Combined Expedition “Karelian Pomorye – 2019”

14 March 2019
The Humanities Innovation Park of PetrSU hosted a presentation of science and education project “Combined Expedition ‘Karelian Pomorye – 2019”.

The Humanities Innovation Park of PetrSU hosted a presentation of science and education project “Combined Expedition ‘Karelian Pomorye – 2019”.

The expedition will embark in summer 2019 and will involve around 50 specialists and students. The presentation convened students, teachers of Petrozavodsk State University, as well as everyone interested in learning more about Karelian Pomorye, its dialect, customs, and culture.

Elena Guseva, the senior teacher of the Department of the Russian Language of the Institute of Philology of PetrSU, addressed those present with a welcoming word. She highlighted that Karelian Pomorye is a special land where life is governed by the laws of the sea, where people are friends with the sea and it reciprocates their feeling.

“Work on the collection of language material on Karelian Pomorye has been done for over 50 years, from 1965 till 2018, and despite the fact that we already have several dictionaries of Pomorye dialect, we should constantly go on expeditions and collect not only words and texts, anecdotes, but also collect information about plants, animals, territories, objects in order to learn how the Pomors live. To this end in summer 2019 we will organize a combined expedition of philologists, biologists, historians, archeologists, and geographers who will study live speech of local citizens, flora and fauna, customs, history of places and objects,” reported Elena Guseva.

The heads of expedition squads told about the activities they plan to implement in the Belomorsky and Kemsky regions of Karelia and islands in the White Sea.

Anzhella Sonina, Associate Professor, Head of the Department of Botany and Physiology of Plants of the Institute of Biology, Ecology and Agricultural Technologies, said that during the expedition a group of biologists will study natural environment on the shore of the White Sea and in the vicinity of the town of Kem and Rabocheostrovsk village.

Sviatoslav Sokolov, research fellow of the Laboratory of Geophysics (Institute of Geology of the Karelian Research Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences) said that his introduction to Pomorye started by a chance: he has bought a tour to the Belomorsky region and liked the islands of the White Sea a lot. Now during the expedition in 2019 together with his colleagues, he will study Kolezhma and other places. Among Sviatoslav’s areas of interest is studying the ancient magnetic field with magnetic samples.

Aleksandr Zhulnikov, Associate Professor of Russian History of the Institute of History, Political and Social Sciences, plans to study objects, ritual places that represent the many years of the history of the Belomorsky region, tales of local citizens, museum collections.

Irina Cherniakova, Associate Professor of the Department of World History, Political Studies and International Relations, Head of the research Laboratory of Local and Microhistory of Karelia at the Humanities Innovation Park, noted that one of the aims of the expedition will be studying and describing “Worthless Barn” in Nyukhcha, museum of various objects and household items collected by enthusiasts in attics, cellars, gutted houses.

Members of the Pitaritsy Russian Song Choir (Petrozavodsk) Tatiana Romankova and Galina Maslova performed a scene “Podruzhenki” based on the tales of Russian writer Stepan Pisakhov. The performance featured Old Northern Russian dialect with signature okanie (retention of unstressed ‘o’) and provincial phrases.

The presentation also involved opening of the exhibition of scientific, popular scientific, regional literature on Karelian Pomorye. The exhibition will be open until March 22 in the Reading Hall of the Scientific Library of PetrSU.


 Institute of Biology, Ecology and Agricultural Technologies

Main building (pr. Lenina, 33), room 363

(814-2) 71-10-75, (814-2) 71-10-79

 Institute of History, Political and Social Sciences

Main building (pr. Lenina, 33), room 303

(814-2) 71-10-74

 Institute of Philology

Main building (pr. Lenina, 33), room 335

(814-2) 71-10-50

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