Arctic Abstractive Industry

The Arctic is a region that is being dramatically altered through climate change, even as extractive industries and the nations that rely on them frame the Arctic as an alternatively valuable or risky frontier. The essays in this Hot Spots series provide an ethnographic unmasking of some of the normative projects that today’s rush for the Arctic entails. They highlight the increasing speed of change in the Arctic; the complex relationship between Arctic inhabitants and their land/seascape; and the possibility of a postdiscursive turn in which managing Arctic risk relies on the shaping of aesthetic experience. Our use of the word abstractive both evokes and departs from extractive. It gestures toward the stakes of rendering embodied knowledge explicit and redistributing calculative capacities from humans to technical systems, thereby instantiating the conditions for control over a valuable and vulnerable North.

Posts in This Series

Introduction: Assembling the Valuable and Vulnerable North

The Biggest, the Best, the Most, the Last: Alaska on the Edge

Constructing an Arctic Laboratory

The Unbuilt Environments of Arctic Offshore Oil and Gas Development

Discovering Opportunities for Adaptation in the Arctic

Haunting Afterlives of the Gulag in the Siberian Sub-Arctic

Can One See the Arctic from Vienna?

The Making of Resource Spaces in Greenland

Imagining a Postpetroleum Arctic

Valuing Diversity in the Study of Arctic Change

Shapeshifters, the Petrostate, and the Making of Uncertain Futures in the Canadian North

Russia’s Arctic Natural Gas and the Definition of Sustainability

Establishing Shared Knowledge about Globalization in Asia and the Arctic

Documenting Koryak: Endangered Languages and the Legacy of Arctic Colonialism

Pluralities of Governance in the Russian Arctic