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The Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavík, October 10-12 2019


The research team participated in a panel session at the Arctic Circle Assembly, the largest network of international dialogue and cooperation on the future of the Arctic. The team conducted a well-attended session of about 70 guests, under the title “Visitations: Polar Bears Out of Place”. The session presented the Visitations research project in a critical context of concepts such as ‘stranger’, hospitality’, and ‘cohabitation’. From the early stages of the research plan, the conference was to be an important platform for the team to present its subjects, exchange views and share expertise with peers, both from within the field and outside, as well as across national and cultural borders. Session participants were Aaron Leggett, Bryndís Snæbjörnsdóttir, Craig Perham, Kristinn Schram and Mark Wilson, with Julie Decker as chair.

First peer-review meeting

As part of our research design, a peer-review meeting is organised once every year throughout the duration of the project. The aim of these meetings is to bring together the research team with international experts, whose role is to support the project through critical dialogue and advice with respect to individual specialisms.

The first peer-review meeting was held at the Iceland University of the Arts in October 2019 with the participation of Aaron Leggett, curator at Anchorage Museum in Alaska, and Craig Perham, wildlife biologist at the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, also based in Alaska. The meeting generated fruitful discussions and exchange on the different geo-political and cultural perceptions of polar bears in Iceland and Alaska respectively. The meeting created a solid basis for further collaboration and intercultural dialogue on the research subject.