Arctic Voices in Art and Literature


Arctic Voices revisits the peak of Euro-American imperialism in the Western Arctic between about 1789-1914. The geographical parameters of the ‘Arctic’ in this context consist of the parts of the circumpolar north associated with a history of Western colonial intervention, primarily including Sápmi (Lapland), Greenland and northern Canada, Alaska and North America. The research group engenders an alternative history of the region that places at the centre the perspectives and experiences of subjugated groups, primarily Sámi, Greenlandic and Inuit peoples and Arctic animals. Drawing on indigenous methodologies, postcolonial, ecocritical and material feminist theory, the project explores, contextualises and theorises the possibilities of recovering instances of indigenous and animal agency from the gaps and omissions in history.

Arctic Voices is an interdisciplinary research group and project based at UiT. Its members comprise local, national and international scholars in the field of Arctic studies and the project collaborates with Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum (Northern Norway Art Museum),