International conference “History of the Arctic Exploration: from the Past to the Future”
Association of Polar Early Career Scientists is a partner for an international conference “History of the Arctic Exploration: from the Past to the Future” that will be held at Northern (Arctic) Federal University (NArFU), Arkhangelsk, Russia on 12-13 September, 2012. The aim of the conference is to discuss the history of the Arctic exploration, as well as different discourses, narratives and perspectives connected to the exploration of the Arctic. Russian and foreign scholars will discuss the Arctic exploration history in a variety of perspectives including political and economic issues, cultural heritage, geographical explorations and discoveries. The focus of the conference will be on knowledge in, for and about the Arctic, “old” and “new” visions and stories of the Arctic.
The year 2012 is a special year for the Russian Federation from the Arctic exploration history perspective: it is 75 years anniversary of the first drifting station "North Pole", 100 years anniversary of the Hydrometeorological Service of the North establishment, 100 years anniversary of three Russian Arctic expeditions to the North Seas, 80 years anniversary of General Directorate of the Northern Sea Route establishment. A number of commemorative events dedicated to the history of the Arctic exploration in Russia will take place this year and the international conference “History of the Arctic Exploration: from the Past to the Future” is one of them. The history of the Arctic exploration is full of both bright and dramatic events, the vision and image of the Arctic changed over the time. At present the Arctic is seen as an area with huge potential. Natural resources, sea routes and transportation in the Arctic seas make the Arctic a zone of diverse geopolitical interests, sometimes conflicting, that enhance new forms of cooperation.
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