The term “Global Arctic” is gaining currency in contemporary debates about how the Arctic and the rest of the world are interconnected. Academics use the term to show how what happens in the Arctic has global implications, as well as how events in other parts of the world impact the Arctic. Modern phenomena such as globalization, climate change and transboundary pollution have brought the Arctic into global webs of science, commerce, security and geopolitics. In the Arctic as elsewhere the first law of geography is applying: Everything is related to everything else, but close things are more related than distant things. To identify and discuss the points of connections within and across the natural-, social- and humanistic sciences is the intrinsic core of the term Global Arctic and also the working mode of the Summer school.
The summer school will offer an intense one-week course of lectures and field visits in Svalbard to 25 international PhD students addressing the complex and interdisciplinary challenges in a rapidly changing Arctic. The highly international summer school takes a novel approach to how the Arctic is becoming increasingly globalized and how climate change, Natural Resources and governance in the Arctic has profound implications for large parts of the globe.
The 2022 school is already funded through other sources. Hence, we are seeking contributory funding for the 2021 school with this proposal.