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Exhibition: Arctic Infection – a personal glimpse into life on Kola-Peninsula (18.1.2017)
A cup of tea, a frozen cemetery, concentrated preparations before a reindeer racing, a lonely wooden toilet in a frosty landscape, hard physical labour in the reindeer coral, colourful northern lights, cute reindeer faces and brought smiles – every image is like a unique window enabling to catch a glimpse of Kola-Penisulan life. Opening ceremony of Christian Schmetz's exhibition "Arctic Infection" took place at the Faculty of Art and Design on Monday, January 30th.
Research Workshop on “Advancing Elderly People’s Agency and Inclusion in the Changing Arctic and Nordic Welfare System” (AEPA-Wel) (17.1.2017)
Research workshop on ‘AEPA-Wel’ will bring together scholars from multidisciplinary background to initiate discussions on different issues concerning older people in the Arctic. The workshop will be held at the University of Lapland from 26th -27th of January, 2017.
MUM 2016 conference was held in Rovaniemi (15.12.2016)
The 15th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia 2016 gathered 70 researchers to the University of Lapland on December 12.-15.2016.
Doctoral defence: Climate Change and Security in the Arctic – The Relevance of Feminism? (9.12.2016)
In spite of the obvious threats that climate change poses to both the natural environment and human security, states of the world have been slow to react. What political and economic interests and cultural values are preventing the international community from addressing this important issue in an effective way? Auður H Ingólfsdóttir explores this question in her doctoral dissertation using a case study approach in one Arctic state – Iceland – to explore climate change impact, policy discourses, and the values underpinning those discourses.
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.
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