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

This groundbreaking research project investigates the increasingly important role of tourism in the European Arctic. Funded by HERA from 2013 to 2016, the project engages 11 international scholars across the humanities and social sciences researching travel practice as well as its textual and visual representations.

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ECR Networking Evening in Leeds

ECR Networking Evening in Leeds

APECS and UKPN is putting on a networking drinks event for Arctic early career researchers on the eve of the Postcolonial Arctic conference in Leeds.

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"How to Become a Travel Writer" one-day workshop

On 1 June, Arctic Encounters will host an intensive, one-day workshop aimed at students and members of the public interested in learning how to break into the field of travel writing. The event will consist of masterclasses, talks and roundtables with leading authors, editors and publishers to discuss what being a travel writer today is all about and how to start in the industry.

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Reykjavik lunchtime seminar on Arctic tourism and identity

Reykjavik lunchtime seminar on Arctic tourism and identity

The Centre for Arctic Policy Studies (University of Iceland) and UiT The Arctic University of Norway are putting on a special lunchtime seminar on tourism and identity in the Arctic. The event will take place Thursday 10 April from 11:00 – 13:00 at the University of Iceland’s Oddi building, Room 101.

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Schedule announced for Postcolonial Arctic conference in Leeds, 30-31 May, 2014

Schedule announced for Postcolonial Arctic conference in Leeds, 30-31 May, 2014

The two-day schedule for The Postcolonial Arctic, our first international conference (30-31 May, Leeds, UK) has been announced and posted online.

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Arctic panel at Tallinn anthropology conference

Arctic panel at Tallinn anthropology conference

Eight authors will be presenting their research on the Arctic Encounters panel Polar mobilities: Resilience and transformations at August EASA2014 conference in Tallinn, Estonia.

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From the Blog ...

Applying the postcolonial to Arctic research

Berit Kristoffersen and Britt Kramvig offer some reflections on Arctic postcoloniality following the first Arctic Encounters conference, The Postcolonial Arctic.

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Football in the North: Greenland’s relationship with the global game

On the eve of Brazil’s devastating World Cup defeat to Germany, William Davies explores Greenland’s love affair with football

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Interview with Ronny Brunvoll, director of the Svalbard Tourist Board

Arctic Encounters sat down with Ronny Brunvoll, the director of Svalbard Reiseliv (and Longyearbyen’s biggest Liverpool FC fan), to talk about the current state of tourism in the Arctic archipelago.

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Post ICASS conference thoughts

How many academics does it take to fly to a conference on sustainability? Lars Jensen discusses the high and low points of the recent ICASS conference held at UNBC in Prince George, Canada.

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A not-so-rough guide for aspiring travel writers

Graham Huggan summarises the recent Leeds-based Arctic Encounters workshop, How to Become a Travel Writer

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