Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Tyler Benjamin Adkins, winner of the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships 2020. Title of his dissertation is The Life of Forms and Forms of Life in Post-Soviet Siberia.
This project ethnographically examines the temporalities and materialities of forms of life in Russia’s Altai republic. Based on the author’s long-term participant observation of farmers from the Altai national group in rural areas of Siberia’s Altai Mountains, it asks how the material forms of Soviet and post-Soviet history are entangled with the historical consciousness and everyday life of Altai people. While previous studies of the material legacies of Soviet socialism have emphasized rupture, discontinuity, and a present nostalgia for an irretrievable past, this project examines the changes in post-Soviet Altai everyday life not as radical breaks, but rather as situational changes and redeployments of a repertoire of long-standing material forms and practices.
The program supports promising doctoral students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences with one year of funding to allow them to focus on completing projects that form the foundations of their scholarly careers. The program is made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.