University of Alaska, March 31-April 2, 2016
Juneau, AK
Bridging The Future
of Arctic Social Science Research

The Juneau Workshop (Centennial Hall Convention Center, Juneau, Alaska), March 31-April 2, 2016, Arctic Social Science in the 21st Century: Uninhibited Synergies: Connecting Humanities, Engineering, and Social Sciences in Arctic Research and Public Engagement. The Juneau Workshop, co-organized by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Institute of Northern Engineering and Departments of Anthropology and Art and the University of Alaska Southeast Department of Social Science, aims to explore the contributions and potentials of arctic social sciences in the emerging synergies that connect humanities, sciences, and engineering. The workshop brings together diversely specialized practitioners, whose work involves social science research in the circumpolar North, and/or whose experience stands to illuminate novel possibilities for the future directions in arctic social sciences. Workshop participants will discuss questions geared toward identifying the domains of human experience in the circumpolar North that warrant prioritization in future research; to consider what innovative methodologies and forms of collaboration hold promise for productively investigating these research areas; and to point out examples and possibilities for applying the processes and products of arctic social sciences for the benefit of arctic communities and the public.

Participants
Sine Anahita
Associate professor of Sociology Department of Sociology, University of Alaska Fairbanks sine.anahita@alaska.edu 907-474-6515

I am Alaska’s fiddling sociologist. I research and teach about organized inequalities, or how societies arrange social differences in hierarchies. I am especially interested in inequalities based on gender, sexuality, race, class, and spatiality. I love the discipline of sociology, but I am often frustrated by how hide-bound it is. And so I took up fiddling with the discipline of sociology. I explore the edges of sociology, peek under overturned rocks to see hidden, even secretive aspects of social life, and poke at established sociological facts. I appreciate and collect data that is unusual for normative sociologists, e.g. murder ballads, archival photographs, big datasets of social media posts, newspaper articles. Some of my more recent conventional sociological research interests include: the cannabis economy in post-prohibition Alaska; post-mortem impression management in photography; blackface in Alaska; predatory heteromasculinity in social media; retro frontier masculinity in Alaska wolf policy; masculine intimacy in 19th century Alaska gold camps; and sexual subjectivities in old time murdered sweetheart ballads. My non-conventional sociological work includes writing sociologically-infused songs in the old time tradition. I have performed twice at the Alaska Folk Festival in Juneau, and one of my songs is sung at jams in Ester, Alaska.

Susan Barr
 

Susan Barr has worked solely with history and cultural heritage protection in the Arctic and Antarctic since 1979. She was the first full-time cultural heritage officer for the Norwegian Arctic and since 1998 has been senior advisor in polar matters at the Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage. She has wide experience in field work in the polar areas and has published a number of books and articles on her research subjects. Her PhD from Oslo University is in Historical Archaeology. She has been on the Polar Board of the Norwegian Research Council since 2007, representing both the Humanities and Social Sciences. She is currently President of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC www.iasc.info), being the first female president and the first from the Humanities. She is on several Advisory Boards including the Board of the Fram Museum in Oslo. In 2000 Susan became the Founding President of the International Council of Monuments and Sites’ (ICOMOS) Polar Heritage Committee, where she is now Vice President. With the increasing Arctic warming and the lessening ice situation, important themes for her work centre around loss of cultural heritage from coastal erosion and more rapid organic degradation as well as the impact of expanding cruise traffic and visitation to fragile areas.

David Bond
 

I teach anthropology at Bennington College. My research focuses on the scientific measurement and management of the disastrous qualities of crude oil. I've conducted ethnographic research on leaky refineries in the Caribbean, on the figure of the Keystone XL Pipeline, and on the BP Oil Spill. For the past few summers, I have been going to in the tar sands of northern Alberta, spending time with company officials charged with containing the environmental and social risks of extraction and with villages living downriver from the mines along the Athabasca River. My thinking and writing on the tar sands has begun to focus on growing oil company investments in building prototype cultural landscapes that can simultaneously recognize and redeem the problems of their present operations.

Ellen Carrlee
 

Ellen Carrlee has been working in Alaskan museums since 2001. Her training in the conservation of archaeological and ethnographic objects combines chemistry, art history, and studio art for the preservation and treatment of museum collections. Recently, her research interest in the relationships among people, animals, and artifacts has led her to pursue a PhD in anthropology through the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Her research questions involve people, animals, artifacts, and gut (the internal organ tissue of animals). Gut was an important material for many northern cultures, made into drums, rain parkas, containers, windows and other items but also linking animals and people in significant ways. Why did the use of this amazing material decline? Why is knowledge and use of gut again on the rise? These are the questions of Ellen’s PhD dissertation, and combine aspects of biological science, chemistry, history, anthropology, and social change. Ellen is pursuing this research through anthropology because fieldwork and cross-cultural understandings give perspective, integrity, and balance to strictly scientific methods. Museums are a perfect place for many disciplines to intersect. Ellen is keen to see the NSF include museums as an important partner in interdisciplinary collaborations in the social sciences.

