Kati Lindström

Expert Member – Estonia (October 2019)

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.

Her work has focussed on how certain landscapes are singled out for protection and how values are attributed to them on individual, community, national and international level. In the polar context, she is particularly interested in the interplay of environmental and cultural heritage protection in the Antarctic Treaty System, museal representations of polar heritage as well as the impact that removability and disposability of expedition artefacts has on heritage-making process in the Antarctic. Lindström is a member of ICOMOS Estonia and SCAR Standing Committee for Humanities and Social Sciences.

Research projects/interests

Cultural heritage in Antarctica (Japan, Chile, Argentina, Russia, Estonia, Sweden)

Environmental protection in Antarctica, particularly mineral resource exploitation and the area protection system.

Antarctic museums

Antarctic Treaty system’s institutional framework for heritage protection, its history

Impact of climate change on Antarctic heritage

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To get in touch: kati.lindstrom@abe.kth.se


Transnational Antarctic history, historic sites and monuments of the Antarctic Treaty System, Antarctic environmental protection, polar museums, critical heritage studies