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Polar Humanities and Social Sciences ECR Workshop

The Polar Humanities and Social Sciences Early Career Researchers Workshop (PHaSS) is an adaptive space for early career researchers working on polar-related topics. The Workshop has three major functions: provide research support for graduate and early career group members; act as a forum for roundtable discussions centred on readings, current events, or works-in-progress; and facilitate dialogue between scholars who are visiting SPRI and group members. The workshop meets during term time.

Convenors: Alice Oates, Johanne Bruun. To contact the convenors or join the mailing list contact ao330@cam.ac.uk

19
May
Arctic coastal communities and increasing shipping activities: local impacts and adaptive responses

Speaker: Dr. Julia Olsen

Time: 2.00pm, Thursday 19th May 2022

Location: Zoom - email organiser for details

Senior Researcher, Nordland Research Institute

This presentation highlights main findings from my PhD work on how shipping development in the Arctic affects coastal indigenous and non-indigenous communities. Arctic shipping, which comprises all types of vessels operating in the Arctic waters, has historically been covering transportation and supply needs. The recent Arctic shipping growth has been influenced by the interplay of multiple changes in the socio-economic, geopolitical, environmental, and climatic conditions. This increase brings new risks and opportunities to the region and have many cascading impacts on coastal communities. To understand this connection, I applied an analytical framework of adaptation and adaptive capacity. During my talk I will present the impacts of shipping growth, illuminate the aspects of adaptive capacity, and describe local adaptive responses. I will reflect on why and how the same type of impact may receive different interpretations and describe the role of the community agency – the community’s ability to act –for the development of adaptive responses.

26
May
Heroic Networks: objects, museums and Antarctic explorers

Speaker: Henrietta Hammant

Time: 2.00pm, Thursday 26th May 2022

Location: Zoom - email organiser for details

Anthropology of Heritage PhD candidate, University of Reading

My research considers the representation of explorers of the ‘Heroic Age’ of Antarctic exploration (broadly the late 19th to early 20th century) in museum collections. I am particularly interested in how certain figures from this time period, including Sir Ernest Shackleton and Captain Robert Falcon Scott, have come to be thought of as ‘heroes’ thanks, in part, to the work of museum professionals. Expanding the traditional understanding of a ‘hero’, I aim to highlight a diverse network of both human and non-human actors that were critical to these expeditions, and their subsequent memorialisation in museums.