Aaron Cooke
 

Aaron Cooke is an architectural researcher and project manager at the Cold Climate Housing Research Center in Fairbanks Alaska. He designs, builds, and monitors experimental prototype buildings in challenging physical environments across Alaska, and has collaborated with design groups in Russia, Canada, Greenland and Antarctica to test new methods of building durable and energy-efficient homes in the circumpolar regions. He believes that Northern environmental conditions and Northern Culture are inseparable factors that must both be equally reflected in architecture and design in order for it to be successful. Aaron received his Masters in Architecture at the University of Cincinnati. He was born in Fairbanks and after wandering the world for many years has rather unexpectedly chosen to resettle there

Didier Course
 

I received my M.A. from the Université de Nancy II-France and my Ph.D. in 1995 from the University of Pittsburgh under the direction of Daniel Russell. My research has focused primarily on the relationship between literature and the visual arts. I am a specialist in early modern French literature and culture and my field of research includes religious literature of the Counter-Reformation and Catholic studies. I specialize in the writings of the Jesuits and their importance in the geopolitics of the early modern times. While trying to convert people they explored many parts of the world and studied other cultures. In doing so, they became the first anthropologists. I have published numerous articles on France in the early modern times and was invited to participate in two National Endowment for the Humanities seminars at Harvard University-Hougton Library and the American Academy in Rome. I also received a NEH grant to my research on images of Catholic power in 16th and 17th century Europe. I have published two books; the first one, D'Or et de pierres précieuses. Les Paradis artificiels de la Contre Réforme en France (Payot: Lausanne, 2205), is a study on the representation of the Catholic Church in the early modern period. The second one is a critical edition of the French writing of Queen of France and Scotland, Marie Stuart, En ma Fin est mon Commencement (L'Harmattan: Paris, 2008).

Denis Defibaugh
 

Denis Defibaugh is a tenured professor of photography at Rochester Institute of Technology. Beyond teaching at RIT, and lecturing internationally, he has presented workshops for Yellowstone National Park, Zion National Park, Florida A&M University, SPEOS: Paris, RIT's T&E Photography Workshops, and personally coordinated workshops in Cuba; Brazil, Oaxaca, Mexico; Surabaya, Indonesia; and Seoul, Korea. Denis is an accomplished photographer, as evidenced by his participation in over 30 solo exhibitions in galleries, museums, and cultural centers. His recent work Afterlifes of Natural History was exhibited in Arles, France during fotofest in 2012. The work Family Ties do not Die, The Day of the Dead in Oaxaca, Mexico has produced three exhibitions in Texas and numerous shows in San Francisco, Miami, Rochester, Buffalo, and Montana. These photographs lead to TCU Press publishing his first book, The Day of the Dead in Fall 2007. His documentary and travel photographs earned a Fulbright-Hays Travel/Study Grant to Mexico. In 2016 he begins work on the NSF Awarded Rockwell Kent Comparative Study…that will take place in Greenland. He has been widely published and produced advertising and editorial images for such clients as UNICEF, National Park Service, Coca-Cola, Polaroid, Delta Airlines, Eastman Kodak, and American Express.

Lachlan Gillispie
 

Lachlan Gillispie is an Americorps Alumni and former UAF political science student who served on the Associated Students of UAF. They are passionate about political theory, gender and identity politics, public service and Arctic policy. Lachlan is Currently Legislative staff for Representative Scott Kawasaki in the Alaska State Legislature. In their free time, Lachlan enjoys extended period of time in the outdoors, rock climbing, sport fencing, and kayaking. Lachlan’s academic career has focused on poststructuralist and intersectional approaches to gender variance and the production of gender. their undergraduate thesis was a discussion on how trans* and gender-nonconforming individuals’ experiences and articulations of gender varied over three geographically distinct case studies in Fairbanks, Alaska, Seattle, Washington, and Atlanta Georgia. Lachlan plans to continue his academic career pursuing a graduate degree in interdisciplinary journalism. As a legislative staffer to a member of the House Finance Committee, Lachlan has been highly focused on the fiscal challenges faced by the State of Alaska following crashing oil prices and a lack of state revenue diversity. They have also worked closely on a myriad of legislation including criminal justice reform, Medicaid reform, and cost saving public employee retirement incentives.

