Storytelling: a medium genre - The example of the colonial history of Yakutia

DISCIPLINE : ANTROPOLOGY

Storytelling: a medium genre - The example of the colonial history of Yakutia

 Eric Crubezy is an anthropobiologist, specialist of biological human history.

Abstract oh his communication: "The study of 167 frozen graves in Yakutia (north-eastern Siberia) from the 15th to the early 20th century provides a unique opportunity to compare 35 000 square kilometres of archaeological, ethnological, historical and paleogenetic and genetic data. Are such extraordinary amounts of data sufficient to write the history of Yakutia? And if so, what is the kind of story we can tell? It appears that storytelling, the integration of several disciplines within a single story, is a medium genre, as generally easy to write and understand but difficult to test, and often describing the history of nobody. Comparing the different information sources and revealing the reasons underlying their convergence and disagreements seems more appropriate. Doing this exercise, two histories stand out, the history of the Yakuts on one hand, and that of Russians on another hand. How these can be merged together in a single narrative is not clear yet. I am, thus, very much looking forward to your feedback in the discussion following my presentation that I hope will foster future collaborative in Yakutia"

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