Institut für Musikwissenschaft

Dissertationsprojekt von Sara Rohr

MA Sara Valentina Rohr


phil.-hist. Fakultät

Mittelstrasse 43
CH-3012 Bern
Montag, Dienstag & Mittwoch
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seit 2023
Doktorantin im eingeworbenen "Performing an Inuit Enviromentalism", Universität Bern, Schweiz
2022-2023 Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin, Abteilung Mittelalter, Historisches Institut, Universität Bern, Schweiz
2019-2022 Tutorin & Hilfsassistentin Abteilung Mittelalter, Historisches Institut, Universität Bern, Schweiz
2018-2021 Master of Arts in History mit Prädikat Signum cum laude, Major Geschichte & Minor World Arts & Music, Universität Bern, Schweiz
2018-2020 Masttervertretung im Direktorium, Historisches Institut, Universität Bern, Schweiz
2015-2020 Vizepräsidentin des Fachschaftsvorstandes Geschichte, Universität Bern, Schweiz
2016-2018 Studentische Aushilfe im Stadtarchiv Aarau
2013-2018 Bachelor of Arts in History mit Prädikat Signum cum laude Mono Geschichte, Universität Bern, Schweiz
2017 SEMP-Semester, Universiteit Utrecht, Niederlande
2016 Praktikum an der Forschungsstelle für Diplomaticshe Dokumente der Schweiz (DDS)
2013-2014 Mitarbeit am Uniradio "Ostinato", Universität Bern, Schweiz
2009-2013 Eidgenössische Matura , Alt Kantonsschule Aarau
  • Anpassung an den Klimawandel
  • Nachhaltigkeit
  • Widerstandsfähigkeit
  • Kehlkopfgesang der Inuit
  • Digitales Geschichtenerzählen der Inuit
  • Traditionelles ökologisches Wissen
  • Ureinwohnerschaft
  • Entkolonialisierung
  • Interdisziplinarität

Performing an Inuit Environmentalism

Inuit[1] communities are among the most affected by global climate change, as the Arctic is experiencing rapid rates of ice and permafrost melting. Even though, Western scientific discourse on climate change has so far neglected Inuit perspectives and local knowledge, which constitutes the so-called Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ). There has been little research into how Inuit address environmental change and resulting social and cultural impacts. However, contemporary female Inuit artists and activists in Canada are increasingly using throat singing mixed with popular music or digital storytelling to perform, develop and share past and present Inuit ontologies, epistemologies, and IQ. By doing so, they are an integral part of Inuit environmental activism while contributing to identity-making and decolonizing efforts. This dissertation aims to explore how and to what extend these recontextualized cultural expressive forms and the production and transmission of IQ become resilience and sustainability strategies for Canadian Inuit in their adaptation process to the local impacts of global climate change. Therefore, examining the hypothesis, that climate change threatens the sustainability of Inuit culture and identity, which is inextricably linked with their arctic environment. To achieve this, the project proposes an interdisciplinary approach that combines ethnomusicology with gender studies, oral and environmental history and Indigenous[2] scholarship. Key data will be collected through on-site and virtual fieldwork, particularly by conducting interviews and analyzing artistic and digital output in form of case studies. Implementing an applied ethnomusicology approach, both the data and the results will be public accessible on a website. Although the dissertation is based on academic work, it is central to the project to implement collaborative research with Inuit activists, to prioritize Indigenous research concepts and methods and to embed the findings in a context of self-reflexivity and situated perspectivism to make a significant contribution to the decolonialization of ethnomusicology as an academic discipline. Finally, insights into the environmental activism of female Inuit artists based on their interrelationship with the Arctic will highlight alternative approaches to climate change adaptation.



[1] Inuit means “the people” in Inuktitut. An Inuit person is known as Inuk. In Canada Inuit designates Indigenous people who inhabit the northern arctic regions (

[2] While in many ways heterogenous, Indigenous people share a self-identification as Indigenous, a continuation of historical pre-colonial or pre-settler societies, strong links to territories and natural resources, a distinctness of social, economic or political systems and a non-dominant position in broader society (United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Factsheet,

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