Arctic Triumph

Northern Innovation and Persistence

  • Nikolas Sellheim
  • Yulia V. Zaika
  • Ilan Kelman

Part of the Springer Polar Sciences book series (SPPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Narrating Arctic Indigenous Fantasies

  3. From Homestead to Homeland

  4. Making Rights Work

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Tuyara N. Gavrilyeva, Natalia P. Yakovleva, Sardana I. Boyakova, Raisa I. Bochoeva
      Pages 83-104
  5. Risky Business with a Silver Lining

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 193-194

About this book


This book approaches the challenges the Arctic has faced and is facing through a lens of opportunity. Through pinpointed examples from and dealing with the Circumpolar North, the Arctic is depicted as a region where people and peoples have managed to endure despite significant challenges at hand. This book treats the ‘Arctic of disasters’ as an innovated narrative and asks how the ‘disaster pieces’ of Arctic discourse interact with the ability of Arctic peoples, communities and regions to counter disaster, adversity, and doom. While not neglecting the scientifically established challenges associated with climate change and other (potentially) disastrous processes in the north, this book calls for a paradigm shift from perceiving the ‘Arctic of disasters’ to an ‘Arctic of triumph’. Particular attention is therefore given to selected Arctic achievements that underline ‘triumphant’ developments in the north, even when Arctic triumph and disaster intersect.


Arctic: communities, cultures, traditions, livelihoods Arctic sea ice melt and climate change Human dimension of Arctic disasters and triumphs Cultural heritage of the Arctic New technologies in the Arctic Arctic success stories Arctic opportunities Overcoming Arctic challenges

Editors and affiliations

  • Nikolas Sellheim
    • 1
  • Yulia V. Zaika
    • 2
  • Ilan Kelman
    • 3
  1. 1.Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)University of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.Khibiny Research and Educational Station, Faculty of GeographyLomonosov Moscow State UniversityKirovskRussia
  3. 3.IGH and IRDR, University College London, London, UKUniversity of AgderKristiansandNorway

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