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Scott Polar Research Institute - Histories, Cultures, Environments and Politics research seminars: archive

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# Tuesday 9th October 2018, 5.00pm - Richard Powell (University of Cambridge)
BOOK LAUNCH: Studying Arctic Fields: Cultures, Practices, and Environmental Sciences
Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute, Lecture Theatre

This event is the Launch for Richard Powell’s new book, Studying Arctic Fields: Cultures, Practices, and Environmental Sciences, and is kindly sponsored by the Independent Social Research Foundation and McGill-Queen’s University Press. Please RSVP [jenny.dunstall@spri.cam.ac.uk] to attend.

# Monday 2nd July 2018, 4.30pm - Elizabeth Leane (University of Tasmania) and Carolyn Philpott (University of Tasmania)
Singing in the Wilderness: Antarctic Sledging Songs of the 'Heroic Age'
Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute, Lecture Theatre

Abstract not available

# Monday 14th May 2018, 4.30pm - Nina Doering (University of Oxford)
'They don't know about the people who live here': Local non-participation in extractive resource management in Greenland
Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute, Lecture Theatre

Abstract not available

# Monday 23rd April 2018, 4.30pm - Hanne Nielsen (University of Tasmania)
Brand Antarctica: Advertising and the South
Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute, Lecture Theatre

Abstract not available

# Monday 19th February 2018, 4.30pm - Rick Knecht (University of Aberdeen)
Climate change, archaeology and tradition in an Alaskan Yup'ik Village
Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute, Lecture Theatre

Abstract not available

# Monday 5th February 2018, 4.30pm - Thomas F. Thornton (University of Oxford)
Sacred Mountains as Flood Refuge Sites in Northwest North America
Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute, Lecture Theatre

Abstract not available

# Monday 29th January 2018, 4.30pm - Bryan Lintott (Scott Polar Research Institute)
Scott’s and Shackleton’s Huts: Antarctic Heritage and International Relations
Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute, Lecture Theatre

Abstract not available

# Monday 27th November 2017, 4.30pm - Peter Martin (University of Oxford)
Re/Fram/ing Geography: Fridtjof Nansen at the Royal Geographical Society c.1888-1914
Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute, Lecture Theatre

Abstract not available

# Monday 6th November 2017, 4.30pm - Jean de Pomereu (Research Associate, Scott Polar Research Institute)
The meaning of Indlandsis: a cultural history of ice sheets
Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute, Lecture Theatre

Abstract not available

# Tuesday 13th June 2017, 4.30pm - P.J. Capelotti (Professor of Anthropology, Penn State University)
Polar Opposites: American and Norwegian voices in the exploration of Franz Josef Land
Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute, Lecture Theatre

Abstract not available

# Tuesday 9th February 2016, 2.30pm - Richard Powell (University of Oxford)
Writing the North? Geography and the disciplines of Circumpolar exceptionality
Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute, Seminar Room

Dr Richard Powell, Associate Professor of Human Geography at the University of Oxford, will be presenting a paper titled “Writing the North? Geography and the disciplines of Circumpolar exceptionality”.

# Tuesday 9th February 2016, 2.30pm - Roman Sidortsov (Scott Polar Research Institute)
Wrestling With Polar Bears: Risk, Power, Law, and Oil and Gas
Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute, Seminar Room

Roman Sitortsov, a doctoral candidate at SPRI, will be presenting on “Wrestling With Polar Bears: Risk, Power, Law, and Oil and Gas”

# Tuesday 19th January 2016, 2.30pm - Claire Warrior (National Maritime Museum) and Charlotte Connelly (Polar Museum, SPRI)
Double-bill: Polar Representation in Museums
Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute, Seminar Room

Claire Warrior, the Senior Curator of Exhibitions and a PhD Candidate at SPRI, will be discussing ‘Museum Representation and the new Polar Gallery at the National Maritime Museum”. This will be followed by questions and a discussion period.

Charlotte Connelly, the Curator for the Polar Museum and a PhD Candidate at both Cambridge and the Science Museum, will present on the difficulty of Polar representation beyond the Heroic Age. This will be followed by questions and a discussion period.

