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Arctic knowledges

Research in this sub-theme is concerned with knowledge construction in and of the Arctic, with regards to ethnographies of science, histories of geographical thought, indigenous cosmologies and ontologies, polar geopolitics, cryopolitics and regional governance. A key interest is to problematize what is understood, framed and articulated as "the Arctic" in public, political, and scientific discourses. Many projects in this sub-theme are associated with the Scott Polar Research Institute.

Research projects

Research projects currently being undertaken on this theme include:

ORHELIA: 'Oral History of Empires by Elders in the Arctic'

ORHELIA: 'Oral History of Empires by Elders in the Arctic'

The Orhelia project develops a comparative history of relations between remote people and states in the eyes of Arctic indigenous elders, by using the method of life history analysis and oral history fieldwork combined with anthropological participant observation. Doing so, the project will also contribute to preserve incorporeal cultural heritage among Uralic speaking northern minorities of Europe and study the transmission of historical heritage between different generations.

Spectral Geographies of Arctic Exploration

Spectral Geographies of Arctic Exploration

People from western cultures who visit the Arctic enter places that have been imagined as somehow ghostly and dreamy. Ice, wilderness, and sublime register as keywords in a Eurocentric vocabulary that continues to inform how we think about what is Arctic and what is not Arctic. Why is this? and where do these ‘spectral geographies’ come from? This project takes seriously material histories of the apparently immaterial – dreams and reveries of air, earth, water, and the ghosts that haunt the Arctic.

Earlier projects