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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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

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 ties 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 Lofoen and Vesterålen region from Røst in the south (oil, tourism, autonomy) to Andenes in the northern end, where whale-watching has become the booming tourist activity. Nowadays Berit together with Britt is especially focused on the whales that recently came to Tromsø/Kvaløya to feast on the herring, followed by what they have described as an ‘Arctic Klondyke’ tourism industry.

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Michael Leonard

Michael Leonard

Doctoral Candidate, University of Iceland

Michael is a PhD candidate in Anthropology and Tourism at the School of Engineering and Natural Sciences at the University of Iceland. He examines how socio-cultural, geopolitical and environmental discourses have shaped (internal and external) representations of Iceland while positioning it as a wilderness and gateway global tourist destination. Michael holds a BA in European Studies and Business from New York University and a joint MSc in Sustainable Tourism Management from the University of Southern Denmark, the University of Ljubljana and the University of Girona as part of the European Master’s in Tourism Management degree. His previous research has focused on sustainable tourism development, land stewardship and conservation, destination image formation, effects of cultural imperialism and LGBT tourism. Michael is deeply motivated by his interest in travel, writing, culture and the nexus between all three.

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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 as a social anthropologist, Roger’s research focuses on time, space and sociality among transient communities. His current work is based around several cross-disciplinary areas: imaginaries and the anthropology of writing and creativity; the confluence of locality and nationhood in architecture and construction projects; and the political economy of the travel writing industry. Prior to his doctoral studies, Roger worked as a translator, magazine editor and travel writer, and has authored and contributed to numerous guidebooks, including titles to Norway, Denmark, Finland and Svalbard. In addition to his research, Roger assists with coordination of Arctic Encounters project research activities as well as the project’s traditional and social media initiatives.

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