CFP: 1999 WRSA Remote Regions Sessions

10 July 1998


The thirty-eighth annual meeting of the Western Regional Science Association will be held at the lovely Ojai Valley Inn, February 21-24, 1999.

Ojai, California is a little more than an hour north of LA in the coastal mountains inland from Ventura and not far from Santa Barbara. The opening session and reception will be on Sunday, Feb. 21, and paper sessions will be scheduled Monday through Wednesday, Feb. 22-24.

The WRSA meeting includes a series of Remote Regions / Northern Development sessions to accommodate social scientists who have a special interest in research on economic, social, political, and cultural issues in remote, sparsely settled regions in the circumpolar north and elsewhere. In the past, papers have been presented by researchers from Canada, Alaska, Scandinavia, Australia, Micronesia, Israel and the coterminous United States.

The Remote Regions / Northern Development sessions are in their fourteenth year. We are again issuing a general call for papers from economists, political scientists, anthropologists, sociologists, historians, planners, geographers, and others involved in research in northern and other remote regions.


General topics include the analysis and discussion of economic, political and social-cultural change in remote and sparsely settled regions. While papers on any topic consistent with the general theme are welcomed, examples of specific topics might include: the effects of government expenditures; the conditions of success or failure of development projects; relations between the subsistence and market economies; native labor force participation; regional benefits and costs of development; economic integration and cultural preservation; migration; changing social patterns; housing, health, education, and community development; native sovereignty and federalism; comparative native claims; political movements, settlements, and outcomes; development of local and regional political institutions; resource ownership and management regimes.

Send two copies of your paper and abstract by November 1, 1998 to:

Professor Lee Huskey
Dept. of Economics
College of Business and Public Policy
University of Alaska Anchorage
3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, Alaska, USA 99508

We will be sending information about association membership, registration, hotel reservations, and related matters to those responding to this call. You can find more about the meetings at the WRSA web site (

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