This article explores the life and works of Soviet ethnographer Andrei Grigor'evich Danilin (1896-1942). Drawing on the collections of his documents scattered across a number of archives, institutions and places, the authors aim to reconstruct Danilin's personal, intellectual and 'field' life histories. They further recreate the context in which the ethnographer's archives were formed, including his relationships with scholars, relatives, fieldwork partners, state bodies, and even material objects. The polyphony of the discovered documents and the personal ties that bind Danilin and the coauthor Lidiya A. Danilina (Danilin's daughter) allow us to consider our experiment as a historical ethnography with some elements of 'participant observation' and call the combination of these two dimensions - the archival and the personal - 'an ethnography of an ethnographer'.
|Translated title of the contribution||Ethnography of an ethnographer: Andrei G. Danilin and his archives|
|Number of pages||52|
|Journal||Sibirskie istoricheskie issledovania|
|Early online date||1 Dec 2020|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2020|