Stammler-Gossmann, Anna

University Senior Researcher, PhD
Coordinator of the Arctic Studies Program, University of Lapland
Anthropology Research Team
Anthropologist, specializes in Arctic Anthropology since 1995.

Research interests

  • Anthropology of cold (living in cold places, ’social’ properties of cold)
  • Climate change and human activities in the Arctic (indigenous peoples, reindeer herding, pastoralism, tourism, fisheries, aquaculture)
  • Human-animal relations
  • Circumpolar studies (Arctic and Antarctic): Polar tourism
  • Sustainable development (national and local concepts of sustainability)
  • Anthropology of water: liminal spaces, multiple meaning of water; anthropology of disaster
  • Arctic as space and place (spatiality, limits)
  • Cross-border relations (informal economy, petty trade, cross-border tourism)
  • Food and migration studies

Other academic merits

  • Member of Scientific Committee of the International Circumpolar Observatory of Arctic and Antarctic (ICO)
  • Editorial Advisor of Polar Record (Cambridge University Press)
  • Co-editor of Arctic and Antarctic International Journal of Circumpolar Sociocultural Issues


  • Finnmark, Norway 2019
  • Tierra del Fuego and Santa Cruz (Argentina) – 2016, 2017
  • Republic of Sakha Yakutia (Northeastern Russia) 1995 - 2019
  • Lapland (Finland), 2013-2017
  • Finnmark (Northeastern Norway) – 2008-2016
  • Iceland – 2011, 2014
  • Svalbard (Northern Norway) – 2013
  • Kola Peninsula, Murmansk region (Northwestern Russia) 2005 - 2014
  • Nenets Autonomous District (Russia) – 2008
  • Kamchatka (Far East of Russia) – 2007, 2014
  • British Columbia (Canada) – 2014

Teaching activities

  • Coordinator of the Arctic Studies Programme (ASP)
  • 2019. PhD school ARCO-KNOW (Arctic Research and Co-production of Knowledge), Rovaniemi, Finland (organizer);
  • 2019. PhD school. ICE LAW. Arctic Research Centre, Durham, UK
  • 2018-2016. Arctic Studies Master Programme, University of Versailles (France), Guest lecturer
  • 2018-2015. Gateway to the Arctic, Research Studio for Young Scientists, Université Franco-Allemande
  • 2016-  ASPB 1101: Introduction to the Arctic
  • 2012-2015. ASPB 1104: Peoples, Cultures and Identities of the Arctic, principal tutor;
  • 2012-2015.ASPA 1304 Identities on the Move (principal tutor,);
  • 2012-2015. ASPA 1305 On, in and under earth and water: Arctic resources use in the past, present and future
  • 2006-2010. KASP 1303, KASP 1304 Literature Exam (principal tutor)
  • 2014. PhD course ‘Cross-border studies: Touring borders’, University of Tromso (Norway),

Funded research projects

  • CEN The Changing Environment of the North: Cultural Representations and Uses of Water (Finnish Academy). 2019-2021
  • ICE LAW (The Leverhulme Trust, UK, 2016-2019) Indeterminate and Changing Environments: Law, the Anthropocene, and the World. Leader: The Local and Indigenous Perspectives subproject
  • ARC-ARK (Finnish Academy, 2015-2018): Human-animal adaptations to the Arctic environment: natural and folk selection practices.
  • Aesthetics of Warm Clothing at the Cold Pole (Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, August – January 2018)
  • POLARIS ( EU, FP7, 2013-2017)
  • ORHELIA (Finnish Academy, 2012-2016): Oral History of Empires by Elders in the Arctic
  • ACCESS (EU, FP7, 2011-2015): Arctic Climate Change Economies and Society. Leader: The Socio-Economic Impact of Climate Change on Arctic Fisheries; Chair of the Research Ethics board.
  • BBC film project ’Arctic with Bruce Parry’, Siberian Episode, Cold Pole, 2011
  • CAVIAR (EU IPY, 2008-2011) and FIN-CAVIAR (Finnish Academy): Community Adaptation and Vulnerability in Arctic regions
  • DAMOCLES (EU IPY, 2006-2008) Developing Arctic Modelling and Observing Capabilities for Long-term Environmental Studies
  • Top-down and bottom-up globalisation in the Russian North (Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, Finland, 2005)
  • Indigenous Peoples and Incoming Population in the Republic of Sakha Yakutia (Russia), (Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, Germany, 2000-2002)
  • Interethnic Relations in the Russian North in the 19-20 century (Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, Germany, 1997-2000)
  • Political and Economic Development in the Post-Socialist Northern Russia (Otto Benecke Stiftung, Germany, 1996-1997)
  • Centre-periphery relations in the Russian North (Bundesinstitut fuer Ostwissenschaftliche und Internationale Studien, Germany, 1997)
  • Ethnopolitical Situation in the Russian North (Ministry for Education, Science and Technology, Germany, 1995-1996)
  • German Research on Siberia in the 19-20 century (Otto Benecke Stiftung, Germany, 1994-1995)

