Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Name Lehtimäki, Markku
Organisation University of Eastern Finland
Project title The Changing Environment of the North: Cultural Representations and Uses of Water
Decision No. 307840
Decision date 13.06.2017
Funding,period 01.09.2017 - 31.08.2021
Funding 280 000
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Project description
The North, including the Arctic, has been regarded as a periphery upon which the centre has reflected itself. In the age of climate change and the exploitation of natural resources it has become a new centre. The project contends that both human experiences and natural spaces are part of the Arctic reality, and both should be analysed with the tools and methods provided by interdisciplinary humanist studies (history, literary theory, linguistics, and environmental studies). The project covers the area between the Baltic Sea and the Arctic Ocean. It highlights questions of power and representation, the relationship between real and imaginary spaces, and utopian and dystopian visions concerning the North. The project asks what the North and the Arctic look like when we investigate them through water rather than land. The project makes use of the concept of aquagraphy, which includes an analytical means of exploring multiple northern waters turned into glaciers, ice, snow, and floods.