Faculty

Research Group Schweitzer

Research Topic

Infrastructure Studies, Human-Environment Interactions, Anthropology of Climate Change and Globalization, Arctic and Subarctic

Research Interest

I am working on issues of mobility, climate change, and identity in the circumpolar North, in particular in Alaska and Siberia. Human communities in the North are facing tremendous socioeconomic and environmental change. The adaptive capacity of northern groups and individuals, as much as geopolitics and global resource economics, will determine the social and cultural futures of the Arctic and Subarctic.

Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna

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Team

  • Ria-Maria Adams, BA MA. PhD Researcher, Dpt. of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Univ. of Vienna & Arctic Centre, Univ. of Lapland. PhD Project: Perspectives on Wellbeing of Young People in Northern Finland (Arctic Centre)
  • Alexandra Meyer, BA MA. PhD Student, Dpt. of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Univ. of Vienna & Project Nunataryuk. PhD Project: The Societal Impacts of and Adaptation to a Changing Environment in Longyearbyen, Svalbard:
    An Ethnography of Arctic Change
  • Cand. Sc. (kand. nauk) Olga Povorozyuk, Post Doc, Dpt. of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Univ. of Vienna. Project Configurations of “remoteness” (CoRe).
  • Mag.a Sigrid Schiesser, PhD Student, Dpt. of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Univ. of Vienna. Project Configurations of “remoteness” (CoRe).
  • Mag. a Susanna Gartler, PhD Student, Dpt. of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Univ. of Vienna. PhD Project: First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun cultural revitalisation and the making of a cultural centre. Projects Nunataryuk and LACE.
  • Anna Burdenski, BA MA. PhD Researcher, Dpt. of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Univ. of Vienna & Project Snow2Rain.
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Ria-Maria Adams, BA MA

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Alexandra Meyer, BA MA

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kandidat nauk Olga Povoroznyuk

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Mag.a Sigrid Schiesser

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Mag.a Susanna Gartler

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Anna Burdenski, BA MA

Selected Publications

  • Schweitzer, Peter, and Olga Povoroznyuk. 2019. A Right to Remoteness? A Missing Bridge and Articulations of Indigeneity along an East Siberian Railroad. Social Anthropology 27(2):236-252.
  • Schweitzer, Peter/Florian Stammler/Cecilie Ebsen/Aytalina Ivanova/Irina Litvina. 2019. Social Impacts of Non-Renewable Resource Development on Indigenous Communities in Alaska, Greenland, and Russia. In: C. Southcott/F. Abele/D. Natcher/B. Parlee (eds.). Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic. New York: Routledge, pp. 42-64.
  • Schweitzer, Peter/Olga Povoroznyuk/Sigrid Schiesser. 2017. Beyond wilderness: towards an anthropology of infrastructure and the built environment in the Russian North. The Polar Journal 7(1):58-85.
  • Schweitzer, Peter. 2017. Polar anthropology, or why we need to study more than humans in order to understand people. The Polar Journal 7(1):1-8.
  • Schweitzer, Peter. 2016. Can one see the Arctic from Vienna? In: Hot Spots, Cultural Anthropology Website.
  • Gartler, Susanna/Kuklina, Vera/Schweitzer, Peter. 2019. Sustainable Cultures and Cultural Sustainability. In: Arctic Sustainability: A Synthesis of Knowledge. Petrov, A. & Greybill, J. (eds.). London: Routledge
  • Gartler, Susanna (2018) One Word, Many Worlds: The Multivocality of “Subsistence”. Alaska Journal of Anthropology 16(2)

Projects

  • NUNATARYUK – Permafrost thaw and the changing Arctic coast, science for socioeconomic adaptation
  • CoRe: Configurations of ‘Remoteness’: Entanglements of Humans and Transportation Infrastructure in the Baykal-Amur Mainline (BAM) Region

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