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Seminars

Polar physical science

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

There are no forthcoming seminars scheduled at present.

Previous seminars

  • 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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