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.

Logo of the EASA 2024 Conference in Barcelona

Feb 12, 2024: InfraNorth’s Participation at EASA 2024 Conference in Barcelona

InfraNorth team members will participate in the EASA Biennial Conference. With the theme “Doing and Undoing with Anthropology,” the event will take place at the University of Barcelona (July 23 – 26, 2024). Philipp Budka and Katrin Schmid, along with Raphael Deberdt from the Colorado School of Mines and Jolynna Sinanan from the University of […]

Listen to Episode 6, Season 2 of the “Borders & Belonging” podcast hosted by the CERC in Migration and Integration at Toronto Metropolitan University.

Jan 31, 2024: Timothy Heleniak on the “Borders & Belonging” Podcast

Timothy Heleniak has been featured on the “Borders & Belonging” podcast (Episode 6, Season 2), hosted by Maggie Perzyna, a researcher with the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration, Toronto Metropolitan University. During the podcast, he highlighted the InfraNorth project and talked about his fieldwork in the Faroe Islands, when asked about the […]

Arctic Frontiers 2024 Conference in Tromsø, Norway.

Jan 31, 2024: Presentation by Ria-Maria Adams at the Arctic Frontiers 2024 Conference

Ria-Maria Adams will participate in the Arctic Frontiers 2024: Action & Reactions conference in Tromsø, Norway (Jan 29 – Feb 01, 2024). Her presentation “Young, Rural Stayers in Finnish Lapland: Decision-Making, Infrastructures & Wellbeing” will be part of the panel Empowering Arctic Citizens for Involvement in Decision-Making. Part 3, on Wednesday Jan 31, 2024 (11:30 […]

Elena Davydova

Jan 25, 2024: The Doctoral School Approves Elena Davydova’s Dissertation Project

Elena Davydova’s doctoral dissertation project has been approved by the advisory board of the Vienna Doctoral School of Social Sciences (ViDSS), University of Vienna, after a successful Fakultätsöffentliche Präsentation. In this public presentation of PhD thesis projects, candidates present their research proposals and their related ethical considerations to the faculty staff. It is an important […]

Alexandra Meyer

Jan 25, 2024: Alexandra Meyer Successfully Defends Her Doctoral Dissertation

Alexandra Meyer has successfully defended her PhD thesis “Arctic Change: An Ethnography of Entangled Climatic and Societal Transformations in Longyearbyen, Svalbard” at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna. Her thesis addresses how people in Longyearbyen, Svalbard perceive, live with, and adapt to entangled socio-economic and climatic change change. The research was […]