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Land and Frontier in Small Space Museums

[Krai i frontir v malykh muzeiakh kosmosa]

DOI: https://doi.org/10.31857/S0869541522050013


Type of publication: Research Article

Submitted: 30.07.2022

Accepted: 13.09.2022

About author(s)

Denis Sivkov | https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1645-9604 | d.y.sivkov@gmail.com | Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (82/1 Prospect Vernadskogo, Moscow, 119571, Russia)


outer space, space museum, local community, grassroot, local community, DIY, native land, frontier, earthlings, countrymen, countrywomen


The article considers the prospects for research in small space museums. On the basis of ethnographic data, obtained in a multimodal way within the anthropology of space frame, the representation of the “last frontier” in small Russian museums is analyzed. I focus on grassroots initiatives in exhibitions of space exploration and exploration. Representatives of local communities, active visitors, mundane and DIY objects, and even spirits together create a marked tension between the finite place – native land – and the infinite space. Representations of the final frontier in small museums allow visitors and community members to feel both earthlings as inhabitants of Earth, and earthlings as inhabitants of the native land at the same time.

Funding Information

This research has been funded by the Science Committee of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan [grant no. AP08856485]


Sivkov, D.Y. 2022. Krai i frontir v malykh muzeiakh kosmosa [Native Land and Frontier in Small Space Museums]. Etnograficheskoe obozrenie 5: 5–21. https://doi.org/10.31857/S0869541522050013 EDN: HZFVLO

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