Cristin-prosjekt-ID: 464475
Sist endret: 26. mars 2015 21:39

Cristin-prosjekt-ID: 464475
Sist endret: 26. mars 2015 21:39
Prosjekt

Arctic Encounters: Contemporary Travel/Writing in the European High North (ENCARC)

prosjektleder

Prof. Graham Huggan
ved University of Leeds

prosjekteier / koordinerende forskningsansvarlig enhet

  • University of Leeds

Tidsramme

Avsluttet
Start: 1. september 2013 Slutt: 31. august 2016

Beskrivelse Beskrivelse

Tittel

Arctic Encounters: Contemporary Travel/Writing in the European High North (ENCARC)

Tittel

Arctic Encounters: Contemporary Travel/Writing in the European High North (ENCARC)

Vitenskapelig sammendrag

The project’s general objective is to account for the social and environmental complexities of the region as these are seen in the mutual relationship between a wide range of recent travel practices and equally diverse representations of those practices framed in both verbal and visual terms (e.g. travel writing and documentary film). Particular attention is given to the recent consolidation of environmentally oriented forms of travel (ecotourism, ‘green’ travel writing) in a region that, though not as inaccessible as it is sometimes imagined to be, has opened up considerably over the last couple of decades. Improved infrastructure and transportation networks, as well as the local effects of climate change, have made the European Arctic more accessible than ever, and tourism––especially nature tourism and aboriginal tourism––is flourishing across the region, though disagreements continue as to the sustainability, degree of local management and advantage, and medium- to long-term impact of tourism practice as a whole.

Folding together tourism and travel writing as travel/writing––as linked forms of travel practice––this project explores discrepancies between the needs of the environment, indigenous and non-indigenous inhabitants, and tourists to the region within the overarching context of an increasingly interconnected but incompletely decolonised world (Huggan 2009). The more specific research questions it seeks to address include the following:

 

  • To what extent has the European Arctic, along with the various representational discourses that constitute it, kept pace with changing social, cultural and environmental imperatives, and can tourism practices be seen as a barometer for this?
  • What are the cultural implications of conflicting interests in Arctic tourism development and their representation in travel writing and other cultural texts?
  • How might we think beyond the largely separate approaches taken by the region’s national-priority-driven tourism industries, and how do the transnational affiliations between the Arctic’s indigenous peoples complicate both separate national interests and a potential common regional approach?
  • Do tourism and its representations offer the possibility of working towards a re-imagination of the region that counteracts exploitative colonial and commercial designs upon it, and of seeing it as a planetary (cosmopolitan) and/or postcolonial (autonomous) space?

Populærvitenskapelig sammendrag

prosjektdeltakere

prosjektleder

Prof. Graham Huggan

  • Tilknyttet:
    Prosjektleder
    ved University of Leeds

Katrin Anna Lund

  • Tilknyttet:
    Prosjektdeltaker
    ved Tæknihaskoli Islands

Lars Jensen

  • Tilknyttet:
    Prosjektdeltaker
    ved Roskilde Universitet

Roger Norum

  • Tilknyttet:
    Prosjektdeltaker
    ved University of Leeds

Simone Abraham

  • Tilknyttet:
    Prosjektdeltaker
    ved University of Leeds
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