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)
10.00-11.00 Travel to Loma-Vietonen by bus
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
14.50-15.30 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
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
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)
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
14.35-15.15 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.
According to the census, there are 9,614 “other” Finno-Ugric people living in Estonia: Erzyas, Mokshas, Udmurts, Komis, Karelians, Maris, Hungarians, Finns, Ingrians, and many others. Overall, there are around 25 million Finno-Ugrians in the world. Still, the number of those who speak Finno-Ugric languages keeps declining, says doctor Natalia Abrosimova of the Tallinn University School of Humanities. The main problem among the Finno-Ugric people in Russia is the lack of language policies and nation states in the area.
Read more about the study of Dr. Abrosimova on Tallinn University website.
December 1 marked World AIDS Day, the purpose of which is to increase global awareness of the disease. Researchers from HSE’s campus in St. Petersburg have spent the last two years studying a movement of individuals called ‘AIDS dissidents,’ or people who deny the existence of AIDS. Peter Meylakhs, Senior Research Fellow with the International Centre for Health Economics, Management, and Policy at HSE St. Petersburg, Russia discusses the phenomenon in detail
Read the full article on HSE website.
Swedes have a higher threshold and longer tolerance to pain, research carried out on three cultures by Malmö University’s Faculty of Odontology has discovered.
The findings are published in the thesis, ‘Cross-cultural differences in patients with temporomandibular disorders-pain’, written by Mohammad H Al-Harthy. It is hoped that the thesis will aid the treatment of patients in an ever-globalised world.
The main idea behind the research was to gain a better understanding of the cultural differences in some issues relating to pain, particularly orofacial pain, which is felt in the jaw, mouth and face - prevalence varies from country to country
Read more on Malmö University website.
Russia's capacity market and capacity remuneration mechanisms (CRMs) have not been effective in achieving the so called energy trilemma goals: energy security, sustainability and affordability. This is the finding of a doctoral dissertation at Lappeenranta University of Technology, LUT.
The results show that implemented CRMs can guarantee Russia's energy security in the short term. However, the current capacity market design cannot provide market-based incentives to invest in new power plants, thereby undermining the provision of energy security in the future. CRMs for renewable energy alone will not suffice to achieve the sustainability goals set by the policy makers, at least in the short term. At the same time, CRMs, capacity payments, and challenges faced in the wholesale electricity result in high final consumer electricity cost, incentivising consumers to leave the market.
Capacity remuneration means that power producers receive capacity payments, which should cover their investments in new power plants within 10 to 20 years, while agreeing on building contracted capacity on time. However, the implementation of CRMs, together with overestimation of the demand growth, has resulted in a capacity oversupply in Russia. This has increased the amount of the old capacity that receives capacity payments to stay in the market in order for the system to stay reliable.
"As a result, capacity payments question the design of the capacity market and impact on the final consumer capacity price, and thus, result in an energy affordability issue," explains Evgenia Vanadzina,researcher behind the study.
Read more on LUT website.
Swedish road freight companies that abide by work environment legislation, taxation regulations and environmental agreements have had a hard time surviving on a market where illegal transport operators can perform the same services at a much lower cost. A new app being developed at Lund University in Sweden makes the entire chain of transport visible to consumers.
The app is based on blockchain technology, which means that the transported products leave digital tracks at every stop they make on their way to the customer. The information is then collected in a database that is visible to all who are links in the chain, including the customer in the store.
Read the whole story on Lund University website.
The first global study of soil carbon loss due to warming, finds that an additional 55 trillion kilograms of soil carbon could be added to the atmosphere between now and 2050. This is equivalent to as much as 17 per cent of all greenhouse gas emissions during this same period. Most of it would come from Arctic and subarctic soils.
The study was published in Nature and presented in High North News.
The Arctic Resilience Assessment (ARA) is an Arctic Council project led by the Stockholm Environment Institute and the Stockholm Resilience Centre. It builds on collaboration with Arctic countries and Indigenous Peoples in the region, as well as several Arctic scientific organizations. The ARA (previously Arctic Resilience Report) was approved as an Arctic Council project at the Senior Arctic Officials meeting in November 2011. The ARA was initiated by the Swedish Ministry of the Environment as a priority for the Swedish Chairmanship of the Arctic Council (May 2011 to May 2013) and is being delivered under the US Chairmanship of the Arctic Council.
Download the assessment on Arctic Council website.
"Why do the media tell us more about the incoming potential for Arctic war than about the increasing cooperation in the region?"
Research Professor and Director of the Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland Timo Koivurova published an article about the Arctic cooperation and conflict.
Read the full article on High North News.
An article published in the December 2016 edition of the Journal of Environmental Science and Studies focuses on the key role science diplomacy can play in a changing Arctic, in light of the current geopolitical situation. The article mentions that climate change, the post Cold-War politics between the West and Russia, and the globalisation/power transition that is taking place as a result of the rise of China are key drivers in a current transformation the Arctic is undergoing. Science diplomacy - using scientific research to foster ties between different countries and other Arctic stakeholders - should play a key role in this transformative period the Arctic is facing, the paper argues.
Read the recap of the article on Arctic Portal website. Arctic Portal Director Halldór Jóhannsson is a contributing author to the journal article.
Baltic Science Network (BSN) is an Interreg Baltic Sea Region funded project. Its aim is to provide science and research ministries of the Baltic Sea region states with an overall coordination framework to develop and implement science policy in a macro-regional dimension and to ensure a better representation of macro-regional interests on the EU level.
The BSN project also aims to develop and implement transnational strategies, incentives and programmes to support higher education, research and innovation and to develop R&I excellence.
The project has published a report "International Mobility of Researchers in the Baltic Sea Region". Please download the report on the project website.
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.
International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) Medals are awarded in recognition of exceptional and sustained contributions to the understanding of the Arctic. A maximum of one award is made each year, assuming that there is a nominee of appropriate quality. The award of medals is normally by the President of IASC during the Arctic Science Summit Week (or exceptionally at another major international meeting) following the ratification of the award.
Nominations for the IASC Medal 2016 can be submitted to the IASC Secretariat until 31 December 2015. The Medal Awards Committee, composed of Rajan Sivaramakrishnan, Yves Frenot and David Hik, will consider the nominations received and the Medal will be awarded at the Arctic Science Summit Week in Fairbanks (USA) on 12-18 March 2016.
Read more on the IASC website
Education for Tomorrow: Inclusive Education Across Borders: Research projects oriented towards practice and policy. Please note: the call will be launched tentatively December 2016, pending funding can be obtained for the call. Application deadline: April 2017 (tentatively).
Read more on NordForsk website.
Researchers and representatives from relevant authorities boarded the MS Polarlys to participate in the fifth conference organized by the research network Marpart (Maritime Preparedness and International Partnership in the High North). The network, which is led by the High North Center for Business and Governance at Nord University, is a central initiative under Norway’s Arctic Policy.
Northern Dimension Institute co-coordinator NaRFU is also a partner in Marpart project.
Read more about the MARPART seminar on High North News website.
The Arctic Yearbook is the outcome of the Northern Research Forum and the University of the Arctic Thematic Network (TN) on Geopolitics and Security. The TN also organizes the annual Calotte Academy.
The Arctic Yearbook seeks to be the preeminent repository of critical analysis on the Arctic region, with a mandate to inform observers about the state of Arctic politics, governance and security. It is an international and interdisciplinary double-blind peer-reviewed publication, published online to ensure wide distribution and accessibility to a variety of stakeholders and observers.
Read the 2016 edition of Arctic Yearbook via this link.
The University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of the Arctic are pleased to announce The Arctic Broadband Forum 2017 to be held in Fairbanks, Alaska, USA, May 8-9, 2017. Proposal deadline: November 15, 2016 - Final program will be ready in February 2017.
Read more on the UArctic website.
The pilot analysis is the result of an exploratory collaboration between the UArctic Science & Research Analytics Task Force and Digital Science's international research teams. The aim was to assess the global funding landscape around Arctic-related research for the decade spanning 2006 to 2015 using the funding data from the Dimensions dataset, which includes information from over 200 funders on more than 2,500,000 projects with funding totalling $1 trillion+ (in US Dollars).
Download the report on this link.
UArctic recently collaborated with ÜberResearch to produce a report entitled “International Arctic Research: Analyzing Global Funding Trends - A Pilot Report”.The nature of the Dimensions database means that that analysis was based upon project funding data.
This working paper undertakes a preliminary analysis of how a similar approach could be used with a publications database, utilising the Russian Index of Scientific Citations (RISC) data.
Download the paper on this link.
There exist a significant number of information sources, apart from the scientific literature, with which to assess the social impact of the findings produced by Arctic researchers and institutions. Various policy documents, online news and media publications, white papers, tweets, and Facebook posts provide additional data points to help assess the reach and potential impact of publicly funded research, including Arctic research.
In this working paper, the writers provide some alternative perspectives of the way one could view the impact being made by Arctic-related science.
Download the paper on this link.
Northern Dimension Institute co-coordinator Northern (Arctic) Federal University (NArFU) is participating the MARPART project. The project emphasizes maritime partnerships on emergency preparedness and includes around fifteen universities and research institutions in all the Arctic countries. Read the full article on the project on the UArctic Shared Voices magazine.
Northern Dimension Institute academic network member, Lund University, has open PhD student positions in Environmental Science.
Read more about the positions and applying on the university website.
The Nordic-Russian Cooperation Programme in Education and Research supports joint cooperation projects between higher education and research institutions in Russia and the Nordic Countries. In its meeting on June 20, 2016, the joint Nordic-Russian Working Group granted support to 14 higher education projects.
Among the 14 funded projects there are several Northern Dimension Institute network members - congratulations!
Please see the full list of funded projects from Programme website.
NordForsk will soon launch a call Education for Tomorrow: Inclusive Education Across Borders: Research projects oriented towards practice and policy. Please note: the call will be launched tentatively December 2016, pending funding can be obtained for the call. Application deadline: April 2017 (tentatively).
The objective of this call is to broadly explore the many and various research questions related to inclusive education.
NordForsk is administering the call in collaboration with the Netherlands Initiative for Education Research (NRO, which is part of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, NWO).
Applications should be for projects with a duration of three years. All applications must be submitted via the NordForsk online application portal. The call will be on the portal tentatively December 2016.
For more information, see the call pre-announcement.
Source: UArctic website.
The first University of the Arctic (UArctic) Congress will be held in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, in September 12th-16th, 2016. The Congress is hosted by Saint-Petersburg State University, and it will feature Science and Meeting sections. Key UArctic meetings include the Council of UArctic, UArctic Rectors' Forum, Student Forum, and Thematic Network leaders.
Registration to the Congress ends in August 21st, 2016.
Find more details about the Congress and registration here.