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Critical Reflections on the “Vernacular Museum”

[Polemicheskie rassuzhdeniia o “vernakuliarnom muzee”]

DOI: https://doi.org/10.31857/S0869541523060088


Type of publication: Research Article

Submitted: 25.08.2023

Accepted: 12.09.2023

About author(s)

Roman Abramov | https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4967-1169 | socioportal@yandex.ru | National Research University Higher School of Economics (20 Myasnitskaya St., Moscow, 101000, Russia) | Institute of Sociology of FCTAS, Russian Academy of Sciences (5 bld. 1 Bolshaia Andron’evskaia St., 109544, Moscow, Russia)

Dmitriy Baranov | https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4129-7771 | dmitry.baranov@list.ru | Russian Museum of Ethnography (4/1 Inzhenernaia Str., St. Petersburg, 191186, Russia)

Ivan Grinko | https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1594-0244 | grinkoi@mgpu.ru | Moscow City University (4 Vtoroy Selskohoziajstvenny proezd, Moscow, 129226, Russia)

Pavel Kupriyanov | http://orcid.org/0000-0001-9856-3159 | kuprianov-ps@yandex.ru | Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy of Sciences (32a Leninsky prospekt, Moscow, 119991, Russia)

Irina Sleptsova (Kyzlasova) | https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9058-1464 | i_kyzlasova@iea.ras.ru | Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy of Sciences (32a Leninsky prospekt, Moscow, 119991, Russia)

Elena Chesnokova | https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9815-3042 | chesnokova.eg33@gmail.com | independent researcher (Vladimir, Russia)


amateur museum, vernacular museum, folk museumification, grassroots initiatives, individual museum-building practice, museum classification, new museology, terminological consistency


The article presents a critical discussion of the essay, “Vernacular Museum: Toward the Definition of the Concept” (Vernakuliarnyi muzei: k opredeleniiu poniatiia), by I.S. Sleptsova (Kyzlasova) and E.G. Chesnokova who argue in favor of introducing a special term for the description of grassroot practices of museum building arising in today’s social contexts. Drawing on the uses of the term vernacular in various fields of humanities, the authors of the essay suggest that these grassroot practices be viewed as aimed at representing individual interests, as well as one of the ways of self-actualization. The contributors scrutinize and debate their arguments, examining the case within the broader context of museum studies.

Funding Information

Russian Science Foundation, https://doi.org/10.13039/501100006769 [grant number 22-78-10098] (recipient R.N. Abramov)
Russian Science Foundation, https://doi.org/10.13039/501100006769 [grant number 23-28-00250] (recipients I.S. Sleptsova (Kyzlasova), E.G. Chesnokova)


Abramov, R.N., D.A. Baranov, I.A. Grinko, P.S. Kupriyanov, I.S. Sleptsova (Kyzlasova), and E.G. Chesnokova. 2023. Polemicheskie rassuzhdeniia o “vernakuliarnom muzee” [Critical Reflections on the “Vernacular Museum”]. Etnograficheskoe obozrenie 6: 111–138. https://doi.org/10.31857/S0869541523060088 EDN: MOQOBD

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