khristophorovaDoctor Habil.,

Director of the Educational and Research Center for Typological and Semiotic Folklore Studies, Russian State University for the Humanities,

Deputy Head of the Master’s Programs, Center for Typological and Semiotic Folklore Studies,

Professor of Anthropology, Russian State University for the Humanities

Education: graduated from the History Department, Lomonosov Moscow State University (1992),

postgraduate (1993–1996) and habilitation at the Graduate Institute of Humanitarian Studies, RSUH (2002–2005)

PhD thesis:

Modeling of Behavior in Archaic Cultures (on the Material of Folklore Genres of the Peoples of Siberia) (1997)

DSc (Habil.) thesis:

Discourse of Witchcraft and Local Folklore Traditions: Semantics, Pragmatics, and Social Functions (2010)

Research interests: folklore studies; social, cultural, and visual anthropology; history and ethnography of the peoples of Siberia, Far North and Far Eas; ethnomedicine; the development and functioning of non-fairy-tale prose.

 

Professional service

Member of the Editorial Board, Folklore: Structure, Typology, and Semiotics

Member of the Editorial Board, City of Anthropology and Folklore

Member of the Editorial Board, Studia Litterarum (since October 2018)

 

Awards and Distinctions

Prize Winner. P.G. Bogatyryov Prize for the monograph Sorcerers and Victims: Anthropology of Witchcraft in Modern Russia (2011)

Diploma Winner of the 7th All-Russian Competition University Book-2015. Monograph Hiccups: Mythological Character in the Local Tradition (2015)

Academic publications — over 150 publications, including 4 monographs.

 

Selected publications

 

Monographs 

  • Logic of Interpretation: Folklore and Modeling of Behavior in Archaic Cultures. Moscow: RSUH Publ., 1998. (Reading on History and Theory of Culture. Vol. Twenty five). 114 p. In Russ.
  • Sorcerers and Victims: Anthropology of Witchcraft in Modern Russia. Moscow: RSUH; O. G. I. Publ., 2010. 432 p. In Russ.
  • Hiccup: Mythological Personage in Local Tradition (Series “Tradition, Text, Folklore: Typology and Semiotics”). Moscow: RSUH Publ., 2013. 303 p. In Russ.
  • Obsession in a Russian village. Moscow: The Neolithic Publ., 2016. 392 p. In Russ.

Edited collections

 

  • Language, Culture and Society. of Scientific Articles and Studies.-Method. Materials. Ed. A.V. Dybo, O.B. Khristoforova. Moscow: RSUH Publ., 2001. 428 p. In Russ.
  • Dreams and Visions in Popular Culture. Mythological, Religious-Mystical, and Cultural-Psychological Aspects. O.B. Khristoforova. S.Y. Nekludov. (Series “Tradition, Text, Folklore”). Moscow: RSUH Publ., 2002. 382 p. In Russ.
  • Myth, Symbol, Ritual. Peoples of Siberia. Eds. O.B. Khristoforova, S.Y. Nekludov. Moscow: RSUH Publ., 2008. 354 p. (Tradition-Text-Folklore: Typology and Semiotics). In Russ.
  • Cooked Shaman, Dishonest Slave and Others: 75 Tasks in Folklore, Anthropology, and Sociolinguistics: Studies. Allowance. Eds. A.S. Arkhipova, S.A. Burlak, I.B. Itkin, S.Y. Neklyudov, O.B. Khristoforova. Moscow: RSUH Publ., 2010. 205 p. (Series “Tradition-Text-Folklore: Typology and Semiotics”). In Russ.
  • The Space of the Witchcraft. and introduction O.B. Khristoforova. Ed. S.Y. Nekludov. Moscow: RSUH Publ., 2010. 315 p. (Series “Tradition-Text-Folklore: Typology and Semiotics”). In Russ.
  • In Umbra: Demonology as a Semiotic System. Almanac. Issues 1–6. Eds. D.I. Antonov, O.B. Khristoforova. Moscow: RSUH Publ., 2012. 545 p. In Russ.
  • In Umbra: Demonology as a Semiotic System. Issue 2. Eds. D.I. Antonov, O.B. Khristoforova. Moscow: Indrik Publ., 2013. 400 p. In Russ.
  • In Umbra: Demonology as a Semiotic System. Almanac. Issue 3. Eds. D.I. Antonov, O.B. Khristoforova. Moscow: Indrik Publ., 2014. 464 p. In Russ.
  • In Umbra: Demonology as a Semiotic System. Almanac. Issue 4. Eds. D.I. Antonov, O.B. Khristoforova. Moscow: Indrik Publ., 2015. 368 p. In Russ.
  • Genius loci: Articles in Honor of the 75th Anniversary of S. Yu. Neklyudov. O.B. Khristoforova, M.V. Akhmetova, N.I. Petrov. Moscow: Forum Publ., 2016 (Tradition–Text–Folklore: Typology and Semiotics). 640 p. In Russ.
  • In Umbra: Demonology as a Semiotic System. Almanac. Issue 5. Resp. ed. and comp. D.I. Antonov, O.B. Khristoforova. Moscow: Indrik Publ., 2016. 360 p. In Russ.
  • In Umbra: Demonology as a Semiotic System. Issue 6. Resp. ed. and comp. D.I. Antonov, O.B. Khristoforova. Moscow: Indrik Publ., 2017. 344 p. In Russ.

