Arctic Encounters:
Contemporary Travel/Writing
in the European High North

Arctic Encounters is a three-year research project that considers the increasingly important role of tourism in the European Arctic. Funded by HERA, the project engages over a dozen international scholars and associated partners across the humanities and social sciences, researching practices of travel as well as textual/visual representations.

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Out of the Comfort Zone

Out of the Comfort Zone

Graham Huggan ponders his recent visit to Iceland to take part in the 5th biennial International Polar Tourism Research Network

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Dark Ecology: Third Journey

Dark Ecology: Third Journey

The third journey of Dark Ecology, a collaborative experience between artists, curators, philosophers, composers, researchers and writers, will take place from 8-12 June, 2016.

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Arctic Encounters: Latest Publications

Arctic Encounters: Latest Publications

The Arctic Encounters project has just completed another year of research, writing and collaborative scholarship. Have a look at the latest list of project-related publications, currently up to date as of February, 2016.

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Arctic Encounters Research Map

Arctic Encounters Research Map

Have a peek at the updated, interactive Arctic Encounters Research Map, showing the whereabouts of various team members – from a few hundred thousand feet above.

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Moving Worlds Launch

Moving Worlds Launch

Arctic Encounters announces the launch of a special, Arctic-themed issue of Moving Worlds: A Transnational Journal. The issue, entitled ‘The Postcolonial Arctic’, arose out of the project’s eponymous conference, held in May, 2014 in Leeds.

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From the Blog ...

Dark Ecology: Shifting Borders

Day Two of the Dark Ecology journey put on half a dozen curated walks around the Norwegian-Russian border area. Roger Norum focuses on one of these talks, discussing some of the socio-political issues about the complex history of borders in the region.

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Dark Ecology: Plastic Geologies

Heather Davis gives the first lecture of the June Dark Ecology journey, discussing the past, present and future ontologies of plastic

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Dark Ecology with Midnight Sun

Roger Norum ventures up to Northern Norway as a participant on the third and final journey of the fascinating Dark Ecology project.

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Roskilde University team in Greenland

In May the Roskilde University team embarks on an Arctic journey of their own as they head to Greenland for a 2 week visit to meet with representatives of civil society organisations, academics, students – and a few members of the general public. The visit has two focal points, Nuuk and Ilulissat. The Nuuk part of the visit includes a seminar with academics and students from Ilisimatusarfik and a more general public discussion forum. In Ilulissat we will focus on the town as a tourism hub and also as a hub for climate change discourse.

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Trapped (in clichés)

The Icelandic team of researchers responds to Graham Huggan’s post on the Icelandic television programme Trapped with a post of their own.

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