Tyler Adkins

Tyler Adkins' dissertation project ethnographically examines the temporalities and materialities of forms of life in Russia’s Altai republic. Based on his long-term participant observation of farmers from the Altai national group in rural areas of Siberia’s Altai Mountains, Adkins' dissertation 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. Adkins' research has been supported by the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship, the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship, and most recently a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship.