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Nikolai Ssorin-Chaikov

social anthropologist
  • Nikolai Ssorin-Chaikov has been at HSE University 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
    Stanford University

  • 1992

    Stanford University

  • 1987

    Degree in History
    Lomonosov Moscow State University

  • PhD in Anthropology, Stanford University

Awards and Accomplishments

Best Teacher – 2022, 2018, 2017

Courses (2023/2024)

Courses (2022/2023)

Courses (2021/2022)

Courses (2020/2021)



  • 2019

    XIII Конгресс Этнологов и Антропологов России (Казань). Presentation: История одного совхоза: поэтика неоконченной стройки в северной Сибири

  • Annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association (Ванкувер). Presentation: Current issues in the anthropology of the new right

  • 2018

    On Thinking, Crafting and Claiming the Future(s) (Хельсинки). Presentation: Future and temporal multiplicity: a brief anthropology of time

  • 2017

    The Russian Revolutions of 1917: The Northern Impact and Beyond (Тромсо). Presentation: Gifts of the revolution: Soviet indigenous policies through the lens of the anthropology of exchange

  • 917 / 2017: DISCIPLINARY REGIMES OF TRUTH (Тюмень). Presentation: Pravda as Law and Pravda as Truth: Notes towards a Conceptual Ethnography of Truth

  • XIII МАЛЫЕ БАННЫЕ ЧТЕНИЯ (St Petersburg). Presentation: Социополитика и анархический поворот в антропологии

  • 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

Full timetable

'I Submitted My Documents to Three Universities: Oxford, Cambridge and the London School of Economics. I was Accepted in All Three'

At HSE University-St Petersburg, except for the main learning trajectory, over two years, the students master an additional one—a minor. It can help to find new optics for research, choose a profession or simply broaden the horizons. A minor helped Tatyana Novotolskaya, a graduate of the Bachelor's programme 'Sociology and Social Informatics', not only find a new area for research but also get enrolled in the Master's programme at Oxford University. Find out more about all these things and some pieces of advice for prospective students in our interview.

The Master's in 'Global and Regional History' Trains Specialists in History and Anthropology

The Master's programme 'Global and Regional History' has two educational tracks: one historical and one anthropological. The main goal of the programme is to prepare graduates to continue their academic careers. However, students will also be able to work in more applied fields: in museums, publishing companies, exhibitions, and marketing. Find out which courses await students and why the programme rejects traditional divisions into Russian and world history in this interview with Nikolai Ssorin-Chaikov, the programme's Academic Supervisor.

Quick Recap of Double Degree Programmes at HSE – St. Petersburg

Double degree tracks have been created as a result of a partnership between HSE – St. Petersburg and other programmes offered by well-known foreign universities. Participants are given the opportunity to study abroad for a year at a partner university. Upon successful defence of a thesis in front of a joint commission, students receive fully fledged diplomas from two universities.

Master's Programme in History Launches Double Degree Track

HSE University — Saint Petersburg and the University of Göttingen have signed the agreement on the double degree track for the Master's programme 'Global and Regional History'. The best programme students will study in Germany for a year and obtain two diplomas issued by both universities.

International Opportunities Online: Joint Courses Bring HSE’s and International Students Together

Call for Applications for the development and delivery of joint online courses with international partner universities completed at HSE University — St. Petersburg at the end of December. Now students of five educational programmes can take courses developed by lecturers from HSE and partner universities. Students of partner universities will take the courses along with students of HSE University — St. Petersburg.

Communications, Creativity and Critical Thinking — What Have the Students Learnt in the Course of the Skills4Future Programme

November 18 a metaprogramme Skills4Future came to a close at HSE University  - St Petersburg. During a month participants were working on problematic tasks and projects devoted to the involvement of the youth in the life of the city, developing the concept of the festival for the Russian Museum of Ethnography, studying the cultural scenes of Saint Petersburg and the influence of coronavirus on the society. Let’s see what results the students managed to achieve.

HSE University – St. Petersburg Launches Three New Double Degree Tracks

In late May, the HSE campus in St. Petersburg finalized negotiations with three foreign partner universities to launch three new double degree tracks at the Master’s level.

‘Global and Regional History’ Master’s Programme Seeks Future Historians, Anthropologists, and More

In 2020, HSE - St. Petersburg is launching a new master's programme in ‘Global and Regional History’, which will replace the ‘Applied and Interdisciplinary History’ Programme. The HSE University - Saint Petersburg editorial office interviewed Nikolai Ssorin-Chaikov, Programme Head and anthropologist, about the programme's a global approach to studying history and its international partnerships.

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.