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 agrees on accelerating climate change with profound environmental impacts, this article unpacks the multidimensionality of the topic locally.

Meyer and Sokolíčková examine climate change as a discourse, analyzing how the local community receives and reproduces the dominant climate change discourse, and comparing it to other narratives about climate change and adaptation. The authors aim to contribute to the growing field of reception studies in anthropology. They conducted ethnographic fieldwork to gather their data, which includes interviews, informal conversations, and importantly, counter-stories that provide nuances and contest the dominant climate change discourse. The authors point to the over-simplification, sensationalism, and (mis)use of the climate discourse for other purposes. They suggest it is essential to listen to such counter-stories to promote fair, inclusive, and transparent climate change politics.

The article 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 […]