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European University at St Petersburg

Vakhtin, Nikolai

Vakhtin
Nikolai

Rector, Professor, Department of Anthropology
Degree: Doctor of Science in Philology
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Doctor of Science in Philology, Professor of Arctic Social Studies, European University at St. Petersburg

Academic Interests
languages of the Far North, Arctic social studies, sociolinguistics, cultural anthropology

Positions Held

1975-present: Researcher, Institute of Linguistic Research, Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg (part-time 1997–present)

1975-1991: Lecturer, Hertzen State Pedagogical Institute: courses and seminars on the Asiatic Eskimo Grammar and Lexicon

1996-present: Professor, Department of Ethnology, European University at St. Petersburg

Sept 1989-Jan 1990: Visiting scholar, Institute of Eskimology, University of Copenhagen, research work on a joint US-Danish-Russian project ("Comparative Eskimo Dictionary")

Nov 1993-Feb 1994: Fulbright Scholar, American Museum of Natural History, New York; research on the history of the Jesup North Pacific Expedition

Nov 1994-Dec 1996: Associate Researcher, Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge University, UK

Sept-Dec 1999: Associate Researcher, Center for Linguistic Typology, Australian National University, Canberra

2001: Visiting Professor, Georgetown University, Washington D.C.: postgraduate course "Rapid Social Change in the Russian Arctic"

1995–2003: Vice Rector, European University at St. Petersburg

2003–2009: Rector, European University at St. Petersburg

2010: Visiting Fellow, New College, Oxford UK, for Hilary Term

2010–present: University professor, Arctic Social Studies, European University at St. Petersburg 

2015-2016: Acting Rector, European University at St.Petersburg


Grants 

1989-1990: Danish Research Council for Humanities: visiting scholar

1995-1996: British Council for the Social Science Research: research grant

1998: UNESCO Int'l Council for Philosophy and Humanistic Studies: publication grant

1998-2001: National Science Foundation, USA: joint project "Creole Communities of the Russian Far North"

1999: Australian National University, Center for Linguistic Typology. Four-month visiting scholarship

2001: American Council of Learned Societies: publication grant

2009: The Ford Foundation: travel grant

2009-2010: National Science Foundation, via University of Alaska, Fairbanks, USA: research grant

2010: New College Oxford, grant to support Visiting Fellowship, Hilary Term 2010, 

2014-2016: "'Children of the 1990s' in Contemporary Russian Arctic: Assessing the Present and Aspirations for the Future". Russian Scientific Fund (project № 14-18-02136)

 

Participation in Conferences and Seminars

2004: 5th International Arctic Social Sciences Association (Fairbanks, Alaska)

2004: "Reversing Language and Cultural Shift," symposium in honor of professor’s Michael Krauss 70th anniversary (Quebec, Canada)

2006 – 2008: series of conferences on the language of the Russian avant-garde (Amsterdam)

2009: “Mythology of Cultural Space” Conference, Tartu

2010: “Going to People: Myth, Memory, and Identity in Russia and Ireland" Conference (Ireland)

2011: International Linguistic Conference "Die Sprache in Aktion: Pragmatik – Sprechakte – Diskurs", May 12 – 14, 2011 (University of Zielona Góra, Poland)

2011: International Congress for Arctic Social Sciences, June 22–26, 2011 (Akureyri, Iceland)

2012: Lotman Congress, February 28 – March 2,  2012 (Tartu)

2012: 18th Inuit Studies Conference, October 24 – 28, 2012 (Washington DC, USA)

2012: Workshop “Oral History and Arctic Anthropology”, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland

2013: Conference "Russian Society in Search of Public Language",  EUSP, St.Petersburg

2013: Conference "Siberian Readings, Kunstkamera/EUSP, St.Petersburg 

2014: Conference "War and Peace in the Life of Language: A Symposium on the Role of Extra- and Intralinguistic Conflicts in the Development of Language Theory and Practice". University of Nottingham. Keynote speaker.

2014: Conference "‘Drinking and Driving’: Alcoholism in the Arctic". Tartu, Estonia. Discussant.

2014: Conference: "Man in a Changing World. Problems of Identity and Social Adaptation in History and at Present: Methodology, Methods and Practices of Research" October 14-15, 2014, Tomsk. Member of the Program Committee. 

