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Kati Lindström is a researcher working across the disciplines of history, geography, semiotics and anthropology at the Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. She has a PhD in semiotics and cultural studies from the University of Tartu, Estonia, and has undergone doctoral training in anthropology at Kyoto University. Prior to coming to KTH, she has worked at the Research Institute of Humanity and Nature (RIHN) in Kyoto, Japan, and the University of Tartu, Estonia. Most of her work has focussed on different aspects of how landscapes are singled out for protection and how values are attributed to them on individual, community, national and international level. Fluent in Japanese, Spanish, English, Russian, Swedish and Estonian, she is particularly committed to the transnational entangled history of environemental and heritage protection in the Antarctic Treaty System that would shed light to the motives and values of the less studied Antarctic actors. She is also a member of ICOMOS International Polar Heritage Committee.

  • Research projects / interests:
    • Cultural heritage in Antarctica
    • Environmental histories of Antarctica, especially 1970s to 1990s
    • Environmental protection and mineral activities in Antarctica
    • Japanese polar history
    • Chilean Antarctic history
    • Argentinian Antarctic history
    • Soviet Antarctic history
    • Antarctic museums
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Keywords.  Antarctic history, Polar heritage, Environmental protection, South America, Japan, Argentina, Chile, Natural resources, Soviet Union, human geography