The focus is inspired by the substantial, multidimensional and multi-theoretical discussions and debates on perceptions of the Arctic in the 2017 Academy’s sessions (see Final Report of 2017 Calotte Academy at This overarching theme ‘Perceptions of the Arctic: Rich or Scarce, Mass-scale or Traditional, Conflict or Cooperation?’ started a new thematic phase emphasizing discourses, premises, paradigms and methods. The 2018 Academy will continue it by having the main focus on discourses on the Arctic, as well as interdisciplinary theories and methods of Arctic research.

The Academy will discuss Arctic issues and discourses in the context of the regional and globalized Arctic theoretically and holistically from many angles and disciplinary approaches, from academic and policy-oriented ones – including exploration, exploitation, shipping and aviation, infrastructure, tourism - and from the perspectives of past(s), present(s) and future(s), and from global, or international, Arctic and local contexts in the European Arctic.

This is an announcement and tentative call for established researchers and early-career scientists, particularly PhD candidates and post-docs, with different academic backgrounds to participate and present their work in the 2018 Calotte Academy. Applications can be submitted at

The deadline for abstracts and freely formulated funding applications for PhD candidates and post-docs is February 15, 2018.

For more details about the 2018 Calotte Academy, please contact the co-coordinators: Researcher, PhD candidate Gerald Zojer (e-mail:, or PhD candidate Salla Kalliojärvi (e-mail:

Read the full call here

The Calotte Academy is an annual traveling symposium and an international scientific forum in the North Calotte region of Europe. It is designed to promote interdisciplinary discourse as well as academic and policy-oriented dialogue between senior researchers, early career scientists and advanced graduate students and other northern stakeholders, such as policymakers, civil servants and community leaders and planners. It is a “school of dialogue” and it is participatory by nature: the principle is to share knowledge and experiences between scientists and communities.Since 2002 the Calotte Academy has also served as a sub-forum for the Open Assemblies of the Northern Research Forum. From 2010 onwards, it has additionally functioned as the main annual forum for the discussions and research planning of the UArctic Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security