Periodic Reporting for period 1 - ARCVIS (Arctic Visible: Picturing Indigenous Communities in the Nineteenth-Century Western Arctic)
Reporting period: 2019-08-01 to 2021-07-31
In contrast to enduring images of ice, the project aims to show the Arctic as a peopled environment with a rich history and heritage. By spatially connecting little-known archival materials (held in repositories worldwide) to their places of origin in the Arctic, the project seeks to virtually ‘return’ sketches and illustrations to their rightful ‘homes.’ The project planned to produce a minimum of two articles in peer-reviewed international journals, a variety of outreach and dissemination initiatives, and a portal containing two versions of the database.
What follows is the list of publications produced during the project, including publications on topics not directly connected to the project:
O’Dochartaigh, Eavan. Visual Culture and Arctic Voyages: Documentary Art and Literature of the Franklin Search Expeditions. Cambridge University Press (March 2022). In Press. https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/visual-culture-and-arctic-voyages/543A21BC437E577135FC939264EEF98E
O’Dochartaigh, Eavan. “Social Encounters: Portraits of the Yup’ik Women of Taciq, Alaska, 1850-51.” Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies. Special Issue: Counter Stories from the Arctic Contact Zone. (2022). Under Peer-Review.
O’Dochartaigh, Eavan. “Arctic Visible: Mapping the Visual Representations of Indigenous Peoples in the Nineteenth-Century Western Arctic.” Post-Proceedings of the 5th Conference Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries (DHN 2020), CEUR Workshop Proceedings 2865 (2021): 179-184. http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-2865/
O’Dochartaigh, Eavan. “Sweden is No Country for Heartfelt Cries of ‘We’re All in This Together.’ ” Sunday Independent (Ireland), 20 September 2020. https://www.independent.ie/
O’Dochartaigh, Eavan. “Covid-19 and the Swedish Experience: Notes from Umeå, Northern Sweden.” Moore Institute, 28 April 2020. https://mooreinstitute.ie/2020/04/28/covid-19-and-the-swedish-experience-notes-from-umea-northern-sweden/
O’Dochartaigh, Eavan. Review of The News at the Ends of the Earth: The Print Culture of Polar Exploration, by Hester Blum. Journal for Maritime Research 22, no. 1-2 (2020): 212-214.
O’Dochartaigh, Eavan. “ ‘Exceedingly Good Friends:’ The Representation of Indigenous People during the Franklin Search Expeditions to the Arctic, 1847-59.” Victorian Studies 61, no. 2 (winter 2019): 255-267.
O’Dochartaigh, Eavan. “Arctic Visible: Picturing Indigenous Communities in the Nineteenth-Century Western Arctic.” Northern Notes 52 (fall/winter 2019): 25.
The project also produced conference papers, posters, and talks. However, many key events and conferences that I was due to attend from March onwards in 2020 as both delegate and speaker were cancelled or postponed, resulting in numerous missed opportunities for training, dissemination, and networking.
This project has gathered together over 700 records of images of Indigenous peoples in the Arctic and will be published online and disseminated in 2022. The compilation of the archival records and displaying them in their geographical contexts will provide an enormous resource for education as well as forming the basis for a second book. The data collected in this project has the potential to inform future research as well as drawing attention to the very peopled Arctic that exists and has a rich history. The book that is being published as result of the fellowship project will provide a valuable resource for those interested in representations of the Arctic. It examines the visual culture and literature of the search expeditions that explored the Canadian Arctic Archipelago in an effort to find Sir John Franklin and his crew who had set out to discover the Northwest Passage linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans in 1845.