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Fall 2011-2012
* SLA 338 / ANT 338 (SA)   No Audit

Between Heaven and Hell: Myths and Memories of Siberia

Serguei A. Oushakine

For several centuries, Siberia has enjoyed a reputation that is much worse than the place itself. After its "discovery," Siberia became the ultimate place of exile for criminals, political dissidents and religious radicals. And yet Siberia is much more than prison-writ-large. For ages it provided a necessary escape for those who found Russia's ruling regimes unbearable. The course explores Siberia's histories, myths, memories, as well as Siberian ways of life - from the Siberia of nomadic tribes, shamans, and Russian tsars to the Siberia of Soviet camps and post-soviet oil giants.

Sample reading list:
V. Kivelson, Cartographics of Tsardom
Piers Vitebsky, The Reindeer People
George Kennan, Tent Life in Siberia
Christine Sutherland, The Princess of Siberia
Steven G. Marks, Road to Power
Paul R. Josephson, New Atlantic Revisited

Reading/Writing assignments:
The course requirements include 100-150 pages of weekly reading; a one-page weekly position paper; 10-12 page final paper.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 35%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 35%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22215 S01 03:00:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M W   McCosh Hall   60   Enrolled:17 Limit:25