Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland will organize annual Northern Political Economy Symposium on 29–30 August, 2018 in Rovaniemi. Theme of the symposium in “Arctic Continuities”. Call for abstracts is open until 28 June 2018.
There is a common way of describing the Arctic – the region, its
people and resources – in terms of rapid change and constant
transformation. Climate change, scramble for the world’s diminishing
natural resources and the rather newly emerged concern for local
cultures and knowledge, among others, have contributed to the repeated
constructions of the Arctic as something that is constantly in flux.
the Arctic and its people have witnessed radical changes. However, the
prevailing rhetoric of change dismisses a great deal of what has held
its ground, the traits of continuity that make the Arctic what it is.
The persistence of northern ways of life, local and indigenous cultures
and the practices of using and benefiting from the region’s renewable
resources are some of the examples of this continuity. Equally recurring
are perceptions and preconceived ideas of the Arctic as a global
frontier, as a region rich with exploitable resources and a wilderness
to be protected.
The Northern Political Economy symposium of
2018 invites scholars from a range of disciplines to reflect on the
elements of continuity in the Arctic and the ways in which continuity
and change mesh. Among other questions, the symposium asks to what
extent the view of Arctic as a central stage for change works to
effectively gloss over powerful continuities, such as the lingering of
colonial and exploitative practices and hierarchical center-periphery
Kirsten Thisted, University of Copenhagen
Thisted is an Associate Professor in the Minority Studies Section,
Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, University of
Copenhagen. She has conducted cross-disciplinary research in
literature, linguistics, media and history. Her research has focused
especially on Greenland. In her talk, she will reflect on change as a
constant factor in the history of Greenland.
Deadline for proposals
send your abstract (max. 250-words) with your name, title, affiliation
and contact information by 28 June 2018 by email to Marjo Lindroth:
programme will include a keynote talk, presentations by the
participants and discussions on the basis of presentations. A symposium
dinner will be organized.
Confirmations of acceptance will be sent by early July the latest. The final programme will be announced by 8 August.
is no participation fee and the the organizers will cover the costs of
meals during the seminar. Please note that the symposium participants
are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation costs.
symposium is organised by the Northern political economy/Sustainable
development research group, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland.
Symposium organizing team:
- Heidi Sinevaara-Niskanen, heidi.sinevaara-niskanen(at)ulapland.fi
- Marjo Lindroth, marjo.lindroth(at)ulapland.fi