This study focuses on investigating the de-industrialization process in one of Russian coal mining towns at Svalbard - Barentsburg. We are aiming at analysing the formation of the new actor network and how are those actors using (and producing) narratives relating to the mining past, in their efforts to build new futures. The study is also predetermined to investigate what values the legacies of Russian mining operations represent to these actors and why through the use of the qualitative interviews with the major stakeholders and field observations. This study makes use of the unique set of observations collected from the numerous field trips for the period from 2001-2016 in order to illustrate how the changes in the ideas (ideology) meaning of Barentsburg have resulted in transformations built environment and also in the new uses of space controlled by Russian authorities here. Our results confirm the strong legacies connected to the role of Russian company Trust Arktikugol as the main provider for the newly established activities, such as tourism destination development, despite a declining role of the mining activities. Present-day tourism activities previously confined to a limited (easily controlled) segment of the town are now showing a tendency to be more spread out in order to provide both individual and group visitors with a better access to the services provided by the settlement to its visitors. The uncertainties connected to the Russian state involvement in the future of the Barentsburg become obvious for all of the involved. However, members of the newest actor networks representing the tourism industry and scientific community express their reserved positivism towards the future without coal mining.
Dag: Fredag, 6 Mars
Tid: 13.00 – 14.00
Plats: Rum 321, Högskolan Dalarna, campus Borlänge