Aspects of culture and community through the lens of contemporary arts and design - New Book from Relate North series!


Lapland University Press released Relate North: Culture, Community and Communication, edited by Timo Jokela and Glen Coutts. This is the third book produced as part of the work of the University of the Arctic Thematic Network, Arctic Sustainable Arts and Design.

Drawing on research from northern countries, Relate North: Culture, Community and Communication explores contemporary practices in arts-based research and knowledge exchange in the fields of art and design. The book includes six chapters and three visual essays. These interpret the terms ‘arts’ and ‘design’ broadly to include, for example, crafts, indigenous making, media, and product design. Aspects of culture and community are explored through the lens of contemporary arts and design. The contributing authors provide thought-provoking accounts of current research practice in art, design and education.

The contents of the book were selected from many submissions received from across the Arctic and northern countries. Containing contributions from Canada, England, Finland, Norway, Russia and Scotland, the interrelated themes of ‘culture’, ‘community’ and ‘communication’ formed the basis of the call that was issued to researchers, artists and designers in 2015. The book meets the criteria for the Scandinavian system of academic peer-review.

The Relate North series brings together the work of leading international scholars to explore issues in the fields of contemporary art, design, and arts-focused research. The series will be of interest to a wide audience including, for example, practice-based researchers, artists, designers, anthropologists, geographers and social scientists in addition to people with a general interest in Northern and Arctic issues.

Lapland University Press is a university publisher established in 2005. Its mission is to increase awareness of Northern and Arctic issues and culture in the scientific community and it has cooperated with the ASAD research network and published three earlier Relate North issues.


Relate North. Culture, Community and Communication you can buy from Juvenes Bookstore


or download it from Lauda-database


For more information about Arctic Sustainable Arts and Design (ASAD) research network, visit: www.asadnetwork.org


Contac information:

Anne Koivula
acting head of publications

Lapland University Press
Po box 8123
FI-96101 Rovaniemi

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