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Editorial office of the journal "Forum for Anthropology and Culture"



Address: 24 Sredniy Avenue, Vasilyevsky Island

Tel.: (812) 328-08-12; (812) 386-76-36 (812) 386-76-36

E-mail: forum.for.anthropology@gmail.com 

Web: http://anthropologie.kunstkamera.ru/


Albert K. Baiburin, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Head of Department (anthropology of everyday life, semiotics, folklore)

Olga Yu. Boytsova, Candidate of Historical Sciences, Secretary of the Department (visual research, semiotics, contemporary folklore, sociology of taste)


The “Forum for Anthropology and Culture” magazine was founded in 2004. Initially, the journal was published twice a year in Russian and once a year in English. From 2009 to 2013, in addition to the printed version, two electronic issues a year in Russian were published. Since 2014, the journal has been published four times a year in Russian and once a year in English.

The journal is included in the "List of leading peer-reviewed scientific journals and publications, in which the main scientific results of the dissertation for the degree of Doctor and Candidate of Sciences should be published" VAK.


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Subscription index in the Rospechat catalog: 36703

The mass media registration certificate PI No. ФС77-35818 was issued by the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications and Mass Media on March 31, 2009.

The founders of the journal are:

  • Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Kunstkamera)
  • European University at St. Petersburg


The editorial board of the journal includes:

  • Albert Baiburin (MAE RAS / EUSP)
  • Yuri Berezkin (MAE RAS / EUSP)
  • Nikolay Vakhtin (EUSP)
  • Valentin Vydrin (Institute of Oriental Languages ​​and Civilizations, Paris)
  • Marina Ilyina (MAE RAS)
  • Katriona Kelly (University of Oxford)
  • Konstantin Pozdnyakov (Institute of Oriental Languages ​​and Civilizations, Paris)
  • David Rancel (Indiana University)
  • Steve Smith (University of Essex)
  • Sergey Sokolovsky (Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology RAS, Moscow)
  • Faith Wigzell (University College London)
  • Boris Firsov (EUSP)
  • Sheila Fitzpatrick (University of Chicago)
  • Caroline Humphrey (University of Cambridge)
  • Yuri Chistov (MAE RAS)
  • Sergey Shtyrkov (MAE RAS / EUSP)

Executive Secretary of the Editorial Board

  • Olga Boytsova (MAE RAS / EUSP)


  • Albert K. Baiburin, Editor-in-Chief, Doctor of Historical Sciences
  • Nikolay B. Vakhtin, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Doctor of Philology
  • Ekaterin Kelly, English Editor, D.Phil.
  • Olga Yu. Boytsova, Executive Secretary, Candidate of Historical Sciences
  • Alexandra M. Piir, editor of the online section
  • Maria Pirogovskaya, editor of the reviews department, Candidate of Historical Sciences
  • Alexandra Kasatkina, editor-translator

In 2008, the department received a grant from the Russian Foundation for Basic Research to conduct a scientific conference "Zelenin Readings - 2008. Forms and Methods of Organizing Memory in Traditional and Contemporary Culture" (MAE RAS, EUSP, November 6-8, 2008).



  • Baiburin A.K. Home in the rituals and perceptions of the Eastern Slavs. Leningrad, 1983.183 p. Second edition: M., 2005. 220 p.
  • Baiburin A.K., Toporkov A.L. At the origins of etiquette. Ethnographic essays. L., 1990.166 p.
  • Baiburin A.K. Ritual in traditional culture. SPb., 1993.240 p.
  • Baiburin A.K., Belovinsky L., Kont F. Half-forgotten words and meanings. Dictionary of Russian culture of the XVIII-XIX centuries. SPb.-M., 2004, 680 p.
  • Baiburin A., Toporkov A. Aux sources de l'étiquette: études ethnographiques.Trad. du russe par Janine Neboit-Mombet. Clermont-Ferrand 2005.195 p.


