Roza Laptander from Priuralskiy district is defending her doctoral dissertation in Lapland
16:38 29 апреля 2020
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The online defense of the dissertation by Roza Laptander “When we got reindeer, we moved to live to the tundra — the spoken and silenced history of the Yamal Nenets” is taking place at the University of Lapland, Rovaniemi. This is the first international doctoral dissertation written abroad by a Nenets woman from Yamal, as the Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East informs.
The dissertation by Roza Laptander is based on spoken narrations and personal songs of Nenets reindeer herders of the Yamal Peninsula. She shows how spoken narrations and interviews about historical events in tundra reflect the overall mechanism of forming of historical reminiscences. The main result of the study allowed revealing mechanisms of preservation of individual and collective memory of the past and also significance of silence and concealing within a narration.
“Nenets people pass their historical narrations, traditional knowledge and personal experience about the past from one generation to another, leaving some things unsaid”, explained Roza Laptander.
That silencing of tragic events helps to form positive reminiscences of the past.
The author of the dissertation identified and described three types of silence that are common not only for Nenets people, but also, perhaps, for other peoples of the former Soviet Union and indigenous peoples of the Arctic. Those three types of silence illustrate the role of responsibility, requirements and interests of the society and also the political structure of the country.
Roza Laptander was born in Priuralskiy district. She studied in secondary school of the settlement Aksarka and at the Lyceum at Salekhard Pedagogical College. She graduated with honors from the Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia in Saint Petersburg. He has the academic degree of candidate of philology. She worked in Salekhard, later moved to Finland, and now she lives in the Netherlands.
Roza Laptander is a member of the research group on anthropology — research of global changes in the Arctic Centre. She works in various joint projects of the Arctic Centre and the University of Lapland in Rovaniemi. In her research she describes life of Nenets reindeer herders in the Yamal tundra.