New Intern at Arctic Centre Rovaniemi

Léon Fuchs, from Versailles

Léon Fuchs, from Versailles

My name is Léon Fuchs and I will soon be 24 years old. I am a new intern at the Arctic Centre and I will stay in Rovaniemi until August 2015.

I will work with Dr. Anna Stammler Gosmann in the Anthropology Team. I come from France, but I have also lived two years in Sweden and a few months in Ireland.

I have a background in “Languages and Culture” (Strasbourg, France), and “Peace and Development Studies” (Växjö, Sweden). I am currently furthering my education with a second Master’s Degree in “Arctic Studies”, proposed by the University of Versailles, France. Continue reading

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Why do reindeer nomads migrate at night in spring?

Anybody who has moved on a sledge, or even snowmobile, in spring in the Arctic, knows the answer to that question.

Perfect migration condition in spring

Perfect migration condition in spring: why burn twice as much fuel or calories moving while the snow is soft?

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Mobile Roots – Rethinking Indigenous and Transnational ties

The University of Lapland invites proposals for workshops for this interesting conference, in October 2015. I think we Arctic Anthropologists have a lot to say about this! Would someone like to propose a workshop, or then later submit a paper?

Mobility and roots: Taxi tank on Yamal 2011

Mobility and roots: Taxi tank on Yamal 2011

12th International ETMU Days conference 22–23 October 2015 University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland

Conference theme:

Mobility across borders is an everyday feature of life for many people across the globe. Continue reading

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Seminar: Arctic fish-fishers-fisheries: scientific and local knowledge convergence

February 16-17 2015, Thule room, Arctic Centre

Arctic Centre (University of Lapland, Rovaniemi) organizes 3rd workshop in the series ‘Arctic Ocean and coastal communities’ on February 16-17, 2015. The workshop is a great opportunity to bring together local and academic knowledge and in this way deepen our knowledge about Arctic fisheries.

Seminar is part of the EU ACCESS project – Arctic Climate Change Economy and Society.

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Arctic Ark: new project on animal breeds, species and human practices in the Arctic

We are very happy to announce that we started working on a new project funded within the Finnish Academy’s Arctic programme, called

Eveny reindeer, courtesy of Narya Starostina, Eveno-Bytantay, Yakutia

Eveny reindeer, courtesy of Narya Starostina, Eveno-Bytantay, Yakutia

Arctic Ark. Human-animal adaptations to the Arctic environment: natural and folk selection practices (Arc-Ark)

The Arctic is often seen as a biodiversity-poor region, where animal husbandry is solely based on herding of reindeer (Rangifer tarandus). However, in northern Europe and Siberia, also breeding of special autochthonous cattle (Bos taurus) and horse (Equus caballus) breeds has a long tradition (for example, Northern Finncattle, Yakutian cattle, Mezen horse and Yakutian horse). Continue reading

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Arctic Work – conference call for papers


29 AND 30 MAY, 2015

The Department of Ethnology at the University of Tartu in Estonia is pleased to invite proposals for the international academic workshop “Arctic workshop of the University of Tartu: Work in the Arctic” that will take place on 29 and 30 May, 2015.

Life in the Arctic is often depicted as a place where people fight for survival, struggling with the harsh climate, long distances and the limited choice of consumables. Simultaneously, the Arctic is a resource frontier where circumpolar countries develop extraction industries by constructing or maintaining large-scale infrastructure with

Large scale industry city in the Arctic: Nadym

Large scale industry city in the Arctic: Nadym

settlements. A narrative of heroic work under hard conditions is part of the image of life in the Arctic, exploited enthusiastically both by people who live in the region and outside of it. Sometimes the gains of that struggle are measured in high northern wages, sometimes hard work in the Arctic proves the extraordinary toughness of “Northerners”, sometimes modern industry is presented as a symbol of progress.

This workshop will focus on different aspects and interpretations of work in the Arctic. Our goal is to assemble a truly interdisciplinary collection of presentations that will focus upon the cultural and social side of working in the Arctic, contributing to a better understanding of the economic, political or ecological aspects in general. Therefore, we encourage participation not only from anthropologists but also from economists, political scientists, historians, human geographers, biologists and others. The informal nature of the workshop is suited not only for senior scholars discussing their research results but also for PhD students.

Please send your abstracts up to 300 words to Aimar.Ventsel(at) by 30th of January 2015

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