Exhibitions organized:

  • 2019, June. ‘King Crab: From the Far East to the Norwegian Fjord’ Photo and poster exhibition, Bugoynes, Norway
  • 2017, October (2-19). People, places and change, University of Lapland, Kopio Art Gallery, personal exhibition
  • 2017, June, People, places and change, Umeå University, Sweden, personal exhibition
  • 2016, December. Tourism in the very North and in the very South : concepts, space and place at the ‘ends’ of the world’, NEFU University, Yakutsk, Russia
  • 2016, November. ‘North as space and place’, Alfred-Wagener-Institute, Gate to the Arctic, Potsdam, Germany
  • 2015, February. ” Fishers, Climate Change and the Sea”, Centre Tecnològic de Vilanova i la Geltrú, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2014, February – January 2017. Barents stories: How do we see the sea? Arktikum, Rovaniemi , Finland
  • 2014, May. 'Reindeer herding: Common economy - similar and different practices', Lovozero, Kola Peninsula, Russia
  • 2012, October 'Northern pastoralism', exhibition in Sevettijärvi, Lapland, Finland,
  • 2012, November. 'Anthropological fieldwork: Siberian travel', exhibition at the Arctic Centre,
  • 2011, October. ‘Man and circumpolar nature’, Lapland and Patagonia Art exhibition Arctic Centre,

Conferences, seminars, workshops organized

  • 2019 July. People of the Permafrost Land conference, Churapcha, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), organizer
  • 2019 June. Norwegian fjord: Living with Changes, workshop, Finmark, Norway
  • 2019 April. Climate, Fish and Fisheries Sector: Local and Indigenous Perspectives. Arctic Centre, Rovaniemi, Finland
  • 2019 March. 10th Circumpolar Agricultural Conference, co-organizer. Rovaniemi, Finland
  • 2017 June. Success stories from the North: From survival to a vision for the future. Sessions organizer and chair ICASS 9, Umea, Sweden,
  • 2016 December. Animal’s social life: Decline and revival of the Northern breed. Workshop, Yakutsk, Republic of Sakha Yakutia,
  • 2016 August. Research ethics: ‘Formalizing informal’ workshop, Arctic Centre, Finland
  • 2016 July. Way to sustainability: Success story of a Siberian village, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).
  • 2015 November. Practicing Shamanism: What does it mean to be a shaman? Seminar with two Sami practitioners from Kola Peninsula, Arctic Centre, Finland
  • 2015 February. Arctic Fish-Fishers-Fisheries, stakeholder workshop, Arctic Centre
  • 2014 November. Arctic Fisheries: Puzzling about sustainability seminar, Arctic Centre, Finland
  • 2014 March. Arctic Ocean and coastal communities seminar, Arctic Centre, Finland
  • 2014 July. Climate change and Arctic communities, University of Sorbonne, France, co-organizer
  • 2014 May. How do we see the sea? Multiple meanings of water. Sessions organizer and chair ICASS 8, Prince George, Canada
  • 2014 May. ‘Northern drinking’: Values and control. Sessions organizer and chair ICASS 8, Prince George, Canada
  • 2013 December. Man and the Sea, seminar, Arctic Centre
  • 2013 November. Sami people of Jona: Pride and prejudice, workshop, Arctic Centre,
  • 2013 April. Are glaciers good to think with? workshop with Julie Cruikshank, Arctic Centre and ARKTIS PhD school
  • 2013 April. Reconstructing change and resilience in environmental and social conditions – what can we learn from the past for the future’, seminar, co-organizer.
  • 2013 September Protecting the sacred conference, Rovaniemi/Pyhä, co-organizer, session chair
  • 2012 October/December. Making a documentary from the field materials (2 workshops), Arctic Centre
  • 2012 November. Multiple meanings of sea water. International documentary films and lectures week (organizer), Arktikum, Finland
  • 2007 December. Arctic and Antarctic come together. Human-nature relations: Perspective from the North and from the South, seminarArctic Centre, Finland
  • 2006 March. Pieces from peripheries and centres: Barents Specialists conference. Session organiser, chair. Reconsidering Peripheries and CentresUniversity of Lapland, Rovaniemi,


