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Nikolai Ssorin-Chaikov

social anthropologist
  • Nikolai Ssorin-Chaikov has been at HSE since 2015.

Editorial board membership

  • 2019: Editor-in-chief, Social Anthropology.

  • 2018: Member of the Editorial Council, Cultural Anthropology.

  • 2014: Member of the Editorial Council, Этнографическое обозрение.

Education and Degrees

  • 1998
    PhD in Anthropology
  • 1987

    Degree in History
    Lomonosov Moscow State University

  • PhD in Anthropology, Stanford University

Awards and Accomplishments

Best Teacher – 2018, 2017

Courses (2018/2019)



  • 2015
    Contemporary Anthropologies of Art (Darham). Presentation: Performativity and exchange: a study in ethnographic conceptualism
  • Contemporary Anthropologies of Art (Darham). Presentation: Performativity and exchange: a study in ethnographic conceptualism

Employment history

Worked at the University of Cambridge in 2001-2015

Timetable for today

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Season's Greetings from Alexander Semyonov, Chair of the Department of History

The Autumn School "Change in an Interdisciplinary Perspective" was started in September 20

On September, 20 the Higher School of Economics welcomed with open arms Masters and PhD students from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München and University of Regensburg for a joint programme looking at Change in an Interdisciplinary Perspective.

Ambassadors for Interdisciplinary and Applied History

Samrat Sil is a recent graduate of the English-taught Master's programme in Applied and Interdisciplinary History ‘Usable Pasts’ at HSE St. Petersburg. David Datmar, a native of Ghana, decided to join the programme to help him prepare for eventual study at the PhD level, which he plans to undertake soon at the University of Oxford. Both gentlemen were recently awarded certificates of recognition for their role as ambassadors contributing to the university’s internationalization agenda.

Anthropology postdocs at HSE St Petersburg

The Higher School of Economics Centre for Historical Research in St. Petersburg, Russia invites applications for postdoctoral research positions in the field of anthropology (application deadline 15 March 2017)

Upcoming Lectures on Ocean Science Politics to Give HSE Exposure to Modern Anthropology

Stefan Helmreich, Professor and Elting E. Morison Chair in the Department of Anthropology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will be at HSE Moscow and HSE St Petersburg from September 25 – October 4, 2016 to deliver a series of lectures and lead a discussion on the politics of contemporary ocean science. He will also take part in the round table 'Soundscape in the Anthropology of Science and Art' during the Days of Ethnographic Cinema festival organized by the HSE School of Cultural Studies.

Contemporary Anthropologies of Art

Nikolai Ssorin-Chaikov, an associate professor of the Department of History HSE in St Petersburg took part in the conference “Contemporary Anthropologies of Art” which was held at the Durham University (England) on September 9, 2015.