Selected Essays

 

  • “How to Identify the Demon. Part 2: Practices of Exorcism in the Modern Orthodox Parish.” In Umbra: Demonology as a Semiotic System: Almanac. Moscow: RSUH Publ., 2017. P. 239–273. In Russ.
  • “Where did “Bad Devil” Come from? Possible Sources of The Tale of Uncovered Vessels Trudy Otdela Drevnerusskoj Literatury. 2017, vol. 65. P. 122–141. In Russ.
  • “Oral Tradition of the Old Believers of Moldova and Transnistria.” Modern Old Believers of Moldova Books, Traditions, Economy: Collection of Scientific Articles and Documents. N.In. Litvin. Мoscow, 2016. P. 220–254. In Russ.
  • “A Story about how Dyoma and Maxim Didn’t Share a Girlfriend: the Section 1899–1888 in the Oral History of the Old Believers of the Verknekamye Area.” Genius Loci: a Collection of Articles in Honor of the 75th Anniversary of S. Yu. Neklyudov. Moscow: RSUH Publ., 2016. P. 382–403. In Russ.
  • “To Identify the Demon. Part 1: Vernacular Theory of Disease and Methods of Symbolic Treatment.” In Umbra: Demonology as a Semiotic System: Almanac. Russian State University for the Humanities, Center for Typology and Semiotics of Folklore, Department of Socio-Cultural Research; [Editorial Board: D.I. Antonov, A.S. Arkhipov, E.E. Levkievskaya, S.Y. Neklyudov, O.B. Khristoforova; ed. and comp. D.I. Antonov, O.B. Khristoforova]. Мoscow, 2016. P. 259–275. In Russ.
  • “Earth, Ice and Eyes: Notes to the Mythology of Nganasan.” Power of View: Eyes in Mythology and Iconography. D.I. Antonov. Moscow: RSUH Publ., 2014. (Series Tradition, Text, Folklore: Typology and Semiotics). P. 147–173. In Russ.
  • “’Word of Poison” by Rever. Nifont in the Iconography and Oral Tradition: Transformation of Vision and Visionary Images.” In Umbra: Demonology as a Semiotic System: Almanac. Vol. 3. Resp. Ed. and Comp. D.I. Antonov, O.B. Khristoforova. Moscow: Indrik Publ., 2014. 209–235. In Russ.
  • “Communists as Witches and Wizards as a Communist Party: Reception of Soviet Power in the Old Believer Communities of the Urals.” Mythological Models and Ritual Behavior in the Soviet and Post-Soviet Space: Collection of Articles. A. Arkhipova. Moscow: RSUH Publ., 2013. P. 92–104. In Russ.
  • “The Fallen Roof and the Daughter of the Sorcerer, or about Collectivity of Ideas and Individuality of Interpretations.” Permitted. Prescribed in Folklore. Ed. E.N. Duvakin, Yu.N. Naumov. Moscow: RSUH Publ., 2013. (Series Tradition – text – folklore: typology and semiotics) P. 228–248. In Russ.

Teaching

1998 – present — Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor, Professor at the Educational and Scientific Center for Social Anthropology of the RSUH; Associate Professor, Professor of the Educational and Scientific Center of the typology and semiotics of folklore of the RSUH.

Courses: Social (Cultural) Anthropology, Mythological and Ritual Systems, Sociology and Anthropology of the Spiritual Life, Myth, Symbol, Ritual, Semiotic Methods in the Humanities, Visual Anthropology, Medical Anthropology.

2013 – present — Professor of the School of Contemporary Humanitarian Studies (SCHS), ION RANEPA.

Courses: Ethnology and Social Anthropology, Introduction to General Anthropology, Social Anthropology and Ethnographic Research Methods.

2001–2002 — Guest Lecturer, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Department of Foreign Languages