Francisco gave a talk about basements in Eastern Estonia. During the last three years, has has visited thirty-seven storing spaces in different towns of Eastern Estonia to investigate which things are kept and which practices take place therein. Francisco outlined how basements operate as the backstage of a home, whereby the dialectic between what is hidden (reserved just for our own sight) and what is shown to others is intensively played.
Here is his talk
And the following discussion
Francisco Martínez is an anthropologist dealing with contemporary issues of material culture through ethnographic experiments. In 2018, he was awarded with the Early Career Prize of the European Association of Social Anthropologists. Currently, he works at Tampere University and convenes the Collaboratory for Ethnographic Experimentation (EASA Network). Francisco has published several books, including Ethnographic Experiments with Artists, Designers and Boundary Objects (UCL Press, 2021); Remains of the Soviet Past in Estonia (UCL Press, 2018); and Repair, Brokenness, Breakthrough (Berghahn, 2019). Also, he has curated different exhibitions.
Roberta Raffaeta (Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia) gave a talk entitled “Crossing ecosystems, crossing ontologies. How microbiome science is remaking what does it means to be human” at the visiting seminar on the 20th of January 2023.
Anna Sokolova (Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies) gave a talk on the 1st of February 2023 entitled: ‘Red Fever’: State Timber Production and Commercial Berry Harvesting in Late Soviet Karelia.
In my talk, I will address the case of commercial berry harvesting in northern Soviet Karelia during 1970s. My research is based on field and archival research in the Muezersky and Louhsky districts of Karelia, conducted in 2018-2021. The main focus of the research is everyday life and practices in timber production settlements during 1960-1980s.
Hege Høyer Leivestad (Stockholm University) gave on 12.11.2021 a paper entitled “The Port Revisited: Cargo capitalism at the Strait of Gibraltar”.
On Friday 19 March Nayanika Mathur (University of Oxford) gave a talk entitled “Entrapment: New ways of seeing big cats in India” at the Visiting seminar in Anthropology at the University of Helsinki.