Alla Anisimova earned a Master of Arts in sociology from the University of Lancaster in 1995. She is currently a senior lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Novosibirsk State University, where she teaches sociology of organizations. She has published a number of articles on organizational culture and cross-cultural communication in international companies in Russia. In 2005, together with Olga Echevskaya, she initiated and headed a three-year international educational research project “Social Identities in Transforming Societies,” supported by the Open Society Institute. Her current research examines notions of Siberian regional identity as social and cultural phenomena.

Olga Echevskaya received her degree of Candidate of Sciences in sociology in 2010 from Novosibirsk State University. She currently holds the position of associate professor in the Department of Sociology at Novosibirsk State University, teaching courses on cultural studies, identity studies, sociology of consumption, and computer-assisted analysis of qualitative and quantitative data. In 2005, together with Alla Anisimova, she initiated and coordinated a three-year international educational research project “Social Identities in Transforming Societies,” supported by the Open Society Institute. She has published a monograph Consumption and Distinction: Meanings and Practices of Consumption in Russian Cities (Novosibirsk: Institute of Economics and Industrial Engineering, Russian Academy of Sciences, 2011) and series of articles on social inequalities and consumption, poverty, and regional identities. She is also working as a researcher at the Institute of Economics and Industrial Engineering (Russian Academy of Sciences, Siberian Branch), participating in research projects on social inequality, poverty, social mobility, regional identities, and cross-border relations in the region of southern Siberia.

Alexander Kondakov is a sociologist and researcher at the Centre for Independent Social Research in St. Petersburg. In 2010, Kondakov obtained his Masters of Arts in sociology of law from the International Institute for the Sociology of Law. He is a member of the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on Sociology of Law. Since 2012, Kondakov has been vice president of the St. Petersburg Association of Sociologists. His research interests include the sociology of human rights, sexuality and citizenship, subjective strategies of political action, and discourse analysis.

Francisco Martínez is a PhD candidate in anthropology at the Estonian Institute of Humanities, Tallinn University. He majored in journalism (BA, Universidad Complutense de Madrid), studied international economy and cooperation for development (MA, Higher Institute of Economics, Lisbon), and did graduate work in Russian studies (Moscow School of Diplomacy MGIMO and St. Petersburg State University). Martínez had worked as a journalist in Berlin, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Istanbul, and Lisbon, publishing over 500 articles and producing 140 video reports and 40 radio programs. He was also awarded scholarships by several European universities. He is a coeditor of Playground: The Whereabouts of Play (Tallinn University Press, in press).

Amandine Regamey, PhD, is a lecturer in Russian language and civilization at the University of Paris I (Pantheon Sorbonne) and is a research associate at the Centre for Russian, Caucasian, and Central European Studies (CERCEC, EHESS, Paris/CNRS). She has been conducting research on the Chechen war since 1999, focusing on violence against civilians, especially women, as well as on war rumors and war legends. She is a regular contributor to and member of the editorial board of The Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies ( Regamey has published articles in the volume Democracies at War against Terrorism, edited by Samy Cohen (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), in collaboration with Anne Le Huérou, and in the collection Rape in Wartime, edited by Raphaelle Branche and Fabrice Virgili (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).

Hugo Reinert received his PhD from the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, in 2009, where he worked on the modernization of indigenous reindeer pastoralism in northern Norway. Currently he is a research fellow at the Department of International Environment and Development Studies (NORAGRIC), Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB), and a senior researcher at the Estonian Institute of Humanities (EHI), Tallinn University. His principal research interests lie in the areas of human-nonhuman relations, critical extinction studies, and the anthropology of global environmental change. He is currently working on two projects: a collaborative study of pastoral landuse conflicts in northern Norway, funded by the Research Council of Norway (RCN), and an ethnographic study of the sacrificial geographies of mining in the indigenous Arctic, funded by the Estonian Research Council (ETAG).