Kamal Kariem

Kamal’s primary research interests lie at the intersections of indigeneity, Russia, and post-socialism.  Focusing on the Russian Far East (especially Primorsky Krai and the Kamchatka Peninsula), Kamal would like to investigate how official recognition or lack thereof for indigenous populations impacts both the self-construction of their identity and the constructions of these identities produced by ethnic Russians and the state. This interest led Kamal to also investigate the importance of specific others (such as indigenous populations) in creating specific Russian identities. Museum representation is central to this creating these identities, and Kamal's secondary interests include museum representation, the narratives that these representations produce, and the negotiations of these narratives by Russian museum visitors.