Call for papers: Everyday life in the Arctic Symposium

13.5.2016 15:10

The University of Lapland will organize the sixth Northern Political Economy symposium in September 8th-9th 2016 in Rovaniemi, Finland. The symposium will discuss Arctic everyday life and various tactics of tackling changes in it.

There will be two high-level keynote speakers in the symposium. Helena Ruotsala is a Nordic expert and a professor of ethnology at University of Turku, Finland. She studies currently everyday transnational processes in Finland and Sweden on the border in Haparanda-Tornio twin-city. She is interested in the everyday life and the related social, economic and environmental aspects. Her past research relate to environmental change, northern livelihoods, reindeer herding and tourism as well as ethnic policies and identities.

Gérard Duhaime, a professor at the Université Laval in Québec, Canada, is a widely known specialist on Arctic living conditions and on the mechanisms for social change and its consequences for local communities. A sociologist and political scientist by training, he has specialized in the comparative analysis of the economic, social and political living conditions in the Arctic.

Call for papers by 31st May
The symposium welcomes contributions about change in everyday life in the Arctic and tactics of tackling changes, and different ways to capture them in research through conceptual and theoretical development, methodological innovations and presentations of empirical case studies. We encourage contributions focusing on everyday life in urban, multicultural, and non-traditional or mixed livelihoods from European Arctic or Russia.

Please send your abstract (max. 250-words) with your name, title, affiliation and contact information by May 31, 2016 to by email to Paula Tulppo ( The accepted papers and programme will be announced by June 17, 2016.

More information:

More information about the program and registration from the event page.

Symposium organizer
research professor Monica Tennberg
Northern political economy/Sustainable development,
Arctic Centre, University of Lapland