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Moving Worlds Launch

Moving Worlds Launch

Arctic Encounters is proud to announce the launch of a special, Arctic-themed issue of Moving Worlds: A Transnational Journal. The issue, entitled ‘The Postcolonial Arctic’, was edited by team members Graham Huggan and Roger Norum and arose out of the project’s eponymous conference, held in May, 2014 in Leeds. The issue brought together the work of a number of early-career scholars from a range of countries, enabling a number publish their research for the first time.

The cover image for the special issue a photograph by Finnish artist Marja Helander. The photo comes from her 2001-2003 series of images entitled Modern Nomads. Modern Nomads arose out of an image Marja had been long carrying in her head: a person walking in a suit through a winter mountain landscape. Marja soon realised that she wanted that person to be her herself – to make those photos personal, to make them staged self-portraits. As she tells it, the photos in Modern Nomads relate a story about a modern person – someone who is totally lost in her traditional Sámi environment. “She doesn´t understand her position, and she walks on the mountains following the footsteps of her ancestors, reindeer-herdsmen,” Marja commented. The movement continues, but the frame of reference is different. Some of the images for this series Marja shot in the Varanger Fjord in Norway, where the Sámi people arrived some 10,000 years ago. Mount Palopää is an area in the Utsjoki municipality of Northern Finland where Marja’s ancestors have been engaged in reindeer herding for centuries. The photograph for the cover of Moving Worlds tell of the complexities of contemporary human identity, and of the frequent contridictions, ironies and absurdities of life in the North as it is understood both by insiders and outsiders.

The contents of the special issue of Moving Worlds are as follows:



Poetry and Artwork

Aasaq / Summer Song
The Night Hunter
Giving up on Capitalism


KARI HERBERT, The Explorer’s Daughter: Return to the Arctic
TONE HUSE & CARSTEN ANIKSDAL, Architectural Imprints of Colonialism in the Arctic
JOHANNE M. BRUUN, Colonization and Calculation: Framing Arctic Geopolitics
TERO MUSTONEN, Reindeer Nomads: the Evenk of the Siberian Taiga
CITT WILLIAMS, Arctic Peoples and the Emerging Digital Environmental Governance Regime
MARIONNE CRONIN, Dog Sleds, Parkas and Airplanes: Material Histories of Polar Exploration
KJERSTIN UHRE, Sápmi and the Fennoscandian Shield: On and Off the Map
MICHAEL BRAVO, The Postcolonial Arctic

The introductory editorial to the special issue can be downloaded here. One-year subscriptions to the journal can be purchased online at:

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