Calotte Academy 2017 — Announcement and First Call


The Second Call

Perceptions of the Arctic:

Rich or Scarce, Mass-scale or Traditional, Conflict or Cooperation?

Calotte Academy 2017

in Finland, Norway, Russia and Sweden

June 111, 2017


The Calotte Academy 2017 will be organized between June 1 and 11, 2017 in the European Arctic, starting in May 31 in Rovaniemi, Finland and finishing in June 11 Umeå, Sweden. The planned schedule and route is the following: June 1 in Inari (Finland), June 2-3 in Kirkenes (Norway), June 4 travelling via Murmansk, June 5-6 in Apatity (Russia), June 7 travelling via Salla (Finland), June 8 in Tornio (Finland), and Haparanda and June 9–11 in Umeå (Sweden).

The theme of the 2017 Academy is ‘Perceptions of the Arctic: Rich or Scarce, Mass-scale or Traditional, Conflict or Cooperation?’. The focus is inspired by the fact that there is a growing global interest, even a hype, from many actors, also from outside, towards the Arctic region and its resources, as well as Arctic issues. Furthermore, the northernmost region of the globe and related issues are widely discussed in politics and academia, also misunderstood, or simply not understood. Due to rapid climate change within the circumpolar North and the expected consequences of mass-scale utilization of the region’s resources, there are several different perceptions of the Arctic, or the North Pole region, and its real nature, depending on one’s position, profession, interest or mind-set. Indeed, the Arctic, as well as the entire circumpolar North, can be perceived in many different ways, and various viewpoints can focus, for example on the environment and nature (richness – scarcity, darkness – brightness), reindeer (Rudolf-style – freely pasturing), economics and livelihoods (mass-scale – traditional), people(s) and nation(s) (indigenous – settlers), knowledge and expertise (Western science – traditional/local knowledge), politics and power (hegemony – empowerment, conflict – cooperation).

At the same time, the dominant Arctic studies discourse is about how the Arctic region should be defined or re-defined, if any strict definition is necessary at all. To put it in another way, the question asked is if we speak about one Arctic or several Arctics. The Arctic states (re)define themselves as Arctic nations, and are mapping their northernmost regions as part of the Arctic in their national policies, and numerous non-Arctic states are also repositioning themselves towards the Arctic. Unlike that, Northern indigenous peoples have their origins in the region as Arctic people, as well as there are younger generations of settlers who identify themselves as Northerners.

The Academy will discuss Arctic perceptions in the context of the regional and globalized Arctic theoretically and holistically from many angles and disciplinary approaches, from academic and policy-oriented ones — including exploration, exploitation, shipping and aviation, infrastructure, tourism — and from the perspectives of past(s), present(s) and future(s), and from global, or international, Arctic and local contexts in the European Arctic.

This is the first call for established researchers and early-career scientists, particularly PhD candidates and post-docs, with different academic backgrounds to participate and present their work in the 2016 Calotte Academy.

We ask you to submit a title and a brief abstract (250-300 words) of your paper with your name, affiliation and e-mail address. The organizers will cover the costs of bus travel throughout the entire route (Rovaniemi-Inari-Kirkenes-Murmansk-Apatity-Salla-Tornio-Haparanda-Umeå) as well as accommodation expenses (except in Umeå) for all PhD candidates whose abstracts are accepted to the symposium.

Abstract submission and PhD candidate funding application deadline: March 15, 2017.

Abstracts and freely formulated funding applications should be submitted to Researcher, PhD candidate Laura Olsén (e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) AND to Researcher, PhD candidate Gerald Zojer (e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), University of Lapland.

About Calotte Academy

The international travelling symposium, Calotte Academy, organized since 1991, is an annual doctoral summer school for PhD candidates from the Arctic states, as well as from the observer countries of the Arctic Council (see Final Reports of the Calotte Academy – It is also one of the main annual gatherings of the UArctic-NRF Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security, as well as a sub-forum for the Northern Research Forum (NRF). Furthermore, the 2017 Academy will also act as an annual regional forum for a discussion on the GlobalArctic handbook (see, and a training exercise for the Model Arctic Council 2017-2018, which will take place in October 2017 and 2018 in Finland. Finally, it is a pre-conference symposium for the ICASS IX People & Place in June 8-12, 2017 in Umeå. Sweden.

More Information and Contact

For more information about the 2017 Calotte Academy please contact Prof. Lassi Heininen, University of Lapland (e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.); or Rector Liisa Holmberg, Sámi Education Institute, Inari (e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.); or Director Marianne Neerland Soleim, Barents Institute at UiT – Arctic University of Norway (e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.); or Senior Researcher Ludmila Ivanova, Luzin Institute for Economic Studies of RAS (e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).




The Calotte Academy is an annual traveling symposium and an international scientific forum in the North Calotte region of Europe. It is designed to promote interdisciplinary discourse as well as academic and policy-oriented dialogue between senior researchers, early career scientists and advanced graduate students and other northern stakeholders, such as policymakers, civil servants and community leaders and planners. It is a “school of dialogue” and participatory by nature – the principle is to share knowledge and experiences with communities.

During its first 20 years the Calotte Academy has built partnerships between researchers and community members and does community-based research as well as develops research models for community-based research. The Calotte Academy also serves an interdisciplinary brainstorming meeting to bring researchers and other experts from different fields, regions and countries together for to discover innovations and new methods and to develop international research projects, plans and applications.

Arranged for the first time in 1991, the Calotte Academy is an international platform for policy-oriented dialogue and dissemination of research. As a traveling symposium with an emphasis on both expertise and dialogue it is a post-modern academic stage and workshop that fosters interdisciplinary, knowledge(s), and dialogue-building and implements the interplay between science and politics.

Since 2002 the Calotte Academy has also served as a sub-forum for the Open Assemblies of the Northern Research Forum. From 2010 onwards, it has additionally functioned as the main annual forum for the discussions and research planning of the Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security. The Network is a joint international, academic network between the University of the Arctic and the Northern Research Forum and consequently its senior and student members are potential contributors of the Calotte Academy and this project.



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