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Dr Piers Vitebsky

Dr Piers Vitebsky

Assistant Director of Research (Retired), Scott Polar Research Institute

Research Interests

Current core fields of research on Siberia and the Arctic:

  • Space and distance: trajectories of nomads, shamans, traders and aviators
  • Reindeer-herders and their ecologies
  • Changing religions: divinity, experience and politics
  • Family dynamics and cross-cultural psychotherapy
  • Ethnicity and regionalism
  • Oil, gas and society

Other areas of research: indigenous peoples of tropical forests, especially in tribal India; the ancient Greek world; indigenous religions, especially forms of shamanism; psychological anthropology and comparative psychotherapy; memory and forgetting; psychobiography, continuity and transmission; philology and poetics of oral traditions; narrative and dialogue, myth and ritual