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Individual Members

Aili Aarelaid-Tart
Associate professor, Ph.D (Estonia) - aarelaid@iiss.ee

Regional specialization Institutional affiliation
Estonia Institute of International and Social Studies
Blvd. Estonia, Tallinn, Republic of Estonia, 10143
www.iiss.ee/
Thematic specialization Profile of institution
Cultural studies, qualitative methods to study contemorary Estonian culture. Research in sociology, cultural studies and politology.

 

Laura Assmuth
Research fellow, Ph.D - laura.assmuth@helsinki.fi

Regional specialization Institutional affiliation
Estonia, Latvia and North-West Russia
Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki
P.O. Box 4, 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland
www.helsinki.fi/collegium/eng/home.htm
Thematic specialization Profile of institution
State borders, border areas; ethnic and national identities; state-building; gender; life-course; agency. Independent post-doctoral multidisciplinary research institute within the University of Helsinki. Comprises social and human sciences. Presently 35 scholars.

 

Aet Annist
Ph.D. student, MA, MPhil (Estonia, UK) - a.annist@ucl.ac.uk

Regional specialization Institutional affiliation
Estonia Department of Anthropology, University College London
Gower Street, London WC1E 1BT, UK
www.ucl.ac.uk/anthropology
Thematic specialization Profile of institution
Anthropology of development, postsocialism, consumption, youth and cultural studies. The UCL Dept. of Anthropology was recently rated the top broad-based anthropology dept. in the UK. It is concerned with biological as well as cultural, social and material aspects of human life. Research groups concentrate on: ethnicity & political economy; belief & symbolism; anthropology of development; socialism & post-socialism; anthropology of history; medical anthropology.

 

Elisabeth L'orange FŘrst
Ph.D., Professor (Norway) - e.l.furst@sai.uio.no

Regional specialization Institutional affiliation
Moldova, Scandinavia Department of Social Anthroplogy, University of Oslo
P.O.Box 1091 Blindern, 0317 Oslo, Norway
www.sai.uio.no
Thematic specialization Profile of institution
Gender, food, body, rationality, identity, life stories, narrativity, modernity, macro-micro-politics. Traditional academic university: research and education.

 

Haldis Haukanes
Post-Doctoral Researcher, Ph.D (Norway) - Haldis.Haukanes@skok.uib.no

Regional specialization Institutional affiliation
Eastern and East- Central Europe (especially Czech and Slovak Republics). Centre for Women's and Gender Research, University of Bergen
AllÚgaten 34, N-5007 Bergen, Norway
www.hf.uib.no/i/hkv/english.htm
Thematic specialization Profile of institution
Social anthropology, gender relations, feminist theory, cultural history, oral history and biography, agriculture and rural life, community studies, development. The Centre for Women's and Gender Research is an Interdisciplinary Research Centre specializing in Gender studies and promoting Gender Research at the University of Bergen. In addition to arranging conferences, seminars and facilitating various research projects, the Centre offers a two years Master course in Gender and Development.

 

Tova H÷jdestrand
Ph.D. student - tova.hojdestrand@socant.su.se

Regional specialization Institutional affiliation
Urban Russia. Department of Social Anthropology
University of Stockholm, S-10691 Stockholm, Sweden
http://www.socant.su.se
Thematic specialization Profile of institution
Homelessness, 'transition', urban development, welfare issues, everyday economy, bureaucracy, social networks, identity, gender. Globalization, organizations, media, gender.

 

Anu Kannike
Researcher, Ph.D - anukannike@yahoo.com

Regional specialization Institutional affiliation
Estonia. Institute of International and Social Studies
IISS, Estonia pst.7, 10143 Tallinn, Estonia
www.iiss.ee/
Thematic specialization Profile of institution
Material culture, consumption, home. International and social studies.

 

Ene K§resaar
Lecturer of ethnology, MPhil, Doctoral candidate (Estonia) - Enesh@ut.ee

Regional specialization Institutional affiliation
Estonia Chair of Ethnology, Tartu University
▄likooli 18, 50090 Tartu, Estonia
www.history.ee 
Thematic specialization Profile of institution
Biographical research, autobiographical and social memory; study of material culture; everyday life in socialism. Estonian/European ethnology and Finno-Ugric Anthropology; Processes of Everyday Life in 19th-20th Century; Ethnicity and Nationalism in Eastern Europe; Biographical Research; Ethnological Perspectives on Memory; Identity of Arctic People.

