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Histories, cultures, environments and politics research seminars - Scott Polar Research Institute: archive

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# 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

# Friday 16th June 2017, 11.30am - Dr. Bryan Lintott, SPRI
The Central Intelligence Agency and Antarctica: 1947-59
Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute, Seminar Room

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

Capelotti will discuss his research into the history of place names in Franz Josef Land, and read from his new book The Greatest Show in the Arctic: the American exploration of Franz Josef Land, 1898-1905. This delves deeply into three fatally flawed American attempts to reach the North Pole from the Russian archipelago of Franz Josef Land between 1898 and 1905. The expeditions were led, in turn, by a nationally-syndicated journalist running from debts, a mistress, and an illegitimate daughter; a deranged meteorologist with a fetish for balloons and Swedish conserves; and a pious photographer
in search of God in the Arctic. All three leaders were supported by international casts of characters worthy of a three-ring circus. Two of the expeditions were haunted by still-unexplained deaths and all witnessed both improbable triumphs and ultimate failures.

# Friday 2nd June 2017, 11.30am - Elizabeth Walsh, Division of Social Anthropology, Cambridge
Cultural institutions and Iñupiat identity in Utqiaġvik
Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute, Seminar Room

Abstract not available

# Friday 26th May 2017, 11.30am - Victoria Herrmann, SPRI
Making a broader impact with polar research
Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute, Seminar Room

Abstract not available

# Friday 12th May 2017, 11.30am - Alex Partridge, Department of Archaeology, Cambridge
Census making and “Becoming Peoples.”
Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute, Seminar Room

Abstract not available

# Friday 5th May 2017, 11.30am - Henry Anderson-Elliot, SPRI, and Morgan Seag, SPRI
Architectures and built environments in the Polar Regions
Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute, Seminar Room

Abstract not available

# Friday 28th April 2017, 11.30am - Dr. Michael Bravo, SPRI
Polar Social Sciences Workshop - Welcome Back
Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute, Seminar Room

Abstract not available

# Friday 10th March 2017, 11.30am - Johanna Grabow, Leipzig University/SPRI
Antarctica in contemporary fiction
Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute, Seminar Room

Abstract not available

# Friday 3rd March 2017, 11.30am - Dr. Bryan Lintott, SPRI
Quantarctica: Polar humanities and social science database
Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute, Seminar Room

Abstract not available

# Friday 24th February 2017, 11.30am - Penny Goodman, SPRI
What is the purpose of education in the Inuit Arctic of Canada and how can it be achieved?
Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute, Seminar Room

Abstract not available

# Friday 17th February 2017, 11.30am - Dr. Matthew Jull, University of Virginia
Arctic architecture and design
Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute, Seminar Room

Abstract not available

# Friday 10th February 2017, 11.30am - Dr. Corine Wood-Donnelly, SPRI
Roundtable discussion: Current events in the Arctic and Antarctic
Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute, Seminar Room

Abstract not available

# Friday 3rd February 2017, 11.30am - Henry Anderson-Elliott, SPRI
Conducting fieldwork in the Arctic
Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute, Seminar Room

Abstract not available

# Friday 27th January 2017, 11.30am - Morgan Seag, SPRI
Arctic and Antarctic research at Cambridge: Polar Social Sciences Workshop planning
Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute, Seminar Room

Abstract not available

# Friday 25th November 2016, 11.30am - Alex Partridge, Department of Archaeology, Cambridge
Arctic sovereignty and museum collections
Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute, Seminar Room

Abstract not available

# Friday 18th November 2016, 11.30am - Penny Goodman, SPRI
Roundtable discussion: Interdisciplinary social science and humanities perspectives on climate change in the Arctic
Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute, Seminar Room

Abstract not available

# Friday 11th November 2016, 11.30am - Henry Anderson-Elliott, SPRI
Reframing the conservation of polar bears in Svalbard
Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute, Seminar Room

Abstract not available

# Friday 28th October 2016, 11.30am - Morgan Seag, SPRI
Polar Research at Cambridge: Research updates and group synergies
Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute, Seminar Room

Abstract not available

# Wednesday 19th October 2016, 11.30am - Dr. Michael Bravo, SPRI
Interdisciplinary polar social sciences and humanities at Cambridge
Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute, Seminar Room

Abstract not available

# Tuesday 9th February 2016, 2.30pm - Dr Richard Powell (University of Oxford)
Polar Humanities Research Group Seminar Double Bill
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)
Polar Humanities Research Group Seminar Double Bill
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 Connolly, Scott Polar Research Institute
Double-bill: Polar Representation
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 Connolly, 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 - Dr. Shane McCorristine
Double-bill: 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, Scott Polar Research Institute
Double-bill: The Myth of Timelessness in the Polar Regions
Venue: Scott Polar Research Institute, Seminar Room

Abstract not available

# Friday 6th November 2015, 2.30pm - Dr. Brendan Plant, Downing College
Volcanoes and Boundary Issues in International Law
Venue: Geography Seminar Room, Department of Geography, Downing Site

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 - Professor 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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