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NPE symposium 2017: Political Arctic/Arctic Political, Finland

Date: 26-27 September 2017
Venue: Loma-Vietonen (Ylitornio), Finland

The 7th symposium will address this year political aspects of life in the Arctic as well as the Arctic life as an object of politics, even in the academia. Life in the Arctic has become politicized in many ways due to the effects and challenges posed by climate change, industrialization, urbanization and globalization to local communities and inhabitants. Across the region, conflicts over land use and natural resources accompanied by insecurity and uncertainty about the future are part of everyday life in the Arctic. Such conflicts are political, and occur without respect to the borders of states or boundaries of politically constructed regions. In contrast to much publicized and debated threats of an open, international, direct and even military conflict over Arctic resources, these often small-scale, local conflicts relate to unequal social arrangements, benefit sharing and risk distribution in connection to megaprojects and infrastructural development around the region, and they could also be called “structural violence”.  Living in the Arctic, for both humans and non-humans, is nowadays a political question of coping with, adapting to and transforming changing conditions and circumstances, but also a starting point and object of political interventions of different scales, institutional arrangements and by a broad range of political actors. Papers and presentations covering different aspects of Arctic life as a political phenomenon are welcome.

Program (draft 8.8.2017)

26.9.2017
10.00-11.00 Travel to Loma-Vietonen by bus
11.00-12.00 Lunch
12.00-13.00 Mikko Lehtonen, University of Tampere: Arctic and/as Alternative Modernity
13.00-13.40 Joonas Vola, University of Lapland: UN/IN/ANT/ARCTIC – Poles of the political dual-machine
13.40-14.20 Monica Tennberg, University of Lapland: Arctic heterotopias
14.20-14.50 Coffee
14.50-15.30 Marjo Lindroth & Heidi Sinevaara-Niskanen, University of Lapland: The Arctic and the colonial inclusion of indigeneity
15.30-16.10 Kari Alenius, University of Oulu: A mixture of facts and politicized narratives: The Sami people in European social media (Wikipedia)
16.10-16.50 Giuseppe Amatulli, University of Lapland: The role of the EU in promoting sustainable development, cross border cooperation and indigenous peoples’ rights in the Arctic
16.50-17.00 General discussion
19.00 Dinner and sauna

27.9.2017
9.00-10.00 Iulie Aslaksen, Statistics Norway: ECONOR – “The Economy of the North 2015”
10.00-10.40 Lovisa Solbär, University of Umeå:  Extractive Violence in Kiistala? Mine and windfarm establishment in the sphere of everyday life and local landed interests
10.40-11.00 Coffee
11.00-11.40 Maiju Strömmer & Sari Pietikäinen, University of Jyväskylä:  Value of work in the transforming political economy of Arctic:  Biographical Narratives of work histories and aspirations
11.40-12.20 Marileine Baribeau, Laval University: Social Housing and Public Action Transformation: The Changing Relations between State and Inuit Tenants in Nunavik (Canada)
12.20-13.00 Lunch
13.00-13.40 Tanja Joona, University of Lapland: Oh, what an exotic Arctic! Women leave, men stay or kill themselves
13.40-14.20 Aileen Espiritu, The Arctic University of Norway: Futuring the Past: Arctic sustainability in Vardø and Teriberka
14.20-14.35 Coffee
14.35-15.15 Elena Klyuchnikova & Vladimir Masloboev,  Kola Science Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences:  Influence of corporations sustainable development policy on Arctic local communities
15.15-15.55 Olesya Kotiyar, MARKHI, Moscow Institute of Architecture (State Academy): Alternative sources of energy in the Russian Arctic as a driver for the development of the region
15.55-16.35 Susanna Pirnes, University of Lapland: Perception of Russia’s Arctic in the Finnish media
16.35-16.45 Hanna Lempinen, University of Lapland: Concluding thoughts
16.45 Return to Rovaniemi by bus

NPE symposium 2017 Political Arctic/Arctic Political

Deadline for registration

If you would like to participate to the symposium, please register your participation before September 15, 2017 by email to Susanna Pirnes (susanna.pirnes(at)ulapland.fi).

Travel and accommodation

The event will be held in Loma-Vietonen (Ylitornio), 65 kilometres northwest from Rovaniemi. The fee for participation (for participants without a presentation) is 120 euros  including travel from Rovaniemi to Loma-Vietonen and back to Rovaniemi, meals and accommodation in a double room and 140 euros  for accommodation in a single room. 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.

Top of the World Arctic Broadband Summit 2017, Oulu Finland

2nd Top of the World Arctic Broadband Summit 2017 14th and 15th June 2017 Oulu, Finland

The 2nd Arctic Economic Council (AEC) Top of the World Arctic Broadband Summit will convene representatives of business, technology, science and decision-makers to discuss the role of connectivity in developing a safe, competent and interconnected Arctic. This year’s Summit follows the inaugural Top of the World Arctic Broadband Summit last year in Barrow, Alaska attended by over 100 participants. The two-day Summit will include panel sessions and discussions with experts from across the Arctic region, networking opportunities and site visits to innovative and exciting Oulu companies working in the field of connectivity solutions.

For more information about the 2nd Top of the World Arctic Broadband Summit please see the information letteror contact the Arctic Economic Council Secretariat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Registration link.

'A sustainable Arctic – innovative approaches' in Oulu, Finland

The European Commission, together with European External Action Service and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, will co-host the high-level event "A sustainable Arctic – innovative approaches", to take place in Oulu (Finland) on 15-16 June 2017 (starting on 15 June afternoon and finishing on 16 June afternoon). Following the publication of the Joint Communication on an integrated European Union policy for the Arctic. Commissioner Karmenu Vella and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini will have an open debate with governments, industry, research, indigenous and local community representatives on the climate and environmental challenges facing the Arctic and on how international and local cooperation can boost sustainable and innovative development.

The event will also include a high-level session of the Arctic Stakeholder Forum and the annual Indigenous Peoples Arctic Dialogue. A more detailed programme will be published in the coming weeks.

Please, follow this link and register to the event: https://scic.ec.europa.eu/fmi/ezreg/MARE-ARCTIC2017

For more information, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CfP: Political Arctic/Arctic Political

NORTHERN POLITICAL ECONOMY SYMPOSIUM 2017

Loma-Vietonen, Ylitornio, 26-27 September, 2017

First call for papers11.4.2017

Political Arctic/Arctic Political

The 7th symposium will address this year political aspects of life in the Arctic as well as the Arctic life as an object of politics, even in the academia. Life in the Arctic has become politicized in many ways due to the effects and challenges posed by climate change, industrialization, urbanization and globalization to local communities and inhabitants. Across the region, conflicts over land use and natural resources accompanied by insecurity and uncertainty about the future are part of everyday life in the Arctic. Such conflicts are political, and occur without respect to the borders of states or boundaries of politically constructed regions. In contrast to much publicized and debated threats of an open, international, direct and even military conflict over Arctic resources, these often small-scale, local conflicts relate to unequal social arrangements, benefit sharing and risk distribution in connection to megaprojects and infrastructural development around the region, and they could also be called “structural violence”.  Living in the Arctic, for both humans and non-humans, is nowadays a political question of coping with, adapting to and transforming changing conditions and circumstances, but also a starting point and object of political interventions of different scales, institutional arrangements and by a broad range of political actors. Papers and presentations covering different aspects of Arctic life as a political phenomenon are welcome.

Keynote speakers
Will be confirmed in the connection of the second call for papers. The second call will be published in early June, 2017.

Deadline for proposals
Please send your abstract (max. 250-words) with your name, title, affiliation and contact information before July 31, 2017 by email to Monica Tennberg (monica.tennberg(at)ulapland.fi).

Programme
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.

Deadline for registration
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 (susanna.pirnes(at)ulapland.fi).

Travel and accommodation
The event will be held in Loma-Vietonen, 65 kilometres northwest from Rovaniemi. The organizers will arrange transportation for participants from Rovaniemi to Loma-Vietonen and back. There is no fee for participation, but participants (except presenters) will cover their own travel and accommodation costs. Information about travel and accommodation arrangements will be sent to the participants. Let us know if you have any wishes about the diet.

More information
Symposium organizer, research professor Monica Tennberg, research professor, Northern political economy/Sustainable development research group, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland (monica.tennberg(at)ulapland.fi) and the symposium organizing team Tanja Joona (tanja.joona(at)ulapland.fi), Susanna Pirnes (susanna.pirnes(at)ulapland.fi), and Hanna Lempinen (hanna.lempinen(at)ulapland.fi)

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Arctic Business Forum in Kemi, Finland

The 8th Arctic Business Forum will be organized 17. – 18.5.2017 at Kemi Finland, the capital of Arctic Industry. The theme for this year’s forum is Industry, Innovations & Investments in the Arctic region.

