Associate Professor of Folkloristics (on maternal leave)
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Anastasiya Astapova defended her PhDs on student humor (Academy of Sciences, Russia 2016) and Belarusian political folklore and nationalism (University of Tartu, Estonia 2015). She has published extensively on these and related topics (e.g. in Journal of Baltic Studies, Ethnologia Europaea, Journal of American Folklore, Journal of Folklore Research, Nationalities Papers, HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research, Names: A Journal of Onomastics, etc.) and taught courses related to these topics in Belgrade University, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Indiana University, Charles University in Prague, Russian State University for the Humanities, Stockholm University, Umea University, Sodertörn University, and other universities. In 2017–2018, she was a postdoctoral visiting fellow at the Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Uppsala University. At the moment, Astapova is a senior researcher in Estonian Research Council Project “Performative Negotiations of Belonging in Contemporary Estonia” and a board member of European Cooperation in Science and Technology project “Comparative Analysis of Conspiracy Theories”. She is also a board member of the Estonian Young Academy of Sciences. Her major research interests include humor, everyday life in authoritarian regimes, rumor and conspiracy theories, migration and refugees, ethnic integration and segregation, language policy and ideology.
Methods of Data Collection and Analysis
Migration and Refugees
Political Folklore and Nationalism
Vernacular Expressions and Analytic Categories
Theoretical Conceptualizations of Folklore and Cultural Heritage
(2021) A. Astapova. Humor and Rumor in the Post-Soviet Authoritarian State. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield.
(2021) A. Astapova, E. Bergmann, A. Dyrendal A. Rabo, K. Rasmussen, H. Thorisdottir. Conspiracy Theories and the Nordic Countries. London and New York: Routledge.
(2020) A. Astapova, C. Pintilescu, O. Colacel, and T. Scheibner (eds.). Conspiracy Theories in Eastern Europe: Tropes and Trends. London and New York: Routledge.
(2018) The First Book of Jewish Jokes. The Collection of L.M. Büschenthal. Edited by E. Oring. With annotations by A. Astapova, T. Sebba-Elran, E. Oring, D. Ben-Amos, L. Privalskaya, and I. Akerbergs. Bloomington, Indianapolis: Indiana University Press.
Peer-reviewed journal articles:
Astapova, A.; Navumau, V.; Nizhnikau, R.; Polishchuk, L. (2021). Cooptation of Civil Society by Authoritarian Regime: The Case of Belarus. Europe Asia Studies (in print).
Astapova, A. (2020). Soviet Meta-jokes: Tradition and Continuity. The European Journal of Humour Research 8(3): 60–82.
Astapova, A. (2020). Ferroconcrete Cases, Sausage Migrants, and Santa Barbara: Self-reflexive Metaphors among Russian-speaking Refugees in Estonia. Journal of Baltic Studies 51(1): 87–103.
Astapova, A., Navumau V. (2018). Veyshnoria: A Fake Country in the Midst of Real Information Warfare. Journal of American Folklore, 131(522): 435–443.
Astapova, A. (2017). When the President Comes: Potemkin Order as an Alternative to Democracy in Belarus. Ethnologia Europaea 47(2): 57–71.
Astapova, A. (2017). Rumor, Humor, and Other Forms of Election Folklore in Non-Democratic Societies: The Case of Belarus. Folklore 69: 15–48.
Astapova, A. (2017). In Search for Truth: Surveillance Rumors and Vernacular Panopticon in Belarus. Journal of American Folklore 130(517): 276–304.
Astapova, A. Valk, Ü.; Astapova, A.; Seljamaa, E. (2017). Interview with Professor Simon J. Bronner. Journal of Ethnology and Folkloristics 11 (2): 137−143.
Astapova, A. (2016). Counter-hegemony in Today’s Belarus: Dissident Symbols and Mytholigical Figure of Miron Vitebskii. Nationalities Papers 44(5): 713–730.
Astapova, A. (2016). Political Biography: Incoherence, Contestation, and the Hero Pattern Elements in the Belarusian Case. Journal of Folklore Research 53(2): 31–62.
Astapova, A. (2015). Why All Dictators Have Moustaches: Political Jokes in Contemporary Belarus. HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research 28(1): 71–91.