Celeste Giordiano
 

Celeste Giordano is a PhD. Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She received her MA from UNLV in 2013 on research investigating the possible protective effect of a maternal prenatal diet rich in locally-harvested Alaska Native foods against the development of type 2 diabetes in adults. Giordano has been conducting fieldwork among Yup’ik Alaskans in the southwestern region of Alaska since 2009 and is currently involved in two National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs projects focusing on the role of food storage and processing in the Alaska Native diet. She is a biocultural anthropologist who uses a combination of methodological approaches from both subdisciplines, including participant observation, interviewing, semi-qualitative surveys, and food sample collection and analysis. For her dissertation, she is investigating the influence of traditional storage and processing techniques on the safety and nutritional quality of foods and recently co-authored a paper in the journal Food and Foodways entitled Women and Subsistence Food Technology: The Arctic Seal Poke Storage System, with advisor and co-author Liam Frink.

Steven Hartman
 

Steven Hartman (PhD, University at Albany, State University of New York) is Professor of English at Mid Sweden University, where he leads the Eco-Humanities Hub (ECOHUM) and chairs the Nordic Network for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies (NIES). He co-chairs the Circumpolar Networks program of IHOPE (Integrated History and Future of People on Earth), a core project of Future Earth, and coordinates the integrated research initiative Inscribing Environmental Memory in the Icelandic Sagas (IEM). Hartman's work has been supported by the Swedish Research Council, The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences, NordForsk, the U.S. Fulbright Program and Wenner-Gren Foundations. His current work focuses on mapping environmental consciousness and environmental memory in literature; integration of environmental humanities in global change research and policy; and collaboration among artists, academics and civil society in mobilizing public action on climate change. He is co-editor of the series Studies in Environmental Humanities (Brill).

Tobias Holzlehner
 

I have been working as an anthropologist in the North Pacific since the mid-1990s, mainly in Chukotka and the Primore Region around Vladivostok. My general research interest focuses on processes of economic and political transformation in the borderlands of the Russia Far East and the Circumpolar North. In the course of the last years, I conducted several research projects that tried to grasp shifting social configurations and various forms of mobility in a time of rapid cultural change. Attracted to the resilience and ingenuity of people living at the edge of nation states, I am especially interested in the various forms of informal strategies and solutions that play an important role in Russian maritime communities. This line of inquiry often leads me back to the repeatedly asked question: who is strong when the state is weak?

Sonya Kelliher-Combs
 

Sonya Kelliher-Combs was born and raised in rural Alaska. She is a mixed-media artist, arts advocate, educator, and curator. Her goal is to bring awareness, educate, and perpetuate the arts and traditions of the diverse cultures of Alaska. Kelliher-Combs studied at University of Alaska Fairbanks (BFA) and Arizona State University (MFA). She is a founding board member of the Alaska Native Arts Foundation, First Light Alaska, and serves on the Presidential appointed Institute of American Indian Arts Board. The work Kelliher-Combs creates is inspired by the relationship of her ancestors to their environment -- how they used skin, fur and membrane in material culture. The subjects of her work are patterns of history, family, and culture. Through the use of synthetic, organic, customary and modern materials and techniques she builds upon the traditions of her people. Personal symbolism forms the imagery. Symbols speak to history, culture, family, and the life of Alaska’s first people; they also speak about abuse, marginalization and the struggles of indigenous people. Kelliher-Combs lives in a modern world but depends on the cultural traditions and values of her people, respect for land, animals, sea and each other. She strives to create works that address these issues.

Dr. Anna Kerttula de Echave, PhD
National Science Foundation Division of Polar Programs 4201 Wilson Blvd Suite 755 Arlington, VA 22230 Office: 703-292-7432 Email: akerttul@nsf.gov

Arctic Social Science Program Web Site: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13425 Anna Kerttula de Echave is a lifelong Alaskan, an anthropologist and is the Program Director of the Arctic Social Sciences Program at the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). Her research has spanned three decades of fieldwork in the Arctic, during which she has covered a diverse range of research topics from land use patterns and subsistence economies to identity, household organization, and domestic violence. Her host populations have been equally diverse including the Yup’ik, Denai’ina, and the Siberian Yupik and Chukchi of Russia. She has also participated in archaeological research projects investigating prehistoric Athabaskan and Pacific Inuit sites. Her early research in the former Soviet Union culminated in the book, “Antler on the Sea: the Yupik and Chukchi of the Russian Far East,” published by Cornell University Press in 2000. Over the last 14 years at NSF, under Anna’s guidance, the Arctic Social Sciences program has set standard for community participation in scientific research and Currently the ASSP portfolio includes archaeology, ethnology, theoretical linguistics and language vitality documentation, community based participatory research, social psychology, social history, human geography, sociology, political science, economics, decolonizing methodology, indigenous science and knowledge, and interdisciplinary research. As Program Director, Anna has focused on ways to create partnerships between Arctic communities and academic researchers; from encouraging and funding Arctic Native researchers and organizations to a multitude of educational programs that give rural Arctic students science experience and promote their interests in the sciences. In 2012, Anna served as the US Embassy Science Fellow to the US Embassy in Iceland. And in 2014 and 2016 taught a course on Arctic peoples for the Polar Law Program at the University of Akureyri, Iceland. Anna became a member of the Social, Economic and Cultural Expert Group of the Sustainable Working Group of the Arctic Council during the Canadian Chairmanship and will continue as a member and the Co-Chair, along with Co Chair Liza Mack, for the duration of the U.S. Chairmanship.

