their responses to relocation programmes.
Alla Bolotova, INNOCOM researcher, PhD candidate, Arctic Centre
Alla is a qualitative sociologist interested in human-nature relation, the history of Soviet industrialisation, geology.
In INNOCOM, she does the bulk of the fieldwork, mainly in the case studies sites of Murmansk Oblast and is together with Florian Stammler analysing the general project data with the aim for inter-regional comparison and contribution to an anthropology of movement and settlement among post-migratory northerners. By spring 2008, she has lived more than half a year in the region, mainly in Apatity, Kirovsk, Kovdor, and ’25yi kilometr’, a small railway settlement that is thought to be a candidate for closure, but has a strong collective spirit of its residents.
Here is a summary of her article-based PhD plan . The thesis is supervised jointly by Florian Stammler with Prof Aini Linjakumpu at the University of Lapland.
Lyudmila Lipatova, INNOCOM researcher, Senior Researcher ’Shemanovskii’ Museum for Regional Studies, Salekhard, YNAO
Lyudmila has more than 30 years work experience in regional studies in the West Siberian Russian North, and has written several books both on the indignenous and the incomer-population of the region. She is also a gifted photographer, with exhibitions in Russia and internationally, e.g. in Germany (click on ’photo exhibit’ on the linked page). She has been awarded many Russian medals for her work on Siberian historical and cultural heritage, is an honorary citizen of Salekhard, and honorary ’worker for culture’ of the Russian Federation. Having come from journalism to anthropology, she wholeheartedly believes in our main research method, the in-depth unstructured life-history interview, or biographical method.
In INNOCOM, she works together with Florian Stammler on the field sites in West Siberia. Many of the interviews were done together by the two researchers. Lipatova processes some of the materials directly for her weekly radio-programmes, called ’20th century through the eyes of witnesses’, and ’along nomadic routes’. Lipatova is also the driving force on popularising Yamal fieldwork results of INNOCOM in the region in Russian, e.g. through the regional monthly magazine ’Yamal’skii Meridian’
Elena Nyikina, INNOCOM research assistant, master student, University of Kassel, Germany nuykina(at)yahoo.com
Elena has grown up in Novyi Urengoi and Ekaterinburg, West Siberia, and is a student of social sciences at the University of Kassel, Germany. Her research interests are civil society, development programmes, migration and resource dependency globally and in the Russian North. With her deep interests in social and demographic processes in the Russian North, she joined the MOVE-INNOCOM team to prepare a master thesis on current relocation programmes from the Russian North to central Russia, analysing how these programmes were influenced by the pilot project on relocation assistance by the World Bank. This adds a very welcome political-economy perspective to demographic and city-development of northen Russia to the INNOCOM project and MOVE in general. The thesis is supervised jointly by Florian Stammler with Dr Helen Schwenken from Kassel.
Data for the thesis is collected through INNOCOM fieldwork in autumn 2008 in West Siberia and possible Murmansk Oblast, through interviews with experts on relocation programmes in the region, and hopefully staff of the World Bank office in Russia.
Gertrude Eilmsteiner-Saxinger, INNOCOM-affiliated researcher, PhD candidate in Cultural- and Social Anthropology, University of Vienna, Austria gertrude_e_saxinger(at)hotmail.com, Austrian Working Group Arctic and Subarctic
Gertrude has her own PhD research project on fly-in / fly-out shift workers in the northern Russian oil and gas industry, funded by Austrian sources: “Labour Migration in the Siberian Far North - a Spatial Approach to Lives of Vakhtoviki”. The MOVE project collaborates closely with her and she went for her exploratory field visit also to Novyi Urengoi when Florian Stammler was there for his first fieldwork in 2007. Since then Gertrude has been back to this Siberian gas capital and decided to make it to one of her main field sites.
As life realities of Vakhtoviki are basically characterised by three places, home – journey – shift, her field sites are also the commuter trains, on which she has travelled already more than 15 000 km, as well as Vakhtoviki´s home regions such as the Republic of Chuvashia and the Republic Mari El. To date only little is known about the social organisation of this travelling social group and its social embedding in the broader society. Gerti uses anthropological methodology for her exploratory research aiming to unearth meaningful spheres of life in order to elaborate the constructedness of social spaces among Vakhtoviki. Her PhD thesis is supervised by geographer Heinz Fassmann (University of Vienna) and anthropologist Peter Schweitzer (University of Vienna and University of Alaska Fairbanks) with Florian Stammler (Arctic Centre Rovaniemi) as co-supervisor. Together with her colleague, Russian historian Elena Aleshkevich and Heinz Fassmann as project leader, she currently elaborates a three years research project, looking interdisciplinarily on selected aspects of vakhtovyj metod in the Former Soviet Union and the Russian Federation. Therein, Gerti and Elena established a cooperation with NII, the Institute for Development of Education under Sub-Polar Conditions of the ural branch of the Russian Academy of Education and the Centre for Socio-Psychological Help, both in Novyj Urengoj, on the purpose of joint surveys on family-life of Vakhtoviki as well as on teenagers growing up with parents working on vakhtovyj metod.
Publication: Eilmsteiner-Saxinger G. (2008) Commuting to the Siberian Far North – when Extreme becomes Normality. Forthcoming in: TRANS 17. TRANS. Internet-Zeitschrift für Kulturwissenschaften