Guest lecture: Professor Hiroki Takakura

« Takaisin19.10.2022 9:30–11:30

Guest lecture: Professor Hiroki Takakura: Forest, permafrost and pastoralism: Delayed hydrological effects in Siberian indigenous histories

Wednesday 19.10.2022 9:30-11:30

 In person Thule room, Arctic Centre and Teams (Join the Teams meeting via this link)

Recent climate change research suggests the natural environment is vulnerable and sensitively responsive. Anthropologists might recognize how easily the historically familiar natural environment changes and then reconsider human-environment relationships.

He will consider the issue focusing on the horse-cattle pastoralism of Sakha people in eastern Siberia. The key focuses on the permafrost and the alaas (meadow in the forest) environment which had originated through natural historical events. The coincidental human-environment interaction has formed the subsistence of Sakha. The interaction of human culture should contain not only ecology but also the material cycle.

Hiroki Takakura is Professor of Social Anthropology at the Center for Northeast Asian Studies and Graduate school of environmental studies, Tohoku University, Japan. He has studied the human-animal relations and ethnohistory in Siberia. From the 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami he also works on cultural heritage and disaster risk reduction.


Lukas Allemann
Post-doctoral Researcher