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


Peter Schweitzer: "The High North as Part of the Global South?

The Arctic Between Resource Frontier and Self-Determination", 15.05.2019, Global South Studies Center Cologne.


Olga Povoroznyuk presented a paper "Infrastructure of Post-Socialism: memory, identity and the politics of emotions in the region of Baikal-Amur Mainline (BAM)" at the methodological seminatr hosted by the department of ethnology of Moscow state University, 25 of February


Together with colleagues from the Nunataryuk project, Peter Schweitzer is currently on the west-coast of Greenland (Ilulissat and Qeqertarsuaq) to complete community consultations and get started with fieldwork. The aim of the community consultation meetings is to start a dialogue with local communities regarding the Nunataryuk project and to get...

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)