Northern Political Economy Symposium: Political Arctic/Arctic Political

26.9.2017 8:00–27.9.2017 16:00

The Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland will organize the seventh Northern Political Economy symposium on September 26th-27th 2017 in Loma-Vietonen (Ylitornio), 65 kilometres northwest from Rovaniemi. The theme of the symposium is “Political Arctic/Arctic Political” and it will address political aspects of life in the Arctic as well as the Arctic life as an object of politics, even in the academia.

Keynote speakers:

Mikko Lehtonen: Arctic and/as Alternative Modernity.

Mikko Lehtonen is professor of Media Culture at the University of Tampere, Finland. In his latest book (in Finnish Maa-ilma) Lehtonen develops an alternative way of understanding culture, based on human bodies and their skillful actions. He is interested in the changing relations and conceptualizations of economy, politics and culture in the current conjuncture.

Iulie Aslaksen, Statistics Norway: ECONOR – “The Economy of the North 2015”


Northern Political Economy Symposium: Political Arctic/Arctic Political

Program draft


10.00-11.00 Travel to Loma-Vietonen
11.00-12.00 Lunch

12.00-13.00 Mikko Lehtonen, University of Tampere: Arctic and/as Alternative Modernity
13.00-13.40 Joonas Vola, University of Lapland: UN/IN/ANT/ARCTIC – Poles of the political dual-machine
13.40-14.20 Monica Tennberg, University of Lapland: Arctic heterotopias

14.20-14.50 Coffee

14.50-15.30 Marjo Lindroth & Heidi Sinevaara-Niskanen, University of Lapland: The Arctic and the colonial inclusion of indigeneity
15.30-16.10 Kari Alenius, University of Oulu: A mixture of facts and politicized narratives: The Sami people in European social media (Wikipedia
16.10-16.50 Giuseppe Amatulli, University of Lapland: The role of the EU in promoting sustainable development, cross border cooperation and indigenous peoples’ rights in the Arctic
16.50-17.30 Tanja Joona, University of Lapland: Oh, what an exotic Arctic! Women leave, men stay or kill themselves
17.30-18.00 General discussion

20.00 Dinner and sauna


9.00-10.00 Iulie Aslaksen, Statistics Norway: ECONOR – “The Economy of the North 2015”
10.00-10.40 Lovisa Solbär, University of Umeå: Extractive Violence in Kiistala? Mine and windfarm establishment in the sphere of everyday life and local landed interests

10.40-11.00 Coffee

11.00-11.40 Maiju Strömmer & Sari Pietikäinen, University of Jyväskylä: Value of work in the transforming political economy of Arctic: Biographical Narratives of work histories and aspirations
11.40-12.20 Aileen Espiritu, The Arctic University of Norway: Futuring the Past: Arctic sustainability in Vardø and Teriberka
12.20-13.00 Lunch
13.00-13.40 Olesya Kotiyar, MARKHI, Moscow Institute of Architecture (State Academy): Alternative sources of energy in the Russian Arctic as a driver for the development of the region
13.40-14.20 Elena Klyuchnikova & Vladimir Masloboev, Kola Science Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences: Influence of corporations sustainable development policy on Arctic local communities

14.20-14.35 Coffee

14.35-15.15 Susanna Pirnes, University of Lapland: Perception of Russia’s Arctic in the Finnish media
15.15-15.30 Hanna Lempinen, University of Lapland: Concluding thoughts

15.40 Return to Rovaniemi by bus


Deadline for registration

If you would like to participate to the symposium, please register your participation before September 15, 2017 by email to Susanna Pirnes (

Travel and accommodation

The event will be held in Loma-Vietonen (Ylitornio), 65 kilometres northwest from Rovaniemi. The fee for participation (for participants without a presentation) is 120 euros including travel from Rovaniemi to Loma-Vietonen and back to Rovaniemi, meals and accommodation in a double room and 140 euros for accommodation in a single room. Please note that the symposium participants are expected to cover their own travel costs to and from Rovaniemi, from where a bus transportation is arranged to the symposium site. Let us know if you have any wishes about the diet.

More information:

Symposium organizer, research professor Monica Tennberg, research professor, Northern political economy/Sustainable development research group, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland ( and the symposium organizing team Tanja Joona (, Susanna Pirnes (, and Hanna Lempinen (


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