Endaltseva, Alexandra (France)

PhD candidate


  • L'École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), France
  • Linköping University, Sweden
  • PhD candidate


Science and technology studies (STS), medical anthropology, communication for social change, care, patient activism, art and science, ethnographic film, knowledge infrastructures


Alexandra is currently a PhD candidate in Medical Anthropology and Science and Technology Studies within the European framework PHOENIX Erasmus +: Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral Program on Dynamics of Health and Welfare. Working in France and Sweden. She has recently co-founded an international collective Life of Things Project, which latest ethnographic film Nuit(s) Blanche(s) was selected for theater screening at the conference 4S in Sydney and has also made a short list in the national short film competition in France. She is also a co-founder of KM Journal, and an author of COMMintergrum self-guide to mindful communication. Her background is in communication and social movements and in 2015 she has initiated and organized and International Research Conference: “Communication as a discipline and a field: Sharing experiences to construct a dialogue.” in Higher School of Economics in Moscow. Her current academic research interrogates the collective production of chronic illness knowledge within the patient communities. She has lived in Russia, USA, Sweden, and France. Worked in NGOs, academic institutions, copywriter freelance, and as a private consultant. Has global vision and cosmopolitan attitudes. Loves creative writing, rock-climbing, aerial gymnastics, and experimenting with knowledge outputs. 


  • Ендальцева, 2018 ­– Ендальцева А.С. . Disability Studies и поиски «чистой» модели: про швы, невозможность и пространство между глобальным Югом и Глобальным Севером// Обратная сторона Луны, или что мы НЕ знаем об инвалидности: антропологический взгляд/ отв. Ред. А.С. Курленкова, Е.Э. Носенко-Штейн. М.: Издательство МБА. 2018.С.
  • Endaltseva, A., & Mordvinova, M. (2016). Health communication and rhetorical challenges for the anti-smoking policy in Russia. Journal of Communication in Healthcare, 8(4), 325–334. http://doi.org/10.1179/1753807615Y.0000000021
  • Endaltseva, A. (2015). The present state of integrated communication in Russia. Public Relations Review, 41(4), 533–540. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.pubrev.2015.05.015
  • Bachurina, N., Veksler, A., Endaltseva, A., Maracha, V., Matyash, O. (Eds.) (2016). Коммуникация как Дисциплина и Область Знания в Современном Мире: Диалог Подходов [Communication as a Discipline and as a Field in Contemporary World: Dialogue of Approaches]. Moscow: НИУВШЭ [HSE] (in Russian)


  • “Life of Things Project: Piloting antidisciplinary co-creation of knowledge and care” – exhibition within the Making and Doing Program. Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science, August 29-September 1, 2018. Powerhouse museum, Sydney, Australia.
  • “Inside a Patient Organization in Russia: “Not-so-Epic” Story of Maintaining Patient Activism” – Presenter at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science. Panel Life, biopolitics and techno-identities 2, August 29-September 1, 2018. Sydney, Australia.
  • "Life of Things Project": Being useful as a way of knowing” - Presenter at the EASST (European Association for the Study of Science and Technology) annual conference. Meetings – Making Science, Technology and Society together. Panel: Methodography of data practices in STS's ethnographic collaboration and participant observation. July 25-28, 2018. Lancaster, UK.
  • “The diary of becoming responsive: A 4-month leap from life with multiple sclerosis to the Life of Things” – Presenter at the 8th Living Knowledge Conference 2018. Enriching Science and Community Engagement, 30th May – 1st June 2018 in Budapest, Hungary
  • “The toolkit of being useful: Ethnographic engagement with(in) the community of people with shared chronic illness and disability” – Participant at the workshop, Participant Observation and Collaboration in STS Ethnography: Generating Methodographic Sensibilities for Science & Technology Studies, April 12-14, 2018. Berlin, Germany.
  • “Hacking into environment that disables: Dependency work in a community with shared disability and chronic illness” – Presenter at Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S). Track “Sensing the Liveliness of Things and the Fragility of Life: Bringing Care and Maintenance Together,” August 30 – September 2, 2017. Boston, USA.
  • “Know who” of multiple sclerosis in Russia: On dependencies, sharing, and vitalism in association of disabled people ill with multiple sclerosis” – Presenter at EASA Medical Anthropology Network Biennial Conference “Bodies in Transition — Power, Knowledge and Medical Anthropology,” July 5-7, 2017. Lisbon, Portugal.
  • “Can medical anthropology be a tool of health innovation in Russia? The agency and politics of patient expert knowledge” – Presenter at symposium “MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY IN UNSTABLE GLOBALISING WORLD” June 29-July 1, 2017. Moscow, Russia.
  • “Hacking into the ‘matter of care’: On commitments, creative assemblages, and expertise in Russian Multiple Sclerosis Society” – Presenter at Third International Conference “Social Sciences & Health Innovations: Making Health Public,” May 22-24, 2017. Tomsk, Russia.
  •  “Community, matter of care, and being useful: re-narrating RRI with the voice of Russian Multiple Sclerosis Society” – Presenter 16th Annual STS Conference “Critical Issues in Science, Technology and Society Studies.” Track “RRI: How to move on from a concept to real change?” May 8-9, 2017. Graz, Austia.
  •  “Where Pills, Routers, and Care Meet: On Seamful Chronic Disease Knowledge Infrastructures” – Presenter at international conference “Living Infrastructures Beyond Global North and Global South,” April 27-28, 2017. Volgograd, Russia.


Conferencing out and about: Academic Rituals and the Making of Territories

The production of academic knowledge and infrastructures that nurture it are not innocent. They are intertwined with the bigger political and economic systems. Not only do knowledge-making entities make the territory (think of Berkley; Cambridge, etc); but there is also a peculiar interaction between the knowledge-making networks and the territorial branding. Consider most prominent academic conferences: typically, they function as a meeting spot for the international  academic networks that hold an expert position in the field. They happen every year or biannually and roam through the countries to be both, inclusive and entertaining for the network members. Yet, what is the relationship between this roaming process and the making of territories? This talk is an auto-ethnographic exploration of how academic rituals, such as conference participation, make and are made by the territories. Grounding myself in personal experience of conference choice, participation, and organization, I aim to address the following questions: How do territories emerge on the conference websites? How the locality and globality are being negotiated? What is the imprint of the territory in the image of academic network? What is the imprint of knowledge-making network in the territorial image?

Keywords: Academic rituals, glocality, conferences, academic networks, territorial brand

PhD candidate