Project Team

Simone Abram

Simone Abram

Reader, Leeds Metropolitan University

Simone oversees the ‘Green Travel Writing’ activities in the Arctic Encounters project. She is a social anthropologist who has published on tourism and planning. Simone has published on outdoor life in Norway with Norwegian colleagues and was a member of the research network ‘Multicultural Arctic Cities’ (based at Tromsø University). She has been a Visiting Fellow in Oslo, Paris and Gothenburg and was Visiting Professor in Tromsø from 2009 to 2011.

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Astrid Andersen

Doctoral Candidate, Roskilde University

Astrid is working towards her PhD in the Department of Cultural Encounters at Roskilde University. She has a background in Sociology and Gender Studies and in her previous work has focused on postcolonial relations in Greenland. Astrid’s research examines contemporary travel practices and encounters in Greenland with special attention devoted to how these practices and encounters relate to the historic Danish colonisation of Greenland.

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Graham Huggan

Graham Huggan

Professor of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Literatures, University of Leeds

Graham is the Arctic Encounters project leader, overseeing and coordinating all activities associated with the research. He maintains links between Arctic Encounters’ principal and associated partners and helps assure the overall quality of all academic and non-academic outputs. Huggan’s research spans the field of comparative literary/cultural studies, with much of his recent work situated at the cusp of postcolonial and environmental studies; he is also an acknowledged expert on travel writing. Recent publications include Nature’s Saviours: Celebrity Conservationists in the Television Age (Routledge/Earthscan, 2013), the single-edited Oxford Handbook of Postcolonial Studies (Oxford University Press, 2013), Postcolonial Ecocriticism: Literature, Animals, Environment (Routledge, 2010, co-authored with Helen Tiffin), and Extreme Pursuits: Travel/Writing in an Age of Globalization (University of Michigan Press, 2009).

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Kirsten Hvenegård-Lassen

Associate Professor, University of Roskilde

Kirsten holds a PhD in Minority Studies from Copenhagen University and is an associate professor in the Department of Cultural Encounters, Roskilde University. Kirsten’s previous work has focused on race, ethnicity, gender and immigration in the Nordic countries. She is interested in how the colonial legacy is more or less silently bypassed in Denmark and the other Nordic countries, and how this feeds into the construction of an innocent or benevolent Nordic whiteness. Kirsten is currently editor of NORA, Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research.

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Lars Jensen

Associate Professor, University of Roskilde

A wide-ranging literary/cultural scholar with research interests in Nordic colonialisms—including Denmark’s relationship with Greenland—Lars has worked previously on issues relating to travel and cultural identity in the Nordic countries. He has also recently published on the global politics of climate change.

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Katla Kjartansdóttir

Katla Kjartansdóttir

Researcher, University of Iceland

Katla is a Reykjavík-based researcher whose focus is on how various meanings of Icelandic place myths and gender images are constantly being negotiated, with a particular emphasis on Icelandic masculinity (and performances of Icelandicness) in various visual representations. These multiple representations span contemporary Icelandic tourism, films and television, exploring the constant creative flow and consuming of these myths through time, context and space.

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Britt Kramvig

Professor, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Britt Kramvig trained as an anthropologist and holds a Ph.D from the Department of Planning and Community Studies at the University of Tromsø. Kramvig finds her inspiration from music, lyrics and films besides reading into postcolonial, phenomenological and feminist studies. Her life as well as her work is rooted in the Arctic region, from where different texts and films entering the existential and everyday challenges of life, emerge.

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Berit Kristoffersen

Postdoctoral Researcher, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Berit Kristoffersen is a political geographer interested in how presence and futures are negotiated in the Arctic. How politics turns into geo-politics, how climate change turns into an opportunistic business opportunity and how people in the north tie their identity to a post-petroleum future are some key questions explored in her PhD thesis. She continues to conduct fieldwork for Arctic Encounters in the Loftoen and Vesterålen region from Røst in the south (oil, tourism, autonomy) to Andenes in the northern end, where whale-watching has become a booming tourist activity. These days, Berit together with Britt is especially focused on the whales which have recently come to Tromsø/Kvaløya to feed on herring, followed by what they have described as an ‘Arctic Klondike’ tourism industry.

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Kristín Loftsdóttir

Professor in Anthropology, University of Iceland

Kristín’s research, based on postcolonial theories and anthropology, has focused on whiteness, gender and racial identity, as well as issues of international development and nationalism. She has carried out fieldwork in Niger and, more recently, Iceland. Kristín has published in journals including Ethnicities, Identities, Social Identities and The European Journal of Women’s Studies, and has co-edited the books Teaching ‘Race’ with a Gendered Edge (Atgender and CEU Press, 2012) and Postcolonialism and Whiteness in the Nordic Region (Ashgate, 2012). Her Icelandic-language book Konan sem fékk spjót í höfuðið (The Woman who got a spear in her head: The strangeness of methodology) was awarded the Fjöruverðlaunin (Icelandic Women’s Literature Prize) for scholarly book of the year in 2010.

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Katrín Anna Lund

Associate Professor, University of Iceland

Katrín is an anthropologist based in the department of Geography and Tourism. She has published on topics such as landscape, tourism, walking, the senses and narratives in Spain,Scotland and Iceland. In recent years she has been working on a project about destination creation based on a fieldwork in north west Iceland. Currently she is conducting a work about Northern light tourism in collaboration with researchers from Alta, Norway and Rovaniemi, Finland.

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Roger Norum

Roger Norum

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Leeds

Trained in social anthropology at Oxford, Roger’s research on the Arctic focuses on several areas: the growth and development of Russian and Norwegian tourism on Svalbard; the architecture and construction of road projects on the Norwegian mainland; and the cultural politics of the travel journalism industry. He has a particular interest in the relationships between mobility, labour and lifestyle, and the experiences and imaginations these produce. His doctoral research, which focused on temporality and sociality among transient communities in Nepal, has now expanded into the European Arctic – a region long imagined and experienced as liminal and in-between, and one in part populated by various groups of transient labourers. Prior to his doctoral studies, Roger worked as a translator, magazine editor and writer, and has authored and contributed to numerous travel guidebooks, including titles to Norway, Finland, Denmark and Svalbard.

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