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Critical Arctic Studies Symposium


10.10. – 12.10.2023


Rovaniemi, Finland


The Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland invites researchers at any level to submit proposals for the first Critical Arctic Studies Symposium on the theme “Post-Human Dialogues: Rethinking human-nature relations in and through the Arctic” to be held in Rovaniemi, Finland, from 10 to 12 October 2023.

We live in the age of polycrisis (or permacrisis), characterised by the combination of long-term, complex and intertwined risks related, inter alia, to health, energy, climate change and economic shocks. New imaginaries, practices and knowledge are necessary to cope with this situation. Although the Arctic is often viewed as a showcase of ongoing global change, research on Arctic politics and governance tends to be very state-centric, and it often overlooks how non-state actors and non-human agents shape those processes. To challenge traditional approaches, this symposium invites critical, interdisciplinary perspectives that seek to expand our understanding of human-nature relations in and through the Arctic. The Symposium aims to reflect on and explore novel notions and approaches to the human-nature relationship from various onto-epistemological, normative, and methodological perspectives. We welcome papers discussing post-human approaches to Arctic politics from the perspective of social sciences, humanities, law, geography, and related fields.

Submission of Abstracts

If you are interested in participating in the symposium, send an abstract of no more than 200 words to: by March 31, 2023. Please indicate whether you plan to attend in person or online.

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