  • 2005 -   Senior researcher, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland (Finland), Arctic Anthropology group, Department of Sustainable Development
  • 2009 – Visiting scholar: Tohoku University for Northeastern Studies, Sendai, Japan
  • 2004 - 2005 Visiting scholar: Reindeer herders and hunters of Central Siberia; Contemporary Russian Arctic collection of the library, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge (UK)
  • 1995 - 2002 Institute for Eastern European Studies, University of Cologne, Germany.  Research on centre-periphery and interethnic relations in the Russian Federation
  • 1994 - 1995 Institute for Social Anthropology and Institute for Eastern European Studies, University of Cologne (Germany). Post-Doctoral Research on cultural revival in the Russian North and ethnological studies in the North in 19th - 20th centuries,

Selected relevant publications

  • Stammler-Gossmann, A. (ed.). Arctic Fish-fishers-fisheries (in editing process)
  • Stammler-Gossmann, A. (ed.). People and the State: Arctic Stories and Histories (in editing process)
  • Stammler-Gossmann, Anna. 2017 (in press). Climate, change and reindeer herders’ village. Tundra life in ’high resolution’ Essen: Alcorde Verlag
  • Stammler-Gossmann, Anna. 2016. Arctic and Antarctic: space and place in change, FinCeal Newsletter 6
  • Stammler-Gossmann, Anna. 2016. World of Cow. Human-animal adaptation to the Arctic environment (Documentary film, DVD). ISBN 978-952-93-8411-2
  • Stammler-Gossmann, Anna 2014. Domesticated Fish: Farmed and Monitored (Documentary Film, DVD) ISBN 978-952-93-5179-4
  • Crépin A.-S., Petrick S., Morgenroth, E., André M., Eide A., Hermansen Ø, Isaksen J., Lindahl T., Stammler-Gossmann A., Troell M. 2014. Indicators for sustainable seafood production. Royal Swedish Academy of Science, Beijer
  • Stammler-Gossmann, Anna. 2013. Changing Barents Sea and coastal communities. Arctic Climate  Change Economy and Society Newsletter 5: 17-21
  • Stammler-Gossmann, Anna. 2013. What is the North? Concept of space in Russia. Arctic XXI 1, (Northeastern Federal University of Yakutsk).
  • Stammler-Gossmann, Anna. 2013. My Rovaniemi. Heikkilä M. and Laukkanen, M. (eds).The Arctic calls: Finland, the European Union and the Arctic Region. Rovaniemi: Europe Information/Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs: 30-31.
  • Stammler-Gossmann, A. 2012. Chapter 4. The Big Water of a Small River: Flood Experiences and a Community Agenda for Change. Tennberg. M. (Ed.) Governing the Uncertain in the Arctic: Adaptation and Climate Change in Russia and Finland, pp.55-82.
  • Stammler-Gossmann, A. 2012. Chapter 6. ‘Winter-tyres-for-a-flower-bed’: Shuttle Trade on the Finnish-Russian Border. In: Bruns, B. and J. Miggelbrink (Eds.). Subverting Borders. Doing Research on Smuggling and Small-Scale Trade. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften, pp. 225 – 247
  • Stammler-Gossmann, A., 2011. "Indigene Völker“: Wurzeln der russländischen Minderheitenpolitik. (Indigenous Peoples. The Historical Roots of Russian Minority Policy. Sapper, M., Weichsel, V., Humrich, C. (eds.). Logbuch Arktis. Der Raum, die Interessen und das Recht. (The Arctic Logbook. Environment, Economics, Politics). Berlin [=Osteuropa 2-3/2011], pp. 417-427. Download pdf.
  • Stammler-Gossmann, A. 2011. Re-bordering of the Russian North. Arctic & Antarctic International Journal of Circumpolar Sociocultural Issues 5: 97-114.
  • Stammler-Gossmann, A. 2011. Ilmastonmuutos haastaa (Challenges of the climate change). Lapin Kansa 339. December 15, p.15.
