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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Contribution Paper

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 2.104

Imperial project: a visual representation of the "exotic" peoples of Yakutia on the example a postcard of the turn XIX-XX centuries

Speakers

  • Dr. Ekaterina ROMANOVA

Primary authors

  • Dr. Ekaterina ROMANOVA (Institute of Humanities Research and problems and Indigenous Study of the North, Siberian department. Russian Academy of Sciences)

Co-authors

  • Dr. Lena STEPANOVA (Institute of Humanities Research and problems and Indigenous Study of the North, Siberian department. Russian Academy of Sciences)

Description

Visual culture as part of the current historical and cultural heritage today is an innovative resource of anthropology. In 1860s the scientific world of Russia has recognized photography as a new, accurate method of observation and research, revealing to the world a new documentary “language” of culture, which has become the starting point of visual turn in the Russian research field. The picture fixation and photography became an important part of the expedition surveys. The diversity of the methodological tools of those years expeditions’ research programs and the collecting activities by research societies underscore the importance attached to the collection of visual anthropological material. The search for the paradigm of the origin and development of the indigenous peoples in the course the collecting activities of Russian expeditions and local scientific research societies in Yakutia, as well as the need to prepare illustrative material for participation in Russian and international exhibitions during the chronological period under consideration, contributed to the evolution and development of professional photo art and popularizing photography. The ""parade"" of exotic peoples formed the basis of plots the postcards of Yakut region. The presentation of ethnic types, costumes and everyday scenes from the traditional life on a postcard has become an interesting phenomenon in the visual history of Russia at the turn XIX-XX centuries.