The Association of Anthropologists and Ethnologists of Russia held their 12th biennial meeting, the XII Congress of Anthropologists and Ethnologists of Russia, in Izhevsk, Udmurt, Russia, 3–6 July 2017. Eight hundred anthropologists and ethnologists, mostly from regions in Russia, attended. The biennial meeting included a session on kinship arranged by Vladimir Popov, a prominent member of the Russian Association and the Russian Academy of Sciences, in collaboration with German Dziebel, the author of the book The Genius of Kinship. The session was aimed at increasing communication among kinship scholars from the West and kinship scholars from the East.
Popov and Dziebel informed the co-founders of The Kinship Circle, Fadwa El Guindi and Dwight Read (both GAD members), about their goals, asking them to invite anthropologists active in kinship research to submit abstracts for papers to be given at their kinship session. Five scholars of kinship study from the United States, France, and Germany expressed interest in participating in the kinship session: Emmanuel Désveaux, Fadwa El Guindi, Brad Ensor, Patrick Heady, and Dwight Read. Of these, Emmanuel Désveaux, Directeur d’Etudes à l’Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), and Fadwa El Guindi travelled to Russia to participate in the Congress and Dwight Read was invited by the Congress organizers to give a plenary talk on the opening day of the Congress.
Read’s plenary talk, “From Past to Present: Kinship and the Mission of Anthropology,” was given in English, with real-time translation into Russian. The kinship session was held on the second day of the Congress with a wide range of papers covering topics ranging from theoretical issues to reports on recent fieldwork. El Guindi gave a paper titled “Turning Cousins Into Siblings: The Transformational Character of Kinship” and Désveaux’s paper was titled “The Transformational Nature of Native North-American Kinship.” Both papers were given in English with real-time translation into Russian. The plenary talk and papers given at the kinship session will be published in a forthcoming issue of Алгебра родства (Algebra of Kinship). The next Congress, the XIII Congress, will be held in two years in the Caucasus region of Russia and plans are already being made to include a session on kinship in the XIII Congress open to all scholars of kinship, East and West.
Fadwa El Guindi, Retiree from UCLA, is a former Distinguished Professor with Qatar University, and fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science. She is author of Veil: Modesty, Privacy and Resistance. Her most recent book is Tales of Ethnographic Encounter.
Dwight W. Read is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of anthropology at UCLA and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Cite as: El Guindi, Fadwa, and Dwight W. Read. 2017. “GAD Members at XII Congress of Anthropologists and Ethnologists of Russia.” Anthropology News website, September 14, 2017. doi: AN.597