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.

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 […]