“A Southern Perspective on the North”
“With the Head up North”


December 1st, 2015, 7pm, Depot, Breite Gasse 3, Vienna

Editors: Sophie Panzer, Christina Simmel
Authors: Suzanne Bontemps, Sophie Panzer, Christina Simmel
Glossary: Gertrude Saxinger

Gazprom City – a report about life at the other end of the gas pipeline: ‘If you’re at home and you want to make yourself a nice cup of coffee in the morning, and you turn on the stove but there is no gas, then you know that something must have happened in Novy Urengoy.’ What connects Europe to a city in the polar circle? The Gazprom company exploits the gas fields around Novy Urengoy. More than half of the natural gas extracted in Russia is produced there. A substantial portion of this gas is exported to European countries.

10.-13.November, Vienna, Austria

Abstract submission deadline 1.8.2015

The 1st Central European Polar Meeting will be held in November 2015 in Vienna. This meeting is a memorial to the Austrian polar explorer and scientist Julius Payer (1841-1915), to commemorate his achievements for the international polar sciences. It is jointly organized by the Committee on Polar Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Centre for Polar Ecology, Czech Republic, and the Austrian Polar Research Institute, in cooperation with the National Committee for Global Change of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

The 1st Central European Polar Meeting will bring together polar researchers including distinguished scientists and the next generation of polar researchers, from Central European countries and around the globe. This meeting is one of the first international activities of the newly established Central European Polar Partnership, which aims at increasing the visibility and coordinating polar research in and among the participating countries.

Conference-Poster [pdf]

Info: http://www.polarresearch.at/conference/

AAS hosted a session at the 10th Anthropology Days on 23rd of April 2015. This time the focus was on Arctic Extractive Industries – community (Susanna Gartler) and political implications (Miguel Roncero as well as Felix Jaitner). Furthermore, we had a look into the Arctic mining discourse of the 16th century by Stefan Donecker.
All presentations as download:

Susanna Gartler: Hunters, Gatherers and Mining Companies: Aboriginal-Business Relations in the Case of First Nation Miners in the Yukon Territory [pdf]

Miguel Roncero: Arctic Resources: Development for Whom? An analysis of Artic policies and strategies from a resource‐fairness approach [pdf]

Stefan Donecker: Resource Extraction in the North: A Political Issue in the 16th century [pdf]

Felix Jaitner: Resource Dependency – Russia beyond a Resource curse? [pdf]

The Embassy of Canada in Austria, in cooperation with the University of
Vienna and a number of other renowned partners, is pleased to announce

“Arctic Evening”

Thursday, December 5, 2013, 18:45Uhr
Institut für Geographie und Regionalforschung (NIG)
1010 Wien, Universitätsstr. 7/ 4.Stock: Hörsaal 4C (Trakt C/Raum C409)

Welcome words by the Embassy of Canada

Short presentation (in English) of the book “Wege zum Norden. Wiener Forschungen zu Arktis und Subarktis”, published recently by A.A.S. (Working Group Arctic and Subarctic) with discussion

Presentation by Prof Dr. Whitney LACKENBAUER (University of Waterloo/St. Jerome’s University) on followed by a discussion moderated by Prof. Dr. Peter SCHWEITZER (University of Vienna, Austrian Polar Research Institute & Institute for Cultural and Social Anthropology)

After the discussion you are kindly invited to refreshments. Please register at vienn.events@international.gc.ca or by phone +43 (1) 531 38-3284

Live discussion with Stefan Donecker and Gertrude
Eilmsteiner-Saxinger on the Austrian radio station OE1

Aug 7th, 2013, Oe1: 14.05

Our AAS members Stefan Donecker (historian) and Gertrude Eilmsteiner-Saxinger (social anthropologist) were invited to discuss on air with Johann Kneihs: From Austrian polar exhibitions in the 19th century to contemporary researches in the Arctic. They talked about various myths about the North and the Northeners, and discussed urgent issues concerning climate change, indigenous people and current issues on exploiting natural resources.

