Dec 13, 2023: Olga Povoroznyuk Receives sowi:doc Award 2023

Dr. Olga Povoroznyuk, the research coordinator and study region lead for the Russian Arctic in InfraNorth, has received the sowi:doc Award 2023 for her outstanding dissertation project “Soviet infrastructure in the post-Soviet era? Building a railroad and identity along the Baikal–Amur Mainline in East Siberia.”

Dr. Povoroznyuk defended her dissertation at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Vienna, with the supervision of Dr. Peter Schweitzer, in September 2022. Her thesis explores the role of large-scale infrastructure projects as embodiments of state modernization and identity building processes. Drawing on the case study of the Baikal-Amur Mainline, a railroad line built in the 1970s and 1980s in East Siberia, she explores how the railroad shaped socialist communities and identities and how it still remains a powerful medium for transmission of ideologies and memories in the post-socialist politics of identity and emotion. In her railroad ethnography, she introduces the concept of transformative infrastructure to highlight the agency of large-scale projects drawing Indigenous, local and migrant populations into the orbit of modernization. Her research was supported by the FWF project Configurations of “Remoteness”, as well as the ERC Advanced Grant Project InfraNorth.

The Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Vienna grants the sowi:doc Awards annually to recognize excellent research outcomes. These awards are given to three to four doctoral graduates whose theses have been nominated by their supervisors. The primary goal of the sowi:doc Awards is to inspire and encourage these graduates to pursue an academic career.

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Jun 13, 2024: Talk by Olga Povoroznyuk at the sowi:doc 2023 Awards

“We build a railroad and the railroad builds us.” This idea gives title to Olga Povoroznyuk’s upcoming talk at the sowi:doc 2023 Awards ceremony, “Rising voices – social scientists on stage,” which will take place at Sky Lounge (Oskar Morgenstern-Platz 1) on Thursday 13 June at 17:00 CEST. Povoroznyuk, one of this year’s award winners, […]

Peter Schweitzer receives the IASSA Award 2024.

Jun 1, 2024: Peter Schweitzer Receives IASSA Award 2024

The International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA) has granted Peter Schweitzer an Honorary Lifetime Membership Award in recognition of his sustained and significant contribution to Arctic social sciences. The award ceremony took place on June 1, 2024, during the 11th International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS XI) and as part of the Arctic Congress […]

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May 31, 2024: The High North News Features Research by Ria-Maria Adams

The High North News, an independent newspaper published by the High North Center, recently highlighted InfraNorth researcher Ria-Maria Adams’ presentation at the Stormen Concert Hall during the Arctic Congress 2024 Bodø. Her presentation “Entanglements of Arctic Tourism Infrastructures: Imaginaries & Temporality” explored how “imaginary infrastructures” (featuring the elusive aurora hunting and the promotion of imaginary […]

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May 29, 2024: InfraNorth at the Arctic Congress 2024 Bodø

Several InfraNorth team members will participate in the Arctic Congress Bodø 2024 (May 29 – June 3, 2024), which combines the International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS) XI, UArctic Congress 2024, and High North Dialogue 2024. Here is a summary of three sessions convened by team members as well as a number of InfraNorth-related […]

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May 10, 2024: Presentation by Peter Schweitzer at the 2nd Polar Waalem Seminar

InfraNorth’s principal investigator Peter Schweitzer was a guest speaker at the 2nd Polar Waalem Seminar. Under the title “Green Technologies in Climate and Polar Research,” the event was held on May 10 – 11, 2024, at the Waalem estate on the German North Sea island of Föhr. His presentation, “Arctic Residents and Change: Economic Development, […]

May 7, 2024: Talk by Peter Schweitzer at the Arctic Circle Berlin Forum

InfraNorth’s principal investigator Peter Schweitzer gave a talk at the 2024 Arctic Circle Berlin Forum, as part of a session titled “Climate Change in Polar and High-Altitude Regions.” His contribution focused on anthropological perspectives on Arctic and Alpine climate change, including the role of (transport) infrastructures. The session also featured Frederik Paulsen, the board chair […]