November 20, 2021: ASEEES Roundtable on Siberian and Northern Studies

Olga Povoroznyuk and Peter Schweitzer will be talking about the anthropology of transport infrastructures in the North at the 2021 Convention of the American Society of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies in New Orleans, USA. The roundtable discussion “Searching for Siberia: Interdisciplinary Approaches and Transnational Perspectives” will take place on Saturday, November 20, 2021, from 2:00 pm to 3:45pm CST (9:00 pm to 10:45pm CET) in person.

The participants of the roundtable, including anthropologists, historians and linguists from the USA, Russia and Austria, will discuss new research topics and approaches within the studies of Siberia and the North.

See details in the online program

Joint review article on roads and railways led by Olga Povoroznyuk, published in Arctic Science journal

Interdisciplinary review article on social and environmental consequences of roads and railways led by Olga Povoroznyuk with contributions from W. Vincent, P. Schweitzer and a few other Arctic scholars is now accessible online in the Canadian journal “Arctic Science” https://cdnsciencepub.com/doi/full/10.1139/as-2021-0033 The article features six Arctic case studies and is a result of collaboration between social […]

InfraNorth session at the Arctic Circle conference in Reykjavik on October 15, 2022

Peter Schweitzer, Olga Povoroznyuk and Timothy Heleniak presented their recent research at the InfraNorth session “Arctic Transport Infrastructures and Sustainable Communities” at one of the largest conferences on Arctic policy and research taking place annually in Reykjavik, Iceland. The session was well-attended by researchers, indigenous leaders, representatives of NGOs and governmental bodies from different countries […]

Olga Povoroznyuk has defended her PhD-Thesis

On September 19, 2022, Olga Povoroznyuk successfully defended her PhD dissertation “Soviet Infrastructure in the Post-Soviet Era? Building a Railroad and Identity along the Baikal–Amur Mainline in East Siberia”. Her cumulative dissertation introduces the notion of transformative infrastructure and focuses on the role of large-scale infrastructures as articulations of state modernization and identity building. The […]

June 14-15, 2022: InfraNorth Workshop “Arctic Infrastructures: Histories of Exploration, Colonization and Industrial Development”

The Arctic, which often has been recognized by residents of temperate climate zones for its supposed unspoiled nature, has a long history of colonization, urbanization and industrial exploitation. From the days of Arctic whaling to gold rushes and oil booms, the Arctic has a rich legacy of built environment serving as infrastructure mainly for non-arctic […]