University of Washington

Re-Imagining Area/International Studies in the 21st Century: The Arctic as an Emerging Global Region

Starting the Feast (from Foodland Security Exhibit)
An Inuk woman cutting up Muktaaq (whale blubber) at the start of an Inuit traditional feast.
“I wanted to give some perspective on how the Inuit use traditional practices in an urban setting,” Barry Pottle, Ottawa-based photographer originally from Nunatsiavut, Labrador.

Fall Quarter 2013 – NEW Graduate Seminar on the Arctic (possibility for a $5,000 research grant!)

Mondays, 12:30-2:30 (credit/no credit)
Location: OCN 425

JSIS 582 The Arctic as an Emerging Global Region
OCEAN/ESS/ATMOS 586 Current Research in Climate Change: Arctic Science & Policy
QUAT 504 Special Topics in Quaternary Sciences

Faculty: B. Fitzhugh, Anthropology; N. Fabbi, Canadian Studies; V. Gallucci, Aquatic and Fishery Sciences & Canadian Studies; J. Deming, Oceanography; C. Ingebritsen, Scandinavian Studies & European Studies

As a result of climate change, the Arctic is fast becoming a region of considerable scientific and geopolitical interest. In the Arctic, global warming is occurring at twice the rate of the rest of the planet – for the first time in history we will witness the emergence of a new ocean. At the same time, the Arctic is a focus for global geopolitics with unique characteristics including the prominence of environmental security and, the effective role of Arctic indigenous peoples in international affairs. The Arctic is now a top foreign policy priority for Canada, Russia, the Scandinavian countries and the United States as well as for sub-national entities such as Québec and Alaska. Even China, Japan, Singapore, India and the Republic of Korea now have a role on the Arctic Council. The Arctic is a paradox – it serves as the global barometer for climate change while presenting new ways forward in global geopolitics. How do we understand the complexities of this “new” global region?

This seminar will explore the Arctic as an emerging region in the 21st century from a variety of perspectives – climate and ocean change, human rights, changes to the cryosphere (sea ice, permafrost, glaciers), indigenous concepts of Arctic territory, fisheries management and economics, community security (education, health, housing and food), international customary law, past human-environmental dynamics, global geopolitics, resource extraction and environmental ethics, and the interactions between the Arctic indigenous peoples and state entities in the policy dialogue.

The purpose of this seminar is to bring together students and faculty from across the U.W. to explore Arctic challenges and themes from an interdisciplinary perspective. The seminar will help advanced students develop policy-relevant, interdisciplinary research projects (individually or in teams) that could win two subsequent quarters of fellowship support for completion and publication. The seminar will include lectures by U.W. faculty, researchers and outside experts, and provide substantial brainstorming time for students and faculty to explore potential research projects. Students will then develop and write research proposals in conjunction with colleagues and faculty advisors.

Research proposals will be considered for Mellon Foundation Research Fellowships of $5,000 to support research and writing through Winter and Spring quarters, 2014. In Spring Quarter students will present their research at U.W. symposium and prepare manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed publications. Fellows will receive $3,000 during Winter Quarter, and another $2,000 in Spring Quarter (after papers have been submitted).

Students are encouraged to participate in the fall seminar even if they do not intend to compete for a Mellon Research Fellowship.


More information:
Nadine Fabbi, Canadian Studies,
Ben Fitzhugh, Antropology,

This course and the research fellowships are made possible thanks to a grant from the College of Arts and Sciences for the project entitled, Re-imagining Area/International Studies in the 21st Century: The Arctic as an Emerging Global Region to enable the Canadian Studies Center and other partnering units to build an Arctic academic program at the U.W.

Partnering Units
Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies

Canadian Studies Center
Center for West European Studies
Ellison Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies
East Asia Center

Arts & Sciences

Scandinavian Studies

College of the Environment

Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
Atmospheric Sciences
Program on Climate Change
Qauternary Research Center

Arctic & International Relations
Box 353650
Thomson Hall, Room 503
Seattle, WA 98195-3650
T (206) 221-6374
F (206) 685-0668
Vincent Gallucci, Chair
Nadine Fabbi, Associate Director
Monick Keo, Webmaster