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Eleanor Peers

Eleanor Peers

Associate Fellow of the HEA, PhD, MA, PgDip, BA Hons

Arctic Information Specialist

Eleanor is an experienced researcher in the Russian Arctic, following postdoctoral fellowships at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and the University of Aberdeen. Her work at SPRI focuses on building up the library's collection, particularly from Russian-language sources, and on enhancing its availability to the wider world.


  • (2020) Eleanor Peers, Aimar Ventsel and Lena Sidorova, 'Voices of the forests, voices of the streets: popular music and modernist transformation in Sakha (Yakutia), Northeast Siberia' in Routledge Handbook of Indigenous Peoples in the Arctic, edited by Timo Koivurova, Else Grete Broderstad, Dorothée Cambou, Dalee Dorough, and Florian Stammler. London: Routledge, pp. 76 - 91.
  • (2019) Eleanor Peers. 'Soviet Kul'tura in post-Soviet identification: the aesthetics of ethnicity in Sakha (Yakutia)', in Lifestyle in Siberia and the Russian North, edited by Joachim Otto Habeck. Cambridge, UK: Open Book Publishers, pp. 257 - 290.
  • (2017) Aimar Ventsel Eleanor Peers and Zoya Tarasova. 'Rep kak sredstvo vyrazheniya sotsial'nykh izmenenii na severo-vostoke Sibiri: Khip-khop, urbanizatsiya i etnichnost' Yakutov (Sakha)' ['Rap as a means of expressing social change in north-east Siberia: Hip-hop, urbanisation and ethnicity in Sakha (Yakutia)'] in Etnograficheskoye Obozreniye. Vol. 1: pp 168–182.
  • (2016) Eleanor Peers 'A nation's glorious heritage as spiritual journey? History making and the Sakha shamanic revival', in History-making in Central Asia: Contemporary Actors and Practices, edited by Svetlana Jacquesson. Weissbaden: Reichert Verlag, pp. 122–138.
  • (2015) Eleanor Peers 'Cartoon epic heroes in indigenous Siberian revival: The meaning of ethnicity in Putin's Russia'. Anthropology Today 31(3): 3–7.
  • (2015) Eleanor Peers 'Soviet-era discourse and Siberian shamanic revivalism: How area spirits speak through academia', in Modern Pagan and Native Faith Movements in Europe: Colonial and Nationalist Impulses, edited by Kathryn Rountree. New York: Berghahn, pp. 110–129.
  • (2015) Eleanor Peers and Stepan Kolodeznikov, 'How to enjoy a teetotal all-night party: Abstinence and identity at the Sakha people's Yhyakh'. Folklore 61: 117–134.
  • (2015) Eleanor Peers with Lyubov' Kolodeznikova, 'The post-colonial ecology of Siberian shamanic revivalism: How do area spirits influence identity politics?'. Worldviews 19: 245–264.
  • (2013) Eleanor Peers 'Sacred missions and national identities: Modernist teleology and personhood in Siberian religious revivalism.' Interstitio. 5(1–2): 92 – 111.
  • (2011) Eleanor Peers 'Conflicting Centres Within the Russian State: Disjuncture and Contradiction in Burjat Newspaper Discourse'. Studies in East European Thought, 63 (2): pp. 123–133.
  • (2009) Eleanor Peers 'Representations of the Buryat in Political and Popular Newspaper Discourse: The Sanctification of Buryat Culture'. Inner Asia, 11 (1): 65–82.
  • (2009) Eleanor Peers 'Editorial Introduction'. Inner Asia, 11 (1): 1–4.
  • (2009) Eleanor Peers 'Sakha Community Leaders and their Historical Mission: The Relevance of Soviet Ideology to Contemporary Sakha Politics'. Sibirica, 8 (1): 75–81.