  • Baiburin A.K. The semiotic status of things and mythology // Collection of the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography. Issue 37, 1981.S. 215-226.
  • Baiburin A.K. On the relation between folklore and ethnographic facts // Acta Ethnographica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae, T. 32, 1983, pp. 3-31. (with G.A. Levinton)
  • Baiburin A.K. On the problem "at the ethnographic origins of folklore plots and images" // Folklore and Ethnography. At the ethnographic origins of folklore plots and images. L., 1984.S. 229 - 245. (with G.A. Levinton)
  • Baiburin A.K. Some questions of ethnographic study of behavior // Ethnic stereotypes of behavior. L., 1985.S. 7 - 21.
  • Baiburin A.K. Lamentations: Text and Context // Artes Populares 14 (1985). S. 59-77
  • Baiburin A.K. A.A. Potebnya: philosophy of language and myth // A.A. Potebnya. Word and myth. M., 1989.S. 3 - 10.
  • Baiburin A.K. Funeral and wedding // Research in the field of the Balto-Slavic spiritual culture: Funeral rite. M., 1990.S. 64 - 98 (jointly with G.A. Levinton).
  • Baiburin A.K. Ritual: Between Biological and Social // Folklore and Ethnographic Reality. SPb., 1992.S. 18-28.
  • Baiburin A. ‘General Remarks on Ritual’, Kul’turologiya: The Petersburg Journal of Cultural Studies 1: 3 (1993), 4-14.
  • Baiburin A.K. "Unleashing the mind" // Lotman's collection. M., 1995, pp. 676 - 680. Codes and rituals // Kodovi slovenskikh kultur 3, (1998), 239-57 (with G.A. Levinton)
  • Baiburin A.K. Ritual redistribution of the share of Russians // Fates of traditional culture: Sat. articles and materials in memory of Larisa Ivleva. SPb., 1998.S. 78 - 82.
  • Baiburin A. 'Le ritual et l'évenement. La construction du temps dans la culture traditionelle russe ', Ethnologie française 30: 1 (2000), 41-9.
  • Baiburin A.K. "You can't ... but if you really need to ..." (to the interpretation of ways to violate rules and prohibitions) pdf 3967 // Proceedings of the Faculty of Ethnology. Issue 1.SPb., 2001.S. 4-11.
  • Baiburin A.K. Longing and fear in the context of funeral rituals (to the ritual and mythological implications of one plot) pdf 3967 // Proceedings of the Faculty of Ethnology. Issue 1.SPb., 2001.S. 96-115.
  • Baiburin A. The Concept of Word in Russian Tradition // Dynamics of Tradition. Perspectives on Oral Poetry and Folk Belief. Essays in Honor of Anna-Leena Siikala on her 60-th Birthday. Helsinki 2003. Rr. 162-170.
  • Baiburin A.K. Some ideas about memory in folk culture // Putilov B.N. Folklore and folk culture; In memoriam. SPb., 2003, p. 252-256.
  • Baiburin A.K. Ethnographic Museum: Semiotics and Ideology // Emergency Reserve 2004. No. 1, pp. 81-86
  • Baiburin A. When We Were Happy: Remembering Soviet Holydays // Petrified Utopia. Happiness Soviet Style. Anthem Press / London - New York - Dehli, 2009. Pp. 161-186 (with A.Piir)
  • Baiburin A. Quelques aspects de la mythologie de l'ile // L'ile et le sacre dans la Russie du Nord / Cahiers slaves # 7. Civilization russe. Paris, 2004. Pp. 1-10
  • Baiburin A.K. Notes on Culinary Symbols: "Salted" pdf 3967 // Studia Ethnologica. Proceedings of the Faculty of Ethnology. SPb., 2004. S. 4-13
  • Baiburin A.K. Word and body // Body in Russian culture. M., 2005.
  • Baiburin A.K. Ethnographic notes on language and word // Forum for Anthropology and Culture. 2005, no. 3. S. 381-399
  • Baiburin A. Concepts of the Word in Russian Traditional Culture pdf 3967 // Forum for Anthropology and Culture 2005 # 2.P. 295-315
  • Baiburin A.K. Folkloristics and ethnography today // The First All-Union Congress of Folklorists. Collection of reports. T. III. M., 2006.S. 23-28
  • Baiburin A.K. Several remarks on the category of irreversibility in folklore and ritual // Modern semiotics as applied to the humanities. M., 2007.S. 37-38
  • Baiburin A. Le corps et le parole // Le corps dans la culture russe et au-dela. Paris, 2008. P. 125-136
  • Baiburin A.K. From the history of the word boredom // Natale grate numeras? Collection of articles dedicated to the 60th anniversary of Georgy Akhillovich Levinton. SPb., 2008.S. 84-90
  • Baiburin A.K. From the prehistory of the Soviet passport // Emergency reserve, 2009, No. 2
  • Baiburin A. Remarques sur les notions de slucaj (hazard) et de slucajnoe (qui releve du hazard, accidental, inattendu) en rapport avec la categorie du temps // L'USSR, un paradis perdu? Le temps et ses representations dans la culture Russe. Paris, 2010. Pp. 23-38
  • Baiburin A. “The wrong nationality”: ascribed identity in the 1930s Soviet Union pdf 3967 // Russian Cultural Anthropology after the Collapse of Communism (ed. By Albert Baiburin, Catriona Kelly and Nikolai Vakhtin). Routledge. London, 2012, pp. 59-76.
  • Baiburin A.K. From sketches to the topic “Tatars and Jews” // (Un) musical offering, or Allegro affettuoso: Collection of articles for the 65th anniversary of Boris Aronovich Katz // St. Petersburg, 2013. S. 628-634.
  • Baiburin A.K. On one late practice: passport photography // Slavica Svetlanica: Language and worldview: For the anniversary of Svetlana Mikhailovna Tolstoy. M .: "Indrik", 2013.S. 301-309.
  • Baiburin A.K. Science and pseudoscience (from the editorial board) pdf 3967 // Anthropological forum № 18. P. 129-140. Science and pseudo-science (from editorial board) // Anthropologicheskii Forum N 18.P. 129-140.
  • Baiburin A.K. Soviet practices of determining nationality in the 1920s and 1930s. // Soviet nations and national politics in the 1920s-1950s. M., 2014. S. 458-467.
  • Baiburin A. Ten Years On // Forum for Anthropology and Culture, N. 10. Pp. 123-132.
  • Baiburin A.K. Own / someone else's name (historical and cultural notes on the change of name // Collection of articles. Edited by E.E. Zhigarin, Yu.N. Naumova. M .: FORUM, 2016.264 p.
  • Boytsova O. Yu. Amateur photos: visual culture of everyday life. - SPb. : Publishing House of the European University at St. Petersburg, 2013. - 266 p. - (Territories of gaze; issue 2).


