Slavic and Eurasian Studies


Siberia on Fire Roundtable
Friday, April 8, 2022

3:00pm - 5:00pm
Julius Glickman Conference Center
(RLP 1.302D)


Free and Open to everyone.
Light refreshments will be provided.


Siberia on Fire brings together scholars who work in Siberia to explore themes of place and mobility within the context of climate change. For Indigenous Siberians, who continue to dwell in and visit ancestral homelands, the transformations are lived-through rather than read about. We seek to better understand how Indigenous Siberians compose their worlds as a matter of endurance. In this roundtable symposium we ask, among other things, how place is recomposed through everyday life in the midst of current and impending turmoil.

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Galina Angarova

Galina Angarova, Executive Director of Cultural Survival. Galina Angarova is a representative of the Ekhirit nation of the Buryat Peoples, a Russian Indigenous group. Before joining Cultural Survival, Galina worked in local and global advocacy organizing campaigns against large natural resource extraction projects including oil and gas development, mining, and hydro-dam development in Siberia and the Russian Far East. Thereafter, she served as a representative of the Indigenous Peoples’ Major Group at the United Nations on issues of Sustainable Development Goals and the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Furthermore, Galina led a team of Indigenous experts to represent the Indigenous Peoples constituency to the UNFCCC’s Green Climate Fund. Galina served as a policy and communications advisor for Tebtebba Foundation, and later transitioned to working as a program officer for the Swift Foundation. Galina holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of New Mexico. For over seven years she served on the board of International Funders of Indigenous Peoples (IFIP). In 2019, Galina joined Cultural Survival as the Executive Director.

Tatiana Argounova-Low

Tatiana Argounova-Low holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from University of Cambridge. She is Senior lecturer and Head of Department of Anthropology, University of Aberdeen. Her research work is carried out in Sakha (Yakutia), Russian North and Arctic generally, where her main research interests include mobilities and transport, infrastructure and driving. Her recent publications highlight the role of roads and significance of this concept in anthropology. Argounova-Low’s broader research interests span art and anthropology, material culture, and climate change and environment.

Craig Campbell

Craig Campbell is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin. For over fifteen years he has been conducting research in Siberia and building connections with Russian scholars, Indigenous activists, community workers, and citizens. He is currently conducting research for a book about life on the Lower Tunguska river. In 2014, he published a monograph, Agitating Images: Photography Against History in Indigenous Siberia, that explored, through archival photography, ethnography, and historical research the history of contact between Bolshevik Revolutionaries and Indigenous peoples in central Siberia.

Susan A Crate

Susan A. Crate, environmental and cognitive anthropologist, who since 2005 has analyzed perceptions, understandings and responses to climate change among Sakha, arctic Canadian, Peruvian, Welsh, I-Kiribati, Mongolian and Chesapeake watermen communities. She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles, two (soon to be three) edited volumes on anthropology and climate change, and two monographs, most recently, Once Upon the Permafrost: Knowing Culture and Climate Change in Siberia (Univ Arizona Press, 2021). She was lead author on the IPCC Special Report on Oceans and Cryosphere and American Anthropology Association’s Task Force on Climate Change. She is currently a Fulbright Arctic Initiative fellow and a professor of anthropology at George Mason University.

vera kuklinaVera Kuklina is a Research Professor at the Department of Geography at the George Washington University and a Senior Researcher at the V.B. Sochava Institute of Geography, Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences. Her research interests include urbanization of indigenous people, traditional land use, socio-ecological systems, cultural geographies of infrastructure and remoteness.

Dr. Kuklina leads research projects on Frozen Commons and Informal Roads funded by the National Science Foundation and co-leads project Building Socio-Ecological Resilience through Urban Green, Blue and White Space, supported by the Belmont Forum. She also co-leads an ArtSLInK initiative, focused on convergence of science, arts and place-based local and Indigenous Knowledge systems.

Vera Kuklina is the author of about seventy articles and a monograph Local communities in Multiethnic environment of South Siberia: cultural-geographical view (in Russian), Novosibirsk 2006. Among the recent publications there are papers in Environmental Research Letters, Polar Science, Polar Record, Eurasian Geography and Economics, Polar Geography, Geoforum, and Sustainability.

She serves as a Co-Chair in the Eurasian Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers and a leader of the Arctic Infrastructure Theme of the Council of International Arctic Social Sciences Association.

Nadia Mamontova

Nadezhda (Nadia) Mamontova is a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow with the Geography Program at the University of Northern British Columbia, BC, Canada. In 2020, she completed a PhD at the University of Oxford in the School of Geography and the Environment. Before that she earned a PhD in Social Anthropology from the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy of Sciences. She has conducted field and archival research work in Siberia since 2007. Her research interests include Evenki place names, indigenous geospatial terminologies, Soviet cartography, geopower and geological anthropology.

Vera Soloveya

Vera Solovyeva, an Indigenous (Sakha) person from the Sakha Republic (Yakutia), Russian Federation, is affiliated with the George Mason University, Environmental Science and Policy Department. Her research focuses on how indigenous peoples preserve and develop their cultures and traditions in a contemporary world that is rapidly changing under the pressure of factors such as globalization and climate change.

Additionally, she is interested in how indigenous peoples recover lost knowledge and traditions through the study of museum collections. Thus, starting from 2012, she co-organized visits of traditional masters from the Sakha Republic to the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York. In 2014 she co-organized the Sakha ritual "Ihiakh" and Days of Sakha culture in California.

Vera Solovyeva also advocates for social justice and the Empowerment of Indigenous women. Thus, she represents Indigenous organizations from the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) in this field at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Recently, she became a member of the Global Advisory Board of the Global Alliance of Indigenous Peoples, Gender Justice, and Peace.

Pavel Sulyandziga

Pavel Sulyandziga is an Indigenous rights activist from the Udege Nation, Olon community, Primorskiy kray, Russia. He has a Ph.D in Economic Science and is an Honorary Professor, UNESCO Faculty, Novosibirsk State University. Since 2018 he has been the president of Batani, (International Indigenous Fund for development and solidarity). He also holds the position of Associate Researcher (Bowdoin College, Maine).

Kathryn Yegorov-Crate

Kathryn Yegorov-Crate is an independent researcher and recent graduate of the University of Texas at Austin where she earned a M.A. in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. Kathryn holds a B.A. in International Studies and a B.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Indiana University Bloomington. Her thesis and ongoing research interest is the examination of racial logics and racialization processes as they relate to the production of the migrant ‘Other’ in Siberia. Her broader interests include ethnoracial-civic identity linkages, articulations of Indigeneity and belonging in the post-Soviet Arctic and Far East, mobility, migration regimes, and language contraction and maintenance.


Sponsored by UT's Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Department of Anthropology, and Native American and Indigenous Studies

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