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Member of the Department of Geography at McGill University in Cultural Geography / Northern Studies from January 1977 to August 2008; retired since September 2008. Dr. phil. in Ethnology with Geography and Prehistory, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster, Germany, 1971


Since the 1960s I have conducted research in cultural anthropology, geography and toponymy in
subarctic Fenno-Scandia (Sápmi, Finland and Norway) with Sámi and Finns and in subarctic and arctic
Canada (Nunavut, Nunavik, northern Saskatchewan and Québec) with Inuit, Dene, Naskapi and Cree
and on the history of arctic anthropology related to Franz Boas (1858-1942) and the Inuit.

– available from

Baraka Books (Montréal, Québec, Canada) announces the publication of

The Franz Boas Enigma. Inuit, Arctic, and Sciences
by Ludger Müller-Wille.

Foreword by Rosemary Lévy Zumwalt.

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also available from Baraka Books

Inuit and Whalers on Baffin Island Through German Eyes. Wilhelm Weike’s Journal and Letters (1883-1884).

By Ludger Müller-Wille and Bernd Gieseking


Publications since 2006

2012 Müller-Wille, Ludger and Bernd Gieseking. Short Portrait: Wilhelm Weike. In: Haller, Dieter
(ed.), Interviews with German Anthropologists. Video Portal for the History of German Anthropology
post 1945. (29 February 2012) Bochum: Sektion für
Sozialanthropologie, Ruhr-Universität Bochum. 5 pp, 1 photo.

2011 Haller, Dieter & Ludger Müller-Wille. Interview Ludger Müller-Wille, 13.06.2008. In: Haller,
Dieter (ed.), Interviews with German Anthropologists. Video Portal for the History of German
Anthropology post 1945. (20 August 2011) Bochum: Sektion für
Sozialanthropologie, Ruhr-Universität Bochum. 7 pp, 1 photo.

2011 Müller-Wille, Ludger & Bernd Gieseking. Inuit and Whalers on Baffin Island Through German
Eyes. Wilhelm Weike’s Journal and Letters (1883-1884). Translated by William Barr. Montréal: Baraka
Books. 288 pp., 21 figs.

2011 Müller-Wille, Ludger. Arctic Toponymy: Snow and Ice in Inuit Place Names.
Circuit, magazine d’information des langaciers (Ordre des traducteurs, terminologues et interprètes
agréés du Québec), Numéro 111, Printemps 2011: 26-27.

2010 Dybbroe, Susanne & Jens Dahl, Ludger Müller-Wille (eds.). History Matters:
Dynamics of Arctic Urbanization. Acta Borealia, A Nordic Journal for Circumpolar Societies 27, 2: 120-
220. (Contributions by Jens Dahl, Ludger Müller-Wille, Edmund (Ned) Searle, Frank Sejersen, Gitte
Trondheim and Rane Willerslev)

2010 Dybbroe, Susanne & Jens Dahl, Ludger Müller-Wille 2010. Dynamics of Arctic Urbanization.
Acta Borealia 27, 2: 120-124.

2010 Müller-Wille, Ludger. Precursors of Urban Processes in Finnish Sápmi in the 1960s. Acta Borealia 27, 2: 141-150.

2010 Krupnik, Igor & Ludger Müller-Wille 2010. Franz Boas and Inuktitut Terminology for Ice and
Snow: From the Emergence of the Field to the “Great Eskimo Vocabulary Hoax”. In: Krupnik, Igor &
Claudio Aporta, Shari Gearheard, Gita J. Laidler, Lene Kielsen Holm (eds.), SIKU: Knowing Our Ice.
Documenting Inuit Sea Ice Knowledge and Use. Springer: Heidelberg 2010: 383-408.

2010 Krupnik, Igor & Ludger Müller-Wille (eds.) 2010. The Beginnings of Arctic Social Sciences:
Reconstructing the Genealogy of IASSA. Special Issue Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of IASSA and
Honoring Ernest S. Burch, Jr. (1938-2010). Northern Notes - Newsletter of the International Arctic Social
Sciences Association (IASSA), Issue 33 - 2010 - Anniversary Issue. Akureyri: IASSA Secretariat. 56 pp.

2010 Müller-Wille, Ludger. Establishing the International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA)
1990-1993: Retrospections, Records and Reflections. in: Northern Notes 33: 20-45.

