Doctoral defence: Development policy produces many and varied forms of governance (5.12.2016)
The concept of development is at the core of the liberal international order. All member states of the UN have committed themselves to the Sustainable Development Goals, and most Western countries consider development to be a key tool in foreign policy. At the same time, the notion of development is an integral element in the modern conception of the human being and in the modern political imagination. In her recently completed thesis, Suvi Alt reveals that what often appears to be a self-evident undertaking – promoting development – is in fact a problematic ambition, precisely because the principles that drive it seem politically neutral.
Dissertation: Lars Levi Laestadius was also a philosophical thinker (2.12.2016)
Lars Levi Laestadius (1800–1861) is known as one of the most influential Swedish pietistic Lutheran revivalists, a multidisciplinary scientist, and founder of Laestadian movements in northern Scandinavia. His religious and scientific work has had a significant impact on the spiritual and cultural life of northern Scandinavia, but up to this date his thinking, adhering to anthropology and the philosophy of religion, has not been studied at the doctoral level in the field of philosophy. M.Soc.Sc. Kosti Joensuu’s dissertation reveals new information about Laestadius, as a philosophical thinker.
New publication visualizes environmental change through photography (25.11.2016)
Global environmental change calls urgently for new perspectives, practices and fresh imaginations. The book Interventions explores new possibilities for visualizing environmental change and introduces innovative ways for communicating environmental change and raising public awareness on environmental issues. The book is launched on November 26, 2016 at the Oulanka Research Station in Kuusamo, Finland, coinciding with the 50-year anniversary of the station.
Doctoral thesis: Towards China’s Strategic Narrative (18.11.2016)
LicPhil Jyrki Kallio's doctoral dissertation explores the Communist Party-led process to construct a new strategic narrative which endorses China’s status as a rising but peaceful superpower.
Rise in reindeer deaths in the Arctic linked with loss of sea ice and extreme weather (16.11.2016)
Reindeer mortality rate also ‘threatens herders’ ancient nomadic culture’
Coastal sea level rises if warming goes above 2 degree celsius (10.11.2016)
Warming of 2 °C will lead to an average global ocean rise of 20 cm, but more than 90% of coastal areas will experience greater rises. If warming continues above 2 °C, then, by 2100, sea level will be rising faster than at any time during human civilization, and 80% of the global coastline is expected to exceed the upper limit of 1.8 m for mean global ocean sea level rise.
Indigenous Knowledge, IPRs and Human Rights seminar 5 December (2.11.2016)
The Faculty of Law and the Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law at the Arctic Centre organize an open seminar about indigenous peoples’ knowledge, intellectual property rights and human rights. The seminar takes place on Monday 5 December at 12–16 in the Arctic Centre in the Arktikum house.
Arctic Variety opens up Finland as an Arctic country (1.11.2016)
Finland will chair the Arctic Council in 2017 – 2019 but what makes Finland an Arctic country? Answers to that can be found in a new book “Arctic Variety” published by the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland and Europeinformation of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
Funding for research on digitalisation and cyber security in the European High North (26.10.2016)
NordForsk, a research facilitation and funding organisation under the Nordic Council of Ministers, awarded the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland approx. 864 000 euros for research on digitalisation and cyber security in the European High North. The three-year research project is led by Associate Professor Kamrul Hossain, who is also the director of the Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law at the Arctic Centre.
Arctic fairy tales in the Arctic Fury Film Festival 1–4 November in Rovaniemi (25.10.2016)
Arctic fairy tales and mysticism are the theme of this year's edition of the Arctic Fury Film Festival. From the 1st to the 4th of November magical stories will be presented in Arktikum, Rovaniemi (Pohjoisranta 4).
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