Univ.-Prof. Dr. Peter Schweitzer

Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology
Head of Department

Contact Details

Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology
NIG, 4th floor
Room: B0410
Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Wien
T: +43-1-4277-495 37
E-Mail: peter.schweitzer@univie.ac.at
Homepage: http://www.polarresearch.at/faculty/group-schweitzer/

Office Hours

Tuesdays, 1pm-3pm, Room B0410

Research Focus Areas

Anthropology of the Built Environment; Mobilities; Remote Areas; Climate Change; Indigenous Movements; Cultures and Identities; History of Anthropology; Arctic and Subarctic; former Soviet Union

Short Biography

Peter Schweitzer was born in Upper Austria and studied Philosophy, Political Science and Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna. After completing his PhD dissertation on the Ethnohistory of Northeastern Siberia in 1990, he joined the Department of Anthropology at the University of Alaska of Fairbanks in 1991. Having risen from Assistant Professor to Full Professor by the early 2000s, Schweitzer eventually became Alaska Director of the Experimental Program to Simulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). In late 2012, he returned to his alma mater and accepted a position of Full Professor at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology (IKSA) at the University of Vienna, while retaining an appointment as Professor Emeritus at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Since October 2016, he is head of department at IKSA in Vienna.

Schweitzer is past president of the International Arctic Social Sciences Association, and past chair of the Social and Human Sciences Working Group of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC). He currently serves as the speaker of the Working Group History of Anthropology of the German Anthropological Association, serves on scientific advisory boards of major projects in Sweden and Russia, and serves on the (advisory) editorial boards of professional journals in Germany, Estonia, Russia and New Zealand.

 Curriculum Vitae as PDF

CV from Peter Schweitzer

Teaching

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Selected Publications

  • Schweitzer, P 2016, Albert C. Heinrich and the Post-World War II Trajectory of (Alaskan) Inuit Kinship Studies. in I Krupnik (ed.), Early Inuit Studies: Themes and Transitions in Eskimology, 1850s–1980s. Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press, Washington D.C., pp. 265-288.
  • Saxinger, G, Schweitzer, P & Donecker, S (eds) 2016, Arktis und Subarktis. Geschichte, Kultur, Gesellschaft. New Academic Press, Wien.
  • Schweitzer, P 2016, Der hohe Norden als Teil des globalen Südens? Koloniale und postkoloniale Entwicklungen in der Arktis und Subarktis vom 19. bis zum 21. Jahrhundert. in G Saxinger, P Schweitzer & S Donecker (eds), Arktis und Subarktis. Geschichte, Kultur, Gesellschaft. New Academic Press, Wien, pp. 46-66.
  • Schweitzer, P 2016, Fallstudie: Wer bestimmt über die Ressourcen der Arktis?: Der Konflikt um das Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. in K Fischer, G Hauck & M Boatcă (eds), Handbuch Entwicklungsforschung. Springer NachschlageWissen, Springer VS, Wiesbaden, pp. 351-354. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-658-04790-0_38
  • Marino, E & Schweitzer, P 2016, Speaking Again of Climate Change: An Analysis of Climate Change Discourses in Northwestern Alaska. in SA Crate & M Nuttall (eds), Anthropology and Climate Change: From Actions to Transformations. 2 edn, Routledge, New York, pp. 200-209.
  • Petrov, AN, BurnSilver, S, Chapin III, FS, Fondahl, G, Graybill, J, Keil, K, Nilsson, AE, Riedlsperger, R & Schweitzer, P 2016, 'Arctic Sustainability Research: Toward a New Agenda' Polar Geography, vol 39, no. 3, pp. 165-178. DOI: 10.1080/1088937X.2016.1217095
  • Schweitzer, P 2015, Arctic: Sociocultural Aspects. in JD Wright (ed.), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences. 2 edn, vol. 1, Elsevier, Oxford, pp. 927-932.
  • Schweitzer, P, Sköld, P & Ulturgasheva, O 2014, Cultures and Identities. in N Larsen (ed.), Arctic Human Development Report II: Regional Processes and Global Linkages. Stefansson Arctic Institute, Akureyri, Iceland, pp. 107-157.
  • Larsen, JN, Schweitzer, P & Petrov, A (eds) 2014, Arctic Social Indicators II: Implementation. Nordic Council of Ministers, Kopenhagen.

 List of Publications as PDF

List of Publications from Peter Schweitzer