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

Arctic Encounters is a groundbreaking university research project investigating the increasingly important role of tourism in the European Arctic. Funded by HERA until 2016, the project engages international scholars across the humanities and social sciences researching travel practices as well as its textual and visual representations.

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The Dynamics of Darkness in the North conference: Arctic Encounters panel

The Dynamics of Darkness in the North conference: Arctic Encounters panel

Arctic Encounters has organised a panel entitled Encountering Darkness at the Dynamics of Darkness conference in Reykjavik in late February.

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Crisis in the Nordic Nations and Beyond

Crisis in the Nordic Nations and Beyond

Arctic Encounters team members Lars Jensen, Roskilde University and Kristín Loftsdóttir University of Iceland have recently published their new edited volume, Crisis in the Nordic Nations and Beyond: At the Intersection of Environment, Finance and Multiculturalism. Here, Kristín takes a look at some of what makes the book of particular interest to Arcticists and postcolonialists.

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Second CFP for New Narratives of the Postcolonial Arctic conference

Second CFP for New Narratives of the Postcolonial Arctic conference

Arctic Encounters announces the second call for papers for its international conference, New Narratives of the Postcolonial Arctic, to be held at Roskilde University from May 27-29, 2015.

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Inntravel Discovery Day

Inntravel Discovery Day

In early December 2014, Inntravel, a tour operator based in Yorkshire and one of Arctic Encounters’ partners, held their triennial Discovery Day, drawing clients, journalists, suppliers and stakeholders from around the country

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Call for papers for a panel on the ins and outs of the travel writing industry

Call for papers for a panel on the ins and outs of the travel writing industry

Arctic Encounters announces an upcoming panel about the various cultural and political (p)layers that make up the global travel writing industry – paper abstracts due 5 January.

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From the Blog ...

Postcolonial trouble brewing at Bryggen

Lars Jensen discusses the work of two prominent writers, Niviaq Korneliussen and Iben Mondrup, whose writings deal with various aspects of a postcolonial Greenland.

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Orcas and Auroras!

On a research trip to Northern Norway, Simone Abram gets to know Basecamp Senja, a handsome new tourist outpost on a dramatic craggy isle

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One from the archives: Podcast of Gísli Pálsson's Reykjavik talk on Hálldor Laxness

Listen to Gísli Pálsson’s 2014 Reykjavik lecture on the role of fiction, faction and the absurd in the work of Nobel Prize winner and Icelandic national hero Hálldor Laxness.

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An Almost Arctic Experience

Simone Abram makes a new-year’s visit to Finse, the highest point on the railway line between Bergen and Oslo.

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Bearly the Arctic: Iceland as a Gateway Destination

Michael Leonard writes about the idea and reality of Iceland as a gateway destination

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