Kristina Eiviler, MA

Kristina Eiviler, MA

Doctoral student Video Group

Address: Freiestrasse 16, 8032 Zürich

Room number: FRF E 4

kristina.eiviler@uzh.ch

Kristina Eiviler joined the URPP Language and Space in April 2019.


PhD Project: Cross Cultural Analysis of Interaction between People and Unconventional Places and Objects of Veneration

In my research, I apply EMCA methodology on the ethnographical data, to analyze the cross-cultural phenomenon of interaction between people and publicly venerated objects, along with the spacial modifications that emerge as a result of these interactions.
The commonly seen form of the indicated phenomenon is: people touching specific parts of the statues, or stones, for luck. Nonetheless, this phenomenon can attain significantly complex expressions, such as accomplishing more engaging physical contact with the object (sitting, standing, lying, bowing to the object, etc), incorporating other objects to the venerated object (food, flowers, coins, notes, etc), constructing new discourses about the place or institutionalizing it (making it a public facility, organizing touristic venues, etc). Given that these objects are a part of the public landscape and that the interactions occur in mundane settings, the human-object, human-human and the spatial dimensions of the interactions are strongly entangled. Therefore, I examine the embodied forms of the behavior and the semiotic resources of the space which are being activated through these encounters and which might differentiate ritual(ized) from everyday actions. My focus in on naturally-occurring interactions, namely object-cantered sequences and sequences of distinctive spatial practices. I analyze how participants moderate their trajectories, postures, gestures, how they interact with the object and through the object, how the dynamics of these interactions re-shapes spacial dimensions.
In order to answer the research questions, I include disciplines such as linguistic anthropology, material culture studies, sensory anthropology, popular culture studies, urban studies. The data I am currently working on consists of video recordings, audio recordings, photographs, texts and interviews. The significant part was collected in Russia, in the Moscow Metro station “Revolutionary square” with the 76 human-size bronze statues; in the Moscow park Kolomenskoe, with the Gus stone – male stone and the Deviy stone – female stone, and in Pereslavl-Zalessky (Yaroslavl Region), which, thought the years, became a pilgrimage hot-spot due to the Synyi stone, located there.

Supervisor: PD Dr. Klaus Wolfgang Kesselheim

Funding Source: URPP Language and Space

Conferences

Eiviler, K. (2019). "The Touch of Luck: A Case Study on the Practices of Touching
Monuments in Public Spaces in Moscow." 17th Annual Conference of the European
Association for the Study of Religions (EASR)
, Tartu, Estonia.


Eiviler, K. (2019). "Monuments and the Places of Veneration in Moscow: Commemoration, Rituals, Mythology." 19th International School in Folkloristics and Cultural Anthropology, Pereslavl-Zalessky, Russia.


Eiviler, K. (2018). “`Взято – проклято`. Представления о скрытом сокровище:
мифические хранители и способы получения ” (`Seized-Cursed` the Idea of the Hidden Treasure – Mythical Keepers and the Ways of Getting the Treasure). V International Conference Demonology as Semiotic System. Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, Russia.


Eiviler, K. (2018). “Ritual and Theatre: Anthropology of the ‘Theatre of the Oppressed”. II International Scientific Conference Anthropology of Everything for 10 minutes. Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, Russia.


Eiviler, K. (2018). “К вопросу о переводе драматургических текстов на примере пьесы Ивана Вырыпаева `УФО`” (Towards the Problematics of a Theatre Drama Translation, on the example of the Translation of Ivan Vyrypaev`s Drama the `NLO`). III International Scientific Conference for Students Translation – an Object of Scientific Research. Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, Russia.
* Award: winner in the category “The most original and innovative topic”.


Eiviler, K. (2018). “Легенда о невесте из Елашници” (The Legend of the Bride of
Jelasnica). International Conference of the Young Scientists Folklore and Cultural
Anthropology Today.
Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, Russia.


Eiviler, K. (2015). “О нестајању `повлашћених простора`, или: концепција простора у савременим словенским драмама породичне тематике] (: On the Disappearance of the “Privileged Space”, or: The Concept of Space in the Contemporary Slavic Plays Dealing with the Theme of Family). International Conference for Students of Comparative Literature – Prva stran. Faculty of Philosophy, Ljubljana, Slovenia.


Eiviler, K. (2015). “Сатана као антихерој у савременој руској, српској и хрватској
књижевности” (Satan as an (Anti)Hero in the Contemporary Russian, Serbian and Croatian Literature). International Conference for Students of Slavic Studies – Jučer, danas, sutraslavistika. Faculty of Philosophy, Zagreb, Croatia.

Congress

Eiviler, Kristina (2019). "От ужаса к смеху: К прагматике демонологических преданий о тенцах на примере нарративов Тимокского района восточной Сербии." (“From Horror to Laughter: Towards Pragmatics of Demonological Stories about Tenci on the Example of Timok Region in the East Serbia”)13th Congress of Anthropologists and Ethnologists of Russia. Kazan (Russia).

