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Mari Kleist BA, MA, PhD

Mari Kleist BA, MA, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Biography

I am trained in arctic archaeology and has over the past decade worked on archaeological field projects across Canada and Greenland. I am currently a Research Associate under the ERC Arctic Cultures Project led by Dr. Richard Powell, Scott Polar Research Institute. The project investigates the construction of the Arctic that emerged from the exploration of the region by Europeans and North Americans and their contacts with indigenous people from the middle of the sixteenth century.

Career

  • October 2018 – present: Postdoctoral Research Associate, ERC Arctic Cultures project, Scott Polar Research Institute.
  • 2016-2018: Independent researcher.
  • 2016-2017: External advisor, Secretariat of Greenland Reconciliation Commission, Premiers Office, Government of Greenland.
  • 2014-2016: Head of Office, Secretariat of  Reconciliation Commission, Premiers Office, Government of Greenland.
  • 2013-2016: External Lecturer, Department of Culture and Social History, University of Greenland.
  • 2010-2013: PhD candidate employee SAXO-Institute, Department of Prehistoric Archaeology, the Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen.
  • 2002-2006: Primary and Secondary School Teacher, Atuarfik Ukaliusaq, Nuuk, Greenland.

Qualifications

  • 2010-2013 PhD in Prehistoric Archaeology, SAXO-Institute, Department of Prehistoric Archaeology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Dissertation: Trends and Ontology of Artistic Practices of the Dorset Culture 800 BC – 1300 AD.
  • 2007-2009 MA in Archaeology, Department of Archaeology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. Thesis: In Search of Pre-contact Thule Children.
  • 2004-2007 BA in Culture and Social History, Ilisimatusarfik, University of Greenland. BA project: Analyse af samspillet mellem marked og kunstneriske ambitioner i den grønlandske kunstverden, med udgangspunkt i fedtstensskærerne.
  • 1998-2002 Teachers Education Degree, Ilinniarfissuaq, Nuuk, Greenland.

Awards and scholarships

  • 2010: Commission for Scientific Research in Greenland – Government of Greenland and Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education of Denmark: funding for 3 years.
  • 2007: Government of Greenland: funding for 2 years.
  • 1999: Government of Greenland: funding for 1 year.

Research

My research to date has largely focused on pre-Inuit (Dorset) and early Inuit cultures across the eastern Arctic and Sub-Arctic regions. My research areas have included childhood studies, material culture studies, hunter-gatherer studies, prehistoric art studies, animal-human relations studies, funerary practices, and socialization and agency studies. My current case study research entitled “The search for the origins of the Inuit and Ultima Thule” focuses on examining the role and effects of Europeans and North Americans exploration of the Arctic region and their contact with Inuit. This case study research aims to discover how Western commercial and expedition voyages to the Arctic, which strived to enhance western knowledge production and geopolitical formation, influenced and continues to influence Arctic communities today. Inuit perspectives and narratives on the construction of the Arctic will be the forefront of this case study research.  

Publications

Selected articles

  • 2018 Kleist, M. Anthropomorphic Images of the Late Dorset Culture. In North Atlantic Archaeology Journal. Vol. 5, 2018. Pp. 1-25.
  • 2015 Betts, M., M. Hardenberg, and I. Stirling. How Animals Create Human History: Relational Ecology and the Dorset Polar Bear Connection. In American Antiquity 80(1): 113-133. 
  • 2013 Fog Jensen, J. and M. Hardenberg. Forsvundne Folk. In Temahæfte 2013: Ekspeditionen. Det Natur og Biovidenskabelige Fakultet, Københavns Universitet. Pp. 10-12.
  • 2012 Appelt, M. and M. Hardenberg. Tunit and the Birds – Echoes of another World. In Northern Worlds – Challenges and Solutions, edited by H.C. Gulløv, P.A. Toft, & C. Polke. Copenhagen: National Museum of Denmark. Pp. 231-246.
  • 2011 Appelt, M. and M. Hardenberg. Tunit og fuglene – ekko fra en anden verden. In Tidsskriftet Grønland 3/2011. Pp. 244-252.
  • 2011 Hardenberg, M. Unmasked Dorset People: Communicated Visual Expressions. In Art and Communication in Pre-Literate Societies, XXXIV Valcamonica Symposium 2011. Pp. 246-254.
  • 2010 Hardenberg, M. In search of Thule children: Construction of playing houses as a means of socializing children. In Special Issue of Danish Journal of Geography 110(2): 201-214.

Selected outreach/papers

  • 2018 Arctic Archaeology and Indigenous Perspectives in Greenland. The Centre of America Studies, The Faculty of Archaeology, University of Leiden, Netherlands.
  • 2018 On the trace of Dorset Artistic Practices. IMAKA Lecture, Groningen, Netherlands.
  • 2018 On the trace of Dorset Artistic Practices. Groningen Institute of Archaeology, University of Groningen, Netherlands.
  • 2017 Narsap akiani ilerrit aallarniutaasumik misissorneri. Narsami Ilaqutariit Illuat, Narsaq, Greenland.
  • 2013 Dorset kulturen i kunstnerisk perspektiv. Aktuel Forskning i Grønland, Ilimmarfik, Greenland.
  • 2012 Dorset Artistic Expression as a means of Power and Status. Inuit Studies Conference, Washington.
  • 2012 Hvad er egentlig et Børnenes Museum. Lokalmuseernes formidlingspotentialer, Ilulissat, Greenland.
  • 2011 Communicated Visual Expressions of Dorset People. Art and Communication in Pre-literate Societies Valcamonica, XXIV Symposium, Italy.
  • 2010 In Search of Thule Children: Construction of Playing Houses as a Means of Socializing Children. People in the Northern Past: Social Approaches in Arctic Archaeology. Canadian Archaeological Association, Alberta, Canada.
  • 2009 In Search of Thule Children: Construction of Playing Houses as a Means of Socializing Children. Climate, Environment, and the Thule Culture, IPY Workshop, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • 2006 Soap Stone exchange in historic perspective. Inuit Studies Conference, Paris, France.

Teaching

  • 2013-2016: Arctic Archaeology and Prehistory of Greenland, Department of Culture and Social History, Ilisimatusarfik, University of Greenland.
  • 2011: Archaeological Field School, “Nordisk Forum for Kulturarv i Grønland/Nordic Forum for Cultural Heritage in Greenland,” Narsaq, Greenland. In collaboration with Ilisimatusarfik University of Greenland, University of Copenhagen, Nunatta Katersugaasivia Allagaateqarfialu and SILA – National Museum of Denmark. 
  • 2010: Guest Lecturer, “The prehistory of Eastern Arctic and the Dorset Culture,” Prehistoric Archaeology, SAXO-Institute, Department of Prehistoric Archaeology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • 2009: Guest Lecturer, “Searching gender and children in the discipline of archaeology,” Ilisimatusarfik, University of Greenland.

External activities

  • Member of Greenland Heritage Advisory Committee
  • 2013-present: External examiner and defence chair, Department of Culture and Social History, Ilisimatusarfik, University of Greenland.
  • 2013: External examiner, Department of Archaeology, Memorial University of Newfoundland.