Link to the broadcast:

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International conference: Contemporary issues in long-distance commute work in the extractive industries and other sectors

July 8-10th, 2013, Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz, Treitlstraße 2, 1040 Vienna

Our AAS members Gertrude Eilmsteiner-Saxinger, Elena Nuikina, and Elisabeth Öfner were organizing this international conference and presented their papers. The Arctic- and Subarctic working group is a co-organizer of this symposium.

Тhe symposium

Long-distance commute (LDC) work and fly-in/fly-out (FIFO) operations are types of mobile work arrangements where workers are resident at one location, but for varying periods of time live and work at another, commuting between the two on a periodic basis. Typically the workplace is at some distance from the normal place of residence, isolated from other communities such that accommodations and other services have to be supplied by the resource or project developer. This type of work arrangement has become increasingly relevant for the extractive industries as well as in construction, technology, administration and service sectors worldwide. This is especially the case in remote regions such as the Sub-Arctic as well as in regions where a qualified labour force is not available. Though these work arrangements date back to the early days of offshore oil exploration and to the 1970s in the mining sector, however studies on many aspects of LDC in different contexts are still often at an exploratory stage.

Contemporary research primarily refers to community and regional development implications of LDC and to a lesser extent research on impacts on LDC workers and their families. The LDC workers, their mobile life-style and the conditions of long-distance commuting in the variety of industries and sectors where it is used has so far still only received limited attention. LDC is not a homogenous organisation of mobile labour, and as such involves a wide variety of forms and settings.

This symposium strives to shed light on contemporary scientific discussions, theory and methodology in the study of LDC labour matters, as well as to applied studies and entrepreneurial practice related to mobile labour organization. In particular, contributions will examine the complexity of modes and impacts of LDC and the responses of the workers themselves to this method of organising a labour force. The organisers welcome contributions from those in private sector, government, academic and other groups with interests in any of the sectors that utilize this form of work organization or with interests in this type of work organization from a variety of perspectives from theory to practice, policy making to regulation, assessment to management, etc. Conference languages will be English and Russian (translations provided).

Read more about the conference:

Organized by: FWF Project „Lives on the Move”
Institute for Geography and Regional Research, University of Vienna
Institute for Urban Studies and Regional Research, Austrian Academy of Sciences,
A.A.S. Working Group Arctic and Subarctic

Museum of Natural History
March 26-28th 2009, Vienna

Organized by the Austrian Polar Research Association

Vom 26. bis 28. März 2009 fand im Naturhistorischen Museum Wien das 3. Österreichische Polarsymposium tatt. Die Österreichische Gesellschaft für Polarforschung lud, Polarforscher und Polarophile, im Zuge des Internationalen Polarjahres zu einer Tagung ein.

Aline Ehrenfried, Stefan Bauer und Gertrude Eilmsteiner-Saxinger nahmen für die Arbeitsgemeinschaft Arktis und Subarktis an der Veranstaltung teil und präsentierten aktuelle Forschungsvorhaben.

Präsentation der AAS von Aline Ehrenfried als pdf zum download: AAS Präsentation (pdf)
Programm zur Veranstaltung: Programm (pdf)
Bilder der Veranstaltung: Bilder

The International Council for Science (ICSU) and the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) have devoted the period from 1st March 2007 until 1st March 2009 to the polar regions of the world. Arctic and Antarctic are in focus of a comprehensive scientific programme, which even stretches over two years this time – to give scientists the opportunity to conduct research in all seasons of the year on the northern and southern hemisphere.

The International Polar Year is the forth broad event concerning the Polar Regions, after the first International Polar Year 1882/83 followed by the second one in 1932/33 and the International Geophysical Year 1957/58. Scientists from all over the world are involved in more than 200 interdisciplinary scientific programmes, particularly concerning climate research, physics and biology. But also cultural and social topics are addressed.

The International Polar Year motivated us to organize a lecture at the University of Vienna, public photo exhibitions, talks and discussions to inform and make people aware of arctic concerns.

