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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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This book has its origins in the various networks that NACS – the Nordic Association for Canadian Studies, an academic coalition linking together researchers and teachers across the five Nordic countries – has with Canadian and other scholars who are interested in things Canadian and Arctic: above all, in the academic fields of the humanities and the social sciences. NACS was first established in the 1970s, and benefited for many years from the generous support which successive Canadian Governments provided for academic research and teaching abroad on topics relating to Canada. Those golden years have now come to an end, with the winding-down by the Harper governments of the Understanding Canada program, but its achievements live on – not least in the dynamic networks of enthusiastic ‘Canadianists’ around the world, but especially in Europe. The Nordic Association is just one of 12 registered European associations.

We are particularly grateful to International Journal and SAGE for permission to reprint four articles: Michael Byers Cold Peace: Arctic Cooperation and Canadian Foreign Policy; Steffen Weber & Iulian Romanyshyn Breaking the Ice: The European Union and the Arctic; Stéphane Roussel & Jean-François Payette: The Other Sovereignties: Québec and the Arctic; and Mary Simon Canadian Inuit – Where we have been and where we are going that initially appeared in a two volume special issue on the Arctic in 2010 and 2011 (co-edited by John Erik Fossum and Stephane Roussel).

As the editors of this volume know well from their...

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