The ICE LAW Project is close to concluding its first full year of funding and we’re in the midst of a particularly active few months. We’ve been providing regular updates on the ICE LAW Project’s website and Twitter feed. However, with so much happening in April-May-June, I’m taking this opportunity to highlight events to followers of this blog who are not ICE LAW regulars.
As background, the ICE LAW Project is run by IBRU: Durham University’s Centre for Borders Research, endorsed by the UArctic Thematic Network on Arctic Law, and funded by the Leverhulme Trust. The Project’s mission is to support a network of workshops that address three objectives:
- To examine the challenges posed by polar environments to Western political, legal, and regulatory systems in order to improve understanding of historic and potential relationships between the physical nature of the geosphere, constructions of territory, and practices of territorialization.
- To assist in developing legal and regulatory mechanisms to address the obstacles and opportunities that the physical nature of the polar environment poses to actors there, from indigenous peoples seeking self-determination to corporations seeking secure investment opportunities.
- To extend findings about the practical and conceptual influence of the polar environment within Western and non-Western legal and social systems to inform understanding and policy-making in other regions of the world where the geophysical categorizations that underpin state authority are similarly upended.
The Project is led by a team of scholars with expertise in Anthropology, Geography, Law, Politics, based at six universities in five countries. Workshops are being led by each of five subprojects: Indigenous & Local Perspectives, Law, Migration & Mobilities, Resources, and Territory.
Following up on a November 2016 workshop on Local Engagement in Arctic Search & Rescue sponsored by the Indigenous & Local Perspectives subproject in partnership with the Aleut International Association, the ICE LAW Project is sponsoring a range of activities this Spring:
- The first of the Spring 2017 activities was a workshop held by the Law subproject on 8 April at the University of Lapland’s Arctic Centre in Rovaniemi, Finland. A full report on this workshop can be found on the ICE LAW Project’s website.
- Later in April, the Mobilities & Migration subproject partnered with the Master Mariners of Canada to hold a workshop at Dalhousie University on multiple perspectives on mobility in icy marine environments. A report is forthcoming, but the schedule for the conference can be found here.
- On 11-12 May, the Resources subproject will be holding a workshop at Durham University on Anticipating Abundance: Economizing the Arctic.
- That same week, on 12 May, the Territory subproject will be holding a workshop at the University of Amsterdam’s ACCESS Center on Territory in Indeterminate and Changing Environments.
- Then, on 8 June, the ICE LAW Project will be sponsoring a double-session at the International Congress of Arctic Social Science in Umeå, Sweden (8-12 June), with a paper session followed by a panel discussion.
- Finally, on 18 June, the ICE LAW Project will be sponsoring a session at the Nordic Geographers Meeting (18-21 June) in Stockholm.
All ICE LAW Project-sponsored workshops are open to the public, and sessions at conferences are open to all conference attendees. We look forward to keeping you posted with further developments, or subscribe to the Project’s Twitter feed at @IceLawProject .