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Human faces Global Challenges of Modernity

Anthropologists of Tomsk State University have presented their scientific project as part of a newly opened Siberia Research Center. The scientists focused on global challenges of modernity. Taking into account their own considerations and approaches used by the leading social and humanitarian teams, the anthropologists of Tomsk State University identified three main challenges of modernity: high intensity of migration flows, mass distribution of information technologies and active nature development by the mankind.

People over the world respond differently to these challenges, so the project aims at studying specific features of such response.

"This project is transdisciplinary due to the complexity of goals set by the team. Its aim is to understand how identities are formed and transformed, analyze social adaptation of people in context of modernization and global social disruptions. The study will supposedly be carried out with the Siberian data and we all know that Siberia has long been cosmopolitan, multi-confessional, urban and it has witnessed complicated combinations of life styles, behaviors and socioeconomic structures. Thus, the analysis will be performed in the context of global processes," says Dmitry Funk, Project Manager, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor, Principal Researcher of the Social and Anthropological Research Laboratory at Tomsk State University, Head of Ethnology Department at M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University.

Scholarly importance of the project is evident through planned outcome and exceeding the limits of the academic sphere — the researchers enter the sphere of education, social design and management.

The project team is already working on bachelor and master training in Anthropology and Ethnology as part of the Faculty of History at Tomsk State University. First-year students are actively engaged in scientific life by going on anthropological expeditions (Shoriya, Sakhalin, Kazakhstan – this is only the beginning), taking part in scientific schools in Russia (Yekaterinburg) and abroad (Italy, Bulgaria).

Employees of the Social and Anthropological Research Laboratory, which serves as the main scientific basis in project development, work in close cooperation with primary stakeholders (users of anthropological information): Federal Migration Service, regional energy providers, regional and municipal authorities, non-governmental organizations and schools. These are the parties who are interested in major project deliverables such as: expertise in managing migration processes (Directorate of the Federal Migration Service), resolution of conflicts between producer companies and local communities, as well as nurturing citizens that would be sensitive to cultural differences.

Running Projects

INTERACT-II: International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic EU JPI-Climate Project: Climate impact on the carbon emission and export from Siberian inland waters (SIWA) Biogeochemical cycles of Arctic bog-lake landscapes of Western Siberia as an Indicator of Climate Change on a Global Scale and A Basis for the sustainable nature management of the Region (Bio-Geo-Clim) Man in a Changing World. Identity and Social Adaptation: Past and Present The history of the study and development of Siberia Electronic encyclopedia "Verbal Culture of Siberia" Microbial communities of cryolithozone wetland ecosystems in Western Siberia Human faces Global Challenges of Modernity Mammoth and dinosaur refuges of Siberia as complex geoarchaeological and paleontological objects Siberia Textual Heritage: Goals and Prospects of Scientific Attribution and Discourse Analysis in relation to Traditional Sources of Historical Information Siberia as the Territory of Wanderers: from Ancient Conquerors to Digital Migrants and Nomads Scientific Basis of the Technology of Synthesis and New Class of Addition Alloys Application for Light Weight Alloy Nanocomposite Production and their Further Use in Aerospace and Transport Industry Ultrabasic-basic Magmatism as the Key to Understanding Revolutionary Events in the Earth History and Formation of Unique Mineral Deposits Integration of labour markets and educational services in the areas of long-term forecasting and strategic planning of the Siberian macro-region Pathological Programming of the Immune System by Neuropsychiatric Factors Among Residents of Siberia: the Prospects of Treatment and Prevention of Cancer and Cardiovascular Diseases Islam in Siberia: archaeology, history, modernity The Fundamental Principles of Manufacturing of Steels with a Multi-level Structure for Work in Low Temperature Conditions, on the Basis of Raw Materials Available in the Siberian Region Understanding and Forecasting Trans-Siberian Environmental Changes caused by Climate Change (for the Experimental Areas of Aktru, Kaybasovo, Khanymey) Eco-friendly Resource Production and Raw Materials Processing

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