Astrid Oberborbeck Andersen, Assistant Professor of Techno-Anthropology, at Aalborg University visited Nuuk, Greenland for two weeks to discuss future research projects on Arctic connectivity - how physical and digital infrastructures enable and transform social and cultural cohesion.
While at Ilisimatusarfik, Dr. Andersen worked with the Department of Language, Literature and Media meeting with scholars, researchers in political science, journalism, translation and culture and society. These valuable meetings allowed for exchanging ideas and experiences on research about connectivity, digital media, and digitization more broadly, and discussed mutual interests and potential future collaboration.
Andersen was able to present previous research to a course on Art and Collective Memories which enabled her to engage with students of Language, Literature and Media who provided productive feedback on research ideas. "In this discussion, colonial presences and legacies in personal academic stories were also touched upon explicitly among the students", Andersen says - a valuable discussion to further realize student research goals.
Andersen concluded about her research trip "The received north2north mobility grant has enabled future research to be more collaborative in the sense of including Greenlandic partners and stakeholders in defining research questions, and become partners in the research process. As a result, the research will be oriented towards locally defined necessities of capacity building and knowledge production, as well as theoretical academic interests."