How did you become interested in working at the International Barents Secretariat?
Once in spring 2017, I came across an announcement of an open position at the International Barents Secretariat. I have long been interested in histories and politics of the North, and it seemed like a perfect opportunity to apply for an internship at IBS and get a hands-on experience in developing cross-cultural communication and sustaining international collaboration in the Barents region. It took me, however, two years and a handful of exciting tournants du destin along the way to Kirkenes, and I am extremely happy to be here at last.
Tell us about your background
I was born in Moscow, Russia, and grew up in early 2000s to the songs of t.A.T.u., Backstreet Boys and The Rasmus. The latter, curiously enough, sparked my interest for the North and inspired me to learn Finnish and later Swedish. In 2015, I graduated from Moscow Lomonosov State University with a degree in History and Translation and a special emphasis on Northern Europe. In the past few years I have lived in Sweden, Latvia, Germany, and Belgium and worked for a couple of international companies in the Swedish and English languages. Recently, I finished my masters in Global Studies and submitted my research on visual narratives of infrastructure-building and extractive projects in the Arctic and their role in reproducing the frontier discourse of Arctic living spaces. I am also affiliated with The Arctic Institute, an international non-governmental organization, where my contributions include writing research articles and news analyses and setting up Arctic-related events.
What will your work include at the IBS?
As an intern, I will assist the IBS team in their daily communication and administrative tasks, work with news updates and manage Secretariat’s social media as well as provide support in organizing meetings and events dedicated to Barents cooperation. I would also like to use this opportunity to further develop my own research projects and work on some fascinating publications. Stay tuned!
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Whenever I have free time, I try to spend it outside and explore new places either on foot or by bike, no matter season and weather. I enjoy reading, dancing and poetry writing as well as baking and meditating, and appreciate conversations with enthusiastic and open-minded people.