Dr. Arthur Mason, Associate Professor, Department of Social Anthropology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Areas of Interest: Energy and environmental policy; Petro-industry information firms; Elite premium network spaces; Extractive and restructuring industires; Hydrocarbon aesthetics; Arctic (US, Canada, Norway, Russia)
Bio: Arthur Mason holds academic appointments at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology as Associate Professor in the Department of Social Anthropology and at Rice University as Research Scientist in the Department of Anthropology. His US National Science Foundation sponsored research (2014-2018) addresses the exchange of petro-industry information in elite premium networking spaces and the broader context of energy knowledge provisioning for visualizing the future. Dr. Mason's previous work examines social reproduction at critical junctures in Alaska Native history, including moments of identification and political recognition via forms of heritage work, citizenship, and academic expertise. His forthcoming research examines aesthetic perceptions in hydrocarbon imagery and interconnections between the Arctic’s changing environmental and cultural systems and other regions of the world.
Dr. Christian Ritter, Postdoctor, Department of Social Anthropology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Areas of Interest: Energy and environmental policy; Sustainability and energy futures; Cultures of expertise; Digital media and cultural flows; Migration and mobilities; Tourist performances; Hydrocarbon aesthetics
Bio: Christian Ritter is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Social Anthropology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology and at the Centre of Excellence in Media Innovation and Digital Culture, Tallinn University. His past research examnines the use of digital media among members of present-day diasporas as well as faith-based communities in Western Europe. Dr. Ritter's current research contributes to digital anthropology through observations on practices of energy consultants in Northern Europe and the digitalization of the tourism industry in Tallinn.