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Roger Norum, Vesa-Pekka Herva & Tina Paphitis (2021) Minding the field: sensory and affective engagements with high Arctic fieldwork, Time and Mind, 14:3, 349-370, DOI:

Minding the field : sensory and affective engagements with high Arctic fieldwork

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Author: Norum, Roger1; Herva, Vesa-Pekka2; Paphitis, Tina3,4
Organizations: 1Cultural Anthropology, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Archaeology, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
3UCL Institute of Archaeology & the Folklore Society, UK
4Now Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oslo, Norway
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-10-27


This introduction to this special issue considers various approaches to understanding ‘the field’ as an object of archaeological and anthropological research, and researchers’ own engagements with it. We draw out some theoretical and methodological approaches to the field as a way of interrogating the cognitive and physical engagements of the researcher with it, not only as a place and process of data gathering and knowledge production, but one of reflexivity and self-understanding. This seeks to appreciate the effects that the fieldwork experience has on the researcher and, thus, on the science they produce for their (disciplinary) field. Building on reflexive approaches to fieldwork and ethnographies of practice, we explore the implications of fieldworking in, particularly, the European Arctic. This paper further considers several entanglements in the past and present of the European Arctic as a field more generally as a way of framing the specific field site that we have focused this special issue around: the village of Kilpisjärvi (Gilbbesjávri) in Finnish Lapland.

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Series: Time & mind
ISSN: 1751-696X
ISSN-E: 1751-6978
ISSN-L: 1751-696X
Volume: 14
Issue: 3
Pages: 349 - 370
DOI: 10.1080/1751696X.2021.1951560
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 615 History and archaeology
Funding: We acknowledge the support of the Biodiverse Anthropocenes Research Programme, funded by The University of Oulu and Academy of Finland Profi6 336449, and of Academy of Finland Grant number 339423. Article research and writing was also funded in part by the ERA.Net RUS Plus programme under award number RUS_ST2019-055 for the consortium CONTOURS: Conservation, Tourism, Remoteness.
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.