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Seminars

Polar Humanities and Social Sciences ECR Workshop

These are research seminars for the humanities and social sciences relating to the polar regions. Seminars are usually held on Tuesdays at 16.00 and are presented by leading scholars. All interested are welcome to attend. Details are circulated a few days before each talk. Please contact the organisers, Richard Powell (rcp31@cam.ac.uk) or Peter Martin (prm49@cam.ac.uk), for joining instructions.

There are no forthcoming seminars scheduled at present.

Previous seminars

  • 11th May 2021 - Olga Ulturgasheva (University of Manchester) and Barbara Bodenhorn (University of Cambridge):
    [Cancelled] Languages of Emergency, Infrastructures of Response and Everyday Heroism in the Circumpolar North. Details…
  • 9th March 2021 - Samantha Saville (University of Cambridge):
    Change, continuity and value in Svalbard. Details…
  • 9th February 2021 - Duncan Depledge (Loughborough University):
    [POSTPONED] Defence and Security in the Arctic: The UK perspective. Details…
  • 26th January 2021 - Henry Anderson-Elliott (University of Cambridge):
    Captive polar bears: politics, (re)production, and performance. Details…
  • 1st December 2020 - Max Jones (University of Manchester):
    Exploration, Celebrity and the Making of a Transnational Hero: Fridtjof Nansen and the Fram Expedition. Details…
  • 3rd November 2020 - Michael Bravo (University of Cambridge):
    Author Meets Critics: North Pole: Nature and Culture. Details…
  • 12th May 2020 - Olga Ulturgasheva (University of Manchester) and Barbara Bodenhorn (University of Cambridge):
    [POSTPONED] Languages of Emergency, Infrastructures of Response and Everyday Heroism in the Circumpolar North. Details…
  • 3rd March 2020 - Max Jones (University of Manchester):
    [POSTPONED] Fridtjof Nansen’s FRAM expedition and the Making of a Transnational Hero. Details…
  • 11th February 2020 - Sofia Gavrilova (University of Oxford):
    Constructing the Other: representations of Arctic native communities in Russian regional museums. Details…
  • 28th January 2020 - Morgan Seag (University of Cambridge):
    Gender and 20th century Antarctic fieldwork: Constructing and dismantling the 'ice ceiling'. Details…
  • 19th November 2019 - Ingrid Medby (Oxford Brookes University):
    From Arctic statehood to self: State personnel’s articulations of Arctic identity in Norway, Iceland, and Canada. Details…
  • 29th October 2019 - Vanessa Heggie (University of Birmingham):
    Meat to Mittens: a short history of survival science and extreme physiology in the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Details…
  • 14th May 2019 - Dorothea Wehrmann (Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik):
    Critical Geopolitics of the Polar Regions: An Inter-American Perspective. Details…
  • 12th March 2019 - Nancy Wachowich (University of Aberdeen):
    Mittimatalik Arnait Miqsuqtuit Collective and the Art of Sealskin Sewing. Details…
  • 5th March 2019 - Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough (Durham University):
    'As Far North As Whale Hunters Go': The Medieval Arctic Environment, Experienced and Imagined. Details…
  • 29th January 2019 - Jon Oldfield (University of Birmingham):
    The role of the Arctic in the development of Soviet climate science. Details…
  • 13th November 2018 - Adrian Howkins (University of Bristol):
    Antarctic Mosaic: Integrating Science and History in the McMurdo Dry Valleys. Details…
  • 6th November 2018 - Richard Powell and project team (University of Cambridge):
    ERC ARCTIC CULT Launch Presentation. Details…
  • 30th October 2018 - Brice Perombelon (University of Oxford):
    From animism to speculation: representations of geopower among the Dene of Tulita, Northwest Territories, Canada. Details…
  • 9th October 2018 - Richard Powell (University of Cambridge):
    BOOK LAUNCH: Studying Arctic Fields: Cultures, Practices, and Environmental Sciences. Details…
  • 2nd July 2018 - Elizabeth Leane (University of Tasmania) and Carolyn Philpott (University of Tasmania):
    Singing in the Wilderness: Antarctic Sledging Songs of the 'Heroic Age'. Details…
  • 14th May 2018 - Nina Doering (University of Oxford):
    'They don't know about the people who live here': Local non-participation in extractive resource management in Greenland. Details…
  • 23rd April 2018 - Hanne Nielsen (University of Tasmania):
    Brand Antarctica: Advertising and the South. Details…
  • 19th February 2018 - Rick Knecht (University of Aberdeen):
    Climate change, archaeology and tradition in an Alaskan Yup'ik Village. Details…
  • 5th February 2018 - Thomas F. Thornton (University of Oxford):
    Sacred Mountains as Flood Refuge Sites in Northwest North America. Details…
  • 29th January 2018 - Bryan Lintott (Scott Polar Research Institute):
    Scott’s and Shackleton’s Huts: Antarctic Heritage and International Relations. Details…
  • 27th November 2017 - Peter Martin (University of Oxford):
    Re/Fram/ing Geography: Fridtjof Nansen at the Royal Geographical Society c.1888-1914. Details…
  • 6th November 2017 - Jean de Pomereu (Research Associate, Scott Polar Research Institute) :
    The meaning of Indlandsis: a cultural history of ice sheets. Details…
  • 13th June 2017 - P.J. Capelotti (Professor of Anthropology, Penn State University):
    Polar Opposites: American and Norwegian voices in the exploration of Franz Josef Land. Details…
  • 9th February 2016 - Richard Powell (University of Oxford):
    Writing the North? Geography and the disciplines of Circumpolar exceptionality. Details…
  • 9th February 2016 - Roman Sidortsov (Scott Polar Research Institute):
    Wrestling With Polar Bears: Risk, Power, Law, and Oil and Gas. Details…
  • 19th January 2016 - Claire Warrior (National Maritime Museum) and Charlotte Connelly (Polar Museum, SPRI):
    Double-bill: Polar Representation in Museums. Details…
  • 17th November 2015 - Shane McCorristine (SPRI):
    Polar Exploration and the 'Spectral Turn' in the Humanities. Details…
  • 17th November 2015 - Bryan Lintott (SPRI):
    The Myth of Timelessness in the Polar Regions. Details…
  • 20th October 2015 - Dr. Michael Bravo, Geography and SPRI:
    Reflections on Analysis and Authorship in Polar Worlds. Details…
  • 22nd October 2014 - David Turnbull (Melbourne University):
    Indigenous Sovereignty beyond Nations . Details…
  • 13th October 2014 - Niels Einarsson (Stefansson Institute, Iceland):
    Fishing rights and financial capitalism in the Arctic: From common property to private ownership assets. Details…
  • 1st May 2014 - Dr Kamrul Hossain (Arctic Centre, University of Lapland):
    Arctic Maritime International Law. Details…
  • 24th April 2014 - Marionne Cronin (University of Aberdeen):
    The Topsy-Turvy Arctic: Navigating the Polar Airspace. Details…
  • 6th March 2014 - Peter Schweitzer (Austrian Polar Research Institute):
    The social life of Arctic transportation networks. Details…
  • 20th February 2014 - Yaël Schlick (Queen's University at Kingston):
    "Periodizing Modern Antarctica, or What is the Legacy of the Heroic Age?". Details…
  • 13th February 2013 - John MacDonald, Carolyn MacDonald, Wim Rasing:
    The Journals of William Hooper: Inuit ethnographer and evangelical. Details…

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