  • Stammler-Gossmann, Anna. 2010. Political animals of Sakha Yakutia. Stammler F., Takakura H. (Eds.) Good to eat, good to live with: Nomads and animals in Northern Eurasia and Africa. Sendai: Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku university, p. 153-178.
  • Stammler-Gossmann, Anna. 2010. 'Translating' vulnerability at the community level: Case study from the Russian North. Hovelsrud G.K., Smit B. (Eds.), Community Adaptation and Vulnerability in Arctic Regions. Berlin:Springer, chapter 6, p.131-162.
  • Stammler-Gossmann, Anna. 2010. The Russian North as space of legislation. Ibánez del Acebo E., Gunnlaugsson H. (Eds). La circumpolaridad como fenómeno sociocultural. Pasado, presente, futuro. Buenos Aires: Universidad de Buenos Aires, FCE, p. 11-25.
  • Stammler-Gossmann, Anna 2010. Linking Arctic natural resources, environmental changes and economies: Fishery in the Murmansk region. DAMOCLES, IPY project, WP 5.5: Changing conditions in the Arctic Ocean. Final report of the Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland
  • Stammler-Gossmann, Anna 2010. Contributing author to SWIPA (Sea, Water, Ice and Permafrost in the Arctic) assessment project: Chapter 5.3: Changes in sea-ice use by Arctic inhabitants
  • Stammler-Gossmann, Anna 2009. A life for an idea: Matthias Alexander Castren. Polar Record 45(234):193-206.
  • Stammler-Gossmann, Anna  2009. Who is indigenous? Construction of ‘indigenousness’ in Russian legislation. International Community Law Review 11 (1), pp. 69-102.
  • Stammler-Gossmann, Anna 2009. Negotiating the indigenous status in the Russian Federation. Arctic & Antarctic International Journal of Circumpolar Sociocultural Issues 3, 7-51.
  • Stammler-Gossmann, Anna 2008. Enets. Modern Encyclopedia. Russian, Soviet & Eurasian History (SMERSH), 9, Gulf Breeze: Academic International Press, pp. 164-167.
  • Stammler-Gossmann, Anna 2007. The challenge of human dimensions in climate change research. Cardinal D., Lipiatou E. (eds.) Polar environment and climate: the challenges. European research in the context of the International Polar Year. Brussels, EU, pp. 154-156
  • Stammler-Gossmann Anna 2007. Reshaping the North of Russia: towards a conception of space. Arctic & Antarctic International Journal of Circumpolar Sociocultural Issues. Vol 1, Nr.1, Buenos Aires: ICSI, pp.53-97.
  • Stammler-Gossmann Anna 2007. ”Северные измерения" России: концепция пространства. Pегиональное сообщество в период социальных трансформаций: Кольский Север, начало XXI века. Апатиты: Изд. Кольского научного центра РАН, С. 5-30.
  • Stammler-Gossmann, Anna 2006. Top-down and bottom-up globalisation in the Russian North. Rantaniemi M., Kurtakko K., Norvapalo K.(eds.). Pieces from Peripheries and Centres. Rovaniemi: Lapland University, p.31-53.
  • Gossmann, Anna. 1999. Review of James Hughes ‘Stalinism in a Russian Province. Collectivization and Dekulakization in Siberia’. New York, 1997. Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas, vol.47, Nr.2, S.293-294.
  • Gossmann, Anna 1998. ‚Cultural revival’ am Kältepol der Erde. Voran in die Vergangenheit. Cultural revival – moderne Traditionen. Infoemagazin, 13/1998. (‘Cultural revival’ on the coldest place on earth. ‘Ahead to the past’, cultural revival – modern traditions)
  • Gossmann, Anna 1997. Souveränität auf Jakutisch. Berichte des Bundesinstituts für ostwissenschaftliche und internationale Studien (34). Cologne: Bundesinstitut für ostwissenschaftliche und internationale Studien (Sovereignity in Yakutian)
  • Gossmann, Anna 1996. ’Mehrheit’ und ’Minderheit’ in der Republik Sacha (Jakutien). Kappeler A.(ed.) Regionalismus und Nationalismus in Rußland. Baden-Baden: Nomos, pp.191-198. (’Majority’ and ’Minority’ in the Sakha Republic (Yakutia))

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