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Silvia Tomášková, “Early Anthropology on the Margins: Siberia as the Place to Be”
November 2, 2015 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
This lecture is presented as part of the “Lunch and Learn” series organized by the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Silvia Tomášková is a professor and chair in the Department of Anthropology at UNC. In writing her last book Wayward Shamans, which traced the history of Siberian shamans as an idea and a concept later used in prehistoric archaeology, she came across a body of writing about and by Siberian exiles who became enthusiastic early anthropologists. In this conversation, she returns to the late nineteenth and early twentieth century eastern margins of the Russian empire and situate these exiles at the very beginning of the emergence of anthropology as a field and a discipline.
Tomášková was born and raised in the now extinct country of Czechoslovakia. She emigrated to Canada, and after two years as a refugee, she entered McGill University where she studied anthropology. Tomášková later attended Yale University, where she received an her Master’s degree in Slavic languages and literatures.