Feb 27, 2024: Ria-Maria Adams Successfully Defends Her Doctoral Dissertation

Ria-Maria Adams successfully defended her doctoral dissertation
Ria-Maria Adams successfully defended her doctoral dissertation

Ria-Maria Adams has successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis “The Quest for Good Life: Well-Being of Young People in Finnish Lapland” at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna under the supervision of Peter Schweitzer (University of Vienna) and Florian Stammler (University of Lapland). Janina Kehr (University of Vienna) and Joachim Otto Habeck (University of Hamburg) acted as examiners and Cornelia Staritz (University of Vienna) chaired the public defence.

In her dissertation, Ria-Maria focuses on young people’s perspectives on well-being in northern Finland. She highlights the importance of anthropological contributions to studies on Arctic youth and urges a more nuanced understanding of young people’s aspirations when they are in the process of deciding whether to stay in or leave their rural hometowns. This research was mainly supported by the uni:docs fellowship program of the University of Vienna. The research was completed while working for the ERC Advanced Grant project InfraNorth [Project ID: 885646]. This work was also partly supported by the WOLLIE project funded by the Academy of Finland [Project ID: 314471], as well as the Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland, which granted her a guest researcher status for the entire time of her research.

Call for Papers: InfraNorth Workshops at VANDA Conference 2024

Apr 5, 2024: Call for Papers for InfraNorth Workshops at VANDA 2024

The 4th Vienna Anthropology Days – VANDA conference, which will be held at the University of Vienna (23 – 26 September 2024), has just opened its call for papers. Three InfraNorth-related sessions are included: Philipp Budka, Giuseppe Amatulli, and Ria-Maria Adams are organizing the workshop “Building Tomorrow: Exploring Infrastructures and Futurities.” The workshop invites contributors […]

Cover of "Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology"

Mar 27, 2024: Article by Alexandra Meyer and Zdenka Sokolíčková in “Ethnos”

The latest issue of Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology has published the article ‘Melting Worlds’ and ‘Climate Myths’: Diverging Stories of Climate Change in Longyearbyen, an Arctic ‘Frontline Community’ by Alexandra Meyer and Zdenka Sokolíčková. Climate change is a powerful story in Longyearbyen, the largest settlement on Svalbard in the high Arctic. While most natural science […]

Mar 24, 2024: Newspaper article in the Finnish public broadcaster Yle Uutiset

In a recent newspaper article, titled “Radically ordinary life” (in Finnish: Radikaalin tavallinen elämä), the Finnish national public broadcaster Yle Uutiset features an interview with Ria-Maria Adams about young people who have decided to stay in their rural hometowns. The piece also draws on her joint article with Teresa Komu. According to Adams’ Ph.D. research, […]

Arctic Science Summit Week 2024

Mar 22, 2024: InfraNorth Presentations at ASSW 2024

Olga Povoroznyuk, Alexandra Meyer, and Peter Schweitzer will represent InfraNorth at the Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) 2024 in Edinburgh, participating as part of the IASC Social and Human Working Group (SHWG). Their presentations are scheduled to take place during the SHWG open session on March 22, 2024, from 10:30 to 15:30 GMT at St […]