Northern Political Economy Symposium: Political Arctic/Arctic Political

26.9.2017 8:00–27.9.2017 16:00

The Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland will organize the seventh Northern Political Economy symposium on September 26th-27th 2017 in Loma-Vietonen (Ylitornio), 65 kilometres northwest from Rovaniemi. The theme of the symposium is “Political Arctic/Arctic Political” and it will address political aspects of life in the Arctic as well as the Arctic life as an object of politics, even in the academia.



The programme will include keynote talks, presentations by the participants and discussions on the basis of presentations. A symposium dinner will be organized.

The accepted papers and programme will be announced by August 15, 2017.

Keynote speakers

Mikko Lehtonen: Arctic and/as Alternative Modernity.

Mikko Lehtonen is professor of Media Culture at the University of Tampere, Finland. In his latest book (in Finnish Maa-ilma) Lehtonen develops an alternative way of understanding culture, based on human bodies and their skillful actions. He is interested in the changing relations and conceptualizations of economy, politics and culture in the current conjuncture.

A second key note speaker will confirmed as soon as possible.


Papers and presentations covering different aspects of Arctic life as a political phenomenon are welcome.
Please send your abstract (max. 250-words) with your name, title, affiliation and contact information before July 31, 2017 by email to Monica Tennberg (

More information: Call for papers


If you prefer to participate to the symposium without presenting a paper, please register your participation before September 15, 2017 by email to Susanna Pirnes (

The event will be held in Loma-Vietonen (Yli-Tornio), 65 kilometres northwest from Rovaniemi.

There is no fee for participation. The organizers cover the costs of travel, accommodation and meals during the seminar. Please note that the symposium participants are expected to cover their own travel costs to and from Rovaniemi, from where a bus transportation is arranged to the symposium site. Let us know if you have any wishes about the diet.


Symposium organizer, research professor Monica Tennberg, research professor, Northern political economy/Sustainable development research group, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland ( and the symposium organizing team Tanja Joona (, Susanna Pirnes (, and Hanna Lempinen (