Reporter 434, 29 March 1999

New arts funding for Siberian study

The exploitation of 'Siberia's Switzerland' for adventure holidays is included in the first University research funded by the new Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB).

David Collins in the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies is studying the geography, ethnography, archaeology, history and present condition of the Gornyi or Mountain Altai, a spectacular mountainous region in Siberia. The area's semi-nomadic people are trying to establish their own non-Russian republic and rediscover their heritage.

The grant will also enable him to investigate archive materials in Glasgow, Cambridge, Birmingham and London, which are not available in Leeds, concerning a second Altai region, the Altai Krai. "Both regions have environmental problems and are struggling to emerge into the post-Soviet era," said Dr Collins.

Other AHRB research at the University includes a study of Chinese and Japanese nationalism in the 1980s and 1990s, carried out by Caroline Rose in East Asian Studies, and an analysis of labour and taxation by Richard Whiting in history.

The newly-formed AHRB has announced over 300 awards totalling £4.6m in its first round. The University received over £117,000 of this.

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