Indigenous gendered studies in the Arctic

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Indigenous Peoples Specialty Group, Polar Geography Specialty Group, Geographic Perspectives on Women Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Proteus, Sheraton, 8th Floor
Organizers: Vera Kuklina, Vera Solovyeva
Chairs: Andrey Petrov


Recent changes in geopolitical configurations; growing mobilities of people, goods, ideas; and the reality of climate change have variety of impacts on people and places. Indigenous groups are recognized as especially vulnerable (International Labor Organization, 2016) while simultaneously having expert knowledge on how environments and communities are impacted by climate changes (Krupnik & Jolly, 2002; Louis, 2007; Cruikshank, 2005; Comberti, 2016; Johnson, 2016). This dichotomy is especially evident in the Arctic and subarctic regions affected by extractive and infrastructural development, urbanization, environmental degradation, ethnic conflicts, cultural and spiritual heritage losses, broken relations between generations, and reduced "fate control", among other things. As noted by Shaw et al., 2006 and others, there is need for better engagement by geographers with the experiences of indigeneity to understand the experiences of indigenous and non-indigenous groups in the North.
The levels of vulnerability and resilience vary within indigenous groups of different regions, age, gender, class, and sexuality. The gendered aspect of global change in the North today has been noted in the "gender shift" (in Russia; Povoroznyuk et al., 2016), "female flight" (Hamilton & Seyfrit, 1994; Rasmussen, 2009), gendered employment mobilities (Walsh, Valestrand, Gerrard, & Aure, 2013), masculinization of the traditional activities (Rasmussen, 2009; Ulturgasheva, 2012), and related to processes of urbanization (Peters, 2006).
The session is planned to make connections between colleagues, who live and work in the Arctic regions and address the intersecting issues of indigenous peoples and gender, and those who live elsewhere but have similar interests. While the International Arctic Social Sciences Association has put significant efforts in this field, we believe, the accumulated knowledge should not be bounded by the Arctic only. The session is planned to stimulate discussions on how indigenous gendered studies in the Arctic could contribute and shape the academic understanding of the global changes in the North.


Type Details Minutes
Introduction Andrey Petrov University of Northern Iowa 10
Panelist Liliia Vinokurova 10
Panelist Viktoriia Filippova 10
Panelist Vera Kuklina Institute of Geography SB RAS 10
Panelist Marya Rozanova Russian State Hydrometeorological University 10
Panelist Vera Solovyeva George Mason University 10
Discussant Jessica Graybill Colgate University 20

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