Previous seminars

  • 12th May 2022 - Dr. Nanna Katrine Lüders Kaalund:
    A tale of two price-lists: economic topography and colonial governance in the context of the Royal Greenland Trading Company. Details…
  • 5th May 2022 - Accessibility In Polar Research (@AccessPolar):
    Our experiences: Why Polar Research needs to be accessible. Details…
  • 10th March 2022 - Sam Kramer (William and Mary):
    Isolate and Assimilate: Settler Colonialism in the Canadian Arctic (a bipolar perspective). Details…
  • 10th February 2022 - Juan Lucci, University of Cambridge:
    An Assessment of Progress to Decarbonize Antarctic Stations. Details…
  • 27th January 2022 - Romain Chuffart, University of Durham:
    Indigenous sovereignty and environmental protection in the Arctic. Details…
  • 25th November 2021 - Speaker to be confirmed:
    Short film discussion session: Utuqaq. Details…
  • 11th November 2021 - Fiona Amery, University of Cambridge:
    What is left unsaid within images of the aurora borealis? The use of linguistic strategies in deciphering the ‘Flaming Letters on the Dark Vault of Night’ in the First International Polar Year (1882-3). Details…
  • 28th October 2021 - Stephen Lezak, University of Cambridge (SPRI):
    The Arctic at the End of the World: Hannah Arendt and the Narration of Apocalypse. Details…
  • 21st October 2021 - Jen Rose Smith, University of Wisconsin-Madison:
    Ice-geographies: Race, Indigeneity, and Coloniality. Details…
  • 24th June 2021 - Nina Döring (IASS) and Elle Merete Omma (Saami Council):
    Improving the relationships between researchers and Indigenous rights holders in the Arctic - What needs to change in funding?. Details…
  • 3rd June 2021 - Mia Surridge & Alex Partridge (The Polar Museum, Cambridge):
    Contentious Collections? Decolonising the Polar Museum. Details…
  • 27th May 2021 - Marisa Karyl Franz (New York University):
    Mariinsky Post as a Meeting Place: Affective Encounters and Ethnographic Records. Details…
  • 6th May 2021 - Sophie Duveau (Centre Alexandre Koyré, Paris):
    Science in Practice: Sharing the field with natural scientists. Details…
  • 11th March 2021 - Marc Jacobsen (SPRI):
    Greenland Geopolitics in the light of renewed American attention. Details…
  • 25th February 2021 - Laura Seddon (University of Durham):
    The challenges and opportunities of working across the physical and social sciences. Details…
  • 11th February 2021 - Daniela Portella Sampaio (City, University of London):
    Fishing and conservation in the Southern Ocean: methodological challenges with stakeholders’ interviews. Details…
  • 28th January 2021 - Eva Crowson and Elise Nyborg (University of Cambridge, SPRI):
    Rethinking the Virtual: Towards Digital Decolonisation in the Scott Polar Research Institute. Details…
  • 3rd December 2020 - Iqra Choudhury (University of Manchester):
    SCAR in the 60s: The successes and failures of science diplomacy in Antarctica. Details…
  • 26th November 2020 - Jean de Pomereu (Associate of SPRI):
    Beyond Sublime: Antarctic art since WWII. Details…
  • 12th November 2020 - Charlotte Schoonman (AWI), Anna Guasco (University of Cambridge), Karla Boxall (SPRI):
    Roundtable discussion: Conducting Research in a Pandemic. Details…
  • 29th October 2020 - Eleanor Peers (University of Cambridge):
    What’s in a model? Shifting multi-species relationships in Sakha (Yakutia). Details…
  • 15th October 2020 - Alice Oates (University of Cambridge) and Osnat Katz (University College London):
    Finding connections across space, time, and disciplines: Space and Antarctica. Details…
  • 11th June 2020 - Eleanor Peers and Frances Marsh (Polar Library, Scott Polar Research Institute):
    [online] Polar humanities research in the Covid-19 pandemic: Where does the SPRI library fit in?. Details…
  • 4th June 2020 - Alexis Rider, University of Pennsylvania:
    [online] On Blue Ice: Antarctic Meteorites and Deepening Planetary Time. Details…
  • 14th May 2020 - Ragnhild Feng Dale (Western Norway Research Institute):
    [online] Elusive Resources and Community Expectations: Petroleum Narratives by the Norwegian Barents Sea. Details…
  • 30th April 2020 - Johanne Bruun (University of Cambridge):
    [online] Researching the field at home: the field and its doubles. Details…
  • 12th March 2020 - Alice Oates (University of Cambridge):
    [Cancelled] ‘No work before breakfast’: Putting people first at Halley Bay research station, Antarctica. Details…
  • 19th February 2020 - Morgan Seag (University of Cambridge):
    Roundtable discussion on 'Intersectionality and International Polar Research'. Details…
  • 6th February 2020 - Peter Martin (University of Cambridge):
    Roundtable discussion on “Off the beaten track? Critical approaches to exploration studies”. Details…
  • 30th January 2020 - Frances Marsh and Eleanor Peers (University of Cambridge):
    Roundtable discussion on ‘Decolonising the Polar Library: Moving forward’. Details…
  • 16th January 2020 - Zoia Tarasova (University of Cambridge):
    Human Anxieties, Bovine Solutions: Political Subtexts of Native Cattle Conservation in Northeastern Siberia. Details…
  • 5th December 2019 - Eavan O'Dochartaigh (Umeå University):
    Arctic Visible: Picturing Indigenous Communities in the Nineteenth-Century Western Arctic. Details…
  • 21st November 2019 - Ed Armston-Sheret (Royal Holloway, University of London):
    The Selected Body: Investigating Ideas about Nerves and Constitutions in the Heroic Age of Polar Exploration. Details…
  • 14th November 2019 - Eleanor Peers (University of Cambridge):
    From Epic Bards to Pop Stars in North-East Siberia: Song as Patriotic Education. Details…
  • 7th November 2019 - Othniel Art Oomittuk Jr and Ellis Doeven (Visiting Artists, Alaska):
    Introducing Tikigaq - Living with the Whale in the Arctic. Details…
  • 31st October 2019 - Prem Gill (University of Cambridge):
    "Minorities in Polar Research"-Network. Details…
