Save the emptiness

The “Pole” report on Vorkuta – “one of the depressed and dying small towns of Russia” through the eyes of journalist Maksim Polyakov who used to live there and wanted to share what “polar childhood” was like. The website invites the public to share their childhood stories.

From the report: “Maxim and I are standing in the entrance vestibule of the Art Center for Children and Youth in Vorkuta. This vestibule is the passage between the street and the Art Center, it allows you to retain warmth in the building. The vestibule is not heated, but at least the icy wind does not blow there, and you can warm yourself for a while. In general, everyone says that we were very lucky with the weather: it’s only minus twenty-five centigrade outside.”

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If you would like to find out more about the project or contribute a blog on a resonant aspect of your own research to the Field Reports section of our website, please get in touch by writing to emptiness@anthro.ox.ac.uk.