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


17.06.2019, 17.00, HS A, IKSA

What Happened to the North Pole in Vienna 500 Years Ago, and Why this Still Matters Today

Michael Bravo


On June 13 Olga Povoroznyuk gave invited talk “(Post)Soviet Infrastructure: Identity Building and the Politics of Emotion in the Region of Baykal-Amur Mainline (BAM) in East Siberia” at the Graduate School of East and South East European Studies, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich.


The photo exhibition “Picturing the BAM” curated by Olga Povoroznyuk and Peter Schweitzer was opened at the University of Vienna's department for social and cultural anthropology on June 3, 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)