While embracing the economic cooperation between the Arctic countries, the forum offers also valuable information about the possibilities and future investment potential of the Arctic region both for the local business representatives and international investors. Aim is to scrutinize the future and build network and relationships among region’s various representatives.

The Arctic Europe holds investment potential worth of at least 197 billion euro. In the forum will be presented the latest news in business development in this region. Emphasizing this year’s theme, focus will be especially on the Arctic mining, steel and forest industry both with ever developing infrastructure thanks to the export and tourism both in land, sea and air.

The speakers in the Arctic Business Forum are the key representatives and stakeholders on various branch of Arctic industry. The global and local trends at stake are addressed at the Arctic Business Forum. Moreover, the companies and organizations have a chance to present their own business at the trade show in touch with the forum.

The Arctic Business Forum is organized for the first time at the city of Kemi, which is, together with the city of Tornio, one of the biggest industrial centers in the Arctic region. The region’s future development in forest industry at Kemi and steel industry at Tornio offer various possibilities to SMEs in subcontracting and maintenance.

Welcome to the Arctic Business Forum 2017 to bond with other Arctic business representatives and stakeholders working for the Arctic prosperity.

For more information, please see the Arctic Business Forum's website.

Porokello project aims to reduce reindeer accidents in half by 2020

Coordinated by the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment in Lapland, Finland, Porokello project is launching a new service for road users to reduce reindeer accidents.

Finland's designated reindeer herding area covers 36% of the country's total landscape and sees as many as 4000 accidents occurring on Finland's roads and railways occur per year. A variety of actions have been taken aiming to reduce the amount of accidents, but none of then have been proven effective. The extensive use of mobile technology and other intelligent devices brings forth new possibilities to help reduce the number of accidents. The warning systems relies on GPS location and mobile technology, enabling accurate warnings for road travelers.

Read more on the project website.

Nordic welfare research: Inequalities in health and public health policy

The Nordic Welfare Centreis an institution under the Nordic Council of Ministers. Its mission is to enhance social policy work in the Nordic countries through education, public information, research and development, networking and international co-operation. The institution has now published its first issue of a research magazine "Nordisk välfärdsforskning".

The magazine site is in Norwegian but following English articles can be downloaded:

  • The Norwegian policy to reduce health inequalities: key challenges
  • ‘All’s well in Iceland?’ Austerity measures, labour market initiatives, and health and well-being of children
  • Health inequalities – a challenge for the social investment welfare state
  • Reducing health inequalities in Finland: progressing or regressing?

Please visit the website to download the articles.

Slush Music brings music industry and tech together

Along with the Slush community of tech-heads and investors, Slush Music will help the music industry entrepreneurs forward more extensively than ever.

The two day program will feature keynotes, fireside chats, roundtable discussions, fierce duels, and networking.

Read more on the Slush Music website.

Slush startup and tech event is the largest in Nordics and takes place on Nov 20th-Dec 1st in Helsinki, Finland.

Slush Science Track: pitching competition and keynote speakers

In Slush Science Track Skolar award pitching competition researchers from all around the world pitch their mind-blowing research ideas in three minute pitches. The competition is hosted by Rowland Manthorpe from Wired magazine and the best idea wins 100,000 euros. See the full list of pitching semifinalists on the website.

Keynote speakers of Slush Science track include Kári Stefánsson, founder, CEO, DeCode Genetics, Jason Tetro, The Germ Guy and Maija Itkonen, CEO, Gold&Green Foods. Read more about the event agenda on the website.

Slush startup and tech event is the largest in Nordics and takes place on Nov 20th-Dec 1st in Helsinki, Finland.

A strategic partnership created to develop smart ships

Rolls-Royce and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd have announced a strategic partnership to design, test and validate the first generation of remote and autonomous ships.

VTT has deep knowledge of ship simulation and extensive expertise in the development and management of safety-critical and complex systems in demanding environments such as nuclear safety. They combine physical tests such as model and tank testing, with digital technologies, such as data analytics and computer visualisation. They will also use field research to incorporate human factors into safe ship design. As a result of working with the Finnish telecommunications sector, VTT has extensive experience of working with 5G mobile phone technology and wi-fi mesh networks. VTT has the first 5G test network in Finland.

