”Shamanism, Symbolism and Culture”

”Shamanism, Symbolism and Culture. Role and function of art in the transmission of culture and cultural practices” The University of Lapland's Arctic Centre, Rovaniemi, Finland, is pleased to announce confirmation of a 2 day International Shamanism Seminar which will be held on 27th - 28th of November 2014. The key speaker is Mihaly Hoppal from …

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Extractive Industries, mobility and work in rural Russia

And another lecture on the extractive industries, this time looking at the sending regions of those people who work on the Russian Arctic's oil and gas fields. What's the importance of Arctic oil for a remote village in Russia's south 1000s of miles away from the Arctic? The starting point is that we need to …

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Oil, reindeer herders and flexible Laws on Kolguev

It is time for an anthropology team lecture again, this time focusing on Arctic Extractive Industries, in Rovaniemi, Finland, in the Arktikum building. We do this in as part of our Uarctic Thematic Network "Arctic Extractive Industries" and welcome all interested people to join us in the discussion.

Solitude in the wake of Willem Barentsz

A very new book with many beautiful pictures and a colourful text made by photographer Jeroen Toirkens and writer Petra Sjouwerman, with a historical epilogue by Diederik Veerman, was recently published in the Netherlands. It tells about a trip made following the so-called ‘Barents Road’ on the Barents Region, to the area that has been …

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Arctic city-communities and the extractive industries: urbanisation, industrial livelihoods and sustainability-considerations

The extractive industries working group (EIWG) of the International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA) and the Uarctic Thematic Network on Arctic Extractive Industries start their  course in the Pan-Arctic PhD programme on Arctic Extractive industries next Monday until Friday. We have a very nice group of instructors and students alike, with participants from Canada, Norway, …

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Sámi people of Jona: pride and prejudice

The anthropology research team, organised by Anna Stammler-Gossmann, invites to a workshop (in Russian) with  Sámi activist and writer, Aleftina Sergina from Jona village (Kola Peninsula, approx. 30 km from the Finnish border, around 100 inhabitants). Issues  that we shall discuss at the meeting with Aleftina include -      Lovozero is not the only Sami village …

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A new visiting researcher at the Arctic Centre

As a new arrival at the Arctic Centre, allow me to introduce myself. My name is William Davies, a PhD research postgraduate from the Sustainability Research Institute at the University of Leeds (UK) who will be based at the centre until mid-December as part of an ESRC-funded Overseas Institutional Visit. My broad academic interests revolve …

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Oral History workshop, 23-24 September 2013, Rovaniemi

Everybody with a serious interest is invited to the following event: Workshop “Intangible oral culturalheritage: documentation, archiving and preservation techniques” Organised by the ORHELIA project team & anthropology research team Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland Venue: Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, Arktikum Building, Pohjoisranta 4, Thule meeting room, 1st floor, take the door …

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“If research doesn’t surprise you, it’s not worth the research” Julie Cruikshank

I would like to share with you some of the things we learned from Julie Cruikshank and other elders from the Yukon Territory to better understand oral history from the North. To search for surprising insights, to be open to challenges to our conventional perceptions, that was Julie's most important advice to us. Her talk …

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