The Arctic Environmental Humanities Workshop Series

The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies and the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge are pleased to host the Arctic Environmental Humanities Workshop Series.

As the Arctic gains greater visibility among academics and diverse publics, we see an urgent need for humanities scholars to help shape the current debates and research priorities too often limited to the natural and social sciences. This rise in awareness of Arctic issues coincides with widespread academic initiatives in the emerging interdisciplinary field of environmental humanities. These growing interests in the Arctic and in the environmental humanities are in turn both catalyzed by the climate crisis; the urgency of this crisis is central to, but not exhaustive of, our collective commitment to Arctic environmental humanities (AEH).

We envision this workshop series as a collaborative enterprise that is robustly interdisciplinary and brings together diverse expertise of humanistic scholars, artists, and researchers drawn from international circles. Presentations and conversations will take place in varied formats, all online and freely accessible to all those interested. The perspectives and participation of northern communities and people will be particularly valuable and encouraged.


Adriana Craciun
Boston University

Michael Bravo
University of Cambridge

Upcoming Presentations

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Past Presentations

November 28, 2022

“Climate Repair and Governance: Science and Ethics”

Erin Dockins, PhD Candidate, The Glacier Lab at the University of Oregon
Sonja Klinsky, Associate Professor, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University
Stefanie Mack, Scientific Programme Manager, The Centre for Climate Repair at the University of Cambridge
Maria Antonieta “Antoinette” Nestor, Engagement Manager, The Centre for Climate Repair at the University of Cambridge
Henrik Selin, Associate Dean for Studies & Associate Professor of International Relations, Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University

April 5, 2022

“Icy Humanities: A Collaborative Symposium”

Session I: Icy Humanities
Prof. Mia Bennett, Geography, University of Washington
Prof. Mark Carey, History & Environmental Studies, University of Oregon; Director, Environmental Studies Program
Siobhan Mcdonald, Artist
Zachary Provant, PhD student, Environmental Studies, University of Oregon

Session II: Glaciology and Society
Rebecca Dell, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge
Prof. Sérgio H. Faria, Ikerbasque Research Professor, Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3)
Prof. Mark Jackson, Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol
Sarah Tingey, PhD student, Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol

November 16, 2021

“Curating the Arctic: Northern Museums and Decolonization”
Sven Haakanson
Genevieve LeMoine

October 12, 2021

“What Can We Learn from Ignorance? Arctic Energy Frontiers, Environmental Regimes, and Indigenous Rights Movements Since the 1970s”
Prof. Andrew Stuhl

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May 10, 2021

“Cloudberries and Icebreakers: Filming Real and Imagined Journeys in the Russian Arctic”
Ruth Maclennan

March 30, 2021

“Daughters of the Snow”: BBC Radio 4 program featuring Michael Bravo and Adriana Craciun

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March 2, 2021

“Mediated Arctic: The Poetics and Politics of Contemporary Arctic Geographies”
Johannes Riquet, Liisa-Rávná Finbog, Markku Salmela, and Anna Westerstahl Stenport
The Mediated Arctic Geographies Project (Tampere University, Finland)

January 28, 2021

“Ataramik (Always): A Conversation with Reneltta Arluk”
Reneltta Arluk (Inuvialuit, Dene, Cree)
Director of Indigenous Arts at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
Director, Akpik Theatre

December 17, 2020

Sumé: The Sound of a Revolution and Greenland Today”
Inuk Silis Høegh
Director of Sumé: The Sound of a Revolution

October 13, 2020

“Arctic Energy Before Petroleum: Or, What Whales Can Tell Us About Writing History”
Bathsheba Demuth
Assistant Professor of History & Environment and Society, Brown University
***Read Chapter 4 (“The Waking Ice”) of Demuth’s 2019 book, Floating Coast: An Environmental History of the Bering Strait: DOWNLOAD HERE

September 29, 2020

“Why We Should Develop Arctic Humanities”
Sverker Sörlin
Professor of Environmental History, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory

September 1, 2020

“The Shaggy Saviour of Northern Norway”
Dolly Jørgensen
Professor of History, University of Stavanger, Norway
Co-editor of Environmental Humanities, 2020-22