Ninth International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences: People and Place
(ICASS IX)     

8-12 June 2017, Umeå University, Sweden


iassa logo1Extended Call for Sessions
Since many of our members have been in contact with the Secretariat asking for an extended deadline, the IASSA Council has prolonged the deadline for Session proposals to 7 October 2016.
The International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA) announces the 9th International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS IX) to be held at the campus of Umeå University, in Umeå, Sweden, 8-12 June 2017. ICASS is arranged every three years, bringing together people from all over the world to share ideas about social science and humanities research in the Arctic. ICASS VIII, held in May 2014, attracted 470 participants from 27 different countries.
Please submit your session proposals by 7 October 2016 to Gabriella Nordin (Ten adres pocztowy jest chroniony przed spamowaniem. Aby go zobaczyć, konieczne jest włączenie w przeglądarce obsługi JavaScript.). Please include session title, name of organizer and complete contact information, and a brief description of the session. General ideas on sessions will also be gratefully accepted.
ICASS IX's theme is People & Place. Research on social sciences and humanities have a great responsibility to address the challenges for sustainable development in the Arctic, with a specific focus on the many different parts of the Arctic and the people that live there. The multiple Arctics have lately been addressed by many policy makers and researchers. The purpose is often to counteract the stereotypic understanding of the Arctic too often represented by icebergs and polar bears. A focus on people and place highlights the many variances across the region in terms of climate, political systems, demography, infrastructure, history, languages, legal systems, land and water resources etc. etc. We welcome sessions and papers on all facets of the North. And, as always, we also welcome sessions and papers on all other subjects of relevance to our members.
We encourage the participation of indigenous peoples, northern residents, decision-makers and politicians, as well as academics, so that ICASS IX provides a rich environment in which to advance discussions on sustainabilities in the North and on other Northern matters.
The Call for Papers will be distributed in Autumn 2016, with a preliminary list of sessions.

Gabriella Nordin, IASSA Secretary
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Depths and Surfaces: Understanding the Antarctic Region through the Humanities and Social Sciences       

5-7 July 2017, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, Hobart


Screen Shot 2016 08 12 at 9.35.28 am 768x485Antarctica rarely makes it onto the map of the humanities and social sciences. While artists have produced responses to the continent for centuries, non-scientific researchers have been reluctant to venture intellectually into the far southern latitudes. The continent’s lack of an indigenous or permanent human population, together with a popular Antarctic exceptionalism which frames the continent as immune to the political, social and economic forces that affect the rest of the globe, has made it seem off-limits to analysis outside of a scientific framework.

Increasingly, however, public attention is being drawn to Antarctica, as the surface of its ice plays host to tourists, proliferating stations, heroic re-enactments, and national manoeuvring; its icy depths reveal the environmental history of our planet; and its ocean currents ominously undermine the glaciers around its edges. While scientific efforts are crucial, understanding the Antarctic region – past, present and future – requires contributions across the disciplinary spectrum. This conference aims to bring together humanities, creative arts and social sciences researchers interested in the Antarctic, fostering a community of scholars who can act in concert with natural scientists to address the issues that face the Antarctic region.


Deadline for Abstracts: 3 March 2017 (see details below)

Further info: See both the attachment and http://antarctica-hasseg.com/biennial-conference-2017/

This HASSEG member directory may be useful in identifying new collaborators: http://antarctica-hasseg.com/2014/09/memberlist/

SCAR HASSEG poster 2016