Alexander Ketzler
 

Alexander Ketzler, known affectionately among the workshop organizers as Rabbi Ketzler, completed his Master of Education degree at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2003. Alex is an artist, researcher, educator, advocate and activist, caretaker and helper, community organizer, skilled harvester and processor of many kinds of subsistence products, and respected holder of historical and Indigenous knowledge from the Tanana Athabascan and Jewish sides of his heritage. He lives in Nenana, Alaska.

David Koester
 

Professor of Anthropology, University of Alaska Fairbanks Le STUDIUM Research Fellow, CITERES (UMR CNRS) My main interests have been in the social and cultural mechanisms by which the past weighs on, figures in and shapes the lives of individuals and communities in the present and as they fashion their lives into the future. Broadly speaking, I've explored the sources of people's perceptions of pastness, continuity and change in social life. This very general interest has led to specific studies of childhood, gender, nationalism and historical consciousness in Iceland, and music, life history, cultural revitalization and religion in Itelmen communities in Kamchatka in the Russian Far East. I also have a long-standing interest in the history, sociology and anthropology of science and scientific discourse. My current project in France is entitled: Social Values in the Vision of a Hydrogen-Based Society in France: A Comparative, Social Study of Discourses and Institutions. Related questions of new technologies and energy transition are of vital importance in communities around the circumpolar North as we enter the post-petroleum era.

Arthur Mason
 

I am a political anthropologist studying communication between policy makers and executives involved in Arctic extractive industries while analyzing the new ritualistic manifestations of expectation and disillusion over Arctic hydrocarbon development. The larger aim of my research is to analyze a shift in the organizational routines of knowledge provisioning for scholars involved in the anthropologies of futurity, and expertise; such routines no longer rely on the normalizing processes of modernization discourse, but on a system of expert visual representation that is post-discursive. I refer to this shift as the rise of an Energy Salon Culture — a shift in the culture of power surrounding large-scale systems, where agendas are set by advisory experts whose authority is based on their innovative practice, transnational mobility, and theoretical knowledge. My ethnographic unmasking aims to expose global inequality by contending that knowable futures vindicate ideals of progress and increased energy consumption—ideals which may not reflect the aspirations of local communities. Across the Arctic, prophesies are strategic resources in promise-requirement cycles that attract attention from (financial) sponsors, to stimulate agenda-setting processes (both technical and political) and to build protected spaces that raise policy concerns around integrating local knowledge systems with Western institutions.

Fiona P. McDonald
 

Dr. Fiona P. McDonald is the 2016-2017 Postdoctoral Appointee at the Indiana University—Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Arts and Humanities Institute. Fiona completed her PhD (2014) in the Department of Anthropology at University College London (UCL) in visual anthropology & material culture. Her dissertation, Charting Material Memories: a visual and material ethnography of the transformations of woollen blankets in contemporary art, craft, and Indigenous regalia in Canada, Aotearoa/New Zealand, and the United States was undertaken as both an historic and contemporary visual and material ethnography of the material nature and transformations of woollen (trade) blankets that were produced in the United Kingdom since the seventeenth century. Her work addresses both historical and contemporary uses of woollen blankets through a direct examination of the pluralistic histories that things and objects have when re-worked and recycled by contemporary artists and customary makers in North American and Aotearoa New Zealand. Fiona is currently translating this research in to a book project. More broadly, Fiona’s research interests are: Indigenous material and visual culture, repatriation, oral histories, contemporary art, and museum studies. Fiona is the co-founder of Ethnographic Terminalia Collective (ETC) (ets.2009) (http://ethnographicterminalia.org/), an international curatorial collective that curates exhibitions at the intersections of arts and anthropology. ETC have curated and organized exhibitions and workshops across North America (Philadelphia, New Orleans, San Francisco, Montreal, New York, Austin, Chicago, Denver, and Vancouver) where they aim to move academic research beyond the academy through public engagement.

