The Chair of the Study Board for Cross-Cultural Studies at Aalborg University invites applicants to the UArctic-CIRCLA-Ilisimatusarfik Post-Graduate Summer School on Comprehensive Sustainable Development in Arctic Societies. The Summer School is sponsored by the Danish Agency for Science and Innovation, which means the organizers can offer to cover all, or most of, participants’ travel costs, board and lodging. There is, however, a short deadline: 15 December.
Climate change, melting ice, access to resources and shipping routes and national competition for influence in the region bring a number of challenges and opportunities. It is becoming clear that maintaining status quo in Arctic societies is rarely a viable, even if desired option. Development to make the best of the changes, however, is.
Change-induced processes hold the potential for comprehensive sustainable development in the Arctic – in areas defined as political, social, economic as well as cultural. Modernization and reinvention of existing industries and systems of administration and communication, and the development of new industries provide a chance to break with decades of economic dependency and, consequently, a renaissance of cultural output and pride in local abilities and traditions. As Arctic peoples seek to seize the opportunities that arise as a consequence of change, learning, knowledge creation and competence-building will be of utmost importance to the sustainable development of these societies.
From a broad palette of social science and humanities disciplines, the school aims to:
- Assist young/aspiring researchers in exchanging experience and ideas between each other and with established experts in relevant fields of study.
- Enlighten aspiring researchers about some of the challenges and opportunities the Arctic is facing, and how practice-based research can be anchored in real-life, social, economic, cultural and political situations and requirements.
- Inspire young/aspiring researchers to think sustainability in comprehensive terms, as more than just a matter of environmental importance.
The summer school will be reserved for ‘post-graduates’ – i.e. any young(ish) applicant studying towards a relevant Master’s or Ph.D. degree within the social and human sciences.
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