2014: Seminar: "The Humanities and Democratization in Post-Soviet Lands: Successes and Missed Opportunities,"  Kiev, Ukraine,  October 30-31, 2014. Plenary report.

 

Publications


Books:

Эскимосский язык. Пособие для педучилищ. [Yupik Eskimo Language. A Textbook for Colleges] Л., Просвещение. 1983 (соавт. Г.А. Меновщиков). 282 с. То же, 2ое издание, исправленное и дополненное. 1990. 303 с.

Практикум по лексике эскимосского языка [A Practical Guide to Yupik Eskimo Lexicon]. Л., Просвещение. 1988 (соавт. Н.М. Емельянова). 237 с.

The Yukagir Language in Sociolinguistic Perspective. Published by: International Institute of Ethnolinguistic and Oriental Studies. Steszew, Poland. Monograph Series 2. 1991.

Native Peoples of the Russian Far North. A Minority Rights Group Report. London, 1992 (Russian translation: Petersburg: Evropeiski Dom.1993)

Синтаксис эскимосского языка [Yupik Eskimo Syntax]. СПб: Европейский Дом. 1995

Язык сиреникских эскимосов [Language of Siginek Eskimos]. LINCOM-Europa: Muenchen, 2000. 600 с.

Языки народов Севера в 20 веке: очерки языкового сдвига [Languages of the Peoples of the North in the 20th Century: Essays on Language Shift]. СПб: Дмитрий Буланин. 2001. 338 с.

Социолингвистика и социология языка [Sociolinguistics and the Sociology of Language]. Учебное пособие. СПб: Гуманитарная Академия; Европейский университет. 2004. 335 с. (соавт. Е. В. Головко).

Русские старожилы Сибири: социальные и символические аспекты самосознания [Russian Old Settler in Siberia: Social and Symbolic Aspects of Identity. М.: Новое издательство. 2004. 291 с. (соавт. Е.В Головко, П. Швайтцер).

Язык командорских алеутов: диалект острова Беринга [Language of Commander Islands Aleuts: The Bering Island Dialect]. СПб: Наука. 2009. 355 с. (соавт. Е.В. Головко, А.С. Асиновский)

Социолингвистика и социология языка: Хрестоматия [Sociolinguistics and the Sociology of Language: A Reader]. Том 1. СПб: Изд-во Европейского университета. 2012

Editing:

Instrumentarium of Linguistics: Sociolinguistic Approaches to Non-Standard Russian / Arto Mustajoki, Ekaterina Protassova, Nikolai Vakhtin, Eds. Helsinki University Press. Helsinki. 2011. C. 5–17. (Slavica Helsingiensia 40) (htl. Arto Mustajoki, Ekaterina Protassova, Nikolai Vakhtin)

Языки соседей: мосты или барьеры? Проблемы двуязычной коммуникации: сборник статей [Languages of Neighbours: Bridges or Bariers? Studies in Bilingual Communication] / Отв. ред. Н. Б. Вахтин. — СПб. : Издательство Европейского университета в Санкт-Петербурге, 2011. — 308 с.

Социолингвистика и социология языка. Хрестоматия [Sociolinguistics and the Sociology of Language: A Reader]. СПб: Изд-во ЕУСПб. 2012. 588 с. (Ред., сост., предисл.)

Russian Cultural Anthropology after the Collapse of Communism. Routledge: London and New York. 2012 (editors: Albert Baiburin, Catriona Kelly, Nikolai Vakhtin)

Acta Linguistica Petropolitana. Труды Института лингвистических исследований РАН [Transactions of the Institute of Linguistic Studies. Papers presented to Evgeniy Vasilyevich Golovko's 60th birthday Anniversary/ Отв. ред. Н. Н. Казанский. Т. IX. Ч. 3. Сборник статей к 60-летию Евгения Васильевича Головко / Сост. и ред. тома Н. Б. Вахтин, Е. В. Перехвальская. СПб.: Наука, 2013.  440 с

Public Debate in Russia: Matters of (Dis)order. Ed. by Nikolai Vakhtin and Boris Firsov. Edinburgh University Press. 2016. 416 pp.

