I’m happy to announce that the Leverhulme Trust’s International Networks Programme has agreed fund a series of workshops, conferences and meetings to further the Project on Indeterminate and Changing Environments: Law, the Anthropocene, and the World (the ICE LAW Project), a project being organised by IBRU: Durham University’s Centre for Borders Research with the support of the UArctic Thematic Network on Arctic Law.
To quote from the grant proposal:
The ICE LAW Project will query how human interactions with the geophysical environment of the world’s frozen regions challenge Western normative principles of state power and legal authority that assume an idealized binary between land and water. Six subprojects led by ten scholars (representing seven institutions in six countries) will investigate how normative principles of state territory are challenged by the dynamic nature of geophysics. Subprojects will explore how complex geophysical processes and changes are encountered through regulations and practices of territory, resource use, law, mobility, and migration, including a focus on local and indigenous perspectives.
Over the next three years, beginning in January 2016, each subproject will be a holding a number of workshops, and we’ll also be organising a number of larger conferences, as well as sessions at the 2017 International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS) in Umeå, Sweden. The plan of action follows directly from the Workshop on the Ice-Land-Water Interface held in June 2014 in Durham.
I look forward to working with the subproject leaders: Claudio Aporta & Aldo Chircop (Mobilities), Gavin Bridge (Resources), Kate Coddington (Migrations), Stuart Elden (Territory), Timo Koivurova (Law), and Stephanie Kane, Jessica Shadian, & Anna Stammler-Gossmann (Local & Indigenous Perspectives).