Read more about the partnership on VTT website.

A link between Europe and the Arctic - Railway development in Finland

Helsinki remains committed to build a connection through the Gulf of Finland and all the way to the Norwegian Arctic coast. Construction could start in few years, a member of the country’s Parliament says.

In a comment to the Barents Observer, Oddgeir Danielsen, leader of the Northern Dimension Partnership for Transport and Logistics, says the projects address a “missing link between Europe and the Arctic”.  «The Helsinki-Tallin tunnel and the Arctic Railroad will unlock the huge Arctic potential and give impetus to a sustainable economic development both in the region and as well for a number of countries both in Europe, Russia and Asia».

Read the full article on Barents Observer webpage.

South-East Finland - Russia CBC 2014-2020 Programme Info Sessions scheduled

The Managing Authority of the South-East Finland – Russia CBC 2014-2020 Programme invites organisations and individuals interested on cross-border cooperation programme and its financing opportunities to the open information seminars held in the programme core regions.  The events are organized in Mikkeli, Kotka and Lappeenranta in Finland andSt. Petersburg in Russia during November-December 2016.

Read more and register on programme website.

"Arctic Variety" published by Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs

Minister for Foreign Affairs Timo Soini will publish the book "Arctic Variety" on October 27th, 2016. The book was commissioned by the Europe Information of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Finland will chair the Arctic Council in 2017 – 2019. The book gives a voice to everyday actors and daily life of the Arctic in various professions and parts of Finland. Finland will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of its independence next year as a happy, proud and understanding Arctic country. The book also tells about the Arctic Council, Finland's role in it, and linkages to the European Union and to other international politics. The themes include climate change, new shipping routes and interest in the north in the world's leading countries.

"Arctic Variety" is published in four languages – Finnish, Swedish, North Saami and English – and it can be ordered free of charge via the website of the Europe Information at eurooppatiedotus.fi. The five videos telling about everyday life in the Arctic can be viewed at youtube.com/eurooppatiedotus.

Read more about the book on Finnish Foreign Ministry website.

Arctic Maritime Security SARC Project launched

The Finnish Border Guard has launched the SARC Project to enhance and develop cooperation and competence of the maritime security authorities in the Artic countries with a practical approach. Increasing activity in the Artic demands also the authorities to evaluate and develop their competence and ways of cooperation in the challenging conditions. The SARC project invites the authorities to act together but the project also aims to work closely with the stakeholders within representing Arctic industry and research. The project promotes actively Finnish Arctic knowhow and best practices.

Read more about the project on Finnish Border Guard website.

Pre-announcement: Karelia CBC Call for Proposals

Karelia Cross-Border Cooperation has announced its first Calls for Proposals.  They will be opened on January 16th and on March 2nd 2017.

In January a Call for Proposal for regular projects in the priority Attractive cultural environmentand calls for proposals for micro projects in the priorities Growing cross-border business cooperationand Clean and comfortable region to livewill be opened. The micro calls will be open until March 23rd and the regular call until March 31st.

In March Calls for Proposals for regular projects in the priorities Growing cross-border business cooperationand Clean and comfortable region to livewill be opened. The calls will be closed on May 11th.

Read more on the Karelia CBC website.

Finnish maritime industries will create an ecosystem for autonomous marine transport

The objective of the ecosystem is to create the world’s first autonomous marine transport system to the Baltic Sea. Ships will be fully autonomous in 2025. The first pilots and applications in months to come are cargo ships and freight.

There are almost 60 companies in the ecosystem through Finnish Marine Industries Association. The largest investors are Cargotec, Ericsson, Meyer Turku, Rolls-Royce, Tieto, and Wärtsilä. About half of the ecosystem’s funding comes from Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation.

Read more about the project on DIMECC website.

Arctic Expertise in Nordic Cooperation -seminar

Arctic Expertise in Nordic Cooperation -seminar was organised by the Finnish Prime Minister's Office on September 5th, 2016. The seminar's main purpose was to deepen cooperation between and among actors in the arctic region. Former Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen and Risto E. J. Penttilä, CEO, Finland Chamber of Commerce talked in the second part of the seminar. Please see the webcast on Finnish Government website.

Project MERMAID gave recommendations for sustainable development in the Arctic

Finnish Meterological Institute, together with three university partners in Finland,  has completed the MERMAID (Identifying Risks and Opportunities for Marine Transport and Tourism in the Arctic) project during 2014-2016. The project supports the implementation of the Arctic Strategy of Finland and preparations for the Finland's chairmanship of the Arctic Council 2016.

