Zdenka Sokolíčková: "Melttown: Overheating in the High Arctic"
The Departmental Seminar Series features Zdenka Sokolíčková, Guest Researcher at SAI, University of Oslo.
Inspired by T. H. Eriksen’s concept of overheating, Sokolíčková’s research in Longyearbyen, Svalbard looks at the emblematic dilemmas of our time: How to slow down in a world that is speeding up. Can climate change be mitigated? Can tourism be less extractive? Can we engage more with places and communities despite transience and power gaps?
In Svalbard, climate change is happening quickly. The economic shift from coal mining to tourism and science has far-reaching social consequences. The northernmost settlement, as close to an ordinary town as possible in uninhabitable Svalbard, epitomizes today’s fundamental double bind: How to live in a warming world where many desire what only few have.