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The Arctic Contested


Edited By Keith Battarbee and John Erik Fossum

In recent decades, and in particular as a result of global climate change, the significance of the Arctic has radically shifted, from a remote periphery to a region of intensifying political and academic interest and of conflicting interests.
This collection of texts examines in particular how national and international politics and law impact on Arctic governance, communications and indigenous rights; and in parallel, explores perceptions and experiences of the North in literature and the dramatic arts. The book thus offers a platform for cross-disciplinary dialogue, in order to highlight that the Arctic is too multi-faceted and complex for any one discipline or approach adequately to encompass.
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Keith Battarbee is a former Senior Lecturer in English, and founder and coordinator of the North American Studies program, at the University of Turku, Finland. His current research is focused on language policy issues in multiple-language societies. He holds a BA and PhD in English from the University of Cambridge, and before moving to Finland taught at the University of Tübingen, Germany. He is a former President of the Nordic Association for Canadian Studies (NACS), and now divides his time between the UK and Finland.

John Erik Fossum is a Professor at the ARENA Center for European Studies, University of Oslo, and Vice President, Nordic Association for Canadian Studies. He studied Political Science at the University of Bergen, Norway, and took a Master’s at the University of California in Santa Barbara and his PhD at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Before moving to ARENA he taught at the University of Bergen. He is author and co-author of many publications relating to issues of constitutionalism and democracy in Canada, Norway and the European Union.

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