The recommendations of the project include e.g. establishing a multidisciplinary education program for offshore and subsea expertise, joint marketing efforts for Arctic tourism and application of environmental regulation follow-up system. Open co-operation and knowledge sharing with Russia on multiple levels is recommended, for example by recognizing correct regional co-operation actors and broadening the co-operation to new areas. More about the project results and recommendations can be found from Policy Brief 3/2016.

Publication: Environmental Impact Assessment in the Arctic, A Guide to Best Practice

In a new book "Environmental Impact Assessment in the Arctic, A Guide to Best Practice" Timo Koivurova and Pamela Lesser succinctly synthesise primary data gathered from interviews with local communities, indigenous peoples, NGOs, government officials and businesses in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Greenland, Iceland, Canada, Russia and the USA. Considering all stakeholder perspectives, they present the regulatory processes of all eight Arctic countries and also provide helpful flowcharts that depict the process graphically for each country. Measuring these practices against the 1997 Guidelines for Environmental Impact Assessment in the Arctic, the only Arctic environmental impact assessment guidance document that has been officially approved by the ministers of all eight Arctic countries, this book identifies key areas where adherence to best practice is high, such as stakeholder outreach and development, as well as those areas that fall short.

Open position: a Professorship in Arctic Research combined with the post of Vice President of Research of the University of the Arctic

The University of Oulu invites applications for a full professorship position in Arctic research combined with the post of Vice President of Research of the University of the Arctic.  

Applications, including attachments, should be submitted using the electronic application form by September 2,  2016.

For further information, please visit the University of the Arctic website.

Northern (Arctic) Federal University hosted BEAC Joint Working Group on Education and Research meeting

Northern (Arctic) Federal University (NArFU) hosted a meeting of the BEAC Joint Working Group on Education and Research (JWGER) in April 2016. The group unites 15 universities and research institutions from the northern territories of Russia, Norway, Finland and Sweden, aimed at solving crucial problems of scientific and educational cooperation expansion in the Barents Region. NArFU has been co-chairing the group since 2011.

The meeting's agenda included an overview of universities' international activities, presentation of JWGER group's work results in 2016, and discussion of the Barents universities’ role in the implementation of the Russian BEAC Chairmanship objectives.

In addition, it was decided to prolong NArFU’s chairmanship for the next two years. Marina Kalinina, Rector’s Adviser on International Cooperation, shall continue her work as the JWGER Chair.

For further information, please visit the NArFU's website.

NDPTL: Intermodal Transportation via Rail Baltica - a Remarkable Opportunity for Finnish Industry and Trade

A roundtable discussion within the frames of the Northern Dimension Partnership on Transport and Logistics (NDPTL)  project "Elimination of obstacles for Intermodal transportation in transit through Poland, Lithuania and Belarus" took place in Helsinki, Finland, on 26 April 2016.

The aim of the roundtable was to discuss opportunities and potential with Finnish industry and trade organisations for door-to-door or terminal-to-terminal intermodal services between Finland and mainland Europe.

For further information, please visit the NDPTL website

Publication: Gender, Education and Population Flows: Summary report on knowledge, cross-Nordic experiences and examples from practice

Bennike, Kathrine Bjerg
Faber, Stine Thidemann
Nielsen, Helene Pristed

During the Danish Presidency for the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2015, attention was drawn towards challenges and best practice examples in relation to gender, education and population flows in peripheral areas throughout the Nordic countries - Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Iceland and the autonomous countries, Greenland, the Faroe Islands and Åland. The present report summarises the findings and conclusions which are covered in the existing Nordic research and literature within the field, as well as the experience and professional responses, which were presented during the course of the common dialogue and exchange of experience.

To read the report, please visit the Nordic Council of Ministers webpage.

The 9th Baltic Sea Region Forum 2016 in Turku, Finland

The 9th Baltic Sea Region Forum 2016 will be organized on 20 May in Turku, Finland under the theme "Maritime cluster in the Baltic Sea region and beyond". The focus of the Forum will be on transport, shipbuilding and maritime cluster. The keynote speech will be delivered by the former President of Finland, Tarja Halonen.

See the programme and more information on http://www.centrumbalticum.org/en/events/baltic-sea-region-forum

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