IASSA membership and IASSA.Net

6 January 1999

IASSA (International Arctic Social Sciences Association) secretariat

Here is some information about how to become a member of IASSA and to
subscribe to IASSA.Net.


IASSA was founded in 1990 in Fairbanks, Alaska, at a meeting held in
conjunction with the 7th Inuit Studies Conference. The creation of IASSA
follows the suggestion, made at the Conference on Coordination of Research
in the Arctic held in Leningrad in 1988, to establish an international
association to represent Arctic social scientists. From its foundation in
1990 until 1992, IASSA's secretariat was housed at the Department of
Geography, McGill University, Montreal, Canada. The following three years
the secretariat was situated at the Arctic Center, University of Lapland,
Rovaniemi, Finland. Then from 1995 to 1998, it was housed at the Department
of Eskimology, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark. Since
September 1998, the IASSA secretariat is in Quebec City, Canada.


The Arctic is defined as all Arctic and sub-Arctic regions of the world.
The social sciences encompass disciplines relating to behavioral,
psychological, cultural, anthropological, archaeological, linguistic,
historical, social, legal, economic, environmental, and political subjects,
as well as health, education, the arts and humanities, and related subjects.

The objectives of IASSA are:

* to promote and stimulate international cooperation and to increase the
participation of social scientists in national and international arctic

* to promote communication and coordination with other research

* to promote the active collection, exchange, dissemination, and archiving
of scientific information in the Arctic social sciences;

* to promote mutual respects, communication, and collaboration between
social scientists and northern people;

* to facilitate culturally, developmentally, and linguistically appropriate
education in the North;

* to follow the IASSA statement of ethical principles for the conduct of
research in the Arctic.


IASSA held its First International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences
(ICASS I) in Ste-Foy, Quebec, Canada, on October 28-31, 1992. The congress
was held on the campus of Laval University immediately following the 8th
Inuit Studies Conference. More than 300 people participated to ICASS I, 235
of which presented papers. Sixteen countries were represented by paper
presenters. The next IASSA congress (ICASS II) was held jointly in
Rovaniemi, Finland, and Kautokeino, Norway, in the summer 1995. Abstracts
and presentations of keynote speakers from ICASS II can be ordered without
charge from the IASSA secretariat. ICASS III took place in May 1998 in
Copenhagen, Denmark. Abstracts and presentations of keynote speakers from
ICASS III can be ordered without charge from the IASSA secretariat. The
next ICASS IV will be held May 16-20, 2001, in Quebec City, Canada.


Membership is open to anyone interested in Arctic social sciences.
Membership is required to participate to the ICASS (International Congress
in Arctic Social Sciences). Members receive the IASSA Newsletter 2 times a
year. Membership dues cover secretariat costs and newsletters, and assist
towards congressional organization and other activities compatible with the
objectives of IASSA (e.g., stipends for students who want to attend the
IASSA congress). Membership fees are in US dollars or in Canadian dollars:

2 years: $35 US or $53 Ca.
3 years: $50 US or $75 Ca.
5 years: $75 US or $113 Ca.

Please write your cheque or money order to IASSA and send to:

IASSA Secretariat
GETIC, Laval University
Pavillon Ernest-Lemieux
Quebec City, Quebec
Canada G1K 7P4

Tel.: (418) 656-7596
FAX: (418) 656-3023
email: iassa.getic@fss.ulaval.ca

IASSA MEMBERSHIP FORM (to be filled and returned by all members)


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lectures, courses taught, research projects in progress) that can be used
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