Drawing from in situ fieldwork in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, the northernmost settlement on Earth, these notes bring out the affective, ambient, and atmospheric power of extended darkness during the polar night, when the sun does not appear above the horizon for several months at a time. Each entry is composed of 113 words to reflect the number of days without light in Longyearbyen during the winter of my visit. Through a mixture of ethnographic observations, researched academic scholarship, and some endeavors of poetic worldmaking, these notes attempt to evoke the ineffable force of global warming by performing the sort of acutely observed and felt attentiveness to planetary being that is needed for our time.
Notes from the Polar Night
Chris Ingraham is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Utah. Correspondence to: Chris Ingraham, Department of Communication, University of Utah, Languages and Communication Building, 255 S. Central Campus Drive, Room 2400, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, USA. Email: email@example.com.
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Chris Ingraham; Notes from the Polar Night. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 15 December 2020; 9 (4): 35–43. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2020.9.4.35
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