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Arctic Environmental Humanities Workshop Series

The Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge and the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University are pleased to host the Arctic Environmental Humanities Workshop Series.

As the Arctic gains greater visibility among academics and diverse publics, we see an urgent need for humanities scholars to help shape the current debates and research priorities too often limited to the natural and social sciences. This rise in awareness of Arctic issues coincides with widespread academic initiatives in the emerging interdisciplinary field of environmental humanities. These growing interests in the Arctic and in the environmental humanities are in turn both catalyzed by the climate crisis; the urgency of this crisis is central to, but not exhaustive of, our collective commitment to Arctic environmental humanities (AEH).

We envision this workshop series as a collaborative enterprise that is robustly interdisciplinary and brings together diverse expertise of humanistic scholars, artists, and researchers drawn from international circles. Presentations and conversations will take place in varied formats, all online and freely accessible to all those interested. The perspectives and participation of northern communities and people will be particularly valuable and encouraged.

There are no forthcoming seminars scheduled at present.

Previous seminars

  • 5th April 2022 - Speakers' details are shown below:
    Icy Humanities: A Collaborative Symposium . Details…
  • 16th November 2021 - Speaker to be confirmed:
    Curating the Arctic: Northern Museums and Decolonization. Details…
  • 12th October 2021 - Prof. Andrew Stuhl, Bucknell University:
    “What Can We Learn from Ignorance? Arctic Energy Frontiers, Environmental Regimes, and Indigenous Rights Movements Since the 1970s”. Details…
  • 14th September 2021 - Professor Andrew Stuhl, Bucknell University:
    What Can We Learn from Ignorance? Arctic Energy Frontiers, Environmental Regimes, and Indigenous Rights Movements Since the 1970s. Details…
  • 16th December 2020 - Inuk Silis Høegh, Independent filmmaker:
    Sumé: the Sound of a Revolution (film pre-screening and discussion). Details…
  • 13th October 2020 - Professor Bathsheba Demuth (Brown University):
    Arctic Energy Before Petroleum: Or, What Whales Can Tell Us About Writing History . Details…
  • 29th September 2020 - Professor Sverker Sörlin, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden:
    Why we should develop Arctic Humanities. Details…
  • 1st September 2020 - Professor Dolly Jørgensen, Faculty of History University of Stavanger, Norway:
    The Shaggy Saviour of Northern Norway. Details…

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