Shamanic Specimens: Siberian Shamanism and Ethnographic Collection in Late Imperial Russia

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Shamanic Specimens: Siberian Shamanism and Ethnographic Collection in Late Imperial Russia 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 4:00pm
Marisa Karyl Franz, NFC Doctoral Fellow 
VC102, Old Vic, 91 Charles st. West

This paper examines the collection of Siberian shamanic artefacts between 1880 and 1910 in order to discuss how the classification and categorisation of these objects informs not only our perception of Siberian shamanism, but also the status of the ethnographic object within late Imperial Russian museums. 

Marisa Karyl Franz is a doctoral candidate in the Department for the Study of Religion. Her research examines the collection practices of late imperial Russian museums for the gathering of Siberian shamanic materials. Through archival work conducted in Saint Petersburg, Yakutsk, and Irkutsk, her dissertation explores the development of taxonomical systems of collection, imperial Russian modernity, and the constructive nature of desire.

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