ANCHORAGE ARCTIC RESEARCH SUMMIT
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 2
Anchorage Museum Atrium and Auditorium
Anchorage Arctic Research Summit brings together members of the Anchorage-area Arctic research community to share information among the diverse research and creative activity being conducted by a broad array of organizations, and to foster new connections and collaborations. Participants come from government, corporate, academic, not-for-profit and Indigenous groups. The summit features formal and informal presentations and exchanges across the natural and social sciences, health, engineering, humanities, the arts and governance. This year’s theme is Transforming Research and Scholarship: Re-envisioning Arctic environmental and economic security through indigeneity and gender. Coffee, lunch and snacks provided.
Program includes three types of events: Keynote presentations, IGNITE panels and Tabletop Discussions.
|9 a.m.||Check-in/Register (Museum auditorium)
Welcome and Land Acknowledgement (Atrium) Aaron Leggett
Opening remarks– Chancellor Cathy Sandeen, UAA
Program overview: Helen Wiggins (ARCUS), Diane Hirshberg (UAA), Mara Kimmel (Anchorage Museum), Doug Causey (ADAC)
Session 1: Transforming Research & Scholarship on Arctic Economic Security
Economic security in the Arctic is the focus of numerous projects which explore issues ranging from sustainable development to the role of sovereign wealth funds. However, there are many ways to define and understand economic security, which vary according to perspectives informed by different histories, identities, and disciplines.
|9:30 a.m.||Keynote: Liza Mack. PhD, executive director, Aleut International|
|9:45 a.m.||Panel 1: James Hemsath (Fowler Center), Steve Colt (ACEP), Arlo Nasruk Davis (UAF). Facilitator: Diane Hirshberg, Philippe Amstislavski (UAA)|
|10:30 a.m.||Break - coffee and tea in the atrium
Session 2: Transforming Research & Scholarship on Arctic Environmental Security
New political realities, transnational partnerships and climate change have made a profound impact on the Arctic by opening up new opportunities to Arctic states and societies for cooperation in environmental, social and economic issues. At the same time, global warming poses formidable challenges to both Arctic and global actors. Arctic natural resources (i.e. gas, oil and rare minerals, and new trans-Arctic marine routes) are now more accessible for commercial use, raising risks of environmental degradation and political conflicts. In this session we expand the perspective of Arctic researchers and scholars as they conceptualize Arctic environmental security, with particular attention to perspectives rooted in Indigenous world views and functional reality of rapid change.
|11 a.m.||Keynote: Robin Bronen, PhD, co-founder and executive director, Alaska Institute for Justice|
|11:15 a.m.||Panel: Herminia Din (UAA), Tom Ravens (UAA), Vanessa Lee Raymond (Convene North). Facilitator: Douglas Causey (ADAC), Anita Moore Nall (UAA)|
|Noon||Lunch panel discussion: Gender and Research in the North – facilitated by Mara Kimmel (Anchorage Museum) Marit Anne Hauan, author and the former director, Tromsø Museum; Veronika Simonova, Social Anthropology faculty, European University, St. Petersburg, Russia; Zoya Tarasova, researcher, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge; and Nelta Edwards, sociology faculty, University of Alaska Anchorage
|1:30 p.m.||Tabletop discussions (Atrium): Participants will organize into tables for facilitated discussions regarding questions related to developing interdisciplinary and cross-sector collaborations on key issues of Arctic economic and environmental security|
|2:30 p.m.||Break - coffee and tea in the atrium|
|3 p.m.||Briefing from the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (Invited)
Gather for reflections
|4 p.m.||Keynote Presentation by Lisa Bloom
Lisa Bloom is an author and teacher who divides her time between Berkeley, California, and New York. She is the author of Gender on Ice: American Ideologies of Polar Expedition; With Other Eyes: Looking at Race & Gender in Visual Culture, and Jewish Identities in American Feminist Art: Ghosts of Ethnicity. Her current book project explores contemporary art and climate change.
|5 p.m.||Reception, Auditorium. Snack and beverages available.|
Keynote speakers are asked to respond to the theme, Transforming Research and Scholarship in the North and Indigeneity. Our presentations will focus on Indigeneity and Feminist Northern scholarship and research. Keynote speakers are working with a designer and communications specialist to recreate their presentation in a transformative and accessible format. Our keynote speakers for this year are Liza Mack, Robin Bronen, and Lisa Bloom.
Panels will be structured in an IGNITE style. Panelists will present in 5 minutes with 15 slides (with no words). There are two panels this year: Arctic Environmental Security and Arctic Economic Security. The panelists can be found in the agenda.
TABLE TOP DISCUSSIONS
All participants with be integrated into discussions. Each table will feature a different research challenge. Participant/attendees will be organized to ensure that each table includes an interdisciplinary approach. Four guiding questions to respond to the challenge:
1) How would you work with researchers outside your discipline?
2) How would you integrate residents?
3) How would you frame your research question, incorporating both your disciplinary lenses and a transdisciplinary (or interdisciplinary) and cross-sector approach?
4) What methodology would you use to integrate other disciplines and community members?
This event takes place in the Anchorage Museum atrium and auditorium from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 2, with a reception to follow from 5 to 6 p.m. Coffee, lunch and snacks provided. Parking instructions can be found here.
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS
The call for presentations is available here.