 

Anna Korhonen
Ph.D student, M.Soc.Sc. (Finland) - anna.korhonen@helsinki.fi

Regional specialization Institutional affiliation
Estonia Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki
P.O.Box 4, FIN-00014 University of Helsinki
www.helsinki.fi/aleksanteri
Thematic specialization Profile of institution
Nation-building and minorities, international organisations' influences. The Aleksanteri Institute is affiliated with the University of Helsinki and operates as a national centre of research, study and expertise pertaining to Russia and East Europe, particularly in the social sciences and humanities. The Institute has multidisciplinary Masters and Doctoral programmes, to which students of any Finnish university may apply.

 

Janna Kormina
Lecturer, researcher, Ph.D (Russia) - va@eu.spb.ru 

Regional specialization Institutional affiliation
Russia Dept. of Ethnology, European University at St. Petersburg
Gagarinskaya ul. 3, St. Petersburg, 191187 Russia
www.eu.spb.ru
Thematic specialization Profile of institution
Folklore; popular religion. University (post-graduate program), research, applied (summer schools, conferences; field studies).

 

Alena Korshuk
Associate professor, Ph.D. (Belarus) - korsuk@user.unibel.by 

Regional specialization Institutional affiliation
n/a Belarussian University
Myasnikova 35, Minsk 220050, Belarus
www.bsu.by
Thematic specialization Profile of institution
Intercultural Communication, Human Rights. Classical university.

 

Anu Laas
MA, Doctoral student (Estonia) - laas@ut.ee 

Regional specialization Institutional affiliation
Estonia Unit of Gender Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tartu
Tiigi 78-224, EE 50410 Tartu, Estonia
www.zone.ee/sociology/eng (gender unit); www.ut.ee (University)
Thematic specialization Profile of institution
Gender studies, gender equality/inequality, entrepreneurship and women in business, social constructionism, oral history, qualitative methodology. The University of Tartu was established in 1632. It has had many well-known scientists and founders of scientific schools of thought. Among them was the founder of structural semiotics and the Tartu school of semiotics Yuri Lotman. The unit of Gender Studies was established in 1995. Gender studies are borderland, not mainstream at all in Estonia.

 

Urban Larssen
PhD-candidate (Sweden) - ularssen@yahoo.com  

Regional specialization Institutional affiliation
Romania / Eastern Europe Dept. of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University
S-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden
www.socant.su.se 
Thematic specialization Profile of institution
Media, development, globalization,methodology. University.

 

Mimi Larsson
MA-student (Denmark) and Visiting research fellow (Hungary) -
mimilarsson@webspeed.dk

Regional specialization Institutional affiliation
Hungary (1) Department of Ethnography and Social Anthropology
┼rhus, Denmark
www.hum.au.dk/etno/
(2) Information Society and Trend Research Institute, The Technical University
MŘegyetem Rakpart 1-3, 1111 Budapest, Hungary
www.ittk.hu or: www.istri.hu 
Thematic specialization Profile of institution
Transition/democratisation, society and NGOs, use of ICT and rural development. (1) University.
(2) Research institution into social and societal aspects of information society.

 

Galina Lindquist
Ph.D., Assistant Professor (Sweden) - aatmare@hotmail.com

Regional specialization Institutional affiliation
Scandinavia, Russia (urban), Central Asia/Southern Siberia Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University
S-106 91 Stockholm
www.socant.su.se/
Thematic specialization Profile of institution
Anthropology of medicine, anthropology of religion, anthropology of consciousess, urban anthropology. Globalization, NGOs, economic anthropology, anthropology of organizations, anthropology of media; Africa, Latin America.

 

Jeppe Linnet
M.A. (Denmark) -
jlinnet@fastmail.fm

Regional specialization Institutional affiliation
Latvia Institute of Anthropology, Copenhagen University
Frederiksholms kanal 4, DK-1220 Copenhagen C, Denmark
www.anthro.ku.dk 
Thematic specialization Profile of institution
NGO's, EU-accession, urban middle class. University institute: strong emphasis on methods; thematic specializations: medical anthropology, political anthropology etc. Research group on East / Central Europe.