Colloquiums

Eiviler, K (2020). “Cross-Cultural Analysis of Interaction between People and
Unconventional Places and Objects of Veneration”. Colloquium of the Postdoc and PhD students, ISEK - Department of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies. University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.


Eiviler, K (2019). "Analysing Interaction between People, Objects and Places of Veneration" ZuSaM Colloquium (University of Zurich, University of Salzburg, University of Munich). Georg-von-Vollmar-Akademie e.V., Kochel am See, Germany.

Education

2019 – present

PhD in General Linguistics
Video Group, URPP Language and Space
University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

Research topic: Spaces, Object, People: Cross Cultural Analysis of Multimodal Interaction between People and Unconventional Places and Objects of Veneration.
Supervised by PD Dr. Klaus Wolfgang Kesselheim

2017 – 2019

MA in Social Anthropology and Ethnology
Center for Social Anthropology
Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, Russia

Thesis: Monuments and the Places of Veneration in Moscow: Commemoration, Rituals, Mythology.
Supervised by Prof. Dr. Olga Borisovna Hristoforova.

2018 – 2019

MA in Serbian Literature and Language
Faculty of Philosophy, specialization: Folkloristics
University in Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia

Thesis: Contemporary Oral Narratives about Demonic Creatures in the Timok Region.
Supervised by Prof. Dr. Ljiljana Pesikan-Ljustanovic.

2012 – 2018

BA in Russian Language and Literature,
Faculty of Philosophy
University in Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia

2010 – 2015

Faculty of Philosophy
University in Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia

Exchange Studies

January 2017 – June 2017

CEEPUS Student Exchange Program (spring semester)
Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Russian Language and Literature,
University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

September 2016 – January 2017

Erasmus+ Student Exchange Program (winter semester)
Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Slovenian Language and Literature,
University of Maribor, Maribor, Slovenia

Summer Schools

2019

19th International School in Folkloristics and Cultural Anthropology, Pereslavl-Zalessky, Russia.
Center for Contemporary Research, Typology and Semiotics of Folklore
Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, Russia

2017

Let the Youth Play the Lead – Theatre Techniques for Social Problems
Solidarités Jeunesses
“La Maison des Bateleurs”, Montendre, Poitou- Charentes, France.

2014

Summer school of Serbian folklore II (Stara Planina)
Faculty of Philosophy
University of Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia

Workshop Participation

«Open Access and Audiovisual Sources» (2019), November 22-23, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.

Previous projects

2015 – 2017

Protecting the immaterial heritage of the Torlak vernacular, at The Institute for Balkan Studies of Serbian Academy for Sciences and Arts, Museum of Ethnography in Belgrade
Position: researcher
Project leader: Biljana Sikimić

Website of the project: Timočki govori

Grants and Scholarships

2017 – 2019

Russian Ministry of Science and Higher Education Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Students

Fieldwork experience

Jan., Mar., May, Dec. 2019

Moscow and Moscow region, Russia

April – May 2019

Pereslavl-Zalessky, Yaroslavl Region, Russia

May – June 2018

Samara region, Russia

June 2018

Tula region, Russia

July 2018

Zaplanje region, Serbia

2014 – 2017

Timok region, Serbia

Translations and languages

Translations

2020

Zhanar Kusainova “A Bird in the Pocket”, theatre drama (from Russian to English, for the Zurich English-Speaking Theatre).

2018

Матеја Комел Сној, Поезија, коју можемо читати и затворених очију (Mateja Komel Snoj “The Poetry That We Can Read Even with Our Eyes Closed”), literature essay (translation from Slovenian to Serbian). Летопис Матице српске, Књига 503, свескa 4, април 2019.
Link to the translation: http://www.maticasrpska.org.rs/letopis/letopis_503_4/04%20
Komel%20Snoj.pdf

2018

Иван Вирипаjев “НЛО” (Ivan Ivan Vyripaev “NLO”), theatre drama (from Russian to Serbian, for the Theatre of the Student's Cultural Center in Nis, Serbia).

2016

Преснjаков Владимир и Олег “Тероризам” (Presnyakov Vladimir and Oleg “Terrorism”), III act of the theatre drama (from Russian to Serbian, for the “ArtFrakcija” production, Youth Theatre in Novi Sad and Centre for Culture in Inđija, Serbia).

Languages

Serbian (native); English, Russian, Slovenian (fluent); Spanish (intermediate); German, Polish, French (elementary).

Ethnographical documentary movie

2017

Молитва под Миджором” (20`, language: Russian, Serbian)
The short ethnographical documentary “The Prayer under the Midzor Peak” is a result of a field work that I did in 2014, in Timok region (east-central Serbia). It captures the customs that local people perform on the day of the village saint, Saint George (5th May).
The movie was played at the II Festival of Students’ Documentary Movie – Magidov-Fest, organized by Moscow House of Nationalities, in December 2017, Russia.