Visions of the Arctic

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Foto fra Arktis av kunstner Gjert Rognli

Visions of the Arctic

Entanglements, Paradoxes and Conflict Lines

The proposed Centre of Excellence, Visions of the Arctic, will conduct ground-breaking research in the nature and role of visions and visualisations of the Arctic in the fields of Politics, Climate research, History, Visual Culture and in the museum-space. 

A new, transdisciplinary, understanding of Arctic complexity and conflicts, will help us address the global challenges of the future.

Contact person: Professor Sigrid Lien

Photo: Gjert Rognli

Sophus Tromholt, Self-portrait at the Aurora Borealis Station in Kautokeino, 1883

Research goals

Visions of the Arctic will integrate knowledge from different fields to understand and activate the understanding of the Arctic as a politically contested space, where a multitude of visions and agencies and connected practices of visualisation are at play.

Visions of the Arctic
Bilde av Bente Geving fra boka "Down Under Up North" fra Separasjonsverket i Sydvaranger Gruve


Some of the major challenges of our time surrounds our frozen North: the political, economic and environmental explosiveness.

Researcher working in the Arctic


The research environment at the University of Bergen within the field of Arctic is unique, and makes the team of principle investigators ideal for this interdisciplinary research project.

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Sami heads

Researching Arctic indigenous peoples’ portrayals of themselves

In the Visions of the Artic project, professor of anthropology Knut Mikjel Rio at the University Museum of Bergen will research Arctic indigenous peoples’ portrayals of their own history, compared to the nation states’ portrayal of the minority populations.

merke "SFF initiative"


This is a proposed Centre of Excellence – Senter for fremragende forskning – from the University of Bergen.