Adventure Siberia, 90 minutes documentary

Workers on the Trans-Siberian Railway construction. Screenshot from the recent Siberia documentary
Workers on the Trans-Siberian Railway construction. Screenshot from the recent Siberia documentary

TV channel ZDF (second German state channel) screened over the holiday a two-part documentary on Siberia and the fascination that this huge land mass has had on researchers, business people and other adventurers. The programme can be watched online via the media library of the TV channel as PART ONE and PART TWO. The film introduces to some figures of Siberian research starting with Georg Wilhelm Steller in the 19th century and ending with contemporary researchers from vulcanology, nature conservation and – anthropology. Anthropology research team member Florian Stammler was one of these figures. The programme also comes with lots of accompanying material on the website, among others also links to Arctic Centre and arcticanthropology. Continue reading “Adventure Siberia, 90 minutes documentary”

New gas and old worries in the Arctic – BBC radio Crossing continents

The BBC’s Lucy Ash interviewing Grigori Ledkov, one of two Nenets herder-descendants who made it in to the Russian Parliament in December

Florian Stammler took a group of the BBC to his field site in Yamal, West Siberia, for a programme on herders and the gas industry. It was a challenging trip where we had planned much more than could be achieved in the end, but the programme that you can listen here still highlights some of the crucial questions. Since the time they get on radio and TV is really short, they’ve also put some related stuff on their website, one programme about the ‘dead railway’, Stalin’s GULAG project 501 that should connect the Polar Urals region with the Yenisey region (where the big Norilsk Nickel smelter is) back in the 1950s. There will be also a TV programme with a slightly different orientation on BBC World news in early June. Comments welcome!