Office: Bunnell 307D
Phone: 907 474 6608
Email: pplattet @ alaska.edu
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).
Ph.D. Ethnology and Anthropology, University of Neuchâtel/Switzerland; Practical School of Higher Studies/Paris, France, April 2005
Postgraduate Diploma in Ethnology and Anthropology, University of Neuchâtel, 2000
M.A. University of Neuchâtel, Ethnology, French Literature and Linguistics, June 1998 B.A. University of Neuchâtel, Ethnology, French Literature and Linguistics, Journalism, 1994-5
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2009-present
Postdoctoral Fellow, Swiss National Science Foundation (SNFS), 2005-2009
Visiting Scholar at the Anthropology Department (UAF), 2005-2009
Religious anthropology, Modes of ritualization, Hunting/herding/fishing practices and ideologies, Ritual efficacy, Sacrifice, Symbolic and cognitive anthropology, Ethnography, Russian Far East, Central & Eastern Europe
I truly enjoy mentoring students. I am happy to advise students on their research projects and to facilitate fieldworks in Kamchatka/Russian Far East, in Alaska, and in the ex-Soviet Block. I try to provide mentorship in grant writing and to develop a dynamic and reflexive approach to ethnographic fieldwork with students. At an institutional level, I have recently initiated an agreement between the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland) in order to facilitate student exchanges and to offer the opportunity to study abroad.
Courses I offer at UAF in 2009-2010 include: Kinship and Social Organization, Structures of Anthropological Arguments, Fundamentals of Social/Cultural Anthropology, Research Design and Professional Development Seminar. Additional courses I have offered at UAF include “Re-Presenting Rituals in the Russian North” and “The Anthropology of Claude Lévi-Strauss” (with David Koester).
NEWREL (New religious movements in the Russian North: competing uses of religiosity after socialism) is concerned with the full variety of religious phenomena that has flourished in the Russian North since glasnost’. My own Associated Project analyzes forms of popular religiosity in rural areas of Northern Kamchatka that are under Christian influence (Russian Orthodoxy, Protestant Evangelism) by comparing them with other forms that have developed out of any external religious control. My intermediary conclusion is that, far from devastating the creative forms of religiosities elaborated since the turn of the 18th century, Evangelical activism (and the resistance to it) contributed to revitalize village communities after the predicament of the 1990s. Without neglecting the tensions and the conflicts that followed the Evangelical wave in Northern Kamchatka, my point is that “Faith/Gospel Movements” favored the reintroduction of a plurality of religious specialists, a pattern that had been until the 1930s-40s and the closure of Orthodox chapels and churches by the Soviet authorities. In an article in preparation with Virginie Vaté, I suggest that the presence of various religious specialists (be they shaman, blacksmith, priest, pastor, elder, etc.) plays an important role in the processes of social integration and of cultural transmission. Special attention to various types of ritual altars relates this view with the modes of ritual actions mobilized by each category of specialists in order to represent religiosity. Here, my argument is that the fabrication of ritual altars (for funerary, hunting, pastoral or theatrical purposes) not only reveals the integrating ability of local religious systems but also manifests an act of “social cognition” that informs us about the relevant modes of representation of religiosity.
Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Initiative
Regional Center of the Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Initiative (PCRI/Russia )
Reindeer Herding on The Alaska Peninsula
Funded by the U.S. National Park Service, this project documents (a) the historic migration of Inupiat people to the central Alaska Peninsula (circa 1910) and (b) the ethnohistory and ethnoarchaeology of reindeer herding in the Northern Alaska Peninsula (1910s-1940s). A main objective is to shed light on a relatively unknown facet of the “American period” of Southwest Alaska by exploring the connections between Inupiat migratory waves and reindeer economics in this region. Various sets of data will help understand the correlation between human population movements and modes of herding mobility across the Alaska Peninsula with emphasis on Aniakchak National Monument & Preserve (ANIA) and Katmai National Park & Preserve (KATM).
2012 (in preparation), Patty Gray, Patrick Plattet and Virginie Vaté (eds), Doing Religion in the Russian North: Uses of Religiosity after Socialism , New York, Oxford, Berghahn.
2005, The double game of fortune. Imitation and substitution in contemporary shamanic rituals of two north-kamchatkan (Far-East Siberia, Russian Federation) rural populations: the maritime hunters of Lesnaïa and the reindeer herders of Achaivaiam [in French/online publication of University of Neuchâtel]. http://doc.rero.ch/record/4966?ln=fr
Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book chapters
2011, “Landscapes in motion: Opening pathways in Kamchatkan hunting and herding rituals,” in P. Jordan (ed.), Landscape and Culture in Northern Eurasia , Walnut Creek, Left Coast Press.
2010, “Dal recinto al rito: Aspetti dell’orientamento nelle pratiche pastorali e nelle performances rituali contemporanee degli allevatori di renne del Nord-Kamchatka” [Reprint in Italian of “Les voies du corral”], Il Polo , LXV(4): 11-41.
2008, Patrick Plattet and Virginie Vaté, “Interactions religieuses dans le Nord-Est russe (Kamchatka, Tchoukotka): note de recherche [Religious interactions in the Russian Far East (Kamchatka, Chukotka): A research note],” Études Mongoles, Sibériennes , Centrasiatiques et Tibétaines , 38: 155-183.
2005-2006, “Les voies du corral: Aspects de l'orientation dans les pratiques pastorales et les performances rituelles d'éleveurs de rennes du Nord-Kamtchatka [Aspects of orientation in pastoral practices and ritual performances of reindeer herders from North Kamchatka],” Études Mongoles, Sibériennes , Centrasiatiques et Tibétaines , 36-37: 21-60.
