10th Northern Political Economy Symposium takes place on 14-15 November 2019 in Rovaniemi, Finland. The theme of the symposium is What is left of development in the Arctic?
The keynote speaker will be professor Reetta Toivanen
(Helsinki Institute for Sustainability Science, University of Helsinki,
Finland). Her topic is “Whose development are we talking about?
European fantasies on the Arctic” The presentation address the paradigm
that places the people living in the Arctic area, still centuries after
the voyages of Pytheas (325 BC) and other European explores, as the
object of a European fantasy. Residents of the Arctic are in this
paradigm framed as guardians of the treasure chest that is the Arctic
and as an ancient people of ‘nature’ rather than “culture” and thus
doomed to the unpolitical. The presentation will discuss the different
political, economic and military interests that intertwined with this
fantasy and ask who could be the beneficiary of the development
Reetta Toivanen is full professor in Sustainability
Science (Indigenous Sustainabilities) at the Helsinki Institute for
Sustainability Science (HELSUS) and a docent in social and cultural
anthropology at the University of Helsinki (Finland). She is the
vice-director of the Centre of Excellence in Law, Identity and the
European Narratives (EuroStrorie) funded by the Academy of Finland
(2018-2025) and PI of the research consortium ALL-YOUTH funded by the
Strategic Research Council at the Academy of Finland (2018-2023). She is
also a non-resident senior research fellow at the European Centre for
Minority Issues (ECMI) in Flensburg (Germany). Professor Toivanen's
major areas of research and expertise are field research, ethnographic
methods, anthropology of law, human rights, ethnic and national
minorities, Arctic research, human rights teaching, multilingualism and
language policy, and critical feminist theory. Her recent publications:
European Fantasy of the Arctic Region and the Rise of Indigenous Sámi
Voices in the Global Arena, in Sellheim et al. eds Arctic Triumph,
Springer 2019; Towards Openly Multilingual Policies and Practices
Assessing Minority Language Maintenance Across Europe, Multilingual
Matters 2016 (authored together with J. Laakso, S. Spiliopoulou-Åkermark
& A. Sarhimaa) and Linguistic Genocide or Superdiversity? (edited
with J. Saarikivi), Multilingual Matters 2016.
Second Call for papers
and presentations covering different aspects of Arctic developments
critically are welcome. More information about the call for papers.
The symposium is organized by the Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland. Symposium is the side event for the Rovaniemi Arctic Spirit Conference 2019, which will take place on 12-13 November 2019.
Symposium organizer, research professor Monica Tennberg
Northern political economy research group, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland