Mobility and change in the Arctic: an ethnographic case study of sled dogs in Greenland and Iceland

Theme 2. Connectivity
Session Name 2.6 Tourism, mobilities and globalization in the Arctic
Datetime Sep 06, 2018 11:00 AM - 11:20 AM (UTC +3)
Location IT113
Presentation Type Oral
Presenter Andrea Fiocca
Author(s) Andrea Fiocca (University of Iceland, Iceland), Kristinn Schram (University of Iceland, Iceland)
Abstract text

Mobility and change in the Arctic: an ethnographic case study of sled dogs in Greenland and Iceland


Climatological and socioeconomic aspects of human mobility into the Arctic and their societal impact present us with many challenges and knowledge gaps. One example of this is how climate change, mobility and increasing tourism are transforming the use of sled dogs and opening up new scenarios and perspectives for traditional and heritage practices in the Arctic, both in economic and cultural dimension. Through participant observation of practices linked to sled dog use this research project will address perceptions of local inhabitants regarding sled dogs, environment and tourism. The ethnographic research aims to generate an insight into the hunting, recreation and tourism activities in Kulusuk, a small village in East Greenland and offer a comparative case study in Iceland. The relationship between people and sled dogs can unveil multiple meanings regarding how the value of animal, environment and heritage vary and change through traditional, rural and urbanizing areas. The project will investigate how social patterns of the coexistence of humans and animals are changing in this crucial period of transition in the Arctic and sub-Arctic. In this context, the perceptions and effects of increasing tourism and climate change will throw light on the future dynamics of mobility in these areas.

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