# Tuesday 17th November 2015, 2.00pm - Shane McCorristine (SPRI)
Polar Exploration and the 'Spectral Turn' in the Humanities
Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute, Seminar Room

Abstract not available

# Tuesday 17th November 2015, 2.00pm - Bryan Lintott (SPRI)
The Myth of Timelessness in the Polar Regions
Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute, Seminar Room

Abstract not available

# Tuesday 20th October 2015, 2.30pm - Dr. Michael Bravo, Geography and SPRI
Reflections on Analysis and Authorship in Polar Worlds
Venue: SPRI Seminar Room

Writing about the polar regions takes many forms. As politics and global commodity prices have dramatically increased, how has this impacted on polar writing and what are the implications for us as a community of scholarly practitioners? On the one hand, our goals and standards of academic success are defined by our institutions very clearly in terms of peer-reviewed articles and monographs. On the other hand, the circulation of informed opinion and analysis in the polar regions is taking place through a remarkably diverse range of media, forms, and genre: blogs, digests, videos, image banks, think tank reports, legal opinions environmental awareness-raising, as well as articles and books. In this discussion, I would like us to think about the way in which the use of these media and genres give rise to different kinds of authorial voices and ways of “narrating the polar regions”. This will give us an opportunity to reflect on how our own writing practices and aspirations can respond to this rapidly shifting field within which polar analysis circulates.

# Wednesday 22nd October 2014, 11.00am - David Turnbull (Melbourne University)
Indigenous Sovereignty beyond Nations
Venue: Hardy Building Room 101, Department of Geography, Downing Site

This will take the form of an early career reading group session led by Professor David Turnbull (Melbourne University). This session requires pre-registration with Dr. Shane McCorristine

# Monday 13th October 2014, 12.30pm - Niels Einarsson (Stefansson Institute, Iceland)
Fishing rights and financial capitalism in the Arctic: From common property to private ownership assets
Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute, Seminar Room

The topic of fishing and access rights to marine resources is extremely important to coastal communities in the Arctic, as they are in the rest of the world for fishing societies from Ghana to Galicia. One of the major changes taking place, one could call it a social and historical transformation, is the privatisation of formerly common property resources, linking local livelihoods and community vibility to economic and financial processes of national and global markets and financial capitalism. Very little has been written about the social, indigenous and other Arctic residents‘ human rights, and economic and political implications of this recent shift in governance paradigm. This talk reports on ongoing anthropological and interdisciplinary research and deals with some of the aspects of this very rapid social change which is also coupled to processes of climate change and prospects of transarctic shipping and development of industrial megaprojects. The focus is on Iceland, Greenland and Norway but with data from other Arctic societies and fisheries.

# Thursday 1st May 2014, 4.30pm - Dr Kamrul Hossain (Arctic Centre, University of Lapland)
Arctic Maritime International Law
Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute, Seminar Room

Abstract not available

# Thursday 24th April 2014, 4.30pm - Marionne Cronin (University of Aberdeen)
The Topsy-Turvy Arctic: Navigating the Polar Airspace
Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute, Seminar Room

Abstract not available

# Thursday 6th March 2014, 4.30pm - Peter Schweitzer (Austrian Polar Research Institute)
The social life of Arctic transportation networks
Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute, Seminar Room

Abstract not available

# Thursday 20th February 2014, 1.15pm - Yaël Schlick (Queen's University at Kingston)
"Periodizing Modern Antarctica, or What is the Legacy of the Heroic Age?"
Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute, Seminar Room

Abstract not available

# Wednesday 13th February 2013, 4.00pm - John MacDonald, Carolyn MacDonald, Wim Rasing
The Journals of William Hooper: Inuit ethnographer and evangelical
Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute, Seminar Room

The Arctic humanities are a broad and developing field, encompassing subjects from the social impact of environmental change to the use of indigenous mapping techniques in western geographical knowledge. Taking a broad historical and circumpolar perspective, this seminar series explores the encounters and engagements between different actors, communities, and systems of knowledge in the Arctic. How do historical encounters and passages continue to shape issues of contemporary governance in the polar regions? This seminar series showcases the interdisciplinary strengths of SPRI while also engaging with the current research of visiting and invited scholars.

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