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Roger Norum, Vesa-Pekka Herva & Mari Olafson Lundemo (2021) Encountering/thinking mosquitos, Time and Mind, 14:3, 417-430, DOI:

Encountering/thinking mosquitos

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Author: Norum, Roger1; Herva, Vesa-Pekka2; Lundemo, Mari Olafson3
Organizations: 1Cultural Anthropology, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Archaeology, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
3University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-10-27


The essay maps and reflects on some dimensions of human–mosquito interaction in the context of the Arctic and inspired by fieldwork in Finnish Lapland. Rather than developing any particular argument, we seek to document this thinking mosquito as a collection of glimpses, fragments and musings. This impressionistic approach was inspired by conversations among the authors and with environmental humanities scholarship about the roles non-humans play in human worlds, and about how one might engage with mosquitos in thinking about scientific fieldwork, about everyday life in various environments, and about the Arctic more generally. The essay does not provide answers but rather questions, hoping as it does to offer some insights into the complexity of issues that connect mosquito worlds to human worlds. As a mirror to these reflections, we dialogue with excerpts from our own creative written thoughts from the field and from the diaries of German soldiers based in Lapland during the Second World War.

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Series: Time & mind
ISSN: 1751-696X
ISSN-E: 1751-6978
ISSN-L: 1751-696X
Volume: 14
Issue: 3
Pages: 417 - 430
DOI: 10.1080/1751696X.2021.1951564
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 615 History and archaeology
Funding: The authors would like to acknowledge support from the ERA.Net RUS Plus programme under award number RUS_ST2019-055 for the consortium CONTOURS: Conservation, Tourism, Remoteness, from Academy of Finland Grant number 339423 and from Biodiverse Anthropocenes (The University of Oulu and Academy of Finland Profi6 33644).
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 339423
Detailed Information: 339423 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.