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Welcome to Arctic Domus David G. Anderson, PI Gro Ween, PDF Konstantin Klokov, Regional Fieldworker Rob Losey, Regional Fieldworker. a rcticdomus.org. Arctic Domestication: Emplacing Human-Animal Relationships in the Circumpolar North.

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Welcome to Arctic DomusDavid G. Anderson, PIGro Ween, PDFKonstantin Klokov, Regional FieldworkerRob Losey, Regional Fieldworker


Arctic domestication emplacing human animal relationships in the circumpolar north

Arctic Domestication: Emplacing Human-Animal Relationships in the Circumpolar North

  • a five-year international research project financed by the ERC

  • based in the Department of Anthropology, School of Social Sciences

  • involving a team of 18 researchers, including 5 post-doctoral fellows and three PhD students

  • field research in five countries across the circumpolar Arctic

Arctic domestication

  • an old theme, with special relevance to anthropology at the University of Aberdeen

  • domestication classically defined as a sudden relationship of domination, which divides the world into ‘wild’ and ‘cultivated’ types

  • in the history of the sciences, linked to colonialism and projects of improvement

  • recent research calls into question older models

Arctic Domestication:

  • Human-Animal relations in the Arctic traditionally are an awkward fit

  • Among the ‘cradles’ and ‘hearths’ are new types of domestic animals, as well as puzzling ‘hybrids’

  • These relations are often ‘emplaced’ in mindful landscapes.

Seven laboratories four disciplines

  • the heart of the project is to complicate the idea of ‘person’ and ‘place’ to treat specific regions as locales where domestication arises

  • we therefore treat tundra encampments and university laboratory as sites of equal status, not to mention enskillmentthat flows from animals to people or from animals to other animals.

  • in terms of ‘data’ we will work with four traditions:

Seven ‘laboratories’, Four disciplines:

  • ethnography

  • science studies

  • environmental archaeology

  • genetic sampling

Three arctic species

  • Fish although a ‘newly’ domesticated laboratory species have long supported complex relationships in Northern lands

  • Dogs, said to the be the ‘first’ species to be domesticated, often participate in complex social networks both with people and other animals

  • Reindeer/caribou, a classic ‘Arctic species’, have proven to come in and out of various forms of domestication with such intensity as to question the definition of the term itself.

Three Arctic Species:

Primary research some examples

  • Writing animal biographies of dogs, reindeer/caribou and fish

  • Creating an ethnographic ground to the study of genetics

  • Documenting the history of ‘pure-bred’ veterinarian stations

  • Re-writing the history of the ‘fur-trade’ through the eyes of the fishing industry

Primary Research, some examples:

Timetable and research environment

  • Years 1 and 2 exploratory field research at seven sites of dogs, reindeer/caribou and fish

  • 6 project workshops (of which this is the first)

  • an open seminar series on animal sentience

  • collaboration with University of Aberdeen thematic programmes esp ‘The North’

  • Applied work with local Arctic communities

  • participation in international conferences, publications, and other forms of dissemination

Timetable and Research Environment: