With rags to riches – ‘oligarchs from below’ in post-Soviet realm.
Session: Based on the ethnographic visit to the community of the Mountain (Juhuro) Jews in Azerbaijan in summer 2019, this talk discusses the rise to prominence of this small and geographically marginal Jewish population speaking a Farsi dialect.
Bio: Vera Skvirskaja is an anthropologist. She has worked in Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, China and Uzbekistan. Her research interests include post-socialist society, cosmopolitanism, economy, gender and migration. She has co-edited a volume on ‘Post-Cosmopolitan Cities: Explorations of urban coexistence’ (2012).