EnMoTe - Environments, Mobilities, Technologies

EnMoTe stands for “Environments, Mobilities, Technologies”, which delineates a field of anthropological inquiry focusing on human-environmental relations, including built environments and infrastructures, as well as on the flows and movements of human and non-human beings, things, and ideas. Our research is focused on but not limited to 1) the circumpolar North and other remote “resource frontiers,” and 2) the former Soviet Union and other post-socialist areas. While our team consists primarily of social and cultural anthropologists, EnMoTe acknowledges the potential of collaborating with scholars from other social science disciplines, the humanities, arts and natural sciences. While many of the team members work closely with Prof. Schweitzer, the goal of EnMoTe is to provide a forum for debates about environments, mobilities and technologies within the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology and beyond.

EnMoTe News


Olga Povoroznyuk conducted comparative field study in the BAM city of Neryungri and indigenous village Iengra in south Yakutiya in July 2019. More details are to come in her field report.


Olga Povoroznyuk and Peter Schweitzer hosted panel "Transport Infrastructures in the System of Communication and Social Relations in the North" at the XIII Congress of Anthropologists and Ethnologists of Russia, 2 - 6 of July, Kazan, Russia


Peter Schweitzer gave presentation "Mobility and Communication in the Circumpolar North: Toward an Anthropology of Transportation Infrastructure" as one of keynote speakers at the XIII Congress of Anthropologists and Ethnologists of Russia in Kazan, Russia, July 2 - 6, 2019

EnMoTe Projects

Permafrost thaw and the changing Arctic coast, science for socioeconomic Adaptation (2017-2022)


Configurations of Remoteness (2015-2020)


ReSDA Project "Labour Mobility and Community Participation in the Extractive Industries - Yukon" (2014-2019)

Vienna Arctic Summer School (2016)

Field Experience in Northwest Russia Summer School (2015)

Related PhD Projects

Ria-Maria Adams

(Re-)Production of Social Identities: An Anthropological Approach to Cultural Adaptation Processes of Migrated Youth in Finnish Lapland (2018-2021)