One of the signature specializations of our Department is our research in Arctic and boreal communities around the circumpolar North. We have specialists working in every region of this increasingly important region ranging from the Russian Federation, to Scandinavia, to Northern Canada. Our northern research is broad-based, intersecting with our museum and collections research, our work on environment, religion and arts and craft. We work collaboratively with many indigenous communities and are active in many international networks such as the University of the Arctic.
Siuraarjuk, a camp 3 hours across the sea ice from Igloolik, Canada.
Photo: Nancy Wachowich.
Aberdeen’s anthropology department has developed an effective synergy between research and teaching on topics related to the circumpolar North. The Anthropology of the North undergraduate fourth year option is a focus for this and many staff have taught on this course. Circumpolar case studies are also drawn upon to complement our teaching at all levels of our program. In our teaching, we explore what it is to be a contemporary Inuk, Greenlander, Alaskan, Evenk, Saami, Sakha or Kamchatkan in today’s world. We use examples from all of these northern regions, and others, to help us think about anthropological concepts.