Tom Miller
 

Tom Miller, Professor of Social Sciences and Humanities at Berkeley College (New York), was guest curator for the travelling exhibition Drawing Shadows to Stone: Photographing North Pacific Peoples, 1897-1902 at the American Museum of Natural History and Alaska state museums, and multimedia artist/installation ethnomusicologist for Siberian Shamans at the Linden State Museum of Ethnology in Germany. He has degrees from Wesleyan (BA Music) and Columbia (MA, MPhil, PhD Anthropology). His PhD thesis on wax-cylinder recordings of shamans from Franz Boas’ Jesup North Pacific Expedition, Songs from the House of the Dead: Sound, Shamans, and Collecting in the North Pacific (1900/2000), was the first doctoral dissertation of the Jesup 2 research project organized by the Arctic Studies Center, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History. Previously he was Senior Scientific Assistant for Asian and African Ethnographic Collections at the American Museum of Natural History, and was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant for The North Pole, an electronic opera. Current projects include collaborative research at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin) on anthropometric typologies of the recorded voice in early ethnographic sound archives, and the Radiophonics Lab, an experimental mobile micro FM broadcasting station.

Gretchyn O’Donnell
 

Born and raised within the bowl of Anchorage, Alaska, Gretchyn holds a deep rooted love for the vast ecosystems of the land. Once she graduated from East High School in the spring of 2014, she immediately had her heart set on the temperate rainforest of Juneau as her new learning environment. She is currently in her second year at UAS studying Environmental Science and will (hopefully) be admitted in the Outdoor Studies and Leadership Certificate Program this fall where she anticipates developing skills to prepare her for a career in outdoor education and further her quest for global environmental awareness. She chose to study Environmental Science with the greater goal of connecting larger audiences to science and deepening humanity's understanding of the value of the natural world, empirically and intellectually, as well as for the sake of survival. When she isn't occupied with academics, you can spot her coordinating with different clubs on campus for Earth Month festivities. In her downtime she enjoys hiking new trails, discovering new loose leaf tea blends and riding/fixing up her bicycle.

Marie Olson
 

I was born in Juneau on a freezing wintery November 28, some years my birthday often falls on Thanksgiving Day. Later when I was married and had my children, I often did a lot of the cooking, preparing the dinner days ahead that I always forgot about my birthday. These past years with all my grown children and their grandchildren scattered around in Anchorage, Seattle area, I celebrate mine by volunteering at Salvation Army Community Thanksgiving with lots of people including Alaska Governor, the local Juneau Mayor and usually a lot of locals. It is very enjoyable greeting lots of friends. I look forward to Thanksgiving. I do that now rather than fight air traffic, it has become too strenuous for me and no fun. I went to a segregated elementary grade school, attended Wrangell Institute and graduated Garfield High school in Seattle. I preferred to finish in Seattle because the racial discrimination was blatant, cruel and hateful in Juneau. During the summers when I was too young I worked in salmon canneries to earn my own clothes and luggage because we had to take a steamship to go to City of Wrangell, an overnight trip that I loved. I loved to fish, learned how to cut, clean and smoke salmon, later to vacuum salmon. Sometimes we slept right next to the smoke house. I love the smell of smoking salmon. We put up a lot of natural food, picked all the berries that grew around here. In elementary school I learned to sew my own dresses and sometimes to even to design them. In boarding school some classes took turns working in the kitchen and cleaning the dining rooms. I was kept on campus many Saturdays for smoking cigarettes. The boys had a smoking room but the girls were not allowed to smoke. I did not appreciate that treatment so I decided to leave and finish in Seattle. I liked living in Seattle, tried to attend a college only to find that the BIA did not have such a program. I tried anyway and found it was expensive and too costly for me. Eventually, I met the father of my three sons. When we got married, my name became Marie Bonifant. After we divorced and I moved to San Fransisco, a city I fell in love with. I was hired to work in the Pacific Tel & Tel in the Accounting Unit. It was non-union and had many unfair practices against women. I became a Union organizer, elected to Executive Committee of CWA Local 9410. Through that organization I competed for a full scholarship to attend University of California Berkeley for a full year. I also became involved with the Tlingit Land Claims, representing California-living Tlingit. That led to the State Land Claims and how I met and divorced my husband in Juneau. I did not like moving back to my hometown because of racial discrimination that was still there, albeit not blatant. I earned my four-year degree in Liberal Arts from University of Alaska Southeast. I worked at the Alaska Native Arts and Crafts managing the entire program. After that I worked for the Southeast Community Action Program. I loved that job because it took me to many villages all over Alaska. I already had been to almost all the villages and towns in Southeast Alaska. Of course by then I could put up with racial discrimination, and loved my hometown. My then husband worked for the University and in his research involved a lot of traveling in Japan and Europe and Mexico. I did my own research mainly where women were concerned. After my divorce I was happy to attend any church that I wanted, Salvation Army, St Nicholas Orthodox, Presbyterian, even Buddhist temple. I often visited my sons who live down below, but now they come up to visit me. My grandchildren now come to spend a few days with me. I am a Shareholder in the Sealaska and Goldbelt corporations. I do a lot of volunteer work in the education area. I broke my left wrist last February 4th and that took me out of action until just recently. I have always believed in politics and attended this annual Political Caucus. It is a joy to become active again. It is wonderful that in this workshop I get to meet some of my students from the online "Cross Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights" course that I taught for UAF. This is how Alexander Ketzler, who is also involved in this workshop, met and became friends.

