Jan 10, 2024: Article in the 2023 Lychnos Special Issue on “Arctic Dreams”

Cover of the 2023 yearbook Lychnos: Annual of the Swedish History of Science Society
Lychnos: Annual of the Swedish History of Science Society, 2023

The 2023 edition of the yearbook Lychnos: Annual of the Swedish History of Science Society, published by The Swedish Society for the History of Science and Ideas, has just been released in print and online. This thematic issue on “Arctic Dreams,” co-edited by Janina Priebe and Nina Wormbs, includes an article co-authored by Julie Michelle Klinger, Mia M. Bennett, Ria-Maria Adams, and Eleanor Sophie Armstrong, titled: “The crowded and empty Arctic: Examining research practices, spatial imaginaries, and infrastructures in Kiruna, Sweden.”

In the article, four foreign researchers with research commitments in Kiruna, Sweden, reflexively examine the imaginaries of Kiruna as either empty or crowded while problematizing the Arctic as a homogenous region. While their scholarly interests (mining, space, education, transport infrastructure) and disciplines are distinct, they reflect on how their convergence in the city indicates broader historical shifts in Arctic imaginaries and the political economies of research, which follow and shape climate geopolitics, development, and cultural practices. In the interstices of these currents, the Arctic – imagined as empty and remote from global metropoles – becomes crowded and connected through mobility to and from as well as within the Arctic, which shapes processes of knowledge production.

The full yearbook is open access and can be read online here.

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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 […]