cfp: ICASS X - The Promise of Arctic Infrastructural Development: Connectivity, Mobility, Prosperity

From: Gertrude Saxinger <>

Dear colleagues,
We would like to invite you to submit your abstract for ICASS X - the congress of IASSA the International Arctic Social Sciences Association - until Dec 31, 2019.

Arkhangelsk, Russia from June 15-20, 2020.
10th International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS X): Arctic Generations: Looking Back and Looking Forward

Abstract submission. Max. 250 words. December 31, 2019:


The Promise of Arctic Infrastructural Development: Connectivity, Mobility, Prosperity
Organised by Peter Schweitzer (University of Vienna), Olga Povoroznyuk (University of Vienna), Gertrude Saxinger (Austrian Polar Research Institute - APRI)

Theme 3: Arctic Infrastructure or Theme 18: Migrations & Mobilities

Large-scale infrastructure projects in the Arctic seem to have the power to enchant different publics such as industry representatives, local residents and indigenous people, transnational stakeholders, as well as policy makers at all scales. At the same time, such projects trigger fear and concern among some of these groups. The promises of modernity and development through mobility, connectivity, and prosperity, which are often at the heart of this enchantment, deserve critical examination in the context of rapid social transformation, climate change, and resource extraction. We invite papers addressing a wide range of questions about the connection between infrastructural development and these social and economic costs and benefits, as well as about the actual social transformations they set in motion. Starting from our ongoing Austrian Science Fund (FWF) project "Configurations of Remoteness (CoRe)", we encourage participants to present case-studies on these topics, in order to continue theoretical conversations on a pan-Arctic level.