Igor Pasternak
 

Igor Pasternak is a contemporary artist whose research, teaching, and studio practice explore art as a prodigious investigative activity that spans many disciplines. By approaching the study of social and cultural practices as aesthetically driven engagements, Igor contributes novel understanding to the multi-disciplinary studies of foodways, built environments, material culture, and human ecology. Igor teaches a variety of studio and theory courses in visual arts at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, as well as Anthropology of Art and Introduction to Ethnomycology – courses that he team-delivers with his wife, cultural anthropologist Sveta Yamin-Pasternak. Over the last ten years Igor and Sveta have been working as a husband and wife team, conducting field research and artist-led outreach efforts, enacting street and stage performances, writing for scholarly and popular periodicals, installing interactive exhibitions, hosting open studio events, and developing new curricula for the university programs and community organizations. Igor has had several solo exhibitions and participated in numerous group shows. His art is part of permanent collections in several museums in Alaska and Washington DC. Igor’s current teaching appointments at the University of Alaska Fairbanks are based at the Art Department and Ethnobotany Program, and his research appointment is based at the Institute of Northern Engineering. Igor encourages social scientists, resource managers, architects, engineers, and professionals from various fields to think of contemporary art as an asset in research, outreach, and application.

Amy Phillips-Chan
 

Amy Phillips-Chan serves as the Director of the Carrie M. McLain Memorial Museum in Nome, AK. In Nome, the museum is finalizing construction of a new facility, preparing to move the collection, and undertaking collaborative exhibit development. Dr. Phillips-Chan received a PhD from Arizona State University in 2013 with her dissertation research focused on reconnecting engraved imagery on ivory drill bows with oral histories and traditional ecological knowledge from the Bering Strait. She is a Research Collaborator with the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center and a Board Member of the Alaska Anthropological Association. As an Arctic Researcher, her primary goals are to promote museum-community partnerships, engage youth in applied collections research, and involve the public in collaborative exploration of their circumpolar cultural heritage.

Justas Pipinis
 

Stockholm University (Sweden) Currently I am 43, Swede and anthropologist. Previously I used to be younger, Soviet, Lithuanian, hybrid manager and businessman. As this eclectic summary may already be hinting, my interests are quite multidisciplinary. Or, rather, for the questions I ask, answers from any single discipline are rarely satisfactory. Then again, I rarely ask questions to start with – I rather dive into things I find interesting, trying to figure out what makes them interesting, and once I have a proposition, I craft a question that it might be an answer to. I believe that work I’ve been doing lately is related to why there is art. My narrative-in-progress positions art as infrastructure for social cohesion and seeks to theorize how contemporary art – in all its western ambiguity and particularity – gains its particular social efficacy. The flip side of this inquiry is whether concept of infrastructure can be productively applied to other phenomena than roads, pipes and cables. I am also interested to explore possible analytical gains from conflation of artistic and anthropological research methods for inquiries into other than purely artistic topics. Among other keywords that tend to attract my attention is architecture, urbanities, environment, actor-network theory, organizations, complex adaptive systems.

Griffin Plush
 

Griffin Plush is a first year Social Science student at the University of Alaska Southeast. Originally from Seward, he was involved extensively in environmental advocacy and developing youth leadership across the state as a leader in the Alaska Youth Environmental Action program. In August he became one of the four inaugural U.S. Arctic Youth Ambassadors where he went to the GLACIER Conference and met with several Arctic officials, including Secretary Sally Jewell, Secretary John Kerry, and Admiral Robert Papp. Recently, he attended the Arctic Science Summit Week in Fairbanks, where he began working with other students in the Arctic to find new ways to include youth voices in Arctic Council proceedings consistently and effectively. He is interested in the prevention and mitigation of climate change and the preservation and revitalization of indigenous languages and cultures.

Stacy Rasmus
 

Stacy Rasmus, PhD, is a Research Assistant Professor in the Institute of Arctic Biology and Center of Alaska Native Health Research at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Of Coast Salish descent on her mother’s side, she continues to build relationships with American Indian and Alaska Native communities through research that has spanned over two decades and focuses on the development of interventions to reduce the unacceptable burden of health disparities among Indigenous peoples. She specializes in the implementation of community-based and Tribal participatory research approaches. Her research interests involve understanding the intersections between culture, health and wellbeing and the role of social determinants in addressing health disparities among American Indian and Alaska Native peoples. She is currently PI of several externally-funded projects that together form a program of research focused on increasing Indigenous youth and community resilience. In Alaska, she leads a team of researchers and Indigenous community members in the development, implementation and dissemination of a cultural, community-level intervention to reduce disparities in alcohol abuse and suicide among Yup’ik Alaska Native youth (NIH R01AA23754). She is also PI of projects that utilize indigenous knowledge and social science methods as part of a comparative and collaborative study of community adaptations to rapid social and environmental change in Siberia and Alaska (NSF 1424042). Additionally, she works with communities in the Pacific Northwest, leading a study to determine Coast Salish American Indian strengths and resilience against drug abuse (NIH R01DA029002).