Astapova, A. (2015). Political Cartoon at the Service of West Belarusian Left Wing Movement: The Journal “Malanka” (1926–28). Journal of Belarusian Studies 7(3): 7–41.
Astapova, A. (2014). “Вот народ, без батьки уже и картошку перебрать не могут”: белорусские политические и этнические анекдоты [“These people are not even able to sort potatoes without me”: Belarusian political and ethnic jokes]. Антропологический форум [Anthropological forum] 21: 252–294.
Astapova, A. (2013). De-Abbreviations: From Soviet Union to Contemporary Belarus. Names. A Journal of Onomastics 61(3): 159–167.
Astapova, A., Panchenko, A. (2012). «Куда вы, шлюхи»: герои современных анекдотов и миграция фольклорных сюжетов [“Where are you heading, whores?”: Characters of contemporary jokes and the migration of folklore types]. Антропологический форум. [Anthropological forum] 16: 333–348.
Astapova, A. (2021). In Pursuit of Nationhood: The Search for Lost Manuscripts in Post-Soviet Countries. In B. Carver, T. Hristov, D. Craciun (eds). Plots: Literary Forms and Contemporary Culture. Routledge (in print).
Astapova, A. (2021). In Quest of the Lost Masterpieces, Ethnic Identity, and Democracy: The Belarusian Case. In M. Bowman, Ü. Valk (eds.) Contesting Authority: Vernacular Knowledge and Alternative Beliefs. Equinox (in print).
Astapova, A. (2020). Chernobyl Conspiracy Theories: From American Sabotage to the Biggest Bluff of the Century. In Anastasiya Astapova, Corneliu Pintilescu, Onoriu Colacel, and Tamas Scheibner (eds.). Conspiracy Theories in Eastern Europe: Tropes and Trends. Routledge, 29–47.
Astapova, A., Pintilescu, C., Colacel, O.; Scheibner, T. (2020). Introduction. In: A. Astapova, C. Pintilescu, O. Colacel, and T. Scheibner (eds.). Conspiracy Theories in Eastern Europe: Tropes and Trends. Routledge, 1–26.
Astapova, A. (2020). Rumours, Urban Legends, and the Verbal Transmission of Conspiracy Theories. In Butter, Michael and Peter Knight (eds). Routledge Handbook of Conspiracy Theories. Routledge, 391–400.
Astapova, A. (2019). He Who Must not be Named: (Nick)names for the Authoritarian Leader. In P. Hakamies and A. Heimo (eds.) Folkloristics in the Digital Age. Helsinki: Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia; Academia Scientiarum Fennica, FF Communications 513, 56–72.
Astapova, A. (2019). How to Pronounce “Belarusian”? Negotiating Identity through Naming. In A. Polese, J. Morris, E. Pawlusz and O. Seliverstova (eds.) The National in Everyday Life. Identity and Nation¬-Building in Post¬-Socialist Life. London and New York: Routledge, 131–145.
Astapova, A. (2014). «Игрушко митингуэ!»: наномитинг в России и Беларуси [“A Toy Protests“: The Nanomeeting in Contemporary Russia and Belarus]. In A. Arkhipova and M. Alekseevsky (eds.) Мы не немы [We are not numb]. Tartu: Estonian Literary Museum, University of Tartu, 293–306.
Astapova, A. (2013). Про пятак под пяткой [About the coin under the heel]. In A. Arkhipova and J. Fruchtman (eds.). Фетиш и табу: антропология денег в России [Fetish and Taboo: Anthropology of Money in Russia]. Moscow: OGI, 225–240.
- 2018–2021: PSG48 Performative Negotiations of Belonging in Contemporary Estonia
- 2016: Tartu University basic funding project “Folkloristic perspectives on asylum-seekers in Estonia: from vernacular debates to refugees’ experiences”
- 2016–2020: CA15101 COST Action Comparative Analysis of Conspiracy Theories, board member
- 2016–2018: SISUMMA, Social Initiative of Support to Minorities through Media-Activism (European Commission)
- 2012: ETF9190 Alternative Discourse of Belief: Folkloristic Perspectives (ERC), member
- 2012: SF0180139s08 Folklore and Society: Tradition Memory, Creativity, Applications (ERC), member
- 2011–2013: ETF8149 Cultural Processes in the Changing Society: Tradition and Creativity in Post-Socialist Humor (ERC), member