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Resource Extraction and Sustainable Arctic Communities REXSAC - A Nordic Centre of Excellence


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Culture & history

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Greenland, Mid-West
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Geolocation is 64.1814099, -51.6941381

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AAU is a partner in REXSAC and Associate Professor Lill Rastad Bjørst represent AAU Arctic at the board meetings. Additionally she contributes to REXSAC’s research task no. 5:

Affective economies: How are places, communities and identities constructed? (RT5)

“For centuries, extractive industries in the Arctic have been addressed, managed, encouraged, protested against and wished for. The primary paradigm fuelling these discussions has focused on economic development. Research has thus tended to be directed toward understanding the trade-offs (e.g. environmental), barriers (e.g. infrastructural) and potentials (e.g. employment) involved with particular projects. Less attention has been given to how past, present and future extractive industries have been entangled in people’s active rethinking and reimagining of histories, places, communities, political relations, aspirations and personhood. This research task investigates the influence and impacts that spring from people’s creative cultural, social and political engagements with extractive industries and how these interact with how the industries are anticipated, planned, managed and run. Investments in mining can be seen as commitments to different futures for communities at all scales. The research task addresses the co-construction and cultural translations that take place in a contested field invested with emotions, memory, anticipation and expectations, drawing on community fieldwork, stakeholder interviews, political documents, media representations and public narratives.”

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Publications related to project

Thomsen, R. C., & Bjørst, L. R. (red.) (2017). Heritage and Change in the Arctic: Resources for the Present - and the Future. Aalborg: Aalborg Universitetsforlag

Bjørst, L. R. (2017). Arctic Resource Dilemmas: Tolerance Talk and the Mining of Greenland’s Uranium. I R. C. Thomsen, & L. R. Bjørst (red.), Heritage and Change in the Arctic: Resources for the Present, and the Future (1 udg., Kapitel 7, s. 159-175). Aalborg: Aalborg Universitetsforlag.