Cheryl Rosa
 

Dr. Cheryl Rosa is Deputy Director and Anchorage-based Alaska Director of the United States Arctic Research Commission (USARC). She received a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University and a Doctorate in Biology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She has been active on the North Slope and in the Russian Far East in a wide range of studies, including wildlife health and zoonotic disease, marine mammal stranding response, subsistence food safety and oil spill/offshore discharge research. She is a member of the International Whaling Commission’s Scientific Committee, as well as numerous other federal and non-federal boards and steering committees. She also is interested in owls, mushrooms, cephalopods and hikes with tall dogs with long noses.

Dr. William Schnabel
 

Dr. William Schnabel is the interim director of the Institute of Northern Engineering. Dr. Schnabel joined UAF in 2007, after spending the early portion of his career working as a faculty member at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and working as an engineer in private industry. An environmental engineer by training, Dr. Schnabel’s research interests have focused on balancing Alaska’s need to both use and protect our lands and waters. Dr. Schnabel has studied hydrology in Alaska’s most remote Arctic rivers, water quality in Alaska’s rural and urban communities, and has worked with Alaska’s industries to more effectively manage water resources and mitigate environmental threats. Dr. Schnabel served as director of the UAF Water and Environmental Research Center from 2009 – 2014, and has served as an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering since 2013.

Robin Shoaps
 

Robin Shoaps is an assistant professor of Anthropology and Linguistics at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Her research investigates language use as a site for the production and negotiation of social categories and cultural values. Her specific interests focus on how people use linguistic and semiotic resources to take stances, particularly in ritual, religious and political contexts. Methodologically, she pairs participant observation fieldwork with linguistic analysis of ethnographic and mass-mediated talk. Dr. Shoaps has done ethnographic fieldwork with evangelical Christians in the US and Guatemala and folk Catholics in Guatemala. She has a particular interest in radio and has published and offers a class on talk radio and discourses of the American Right. She has been following American conservative talk radio since 1994, although her primary site for linguistic and ethnographic fieldwork has been in two Maya communities in highland Guatemala. She joined the faculty at UAF in 2012, after having positions at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and at the University of Chicago. She is expanding her research to Athabaskan languages and is particularly interested in native pastors and religious history in the Interior. Through exposure to the diverse student population at UAF and living in proximity to a military base, Dr. Shoaps has also become interested in military language and the adaptation to civilian ways of speaking that veterans have to make when they finish serving.

Traci Speed
 

I completed a PhD in Slavic Linguistics at UC Berkeley in 2011, focusing on cognitive aspects of Balkan and South Slavic motion verbs, carrying out long term field research in Bulgaria. My post graduate experience includes administration of the East European Folklife Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching and promoting traditional Balkan music, dance, and cultural exchange. Beginning in 2014, I joined the NSF Polar Program funded Energy Futures of the High North project, editing project publications, providing feedback on international collaboration and field methods, with limited academic visiting and ethnography in Finland, Norway, and Iceland, attending circum-Arctic policy conferences such as Arctic Circle in Reykjavik and the Norwegian TransAtlantic Science Week in Toronto. I am currently teaching economics and history classes in the international program of a San Francisco Bay Area private high school.

Ricky Tagaban
 

Ricky Tagaban is a full time Queer/Tlingit artist from Juneau, Alaska. Tagaban received an Individual Artist Award from Rasmuson Foundation in 2013, & has studied Chilkat weaving with Tlingit artist Clarissa Rizal, cedar bark weaving with Della Cheney, & engraving under Ed Kunz Jr. Tagabans solo exhibit, Sexual Sovereignty showed at the International Gallery of Contemporary Art last July. His work sometimes obscures divisions between traditional & contemporary platforms. Tagaban has been a full time Chilkat weaver since April 2013. Tagaban has performed as drag queen Lituya Hart since September 2015, & has participated in Femme Fatale, ‘Twas the Drag Before Christmas, & Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around which took place in Juneau, & in the Ramshackle Cabaret in Sitka.

