Dr Olga Ulturgasheva

Lecturer in Social Anthropology

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Olga Ulturgasheva (PhD; Cambridge) has carried out ethnographic research on childhood and adolescence, narrative and memory, animist and nomadic cosmologies, reindeer herding and hunting in Siberia and Alaska. Since 2006 she has been engaged in a number of international projects exploring human and non-human personhood, movement patterns and youth resilience in Siberia, American Arctic and Amazonia. She is an author of Narrating the Future in Siberia: Childhood, Adolescence and Autobiography among the Eveny (Berghahn Books 2012) and co-editor of Animism in Rainforest and Tundra: Personhood, Animals, Plants and Things in Contemporary Amazonia and Siberia (Berghahn 2012). She is a Principial Investigator of an international comparative, collaborative study of adaptation strategies and resilience patterns among Alaskan Yup’ik and Siberian Eveny. The study aims to provide new insights on human capacity to navigate through the latest dynamic associated with climate change and environmental transformations in the Arctic. 

Areas of expertise

  • GN Anthropology - environment, youth, climate change, memory, Arctic, childhood, human-animal relations, child development, mobility, Siberia, post-Soviet, post-socialist transformations

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2008 - Doctor of Philosophy, Ideas of the Future among Young Eveny in Northeastern Siberia, University of Cambridge (2004 - 2008)

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