portrait picture Elena Davydova

Elena Davydova, MA

Project collaborator, PhD candidate

Contact Details

Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology
Schottengasse 10, 1010 Vienna

E-Mail: elena.davydova@univie.ac.at

Research Focus Areas

  • Anthropology of infrastructure
  • Anthropology of food
  • Human-animal relations
  • Socialist modernity and post-socialism
  • Russian Arctic

Short Biography

Elena Davydova is a PhD Student at the Department for Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna, a Research Fellow at the Arctic Research Center, Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography, Russian Academy of Sciences in Saint-Petersburg, and Research Fellow at Scientific and Educational Center "Circumpolar Chukotka", Chukotka branch of the North-Eastern Federal University in Anadyr. Since 2022 she works in the ERC project “INFRANORTH - Building Arctic Futures”, supervised by Professor Peter Schweitzer. Her PhD project will investigate the role of transport infrastructures in foodways in remote Russian Arctic communities. She graduated from the Department of Ethnography and Anthropology of the Saint-Petersburg State University in 2012. In 2015 Elena Davydova defended her degree of kandidat nauk in ethnology at Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography, Russian Academy of Sciences. She conducted a long-term fieldwork in several settlements of Chukotka autonomous area in Russia. Since 2017 she participated in several projects supported by the Russian Science Foundation that investigated food, supply and small-scale energy regimes in relatively remote communities of the Russian Arctic.

Elena Davydova is a member of the Association of Anthropologists and Ethnologists of Russia, the International Arctic Social Sciences Association, the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences.

Selected Publications

  • 2021 [with V. N. Davydov]. Mikroinfrastruktura podsobnogo khoziaistva na Chukotke: iarangi, konteinery, teplitsy [Microinfrastructure of domestic economy in Chukotka: yarangas, containers and greenhouses]. In Sibirskie istoricheskie issledovaniia, No 4, pp. 76-93.
  • 2021 [with V. N. Davydov]. Proizvodstvo (vkusov) oleniny: Praktiki zaboiia zhivotnykh v tumdre i v oleneuboinom punkte na Chukotke [Production of venison tastes: Practices of animal slaughter in the tundra and reindeer slaughterhouse in Chukotka]. In Kunstkamera, No 2, pp. 95-103.
  • 2021 [with V. N. Davydov]. Proekty razvitiia infrastruktury na Chukotke: Ispol’zovanie resursov zhiteliami national’nykh siol [Infrastructure development projects in Chukotka: The use of resources by the dwellers of the national villages]. In Ethnogragiia, No 1, pp. 25-49.
  • 2021 [with V. N. Davydov]. Iul’tinskaia trassa: Proekt razvitiia infrastruktury v zhizni chukotskikh natsional’nykh siel [The Iul’tinskaia road: Infrastructure development project in the life of Chukotka’s native villages]. In Sibirskie istoricheskie issledovaniia, No 3, pp. 89-102.
  • 2020 [with V. N. Davydov]. Infrastruktura avtonomizatsii: podsobnoe khoziaistvo i izmenenie sistemy pitaniia na Chukotke [Infrastructure of autonomization: Domestic economy and changes in foodways in Chukotka]. In Davydov V. N. (ed.), Energiia Arktiki i Sibiri: ispol’zovanie resursov v kontekste sotsial’no-ekonomicheskikh izmenenii [Energy of the Arctic and Siberia: The use of resources in the context of social and economic changes]. M.: Izdatel’stvo vostochnoi literatury, 2020, pp. 219-242.  
  • 2020 [with V. N. Davydov]. Routs of sustenance: Infrastructure and food security strategies in Chukotka. In Journal of Siberian Federal University. Humanities & Social Sciences, No 13(5), pp. 772–782.
  • 2020 [with V. N. Davydov]. Professional’noe i lichnoe: Opyt polevoi raboty na Chukotke vsei sem’ioi [The professional and the personal: An experience of fieldwork in Chukotka with the entire family]. In Etnograficheskoe obozrenie, No 3, pp. 121-140.