Amy Wiita
 

Dr. Wiita is an interdisciplinary scientist that specializes in communication and collaboration across disciplines. She has worked in the Arctic for the past twenty years in both the public and private sectors doing land and natural resource management, conducting research, and managing research companies. Dr. Wiita is currently the Senior Research Scientist of her company Cinza Research in Anchorage, Alaska where she promotes interdisciplinary understanding in the social, natural, and public health sciences. Her interests include community-based research, community engagement in natural resource and land management, human dimensions of natural resource use, artists' experience of place, the connections between art and environment, and the culture of climate change. Her expertise includes cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary communication and collaboration, project management and organization, qualitative research design, implementation and analysis, bridging quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, and interdisciplinary land management decision making. Her formal education and experience in both the social and natural sciences allows her to integrate a variety of methodologies and theoretical foundations. She has a commitment to culturally appropriate research and land management practices and understands the importance of developing community-based projects with people in partnership.

Donald Wright
 

Donald Wright holds a PhD from the Sorbonne in Paris, France where he was also the recipient of the Chateaubriand Fellowship, a prestigious scholarship offered by the French government. As well as being an internationally renowned scholar, Dr. Donald Wright has lived and worked on four continents and given lectures in numerous countries, taught at various universities around the world and also worked in several museums, including the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. An author of two books, his primary focus is on the impact of language on cultures and how language - the building blocks of collective identity – are at the core of cultural and national identity. His first book, Science et Souffrance, is a study of the cultural evolution of the language of mental illness at the beginning of the 20th century. His second book, Antiquité moderne, is a study of how Greco-Roman antiquity played an important role in the construction of national identity in the 19th and 20th centuries. He was a scholar-in-residence on Muslim cultures for the National Endowment for the Humanities for one year. He currently teaches about cultures of the Middle East at Hood College where he is director of the Middle Eastern Studies Program.

Sveta Yamin-Pasternak
 

Sveta Yamin-Pasternak is a cultural anthropologist, whose learning draws on ethnographic research in communities around Chukotka and Alaska, the experience of growing up in the Soviet Union, world travels, family relationships, lessons from students and mentors, and formal studies at Northern Illinois University, University of Alaska Fairbanks, and Johns Hopkins University. She is currently working through a joint appointment at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, teaching a variety of courses in the Anthropology and Ethnobotany programs and leading several collaborative projects at the Institute of Northern Engineering. Her research examines how human food practices in high latitude regions interact with the local climate, built environment, ecology, and aesthetics. Together with her husband, visual artist Igor Pasternak, Sveta helped develop a unique university course in Ethnomycology that delves into the realms of food, medicine, craft, commerce, spirituality, and recreation entangled within the relationships between humans and mushrooms. As a team of a cultural anthropologist and an artist, Sveta and Igor are working to uncover novel possibilities for research and public engagement that can be accomplished through various crossings and integrations of their respective fields.

Laib Allensworth
 

I was delighted to have been invited to help organize this event when I was hired as a student assistant coordinator. I am a social science student with a keen interest in Archaeology. I am particularly interested in personal ornamentation and their similarities and differences worldwide in prehistoric societies. I am also often told that I need to refine my focus. My hobbies include hiking, tide pooling, people watching, political science, and knitting. This summer I will be attending field school in Peru at San Jose de Moro. I have intentions of pursuing further degrees in Archaeology after attaining my bachelors. I would like to thank you for attending this workshop and sharing your talents and knowledge to this discussion and once again welcome you to Juneau.

Amy George
 

Hello and welcome to the Arctic Horizons Workshop: Arctic Social Sciences in the 21st Century! I have been hired as a student assistant coordinator and will be available throughout this event to answer questions. As a student of Anthropology and History my areas of interest include Victorian mortuary ritual, Northwest Coast art, and personal ornamentation and dress. This last summer I had the opportunity to volunteer at the new State of Alaska Museum facility, which reaffirmed my passion for studying artifacts as materialized thought. After completing my undergrad at the University of Alaska Southeast I will pursue a Masters in Museum Studies so that I may continue working with collections. When I am not studying I enjoy flat-stitch beading, coconut mochas, and scouring secondhand shops for unusual finds.

Lucas Bessire
 

Lucas Bessire is a cultural anthropologist and ethnographic filmmaker whose work focuses on the politics of Native life in the Americas. Committed to collaborative methodologies and community-based research, he has explored these questions most thoroughly through long-term engagements with Ayoreo-speaking peoples of Bolivia and Paraguay, the subjects of his recent award-winning book Behold the Black Caiman: a Chronicle of Ayoreo Life (2014, Univ Chicago Press), as well as a participatory video project he coordinates about Indigenous perspectives on extractive industry and environmental change. Currently, he is expanding these concerns to hemispheric scale. Together with environmental anthropologist David Bond, he is developing a multi-sited collaborative research program on how the future is created, contested and enforced in dialogues between Indigenous peoples, earth scientists and oil companies in northern North America. He holds a PhD from New York University and is a faculty member of the University of Oklahoma Anthropology Department.

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