 

Agita Luse
MSc, Ph.D. student (Bristol) - kurmis@latnet.lv

Regional specialization Institutional affiliation
Latvia 1) Research assistant at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, University of Latvia
Akademijas laukums 1, Riga, LV-1940, Latvia,
2) Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology, University of Bristol
12 Woodlamd Rd., Bristol, BS8 1UQ, U.K.
3) Chair person, Latvian Association of Anthropologists.
http://antropologu_biedriba.tripod.com/EN/engli.html
Thematic specialization Profile of institution
Anthropology of health and illness; Anthropology of religion; Gender and health; Self-help groups. Latvian Association of Anthropologists is a non-governmental organisation established on November 25, 1999. The Association participates in research and educational programs in this field.

 

Irmina Matonyte
Senior Research Fellow, Associate professor, Ph.D. (Lithuania) - Irmina.Matonyte@smf.ktu.lt

Regional specialization Institutional affiliation
Lithuania, Baltic States, Eastern and Central Europe Institute for Social Research, Vilnius
Saltoniskiu 58, Vilnius, Lithuania
(Website under creation)
Thematic specialization Profile of institution
Postcommunist elites, civil society, women in career. Research institute, carrying out theoretical and applied research, running a Ph.D. program in sociology. There are 6 specialized departments: macro-ecomomy, welfare state, etnosocial processes, demography, stratification studies and sociological theory and methodology.

 

Katya Melnikova
Ph.D. student (Russia) - Melek@eu.spb.ru

Regional specialization Institutional affiliation
North-West Russia Ethnology Department, European University at St. Petersburg
Gagarinskaja 3, St. Petersburg, Russia 191187
www.eu.spb.ru 
Thematic specialization Profile of institution
Anthropology of popular religion; anthropology of soviet and postsoviet peasant culture; functioning of religious written texts in traditional peasant culture; written folklore. Postgraduate training; research activity; coloborative international projects; fieldwork activity; conferences, summer schools, seminars activity.

 

Vintila Mihailescu
Professor, Ph.D., headperson (Romania) - vintila@pcnet.ro

Regional specialization Institutional affiliation
Balkans National School of Political Sciences and Administration, Bucharest
Str. Povernei 6-8, Bucharest, Romania
Thematic specialization Profile of institution
Cognitive anthropology; rural sociology. University.

 

Victor C. de Munck
Associate Professor, Ph.D. - Victor@bestweb.net

Regional specialization Institutional affiliation
Lithuania, Russia Department of Anthropology, SUNY New Paltz
New Paltz, NY 12561, USA
http://newpaltz.edu
Thematic specialization Profile of institution
Identity, self, romantic love; cultural models; cognitive anthropology; public versus private arenas; network analysis; qualitative and quantitative methods. Undergraduate institute of 10,000. Graduate program in sociology, education, business, history. We have 6 member anthropology program.

 

Finn Sivert Nielsen
Associate Professor, Mag.Art. (Norway/Denmark) - finn.sivert.nielsen@anthro.ku.dk / www.fsnielsen.com

Regional specialization Institutional affiliation
Russia, East / Central Europe Institute of Anthropology, Copenhagen University
Frederiksholms kanal 4, DK-1220 Copenhagen C, Denmark
www.anthro.ku.dk 
Thematic specialization Profile of institution
Identity, nation-building, second economy, globalization, cultural "projects", East-West relations etc. University institute: strong emphasis on methods; thematic specializations: medical anthropology, political anthropology etc. Research group on East / Central Europe.

 

Kari Helene Partapuoli
M.A. (Norway/Denmark) - parta@post.tele.dk 

Regional specialization Institutional affiliation
Estonia and the Baltic States. n/a - Personal homepage: www.partapuoli.com 
Thematic specialization Profile of institution
Business, marketing, globalization, cross-cultural communication. n/a

 

Oleg Patchenkov
Deputy Director, M.A. (Russia) - oleg@indepsocres.spb.ru

Regional specialization Institutional affiliation
Russia, Eastern Europe, comparisons to Western Europe. Center for Independent Social Research (CISR)
P.O.Box 193, 191040 St.Petersburg , Russia
www.indepsocres.spb.ru
Thematic specialization Profile of institution
Ethnicity, migration, anthropology/sociology of everyday life, urban anthropology and culturology. Research center.