2009 Müller-Wille, Ludger 2009. Franz Boas und seine Forschungen bei den Inuit. Beginn einer
arktischen Ethnologie. In: Friedrich Pöhl & Bernhard Tilg (eds.). Franz Boas: Kultur, Sprache, Rasse. Wege einer antirassistischen Anthropologie. (Series: Ethnologie: Forschung und Wissenschaft, Vol. 19). Wien: LIT-Verlag, p. 39-54.

2009 Müller-Wille, Ludger. Franz Boas' Beitrag zur Ethnologie der Inuit: Methodik und Ansätze
zwischen Geographie und Völkerkunde. In: Hans-Walter Schmuhl (ed.). Kulturrelativismus und
Antrassismus. Der Anthropologe Franz Boas (1858-1942). Bielefeld: [transcript], p. 303-310.

2008 Müller-Wille, Ludger & Bernd Gieseking (eds.). Bei Inuit und Walfängern auf Baffin-Land
(1883/1884). Das arktische Tagebuch des Wilhelm Weike. (Mindener Beiträge, Band 30). Minden:
Mindener Geschichtsverein, 321 pp.

2008 Müller-Wille, Ludger & Leo Granberg, Mika Helander, Lydia Heikkilä, Anni-Siiri Länsman,
Tuula Tuisku, and Delia Berrouard 2008. Community viability and well-being in northernmost Europe:
Social change and cultural encounters, sustainable development and food security in Finland’s North.
International Journal of Business and Globalisation 2, 4:331-353.

2008 Müller-Wille, Ludger (guest ed.). Franz Boas and the Inuit / Franz Boas et les Inuit. With
contributions by Rainer Bahre, Kenn Harper, Friedrich Pöhl and George Wenzel. Études/Inuit/Studies 32, 2:5-84.

2007 Müller-Wille, Ludger. Peoples, Livelihood and Change in Europe’s Far North. In : A Theory of
Indigenous Entrepreneurship. Léo-Paul Dana and Robert Anderson (eds.). London: Edward Elgar
Publishers, p. 195-200.

2007 Müller-Wille, Ludger. Sápmi und die Sámi in den Augen deutschsprachiger Mitteleuropäer:
Zeitläufte von Vorstellungen, Wissensbildung und Berührungen seit dem 17. Jahrhundert. Mémoires de
la Société Finno-Ougrienne 253 :293-314.

2006 Forbes, Bruce & Manfred Bölter, Ludger Müller-Wille, Janne Hukkinen, Felix Müller, Nicolas
Gunslay, Yulian Konstantinov (eds.). Reindeer management in northernmost Europe: Linking practical
and scientific knowledge in social-ecological systems. Ecological Studies 184. Heidelberg: Springer Verlag, 397 pp.


2006 Müller-Wille, Ludger & Dirk Heinrich, Veli-Pekka Lehtola, Pekka Aikio, Yulian Konstantinov,
Vladislava Vladimorova. Dynamics in human-reindeer relations: reflections on prehistoric, historic and
contemporary practices in northernmost Europe, p. 27-45.

2006 Hukkinen, Janne & Ludger Müller-Wille, Pekka Aikio, Hannu Heikkinen, Outi Jääskö, Ari
Laakso, Hannu Magga, Satu Nevalainen, Osmo Pokuri, Kaisa Raitio, Niina West. Development of
participatory institutions for reindeer management in Finland: A diagnosis of deliberation, knowledge
integration and sustainability, p. 47-71.

2006 Müller-Wille, Ludger & Janne Hukkinen, Manfred Bölter, Felix Müller, Bruce C. Forbes.
Synthesis: Environmental and socio-political conditions for modern reindeer management in Europe’s
North, p. 365-379.

2006 Müller-Wille, Ludger & Linna Weber Müller-Wille. Inuit Geographical Knowledge One Hundred
Years Apart: Place Names in Tinijjuarvik (Cumberland Sound), Nunavut. In: Inuit Studies in an Era of
Globalization. Ed. by Pamela Stern & Lisa Stevenson. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press, p. 217-229.

2006 Hukkinen, J. & H. Heikkinen, K. Raitio, L. Müller-Wille. Dismantling the barriers
to entrepreneurship in reindeer management in Finland. Journal of International Entrepreneurship and
Small Business 3, 6: 705-727.



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