UiT Links

University website (in English)

Visual Anthropology master’s program


Team members:

Bjørn Arntsen, Associate Professor. (Profile)

Bjørn Artnsen (Associate Professor, UiT – Arctic University of Norway) is a visual anthropologist and filmmaker who has been conducting research and making films in Northern Norway and Northern Cameroon. He is the coordinator of the VISCAM project, a collaboration between two universities in Cameroon, in Bamako, Mali, and Tromsø, Norway developing a teaching program in Visual Anthropology.


Lisbet Holtedahl, Professor EmeritA. (Profile)

Lisbet Holtedahl (Professor Emerita, UiT – Arctic University of Norway) has been throughout her academic career conducting research in Niger, Northern Norway, and especially in Cameroon. Lisbet is currently professor emerita at the Visual Anthropology program at UiT. She continues working on the audio-visual material collected in Africa and Northern Norway and travels to Cameroon every year.


PETIA MANKOVA, Associate Professor. (Profile)

Petia Mankova (Associate Professor UiT – Arctic University of Norway) has gained in-depth knowledge of Northwest Russia, Norwegian-Russian relations, and indigenous peoples in the Arctic, through a number of research projects. Her professional interests lie at the intersection of modern history, anthropological perspectives, and visual culture. She was the picture editor and editorial secretary for the book project “The Asymmetric Neighborhood: Norway and Russia 1814-2014” and has taught at UIT since 2001.


Trond Waage, Associate Professor. (Profile)

Trond Waage (Associate Professor UiT – Arctic University of Norway) holds a Ph.D. in Visual Anthropology. Waage has made several anthropological films from Cameroon and Norway. He has been teaching at the Visual Anthropology program at UiT / The Arctic University of Norway since it opened. He is also a board member in the VISCAM and coordinator of the ‘Visual Anthropology of the North’ project.

EUSP Links

University website (in English)

Department of Anthropology (in English)


Team members:

Elena Liarskaya, assistant Professor. (Profile)

Elena Lirskaya is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Anthropology, European University at St. Petersburg. Her academic interests are the transformation of native culture in the Far North, anthropology of education, family models, reproductive behavior, birth control, cultural change, comparison between tundra and settlement.


Ilya Uthekin, Professor. (Profile)

Ilya Utekhin is a professor in the Department of Anthropology, European University at St. Petersburg. He is the author of a monographic study of shared apartments in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia that was made accessible to international audiences as Virtual Museum of Soviet Everyday Life (kommunalka.colgate.edu, video-based multimedia website). His recent book on ethnographic film (“What is Visual Anthropology. A Guide to the Classics of Ethnographic Film”) reflects his experience in teaching visual anthropology. His films include “Volunteers” (on Russian residential institutions for people with developmental and mental disabilities) and “Kupalo”(on neo-pagan Summer solstice ritual).


Stephan Dudeck, Assistant Professor. (Profile)

Stephan Dudeck (Assistant Professor, European University at St. Petersburg)  is an anthropologist working at the European University at Saint Petersburg (Russia) and the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland (Finland). He has established close collaborations with Siberian indigenous peoples and conducted long-term anthropological fieldwork with Siberian reindeer herding communities.

UAF Links

University website


Team members:

Leonard Kamerling, Professor Emeritus. (Profile)

Alaska filmmaker Len Kamerling is emeritus professor of English and Curator of the Alaska Ethnographic Film Archive at the University of Alaska Museum of the North.  He has authored more than a dozen films about Alaska Native cultures and indigenous issues. Throughout his career, he has been concerned with issues of cultural representation and the role that film archives can play in preserving indigenous knowledge for the future. Len was a Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Professor in the Visual Anthropology Program at the Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø for the 2018–19 academic year.