The Department of the Ethnography of North-Western Russia and Baltic region

Department of the Ethnography of the Peoples of North-Western Russia and Baltic Region contact phone 007(812)570-58-07

Department’s Staff

Olga M. Fishman, Ph. D., Department’s Head

Maria A. Gryaznova, Research Worker

Natalia I. Ivanovskya, Ph.D., Senior Research Worker

Olga V. Kalinina, Research Worker

Ludmila V.Korolkova, Leading Research Worker

Alena A. Mikhailova, Research Worker

Anastasia A. Zan’kovskya Research Worker

Marina L. Zasetskya, Research Worker


Department’s Profile

Research Topics: Regional ethnography, studies of Finno-Ugric, Baltic and Germanic peoples of the North-Western Russia and Baltic-Scandinavian region in terms of several specialized programs:

Regional studies with included fieldwork. Local and ethnoterritorial groups: culture, social dynamics and cross-ethnic interaction;


Objectives: Studies and reconstruction of biographies of the most distinguished scholars, correspondents and museum workers who made significant contribution to ethnography, foundation and development of museum, national museology and creation of museum  ethnographic collections. Publications.


Digitalization of Museum Archives

Objectives: Creation of electronic databases. The following electronic databases are made and continued to be made:

The RME Finno-Ugric Collection The RME Collection on the Baltic Peoples of South-Eastern Baltic Region and Turkic Peoples of Volga and Urals Regions. Digital bibliographic reference guide “The RME collectors of objects related to the ethnography of Volga-Kama and North-Western regions”

Objectives: study and publication of materials on the history of collection making, completion of scientific passports, publications.

Collective  research topic “The Researchers of North-West and Baltic Region: Personality in Ethnographic Studies”

Objectives: attribution of the Nothern Karelian textile according to the description pattern of main technique, functional, and semantic features of textile items. International project of the Russian Museum of Ethnography, ethnoclub “Paraskeva” and the Kajaani Art museum (Finland).

Restoration of dispersed collection from the Dashkov museum (Latvians, Lithuanians, Estonians, Saami, Karelians) today kept in the Russian Museum of Ethnography.


Source Studies and Historiography

Scientific attribution of ethnographic objects: jewelry, wooden artifacts, textiles is realized on the base of methods developed by the museum specialists and the members of textile ethnoclub “Paraskeva”. The following projects have been realized and are carried out now:

Rihma (Thread)

First stage. Ethnoconfessional Map of Leningradskya Oblast’: Russians, Ingrian Finns, Vepsians, Karelians.

Main objectives:

Creation of the historical atlas “Ethnoconfessional Map of Leningradskya Oblast’ and Neighboring Territories” embracing the sources from the first cartographic and statistic materials of P.I. Keppen to modern studies and publications. Joint project with the Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography Russian Academy of Sciences (Kunstkamera),  with St. Petersburg Institute of History and Archive RAS, the Pomorian  Old Orthodox Church,  and Protestant churches ( Ingrian Finns, Estonians); Fieldwork; Publication of articles; Publication of the historical atlas “Ethnoconfessional Map of Leningradskya Oblast’ and Neighboring Territories”. Ethnoconfessional Map of the Northwestern Region. Historical atlas.

 Research Subjects

Mechanisms and conditions of ethnocultural, language and administrative borders’ formation; Factor of political border and historical destiny of borderlands; Daily life in borderlands: common and unique; Influence of border factor on stability of ethnoconfessional conscience: phenomenon of historical memory;

Key Research Concepts

Nonsynchronism of evolution of different ethnic cultures as the reason of their specifics;

Cultural traditions and integration tendencies including the problem of substratum and borrowings in culture;

 Areal   specifics as ethnocutural phenomenon;


Border studies including fieldwork.