The arctic regions include areas above the arctic circles and are home to over one million people. Despite their marginal position, the Polar Regions play in important global role considering the complex correlation between the climate and the marine ecosystem.

Alongside scientific research, expeditions and observation programmes in the Polar Regions, also the general public should be addressed and involved in activities around the International Polar Year. Lectures, conferences, or educational programmes inform about the Arctic and Antarctic, about land, ocean, ice and people.


official website dedicated to the Int. Polar Year 2007: http://www.ipy.org

Other relevant links to the history of the IPY:

March 6th – 13th , 2008; diverse venues

In March 2008 a photo exhibition about the life in the North with pictures of the Nenets artist Habecha Yaungad is shown in Vienna. Besides the photo exhibition, several lectures and film screenings took place.

These events are dedicated to the nenets, the indigenous people in Russia’s northern arctic region. Habetscha Jaungad, a nenets journalist gives impressions about his culture and life. The events were organized by AAS members.

365 Tage unter freiem Himmel: Rentiernomaden im polaren Sibirien

Im Zuge des Internationalen Polarjahres kam der Künstler und Journalist Habetscha Jaungad nach Wien, um über das Leben und Überleben im Hohen Norden Russlands zu berichten.

Der langjärige Redakteur der nenzischen Zeitung Nar”jana Ngerm und Fotograf war in Wien in mehreren Diskussionsveranstaltungen zu sehen und eröffnete eine Ausstellung mit eigenen Fotografien aus seiner Heimat, dem Land der Nenzen.

Photo exhibition: “365 Tage unter freiem Himmel” mit Bildern von Habetscha Jaungad

6. – 13. März 2008; Russisches Kulturinstitut, Brahmsplatz 8, 1040 Wien

Unter der Anwesenheit des Künstlers findet am Donnerstag, dem 6. März 2008, um 18 Uhr die Vernissage statt.

Podiumsgespräch mit Kurzfilm: “Die indigene Bevölkerung in urbanen
Gebieten des Autonomen Kreises der Jamalnenzen”

Montag, 10. März 2008, 19.30 – 20.30 Uhr, Institut für Slawistik der
Universität Wien, Spitalgasse 2, Hof 3, 1090 Wien

Habetscha Jaungad wird anwesend sein und über das Leben in seiner Heimat berichten (Veranstaltung in russ. Sprache).

Diskussionsveranstaltung mit Film “Leben im Autonomen Kreis der
Jamalnenzen und das Internationale Polarjahr 2007-08”

Dienstag, 11. März 2008, 15 Uhr Institut für Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie der Universität Wien, Universitätsstr. 7, NIG, 4. Stock, 1010 Wien

Prof. Peter Schweitzer (Univ. of Alaska Fairbanks) berichtet über das Internationale Polarjahr (2007-2008) und Habetscha Jaungad über das Leben in seiner Heimat (mit Film).

Film und Diskussionsveranstaltung

Mittwoch, 12. März 2008, 18.30 – 21.00 Uhr, Gallery M – Vienna, Arctic Inuit und Native Indian Fine & Decorative Arts,1080 Wien, Strozzigasse 47

Filmpräsentation mit Begrüßung des Fotografen Habecha Jaungad

Habetscha Jaungad steht hier dem Publikum für Fragen zu Verfügung und
berichtet über das Leben in seiner Heimat, dem autonomen Kreis der Jamal
Nenzen (mit Film).

Ein Veranstaltungsreihe der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Arktis und Subarktis
in Kooperation mit:
Bezirksvertretung Wieden
Institut für Slawistik, Univ. Wien
Gallery M
Ges. für bedrohte Völker
Wien Kultur
Inst. f. Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie, Univ. Wien
Institutsgruppe Slawistik, Univ. Wien
Russisches Kulturinstitut Wien
Aut. Gebiet d. Jamalnenzen

Downloadmaterialien zu den Veranstaltungen:
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