Anthropologist and Arctic Explorer
Pelle Tejsner is an adjunct professor at the Arctic Research Centre at Aarhus University.
He is educated as an anthropologist at the University of Aberdeen, and works in the humanistic branch of the studies of climate change at the Arctic Research Centre.
Pelle’s research is focused on climate change in Greenland, and on how it affects indigenous people living there.
Furthermore he has worked as a consultant for the WWF (World Wildlife Foundation), helping them understand the socio-cultural and socio-economic implications of climate change in the Arctic.
On the first speaker workshop on June 25th, we interviewed Pelle. Check out the two parts of the interview below.
What are you going to talk about in your TEDx talk?
My talk will be about how people living in the Arctic and what is mostly viewed by outsiders as ‘the wild’ share a different kind of relationship with the natural world than found elsewhere.
What can people take with them when they have seen your talk?
In relation to the predicted impending and dramatic climate changes we will be exposed to in the near future the Inuit have a few insights to teach us about how to cope with changing eco-systems in a climate gone ‘wild’.
What does “Into the Wild” mean to you?
My talk is based on years of travels and fieldwork in the Arctic, which has always to me at least, represented one of the last places of Earth for truly going ‘into the wild.
How do you connect your talk to the theme?
My talk is based on the interviews and firsthand experiences of having worked alongside Inuit hunters and through a presentation about what life is like in the Arctic region today I want to connect these experiences with the overall topic.
What is your favorite TED talk and why?
So many good ones. I once saw one by a fellow anthropologist who spoke about disappearing languages and cultures in Amazonas and my talk is also very inspired by that.
What/who inspires you – and why?
Well, same as above but aside from that I like Peter Høghs book ‘Smilla’s sense of snow’, which was also one of my reason for working in Greenland.
What did you feel, when you found out that you had been chosen to do a TEDx talk?
Somewhat overwhelmed but also a great sense of privilege as for the unique opportunity of giving a major audience a talk, which will hopefully inspire them to learn more about how people around the world and under more extreme conditions are managing to cope with a topic which really concerns all of us (e.g. Climate change) and as the saying goes ‘there really is no Planet B’ so this is truly something which I hope a lot of folks will find interesting to hear more about and inspired to action by.