CFP: Polar (In)Securities: The Future of Global Affairs in the Circumpolar North

Deadline: March 25, 2022

https://www.thearcticinstitute.org/polar-insecurities-future-global-affairs-circumpolar-north/

The Arctic Institute (TAI) proudly celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2021. Our mission is to help inform Arctic policy in the context of the climate crisis, and we believe that circumpolar decision-making must be based on interdisciplinary, inclusive research. As we begin our second decade, we see an opportunity to broaden our mission, and proudly announce our first conference with traditional paper presentations, scenario workshops, and special sessions.

The climate crisis destabilizes traditional understandings of security in the Arctic. Many conferences and scholars have produced invaluable scholarship that seeks to understand how climate change affects security, regional development, and social and Indigenous welfare in the Arctic. We choose to upend the narrative by reframing our central question. How will global developments affect the circumpolar north? We offer graduate students and early career scholars a call for papers to address this question by applying different forms of security studies on global issues that affect the circumpolar north.

  • Cultural Security
  • Economic Security
  • Energy Security
  • Environmental Security
  • Food Security
  • Health Security
  • Military Security
  • Political Security

Day 1 (Wednesday, June 8, 2022)

The first day of the conference will consist of several concurrent online live presentations across different time zones to reflect the global nature of the climate crisis and Arctic security challenges and to be as inclusive to as many participants as possible. Presenters will be grouped thematically and according to their timezone of choice whenever possible.

Day 2 (Thursday, June 9, 2022)

The second day will feature roundtable discussions for early career students and scholars to tackle challenging questions about global developments unfolding in the Arctic. Participants will be asked to present their thoughts and ideas on future scenarios and developments in the Arctic by 2040. Potential discussions may include:

How will global ocean warming affect various forms of security in the Arctic? 

  • How should states respond to the migration of fish stocks in Arctic waters? Is the 2018 Central Arctic Ocean Fisheries Agreement to Prevent Unregulated High Seas Arctic Fisheries fit for purpose?
  • How will the global biodiversity crisis affect the Arctic? What needs to be done to protect food sovereignty and food security in the Arctic while tackling biodiversity decline around the globe?
  • How will global changes affect our perception of the adequacy of international law relevant to the Arctic? For instance, how do they challenge ideas of state sovereignty, transboundary impacts, and resource extractions in the region?
  • What could be the consequences of spillover conflict and/or nuclear proliferation for health and military security in the Arctic?
  • What could be the impacts of the global energy transition on the Arctic region?

Please note, the above questions are only examples and the final prompts will be shared with all interested participants in due time. Workshops will be led by The Arctic Institute’s Senior Fellows and Research Associates as well as by international experts. If you would like to register your interest for the second day, please let us know when filling in the application form.

Day 3 (Friday, June 10, 2022)

A third day themed “One Earth, Many Arctics” will offer special sessions on regional issues in the Arctic led by international Arctic scholars and experts. More details to come.

Submissions

We welcome university students and early career scholars who seek to cultivate new networks and interdisciplinary conversations related to Arctic scholarship. We welcome submissions on topics such as (but not limited to): Arctic studies, Indigenous knowledge, global affairs, international relations, political science, security studies, history, economics, anthropology, sociology, public administration, and legal studies. The outcomes of the roundtable discussions and special sessions will be summarised in a report on The Arctic Institute’s website.

The deadline for abstracts for Day 1 is March 25, 2022. Please submit an anonymous abstract of up to 400 words (in PDF form) here: https://forms.gle/Lmbhfx126EB1o33E8. When filling in the form, we kindly ask you to register your interest for participating in Day 2 and Day 3. Those with accepted paper proposals must submit a full draft to The Arctic Institute on May 31, 2022. Please note, there is a registration fee of 15 USD for presenters and workshop participants and 20 USD for audience members. Proceedings of the conference will be published later this year. For information and questions, please email info@thearcticinstitute.org.

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