Ghost infrastructures along the Scandinavian coast
Seminar with Drs. Natalia and Matthew Magnani, associate professors at the University of Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway
Photo: Kjetil Robertsen/Port of Tromsø.
At Grøtsund outside the city of Tromsø, an expensively built port exists in a liminal state between operation and abandonment. Grøtsund’s location at the intersection of major waterways made the area attractive to settlement archaeologically; in the early 2010s this position drew municipal planners to imagine the site as a prosperous node on the Northern Sea Route, facilitating anticipated growth in goods, oil and gas shipping, and passenger transport along an "Arctic Silk Road" between Europe and Asia. Nearly a decade later, a completed port stands with the imagination of commercial and industrial investment that never came to be, now in dialogue with an archaeological past excavated in its anticipation. Unexpected activities at the terminal, including American nuclear submarine calls, entangle with use of the land by Sámi reindeer herders and tourist operators. For local residents, archaeologists, and cabin owners who have watched or participated in transformations of the strait, a global infrastructural network appears as an apparition in the background of their daily lives.
This spring the seminars make up a series titled Permanent Transience: Heritage, Memory and Forgetting.
The seminar will also be livestreamed on Zoom:
Meeting ID: 648 3284 4989