2004, “Zаmеtki pо rаbоtе Vlаdimirа Iохеl’sоnа i eë аktuаl’nоsti dlja sоvrеmеnnоj kul’turnоj i sоciаl’nоj аntrоpоlоgii [The work of V. Jochelson and its relevance for contemporary cultures and social anthropology],” in E. Kasten (ed.), Preservation and revitalization of traditional ritual feasts of coastal Koryaks (Nymylans) , Krasnodar, Kamshat: 99-104.
2003a, Patrick Plattet and Laurent Amiotte-Suchet, “L’amour, la chance, le jeu… des thèmes sérieux en Sibérie. Entretien avec Roberte Hamayon [Love, luck, and game… Some serious themes in Siberia. Interview with Roberte Hamayon],” ethnographiques.org , 4 [online]. http://www.ethnographiques.org/2003/Hamayon,Amiotte-Suchet,Plattet.html
2003b, “Les rites de deuil et les commémorations funéraires chez les éleveurs de rennes Koriaks du Nord-Kamtchatka [Mourning rites and funerary commemorations among Koryak reindeer herders from North Kamchatka],” in Y. Droz (ed.) La violence et les morts. Éclairage anthropologique sur la mort et les rites funéraires , Genève, Georg: 198-210.
2002, “La course des deux bois du renne, commentaire ethnologique d’une photographie de terrain [Racing woods: Anthropological commentary of a field photograph],” ethnographiques.org , 2 [online].
2000, “Les danseurs de ‘populaire’: néo-traditionalisme et culture populaire en Hongrie contemporaine [Dancing the ‘folk’: neo-traditionalism and popular culture in contemporary Hungary],” Tsantsa , 5: 151-157.
2006, [with Maïté Agopian] “Izmeniaiushchiisia masshtab postsovetskoi mobil’nosti: olenevody Achaivaiamia [Changing Scales of Post-Soviet Mobility: The Reindeer Herders of Achaivaiam],” in N. N. Portniagin (ed.), Role of systemic factors in the process of creation and development of reunifying territories [Proceedings of the International Scientific and Practical Conference in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski], Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski, Kamchat: 255-256.
2002, “Les cuirs du mort. Traitement du corps et manipulation des vêtements funéraires chez les Čavčuven du Nord-Kamtchatka [Body Treatment and manipulations of funerary costumes among Koryak reindeer herders from North Kamchatka],” in F. Audoin-Rouzeau and S. Beyries (eds.), Le travail du cuir de la préhistoire à nos jours , [Proceedings of 22 nd International Conference on Archeology and History, Antibes], Antibes, APDCA: 159-174.
GRAY Patty, 2005, The Predicament of Chukotka’s Indigenous Movement: Post-Soviet Activism in the Russian Far North , Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, American Anthropologist , 108(1): 243-244.
HERZFELD Michael, 1997, Cultural Intimacy: Social Poetics in the Nation-State , New York/London, Routledge, Tsantsa , 5: 179-180.
Translation of articles
(from English to French) HOLZLEHNER Tobias, 2007, “Le paradis des grands bandits: la culture de la mort violente en Extrême-orient russe,” ethnographiques.org , 13 [online]. http://www.ethnographiques.org/2007/Holzlehner.html
(from English to French) Wisniewski Josh, 2007, “Apprendre en perspective: chasse, intentionnalité et mimésis chez les chasseurs iñupiaq du nord-ouest alaskien,” ethnographiques.org , 13 [online]. http://www.ethnographiques.org/2007/Wisniewski.html
Grants and Fellowships
2011-12 U.S. National Park Service, 1-year renewable CESU (Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units) grant for the project “Ethnohistory and Ethnoarchaeology of Reindeer Herding on the Alaska Peninsula.” Serving as PI, $123,322 (Award #P11AT36177)
2010-12 Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Initiative, 2-year grant for the Center for Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements in Russia . Serving as co-PI for the overall collaborative project (16 participating Senior and Junior Investigators from Russia, Estonia, France, Ireland, UK and USA); $499,708
2006-10 European Science Foundation/National Science Foundation 4-year grant for the project “New Religious Movements in the Russian North: Competing Uses of Religiosity after Socialism” (NEWREL). Serving as PI for the U.S. portion awarded by the NSF Arctic Social Sciences Program, $621,495 (Award #0631419)
2006-09 Swiss National Science Foundation, 3-year grant for the project “New Religious Movements in Northern Kamchatka: Competing Uses of Religiosity after Socialism.” Serving as Postdoctoral Fellow (“Advanced Researcher”) and as Associated Partner in the NEWREL/BOREAS Collaborative Research project of the European Science Foundation; $128,700 (Award #PA001-113073)
2005 Swiss National Science Foundation, 1-year grant for the project “Religious Continuities and reformulations in Contemporary Far-East Siberia: Ethnographic and Analytic Exchanges in an American Research Setting.” Serving as Postdoctoral Fellow (“Young Researcher”); $43,300 (Award #PBNE1-106765)
2002-03 Swiss National Science Foundation, 1-year supplemental grant for the project “Shamanic and Political Dances in Contemporary Siberia: the Koryak of North Kamchatka.” Serving as PhD Research Assistant (Award #1213-067796.02)
2000-02 Swiss National Science Foundation, 2-year grant for the project “Shamanic and Political Dances in Contemporary Siberia: the Koryak of North Kamchatka.” Serving as PhD Research Assistant (Award #12-61917.00)