Stephan Dudeck is an anthropologist working at the European University at Saint Petersburg (Russia), the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland (Finland) and the Centre of Arctic and Siberian Exploration at the Sociological Institute of the Federal Center of Theoretical and Applied Sociology of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He has established close collaborations with Siberian indigenous peoples and conducted long-term anthropological fieldwork with Siberian reindeer herding communities.
Stephan Dudeck completed his dissertation on the persistence of reindeer herders’ lifestyles in Western Siberia at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany in 2011. Since 1993 he regularly visits Khanty and Nenets reindeer herders living on the oil fields of Western Siberia in the Khanty-Mansi and the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Districts. Among his major interests in the anthropology of indigenous groups in the Arctic are the herders’ neo-traditional and nativistic movements, their adaptation to technological change and practices of hiding and avoidance. His scientific publications deal with reindeer pastoralism, the relationship of indigenous people and oil-companies, indigenous rights, the preservation of indigenous languages and traditional knowledge, and the methodology of anthropological action research.
He has worked for various international NGOs on indigenous issues in Siberia. He presented his photographic work at several exhibitions in ethnographic museums and galleries, e.g. in Berlin, Leipzig, Halle, Frankfurt and Göttingen. For the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences he has done research on the Siberian expedition of Wolfgang Steinitz, a renowned linguist of Finno-Ugric languages. He has worked as a consultant for several ethnographic films on Western Siberian reindeer herders.