 

Recent Articles:

Временная система юпикских языков: различное развитие или разная интерпретация? [Tense System in Yupik Languages: Variation in Development of Variation in Interpretation?]// Языковые изменения в условиях языкового сдвига. Нестор: СПб. 2007. С. 175–187

People and Ethnicity in Today's Siberia / Menschen und Etnizitaet im heutigen Siribien // Siberia and Russian America: Culture and Art from the 1700s: The Asch Collection. Ed. by Brigitta Hauser-Schaeublin, Gundolf Krueger. Prestel Verlag: Muenchen a.o. 2007. C. 38–59  

Советский "langue de bois" 1930-40х годов: об одной семиотической особенности (к постановке проблемы) [Soviet ' langue de bois' of 1930-40-s: One Semiotic Paradox] // Дело Авангарда – The Case of the Avant-Garde. Willem G. Weststeijn, ed. Uitgeverij Pegasus: Amsterdam. 2008. Pp. 309-325 (Pegasus Oost-Europese Studies 8)

Литература азиатских эскимосов [Asiatic Eskimo Literature] // Эскимосская литература: материалы и исследования. Сост. В.В. Огрызко. М.: Литературная Россия. 2008. С. 231–242

How Synchronic is Synchronic Analysis? Siberian Yupik Agglutinative Morphology and Language History // Variations on Polysynthesis: The Eskaleut languages. Ed. by Marc-Antoine Mahieu and Nicole Tersis. John Benjamins Publishing Company. Amster-dam/Philadelphia. 2009. (Typological Studies in Language. Vol. 86). Pp. 65–79

"Science and Life": Re-Reading Vladimir Jochelson's Jesup Expedition Correspondence // Bulletin of National Museum of Ethnology. Senri Ethnological Report. Vol. 82. 2009 (на японском языке)

Remembering and Forgetting: Cultural Change and Indigenous Knowledge in Chukotka in Post-Jesup Era // Bulletin of National Museum of Ethnology. Senri Ethnological Report. Vol. 82. 2009 (на японском языке)

Языки Народов северо-востока Сибири. Современная ситуация [Languages of the People of North-Eastern Siberia: Contemporary Situation] // Народы Северо-востока Сибири / отв. ред. Е.П. Батьянова, В.А. Тураев; Ин-т этнологии и антропологии им. Н.Н. Миклухо-Маклая РАН; Ин-т истории, археологии и этнографии народов Дальнего Востока ДВО РАН. – М. : Наука, 2009. С. 19–32.

Малые языки Российской Федерации: перепись, карта, музей [Minority Languages of the Russian Federation: Census, Map, and Museum] // Россика / Русистика / Россиеведение. Кн. 1: Язык / История / Культура / Отв. ред. Е. И. Пивовар. М.: РГГУ, 2010. Стр. 75–99.

Петербургская социолингвистика: пятнадцать лет развития [Sociolinguistics in St Petersburg: Fifteen Years of Development] // ВЯ. 2010. № 2. С. 106–119 (соавт. В.Б. Гулида).

Таксисные конструкции в языке азиатских эскимосов [Taxis Constructions in Yupik Eskimo Language] // Studia antropologica: Сборник статей в честь проф. М.А. Членова / Ред.-сост. А.М. Федорчук, С.Ф. Членова. М.;Иерусалим: Мосты культуры / Гешарим. 2010. Стр. 446–466

От "дикости" к "Другому": к эволюции образа Сибири и Севера в русском языке [From 'the wild' to 'the other": Evolution of the Image of Siberia and the North in the Russian Language] // Studia Russica Helsingiensia et Tartuensia XII. Мифология культурного пространства / К 80-летию С.Г. Исакова. Tartu Ulikooli Kirjastus. 2011. C. 203–216.

Suržyk: In Search of a Research Object // Michael Flier, Ed. Ukrainian Philology and Linguistics if the Twenty-First Century. Cambridge, Mass. 2011. Pp. 327–348. [Harvard Ukrainian Studies, vol. 29, Nos 1–4. 2007] (соавт. Ekaterina Romanova, Oksana Zhironkina)

Стереотипные представления об общении между носителями разных языков: финско-русские и русско-финские разговорники [Stereotyping Bilingual Communication: Russian-Finnish and Finnish-Russian Conversation Books] // Языки соседей: мосты или барьеры? Проблемы двуязычной коммуникации: сборник статей / Отв. ред. Н. Б. Вахтин. — СПб. : Издательство Европейского университета в Санкт-Петербурге, 2011. С. 203–234.

