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landscape. imagery. society.

23 January

UiT, UB 132

arctic frontiers 2014

side event


Janike Kampevold Larsen (Norway)

09.00 09.15 - 11.00


SESSION I William L. Fox (USA) Backwards Landscape the Reading Johan Schimanski (Norway) Constructing imagery, narratives of the Arctic Stepa Mitaki (Russia) Inspiring citizens to change Murmansk through participatory planning 11.00 - 11.15

11.15 - 13.00


SESSION II Kathleen John-Alder (USA) The House We Live In: Ian McHarg’s Adaptable Concept of Habitat

Aileen A. Espiritu (Norway)

Shifting rhetoric – From Barents to Arctic Stine Barlindhaug (Norway)

Constructing cultural landscapes through participatory mapping 13.00 - 14.00


14.00 - 15.45

SESSION III Silje Figenschou Thoresen (Norway) The Indigenuity Project, Improvised design in Sápmi Arvid Viken (Norway) Construction of knowledge: Tourism, research, and governmental institutions building Svalbard as image and place Larissa Riabova and Vladimir Didyk (Russia) Arctic Single-Industry Towns in Russia: social problems, ways to solve them and the role of resource corporations

16.00 - 16.30

CONCLUDING DISCUSSION Moderator: Andrew Morrison (Norway)

15.45 - 16.00




landscape. imagery. society.

Landscapes come down to us thick with the sediments of culture. In other words: Landscapes and territories are cultural products. Our conception of them is formed by image building, values, rhetorics, and politics. All of these have contributed strongly to conceptions of the Arctic through time, from ancient myths of Thule, through myths of exploration, to present days arguments for exploitation and preservation. This seminar invites local and international researchers and experts to explore the agency of imagery in a changing Arctic. As large areas in the Arctic and Sub Arctic are being turned over into extraction territories, energy spaces and landscapes for tourism activities, stories and mythologies about the north continue to build. The new industries that are gaining foothold in Arctic territories are working within a certain framework of conceptualized understanding of the north as a new commodified landscape. On the other hand, social research brings forth knowledge from local practices as well as the human scale and social aspects of a region in rapid change. Mapping techniques contribute at the same time to render a more diverse and valid image of traditional landscapes, allowing for an extended and novel understanding of them. This 2014 side-event to the Arctic Frontiers conference, arranged by the Tromsø Academy of Landscape and Territorial Studies, discusses the construction of landscapes, social conditions and imagery in the Arctic. Different construction strategies will be discussed by a wide range of scholars.


Constructions of North - program  

Arctic Frontiers conference side event 2014, landscape conference Constructions of North, Tromsø January 23 2014, arranged by TACL (UiT+AHO)...

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