 

Morten Axel Pedersen
Assistant professor, Ph.D. (Denmark) - morten.pedersen@anthro.ku.dk

Regional specialization Institutional affiliation
Inner Asia, Mongolia, Russia, Eastern Siberia, China. Institute of Anthropology, Copenhagen University
Frederiksholms kanal 4, DK-1220 Copenhagen C, Denmark
www.anthro.ku.dk 
Thematic specialization Profile of institution
Political culture, post-socialism, urban anthropology, social cognition, esthetical forms, visual anthropology. University institute: strong emphasis on methods; thematic specializations: medical anthropology, political anthropology etc. Research group on East / Central Europe.

 

Zora Popova
Ph.D. Candidate (University of Bath, UK); MA in SEE Studies (University of Athens, Greece); MA in Cultural Studies (University of Sofia, Bulgaria) - zorapopova@yahoo.com; Z.I.Popova@bath.ac.uk

Regional specialization Institutional affiliation
South East Europe University of Bath, UK
Combe Down; Bath - BA2 7AY, UK
www.bath.ac.uk
Thematic specialization Profile of institution
Cultural Studies; Theory of Art and Culture; Ethnic Issues; Conflict Management and Post-conflict reconstruction. The University of Bath is a leading UK University with an international reputation for quality teaching and research and with close links with industry and commerce. The Department of European Studies and Modern Languages has an international reputation for its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and top quality research in the culture, politics and languages of Europe.

 

Aivita Putnina
Ph.D. - putnina@policy.hu

Regional specialization Institutional affiliation
Latvia Department of Sociology, University of Latvia
Lomonosova 1, Riga, LV-1019, Latvia
www.lu.lv
Thematic specialization Profile of institution
Reproductive health, gender, genome, agency perspective.  

 

Suvi Salmenniemi
M.Soc.Sc., Researcher (Finland) - suvi.salmenniemi@helsinki.fi

Regional specialization Institutional affiliation
Russia. Aleksanteri Institute (Finnish Centre for Russian and East European Studies) and Department of Sociology, University of Helsinki
P.O.Box 4, 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland
www.helsinki.fi/aleksanteri
Thematic specialization Profile of institution
Gender, citizenship, social movements and civil society. Aleksanteri institute is affiliated with the University of Helsinki and operates as a national centre of research, study and expertise pertaining to Russia and East Europe, particularly in the social sciences and humanities.

 

Anna-Maria Salmi
M.Soc.Sc., Researcher (Finland) - anna-maria.salmi@helsinki.fi 

Regional specialization Institutional affiliation
Russia. Department of Sociology, University of Helsinki
P.O. Box 35 (Vironkatu 1), FIN-00014 University of Helsinki
http://www.valt.helsinki.fi/sosio/ 
Thematic specialization Profile of institution
Everyday life and social networks, the embeddedness of the 'social' and the 'economic', interaction and exchange, celebrations and the everyday, informal and ritual exchange, the 'transition'. University institute (sociology and anthropology).

 

Klavs Sedlenieks
M.Phil., Lecturer, Ph.D. student (Latvia) - ksedleni@parks.lv

Regional specialization Institutional affiliation
Baltic States. (1) University of Latvia (LU)
Lomonosova iela 1, Riga, Latvia
www.lu.lv/eng/welcome/
(2) Riga International College of Economics and Business Administration (RICEBA)
Me˝a iela 1, korp.2, Riga, LV-1048, Latvia
www.riceba.lv
Thematic specialization Profile of institution
Political anthropology, economic anthropology, political corruption, gender studies. (1) University
(2) Business college (undergraduate, postgraduate level)

 

Anders Sejer°e
M.A. (Denmark) - sejeroe@get2net.dk

Regional specialization Institutional affiliation
Russia, Eastern Europe. Institute of Anthropology, Copenhagen University
Frederiksholms kanal 4, DK-1220 Copenhagen C, Denmark
www.anthro.ku.dk 
Thematic specialization Profile of institution
Development, economy, rural Russia, East/West relations. University institute: strong emphasis on methods; thematic specializations: medical anthropology, political anthropology etc. Research group on East / Central Europe.