Participants of Speech Act as Constructed by Russian-Finnish Conversation Books for Tourists // Die Sprache in Aktion: Pragmatik, Sprechakte, Diskurs / Hgs. M.L. Kotin, E.G. Kotorova. Universitätsverlag WINTER, Heidelberg. 2011. Pp. 217–223

Русские языки [Russian Languages] // Instrumentarium of Linguistics: Sociolinguistic Approaches to Non-Standard Russian / Arto Mustajoki, Ekaterina Protassova, Nikolai Vakhtin, Eds. Helsinki University Press. Helsinki. 2011. C. 5–17. (Slavica Helsingiensia 40). Соавторы: Arto Mustajoki, Ekaterina Protassova. 

Soviet and Post-Soviet Anthropology // Russian Cultural Anthropology after the Collapse of Communism. Routledge: London and New York. 2012. Pp. 1–23. Соавторы: Albert Baiburin, Catriona Kelly

О механизме эволюции традиционных представлений у морских охотников Чукотки [On the Mechanism of Evolution of Traditional Culture of Maritime Hunters in Chukotka] // Russian Literature. Special Issue: The Russian Avant-Garde: Sources, Practice, and Significance. Vol. 71, Nos 3-4, 2012, pp. 463–476

Материалы Е.С. Рубцовой по эскимосскому языку [Ekaterina Rubtsova's Material on Yupik Eskimo Language] // Вехи на мысах. К 80-летию члена-корреспондента РАН С.А. Арутюнова. Сборник статей. М., Государственный музей Востока, 2012. С. 84-95. 

European University at St. Petersburg: New Program on Arctic / Siberian Studies // Sibirica, Vol. 11, No. 3, Winter 2012. Pp. 56–70. 

Epilogue // Kasten, Erich and Tjeerd de Graaf (eds.) Sustaining Indigenous Knowledge: Learning Tools and Community Initiatives for Preserving Endangered Languages and Local Cultural Heritage. Fürstenberg / Havel: Kulturstiftung Sibirien. 2013. Pp. 259–268

Mixed Communities in the Russian North; or, Why Are There No “Creoles” in Siberia? // Ethnohistory. Vol. 60, No 3. Summer 2013. Pp. 419-438. (with Peter Schweitzer, Evgeniy Golovko).

Языковые контакты и русско-эскимосская грамматическая интерференция (предисловие к теме) [Language Contacts and Russian–Eskimo Grammatical Interference (Introduction to the Topic)] // Acta Linguistica Petropolitana. Труды Института лингвистических исследований РАН / Отв. ред. Н. Н. Казанский. Т. IX. Ч. 3. Сборник статей к 60-летию Евгения Васильевича Головко / Сост. и ред. тома Н. Б. Вахтин, Е. В. Перехвальская. СПб.: Наука, 2013. Стр. 347–361.

Русско-эскимосская интерференция в ранних письменных текстах [Russian-Eskimo Interference in Early Written Texts] // От Бикина до Бамбалюмы, из варяг в греки. Экспедиционные этюды в честь Елены Всеволодовны Перехвальской / Отв. ред. В. Ф. Выдрин, Н. В. Кузнецова. — СПб: Нестор-История, 2014. С. 130–140.

Происхождение языка: послесловие к дискуссии [The Origin of Language: An Afterword] // Антропологический форум. 2014. № 19. Стр. 417–426.

Indigenous Minorities of Siberia and Russian Sociolinguistics of the 1920s: A Life Apart? // Acta Borealia 2015. Vol. 32, No 2, pp. 171–189.

Review: Tomasz Kamusella. The Politics of Language and Nationalism in Modern Central Europe. Houndmills; N.Y.: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008; 2012 // Антропологический форум. № 18. 2013. С. 336–344.

Review: Trudgill, Peter. Sociolinguistic Typology: Social determinants of linguistic complexity. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2011 (reprinted 2012) // Антропологический форум. 2014. № 22. Стр. 301–309.

 

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Recently Taught Courses

Sociolinguistiсs: Introduction. Macro-sociolinguistics

Main concepts in linguistics

Fundamental trends of modern linguistics

Introduction to Northern and Siberian Studies 

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