My name is Silke Reeploeg and I am Associate Professor in History at Ilisimatusarfik/University of Greenland.  I grew up in Southern Germany, but have lived most of my life in other parts of the world. From 1991-1996, I studied for a BA (Hons) degree in English and Philosophy at the Manchester Metropolitan University in England, then worked and travelled my way around from the (North) Shetland Islands to Patagonia and back again. I returned to live in Shetland from 1999-2017, where I took a Masters degree with the University of the Highlands and Islands, as well as completing a PhD with the University of Aberdeen (2017). From 2009 I worked with the University of the Highlands and Islands as a researcher and lecturer, before coming to Karlstad University, Sweden to complete my post-doctoral project “Women in the Arctic, 1818-2018”. Little did I know then that what was meant to be a historical project on travel literature by women in and about the Arctic was going to take me there in more ways than one!  

Here at the Department of Culture and Social History at Ilisimatusarfik/University of Greenland I teach introductory courses in World History and Historical Methodology, as well as an Advanced course on Gender, History, Culture: Exploring the Past Using Historical Writing. I supervise students on all levels, mainly on historical and cultural encounters in the Arctic, but I am also interested in supervising gender-related topics, or interdisciplinary projects that connect history with art and literature.

My research interests have so far centred around entangled histories, cultural encounters and coloniality in the Arctic, but I am also interested in coastal communities and feminist approaches. My current research focuses on Arctic women travellers, and exploring the politics of gender history, coloniality, intersectionality and uses of the past in the North. Find out more at our panel Investigating the politics of gender history, coloniality, decoloniality and indigeneity in the Greenlandic archive ( ) at the NORA conference in Reykjavik, Iceland ( )!

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My most recent publications:

Reeploeg, Silke.(2019). “Women in the Arctic: Gendering coloniality in travel narratives from the Far North, 1907-1930.” Scandinavian Studies, 91(2): in press.

Reeploeg, Silke. (2018).          “The Far Islands and Other Cold Places: Women Travelers in the Arctic, 1850-1935.” International Journal of Arts and Sciences (IJAS), 10(2): 35-40.

Jennings, Andres, Silke Reeploeg, Angela Watt. (2017).Seascapes and Dreamscapes: Northern Atlantic Islands and the Sea, [eds]. Newcastle on Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishers.

Reeploeg, Silke. (2016). “Coastal Cultures in Scotland and Norway: Narratives, Affinity, Contact.” In: Beyond Borealism: New Perspectives on the North. Proceedings from the 2015 Nordic Research Network Conference held at Edinburgh University / [eds] Ian Giles, Laura Chapot, Christian Cooijmans, Ryan Foster, Barbara Tesio. London: Norvik Press, 208-224.