While sea ice has been an issue in almost all of my Arctic work and it’s at the core of the ICE LAW Project, it’s only now that a series of my pieces specifically on sea ice are finding their way to publication.
Today sees the publication of my first piece in the sea ice series: ’The ice edge is lost…nature moved it’: mapping ice as state practice in the Canadian and Norwegian North. The article, co-authored with Berit Kristoffersen, has just been published early online on the website of Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. It’s also profiled on the associated Geography Directions blog. The Wiley Online website is making the article free access through 19 May, or, if you use the link embedded above it should be free access forever. So download it now while you can!
A second sea ice piece is within a day or two of submission. This one – “Edges and flows: exploring legal materialities and biophysical politics at the sea ice edge” — is destined for the book Ocean Legalities: The Law and Life of the Sea, which is being edited by Irus Braverman and Elizabeth Johnson and will be published by Duke University Press. This chapter, which includes Kristen Shake as well as Berit Kristoffersen as co-authors, takes up where the Transactions article leaves off, going deeper into Norwegian ice edge politics as well as the dynamics of sea ice ecologies.
A third piece, on ice islands, is also within a day or two of finalisation. This one, “Placing territory on ice: militarisation, measurement and murder in the high Arctic,” is co-authored with Johanne Bruun and will be appearing in the Territory beyond Terra book that I’m co-editing with Kimberley Peters and Elaine Stratford (to be published by Rowman and Littlefield International). Of course ice islands are not technically sea ice (they’re made from glacial ice), but they’re still big chunks of ice in the ocean…which is close enough.
A final article, with Kristen Shake, Karen Frey, and Deb Martin — “(Un)frozen spaces: exploring the role of sea ice in the marine socio-legal spaces of the Bering and Beaufort Seas” — is working its way through to publication in the Journal of Borderland Studies‘ special issue on the Arctic.
All this gets me in the mood for next week’s ICE LAW Project workshops in Durham and Amsterdam and, following that, an Arctic literature, cinema, and geopolitics seminar in Zurich.