Patrick Plattet

Office: Bunnell 307D
Phone: 907 474 6608
Email: pplattet @

I'm a cultural anthropologist interested in ritual practices and religious representations. In the field of religious anthropology, my interest lies primarily in the modes of representation of religiosity that have (re)emerged after Soviet Socialism. I am analyzing how these modes manifest themselves in rural communities of Northern Kamchatka (Far East Russia) oriented towards big-game hunting and/or reindeer herding. My main focus is on processes of ritualization that are mobilized in the interactions among and between shamanism, Russian Orthodoxy and Pentecostalism. I am particularly interested in the concept of “ritual efficacy” which I explore from different perspectives.

My research contributed to the Collaborative Research Project NEWREL (New Religious Movements in the Russian North) within the programme  BOREAS  of the European Science Foundation (2006-2009). Since 2010, I am a member of the Center for the Study of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements in Russia . Launched in 2010 through the Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Initiative ( PCRI ), the Center is based at the European University at St Petersburg ( EUSPB ) and serves as a hub for academic collaboration that will enhance long-term scholarly cooperation around themes related to Pentecostalism and charismatic Christianity in the Russianized World.

I am also developing a comparative approach to reindeer herding in the North Pacific through a CESU grant funded by the U.S. National Park Service. The comparison is developed through a research on the “ Ethnohistory and Ethnoarchaeology of Reindeer Herding on the Alaska Peninsula ” (2011-2016).


Academic Positions

Research Interests

Teaching Interests

NEWREL Project

Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Initiative

Reindeer Herding on The Alaska Peninsula


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