Thesis ID: CBB578047247

A Gathering of Names: On the Categories and Collections of Siberian Shamanic Materials in Late Imperial Russian Museum, 1880-1910 (2019)


Franz, Marisa Karyl (Author)
Klassen, Pamela E. (Advisor)

University of Toronto
Klassen, Pamela E.
Publication date: 2019
Language: English

Publication Date: 2019
Physical Details: 267

This dissertation is an intellectual history of the ethnographic naming and systematising of Siberian shamanic materials by collectors for late imperial Russian museums, between approximately 1880-1910. The late imperial era was a time of social and political change in the Russian Empire, during which there was a dramatic increase in the number of local Siberian museums founded. This project approaches Siberia and the local Siberian museums within the context of late imperial Russian scientific modernity to argue that these museums were constructing a new local Siberian intellectual and scientific network of researchers who were defining shamanism through their collections. This project focuses on collectors and the museum communities in the cities of Yakutsk, Irkutsk, and St. Petersburg. It approaches these sites as increasingly interconnected through the academic and personal networks and infrastructural developments that brought increasing numbers of people, willingly and unwillingly, to Siberia at the turn of the century. Specifically looking at collection programmes, a form of desiderata, this dissertation traces what types of objects and categories of information were understood as shamanic in order to explore how the category circulated and became defined within the ethnographic museums in Siberia and in European Russia.

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Authors & Contributors
McAleer, John
Bennett, Tony
Bryce, W. J.
Cameron, Fiona Ruth
Clair, Jean
Dibley, Ben
Archives of Natural History
History and Anthropology
Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Sciences
British Journal for the History of Science
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
Cornell University Press
Manchester University Press
Oxford University Press
Palgrave Macmillan
Yale University Press
Collectors and collecting
Science and culture
Science and politics
Baines, Thomas
Broca, Paul
Digby, Bassett
Dybowski, Benedykt
Freud, Sigmund
Messerschmidt, Daniel
Time Periods
19th century
20th century, early
18th century
20th century
21st century
Siberia (Russia)
Russian Empire
Great Britain
British Museum. Natural History
Natural History Museum (London, England)
Madras Museum
Siberian Physical Technical Institute

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