  • Boytsova O.Yu. "Don't look at them, they are bad": photographs of funerals in Russian culture // Anthropological Forum. 2010. No. 12. S. 327-352.
  • Boytsova O.Yu. "Horse in a coat": structure and functions of comic responses // Living antiquity. 2010. No. 3. S. 9-11.
  • Boytsova O.Yu. "A gift from a bunny": Gift giving characters in folklore for children // Living antiquity. 2016. No. 1. S. 46-48.
  • Boytsova O.Yu. Semiotics of photography as a tool for studying modern magical practices // Living antiquity. 2016. No. 2. S. 17-19.
  • Olga Boitsova. ‘Don’t Look at Them, They’re Nasty’: Photographs of Funerals in Russian Culture // Russian Cultural Anthropology after the Collapse of Communism / Edited by Albert Baiburin, Catriona Kelly, Nikolai Vakhtin. Routledge, 2012. Pp. 194-219.
  • Olga Boitsova. Photographs in Contemporary Russian Rural and Urban Interiors // Material Culture in Russia and the USSR: Things, Values, Identities. Bloomsbury, 2017. Pp. 71-99.
  • Olga Boitsova and Elena Mishanova. A Proper Dress Length for Little Girls? Soviet Taste, Girls ’Innocence, and Children’s Fashion in Contemporary Russia // Girlhood Studies. 2015. Spring, Vol. 8 (1). Pp. 42-59.