“Electronic Memory of the Arctic” – conference on cultural communication in the circumpolar world

It’s a high profile conference taking place in St Petersburg, with support by the Arctic Council, RF Ministry of Foreign Affairs, RF Ministry of Culture and the Russian Geographical Society.
For us arctic anthropologists, it’s nice to see that this conference has cultural communication in its name. The organisers understand under cultural communication all activities by humans in Arctic, which builds a welcome bridge between the indigenous cultural heritage in the Arctic, and the history of Arctic exploration.
The special focus is on electronic resources. The project “electronic memory of the Arctic”, which is a project endorsed by the Arctic council in 2011, is the official host of this conference. Continue reading

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Santa anthropology? Santa Claus link collection

Yamal-Iri, the grandfather from the end of the land, with anthropology research team members Anna Stammler-Gossmann and AC staff Markku Heikkila and Ulrike Sippel

Yamal-Iri, the grandfather from the end of the land, with anthropology research team members Anna Stammler-Gossmann and AC staff Markku Heikkila and Ulrike Sippel

Where would be a better place than at the Arctic Circle to establish a research unit on the ethnography and social anthropology of Santa Clauses? When we think about Santa, we mostly get the image of this Coca-Cola dressed red and white person riding on Rudolf the reindeer bringing presents. But in fact there is a rapidly increasing variety of personages and images connected to the idea of Santa Claus.

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Lectures and events, autumn 2012, anthropology research team, Rovaniemi

Open invitation to all, academic and practitioner participants – no RSVP required. Additional posters and announcements for the different events will be posted at the door of the venue. Please see also separate programmes and announcements on the “lectures and events” page of this blog

Unless otherwise announced, all events to be held in the “Borealis” room of the Arctic Centre, further questions to Florian Stammler or Anna Stammler-Gossmann

Thursday 22 November 12:00 –“How do we see the sea?” EU-ACCESS project
Dr. Dmitrii Klochkov. (Director of Marine Informatics Company, Murmansk, Russia )
“Man and Sea: Life on board of Russian trawler.”
Dmitrii Klochkov has decade long history in studying and providing information for and about Russian high Arctic fishery in the Barents Sea and is a cooperation partner in Anna Stammler-Gossmann’s component of the EU ACCESS project.

26-27/11 Workshop Oral History and Arctic Anthropology, various lecturers and presentations
Start – Monday 12:00, end Tuesday 19:00, open participation, see separate programme
ORHELIA project activity Continue reading

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Reflections on a Visit to the ‘Tree of Memory’: Gail Fondahl, 13 Nov 2012, Arctic Centre

You are all welcome to this event:

Announcing Gail Fondahl’s lecture

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Arctic Crossings at AAA Annual Meeting, San Francisco

In case any of you will be at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco, please consider attending our panel:

“Arctic Crossings: Labour, Capital, and Locality in the Circumpolar North”

Saturday, November 17, 4-5:45pm, Continental 9 (Hilton San Francisco)

Trans-Beringian Crossings: Informal Meshworks and Evasive Space In North Pacific Borderlands – Tobias S Holzlehner (University of Alaska, Fairbanks)

Historical and Cultural Contexts of Urbanization In Northern Rim Countries – Marie E Lowe (University of Alaska Anchorage)

Producing Northern Borderlands: Place-Making and Belonging Between Mexico and Alaska – Sara V Komarnisky (University of British Columbia)

Pure Ice: Locality, Ethics and the Production of Canadian Diamonds Lindsay A Bell (University of Toronto)

Discussant – Barbara A Bodenhorn (Cambridge)

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Making a film from field materials with zero experience and zero budget

Photo: Anna Stammler-Gossmann

Is it possible to turn your field data into a film with very moderate technical skills and no budget?

We do not expect our first effort at a documentary to be award winning.  But we started in October with a workshop with editing of Anna’s fieldwork video records in Windows Movie Maker. Now we will explore the editing in Macintosh Final cut’ (cuts, voiceover, animation, sound) and try to get ready Anna’s film for the project website (’Domesticated fish: farmed and monitored’, 5’)

The Anthropology Team invites you to join the next class by Christian Flores Almada (documentary film maker, Mexico/Finland).  Wednesday, November 14, 2012, BOREALIS room, 2—4 pm, Arctic Centre, Rovaniemi.

Organized by Anna Stammler-Gossmann, ACCESS project, Anthropology Research Team

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How do we see the sea: multiple meanings of seawater

Domesticated fish, photo: Anna Stammler_Gossmann

Series of lectures and documentary films, November 16 – 29, 2012 by Arctic Anthropology Team (ACCESS project Arctic Climate Change, Economy and Society, Dr. Anna Stammler-Gossmann)

Dr. Anna Stammler-Gossmann (Arctic Centre, Finland). Lecture: ‘Domesticated’ fish: what is behind our salmon steak?
Presentation of the fieldwork documentary ‘Fresh Norwegian Salmon: Farmed and monitored’, 9 min. November 16, 2pm, Thule, Arctic Centre

Christian Flores Aldama (filmmaker, Mexico/Finland)
Documentary film ‘Notes about the sea: Composition on blue and red’. (Marine environment and pollution in Gulf of Mexico), 50 min, language: Spanish with English subtitles.
November 20, 12:00, Polarium theatre, Arktikum house

Dr. Dmitrii Klochkov (Director of Marine Informatics Company, Murmansk, Russia )
Lecture: Man and Sea: Life on board of Russian trawler. November 22, 12am, Borealis, Arctic Centre,

Prof. Enrique del Acebo Ibáñez (Universidad del Salvador and University of Buenos Aires (Argentina). Organized in cooperation with the ARKTIS doctoral program,
Introductory lecture: Life in extreme environment: Antarctic Ocean and risks on board.
Documentary film ‘The Ship’, 75 min, language: Spanish with English subtitles. November 30, Polarium, Arktikum, 16:30

organized by Anna Stammler-Gossmann

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