Nomadic or sedentary life: difficult choice?

Most people on our planet make their life choices mostly about in which settlement, country, climate etc they want to live. But the remaining nomads in the Arctic (unfortunately there are not that many any more) have this additional decision to make whether they bring up their children out on the tundra or in a …

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Rare job opening: Groningen Professor Arctic Studies

This blog is run by the anthropology team of the Arctic Centre, University of Lapland. But today we want to share a very rare job opening of our namesake, the Arctic Centre of the University of Groningen. They offer the job of director, in conjunction with a full professorship in Arctic Studies. The last directors …

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Happy new year Yamal style

First of all, happy new year to all our readers, followers, and a big thank you to all those who contribute to making this blog a success. This is my first ever new years trip to the Russian Arctic. Flying from Finland to Yamal, one of the first visible impressions is the extensive use of …

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PhD scholarship Canada community economic development

Colleagues from the University of Manitoba have shared this generous scholarship opportunity. If you are interested in economics of Communities in the Canadian North, and would like to get a funded position for a PhD on this, you should read on: For Research on Community Economic Development in the Canadian North The John Loxley PhD. …

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What makes the “ness” in Geel?

Distinctive doctrines of the Church, and their place in contemporary society, are at times, argued to bring about changes in the Arctic - the people, their land, and traditions. Could such be the case elsewhere in Western Europe? I recently travelled to Belgium, on a work trip for an EU project. There is a lot …

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Job offer in Aberdeen: lecturer anthropology

Our colleague Tatiana Agrounova-Low shares a job-opening for a lecturer in anthropology at the department in Aberdeen. By the way, congratulations to her for becoming Head of Department in Aberdeen! Most of you know that the department in Aberdeen is one of the top addresses for Arctic Anthropology worldwide, since the time Tim Ingold and …

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Mobility in the tundra: how to use the old snowmobiles in the summer

From my field notes: “It is still early morning, 4th of August, 2021. I am waiting for a telephone call from a Nenets woman whom I had met yesterday in Aksarka. She had said that she is from Laborovaia and is going to travel there by a rented car. For her it was the only …

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A snapshot of contemporary indigenous life – with emphasis on Sámi perspectives

A new publication on Arctic Indigenous Peoples from The Sámi Council and German Arctic Office (at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research) was just recently launched. While shortly browsing through it, I found that it is written very shortly and concisively and for a broad lay audience including decision makers. …

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Spirituality of abandoned Arctic Infrastructure

So-called 'ghost towns' attract people in a certain sense, the ailing beauty of their ruins and the atmosphere of silence that is so different from the silence that you experience when you are somewhere out on the tundra in the Arctic in a snow-desert. But when I recently walked with a friend through an abandoned …

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Forest fires create hell on earth: Yakutia

related to the recent post about the forest fires in Siberia, here I share some footage from local people. This is not official news, it's private people's videos, often shot from their phones. It shows close up how Sakha people struggle to save their land and their homes from the inferno - mostly in vein. …

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