 

Kristina Sliavaite
M.A., Ph.D. student, teaching assistant (Lithuania) - kristina.sliavaite@if.vu.lt

Regional specialization Institutional affiliation
Lithuania, East / Central Europe. (1) Center for Social Anthropology and Ethnology, Faculty of History, Vilnius University
Universiteto str. 7, LT 2734 Vilnius
www.if.neo.lt
(2) Lund University, Sweden
www.soc.lu.se/san/
Thematic specialization Profile of institution
Conducting anthropological research in Ignalina nuclear power plant community in post-Soviet Lithuania, interested in ethnicity, risk construction, knowledge and politics, strategies of survival in the times of intensive social change here.
Preliminary title of Ph.D. thesis: "Insecure community: social change,
ethnicity and ecological risk in Ignalina nuclear power plant community".
Other interests: youth culture, globalization processes and identity, anthropology of consumption, urban anthropology.
(1) University.
(2) University.

 

Hege Toje
Cand. Polit. (Norway) - hege.toje@cmi.no

Regional specialization Institutional affiliation
Russia / Caucasus. (1) Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI), Fantoftveien 38, Fantoft, Bergen
www.cmi.no/
(2) Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen, Fosswinckelsgate 6, 5020 Bergen
http://ugle.svf.uib.no/antro/
Thematic specialization Profile of institution
Migration, community, gender relations, micro-macro relations, economy, ritual, state, ethnicity and nationalism. (1) Chr. Michelsen Institute is an independent, non-profit research institution and a major international centre in policy-oriented and applied development research. The geographical focus is Sub-Sahara Africa, Southern and Central Asia, the Middle East, the Balkans and South America. CMI is committed to a balance between applied and theoretical research. Focus is on development and human rights issues and on international conditions that effect such issues. CMI research intends to assist policy formulation, improve the basis for decision-making and promote public debate on international development issues. The 40 CMI researchers are social scientists - anthropologists, economists and political scientists - with a few sociologists, geographers and historians. Most CMI-researchers have substantial experience from operational work in developing countries and in international organisations. CMI has wide experience in evaluating aid projects, programmes, organisations and strategies. The institute has led numerous large international multidisciplinary studies. CMI enjoys an extensive network of international contacts, and has formal co-operation agreements with various research institutions in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Institutional co-operation facilitatates joint research and projects, institutional development and competence building.
(2) University institute.

 

Tuuli Toomere
Researcher, lecturer, M.A. (Estonia) - Tuuli.Toomere@mail.ee

Regional specialization Institutional affiliation
Estonia. Tallinn Pedagogical University
Narva mnt.25 10120 Tallinn
www.tpu.ee
Thematic specialization Profile of institution
Sociology, values, attitudes, culture, consumer practices. University of social sciences.

 

Masha Vukanovic
B.A. Ethnologist & Anthropologist (Serbia) - urielorgee@hotmail.com

Regional specialization Institutional affiliation
Serbia. Center for Study in Cultural Development, Belgrade
Rige od Fere 4 11 000 Belgrade, Serbia
www.zaprokul.org.yu
Thematic specialization Profile of institution
Applied anthropology, everyday life, media. Governmental institution dealing with researches in the field of culture.

 

Jerzy S. Wasilewski
Associate Professor, Dr. Hab. - jswasilewski@uw.edu.pl

Regional specialization Institutional affiliation
Central Asia, Siberia. Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Warsaw University
Zurawia 4, 00-503 Warsaw, Poland
http://www.etnologia.uw.edu.pl
Thematic specialization Profile of institution
Religion, Symbolism. A medium-scale university institute, combining  classical ethnographical/logical and anthropological approaches. Strong emphasis on fieldwork, required from all students. Variety of thematic interests: ethnic issues, visual anthropology, old and new in religion. Field research in Poland and abroad, mostly in the neighbouring ex-Soviet countries.