  • 24th October 2019 - John Woitkowitz (University of Cambridge):
    Science Policy Workshop Report/Arctic Circle Assembly 2019. Details…
  • 15th October 2019 - Willy Topkok (Independent Artist, Alaska):
    Life in Alaska as an Inupiaq Artist. Details…
  • 16th August 2019 - Aki Tonami (University of Tsukuba):
    Japan and its Arctic identity: Forming a narrative about the region. Details…
  • 20th June 2019 - Mia Bennett (University of Hong Kong):
    The Sublimity of Sublimating Ice: Ruins of the Anthropocene. Details…
  • 13th June 2019 - Alex Partridge (The Polar Museum):
    'Museum Entanglements: acquisitions, engagement and exhibitions at the Polar Museum. Details…
  • 6th June 2019 - Elizabeth Lewis Williams (University of East Anglia):
    Antarctic Building and Dwelling: the Poetics of the 'Wide, White Page'. Details…
  • 23rd May 2019 - Elizabeth A. Walsh (Department of Anthropology):
    ‘They Should Do It Themselves’: Settler Affect and Indigenous Sovereignty on Alaska’s North Slope. Details…
  • 16th May 2019 - Otso Kortekangas (Stockholm University and KTH Royal Institute of Technology):
    ‘Indigenous’ avant la lettre. The Origin and Livelihoods of the Sámi in European Scholarly Thought 1930-1960. Details…
  • 9th May 2019 - Dina Brode-Roger (KU Leuven) & Sam Saville (Aberysthwyth):
    Identity in Change/Svalbard Futures - with an introduction to the Svalbard Social Science Initiative . Details…
  • 25th April 2019 - Maximilien Zahnd (University of Cambridge):
    Can Taxation Help Indigenous Peoples Remap Space?: The Socio-Legal History of the Native Village of Kluti Kaah. Details…
  • 14th March 2019 - Ruth Maclennan (SPRI):
    Ivan Chai and King Crabs. Details…
  • 28th February 2019 - Lill Rastad Bjørst (Aalborg University):
    Partnerships in Mining: Stories, Emotions, and the Quest for Stable Relationships in the Greenlandic Mining Sector. Details…
  • 14th February 2019 - Morgan Seag (University of Cambridge):
    Roundtable discussion on "Gender in Polar Research". Details…
  • 31st January 2019 - Bryan Lintott (University of Cambridge):
    Antarctic Heritage and International Relations: Commemorating the Ross Sea Party. Details…
  • 28th June 2018 - Morgan Seag and Bryan Lintott (University of Cambridge):
    POLAR2018: Conversations and outcomes. Details…
  • 14th June 2018 - Alex Partridge (The Polar Museum):
    The Polar Museum: Museum store tour and discussion. Details…
  • 7th June 2018 - Astrid Nonbo Andersen (Danish Institute for International Studies) :
    "This isn’t South Africa" – on using the analytical tools of memory studies and transitional justice in Greenland. Details…
  • 1st June 2018 - Stine Alling Jacobsen (University of Oslo):
    Cryolite Ghosts - histories of absence from Ivittuut. Details…
  • 24th May 2018 - Peter Martin (University of Oxford):
    Supposed-to-be-Land: Indigenous Tales of the Beaufort Sea. Details…
  • 24th May 2018 - Morgan Seag (University of Cambridge):
    Equal Opportunities on Ice: Sex discrimination legislation and British Antarctic science. Details…
  • 11th May 2018 - Cameron Mackay (SPRI) and Jamie Sandall (SPRI):
    Current MPhil dissertation research. Details…
  • 3rd May 2018 - Vegard Nergård (UIT The Arctic University of Norway):
    The plural parent system in Saami reindeer herding families. Details…
  • 26th April 2018 - Henry Anderson-Elliott (SPRI):
    Polar Social Sciences Workshop - Planning Discussion. Details…
  • 9th February 2018 - Anna Stenport (Georgia Institute of Technology) and Scott MacKenzie (Queen's University, Kingston):
    The Anxiety of Ice: Visualizing Climate Change and Arctic Moving Images. Details…
  • 16th June 2017 - Bryan Lintott (SPRI):
    The Central Intelligence Agency and Antarctica: 1947-59. Details…
  • 2nd June 2017 - Elizabeth Walsh (Social Anthropology, Cambridge):
    Cultural institutions and Iñupiat identity in Utqiaġvik. Details…
  • 26th May 2017 - Victoria Herrmann (SPRI):
    Making a broader impact with polar research. Details…
  • 12th May 2017 - Alex Partridge (Archaeology, Cambridge):
    Census making and “Becoming Peoples”. Details…
  • 5th May 2017 - Henry Anderson-Elliot (SPRI) and Morgan Seag (SPRI):
    Architectures and built environments in the Polar Regions. Details…
  • 28th April 2017 - Michael Bravo (SPRI):
    Polar Social Sciences Workshop - Welcome Back. Details…
  • 10th March 2017 - Johanna Grabow (Leipzig University and SPRI):
    Antarctica in contemporary fiction. Details…
  • 3rd March 2017 - Bryan Lintott (SPRI):
    Quantarctica: Polar humanities and social science database. Details…
  • 24th February 2017 - Penny Goodman (SPRI):
    Education in Inuit communities in Canada. Details…
  • 17th February 2017 - Matthew Jull (University of Virginia):
    Arctic architecture and design. Details…
  • 10th February 2017 - Corine Wood-Donnelly (SPRI):
    Roundtable discussion: Current events in the Arctic and Antarctic. Details…
  • 3rd February 2017 - Henry Anderson-Elliott (SPRI):
    Conducting fieldwork in the Arctic. Details…
  • 27th January 2017 - Morgan Seag (SPRI):
    Arctic and Antarctic research at Cambridge: Polar Social Sciences Workshop planning. Details…
  • 25th November 2016 - Alex Partridge (Archaeology, Cambridge):
    Arctic sovereignty and museum collections. Details…
  • 18th November 2016 - Penny Goodman (SPRI):
    Interdisciplinary social science and humanities perspectives on climate change in the Arctic. Details…
  • 11th November 2016 - Henry Anderson-Elliott (SPRI):
    Reframing the conservation of polar bears in Svalbard. Details…
  • 28th October 2016 - Morgan Seag (SPRI):
    Polar Research at Cambridge: Research updates and group synergies. Details…
  • 19th October 2016 - Michael Bravo (SPRI):
    Interdisciplinary polar social sciences and humanities at Cambridge. Details…
  • 6th November 2015 - Brendan Plant (Downing College):
    Volcanoes and Boundary Issues in International Law. Details…

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