Event Type
Webinars and Virtual Events

Looking Back and Looking Forward

Event Dates
2021-06-15 - 2021-06-19
Arkhangelsk, Russia and Online

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IASSA Council has voted unanimously to postpone ICASS X from June 2020 to June 2021.

Read more here.

ICASS X Organizing Committee has committed to work on a conference format that will include both in-person and online options.
Given the uncertainties associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, we are closely looking at having a hybrid format that includes both in-person and virtual options. The Organizing Committee and IASSA Council are committed to do everything possible to ensure that everyone who would like to participate in the Congress is able to do so, either in-person or online. Although we still plan to have a significant portion of the meeting in Arkhangelsk, we are currently exploring options and costs of providing participation alternatives. We are aware that having a hybrid conference may affect the costs of attendance and the ability to have a meaningful conference experience for all participants. We realize that we are constrained by the technology on the ground in Arkhangelsk and via the Internet. Given these considerations, we are working on a most practical solution.

At this time we have not made any final decisions on exact details of the format. The ICASS X Organizing Committee meets every few weeks and will be regularly updating you on our decision process as more information becomes available.

The theme of ICASS X is Arctic Generations: Looking Back and Looking Forward. Research on social sciences and humanities have a great responsibility to address the challenges for sustainable development in the Arctic, with a specific focus on past, present, and future generations of Arctic residents. The generational nature of changes and responses have lately become more recognized by many policymakers and researchers. A focus on generations highlights the long-term, fundamental nature, and scope of changes, impacts, and adaptation strategies. Another focus of ICASS X is Indigenous knowledge and inter- and transdisciplinary research in the Arctic.

Organizers welcome sessions and papers on all facets of the Arctic and sub-Arctic. ICASS will also welcome contributions on all other subjects of relevance to IASSA members.

ICASS X themes will include:

  • Archaeology
  • Arctic Futures, Scenarios, and Prospects
  • Arctic Infrastructure
  • Arctic People, Generations, and Places
  • Arctic Youth and Generational Relations
  • Art and Design
  • Cultures
  • Economy, Labor, and Development in the Arctic
  • Environment and Climate Change
  • Gender in the Arctic
  • Governance
  • Health and Well-Being
  • History
  • Indigenous Knowledge and Knowledge Co-production
  • Indigenous Societies
  • International Relations and Science Diplomacy in the Arctic
  • Knowledge Systems and Education
  • Languages
  • Law and Legal Regimes in the Arctic
  • Literature
  • Migrations and Mobilities
  • Museums and Heritage
  • Religion and Spirituality
  • Research Methodologies
  • Resource and Extractive Industries
  • Settlements in the Arctic
  • Social Work in the Arctic
  • Sustainability
  • Technology and Innovation in the Arctic
  • Tourism

Call for Abstracts has been sent and the submission is open. The deadline has been extended to January 15, 2021. We encourage you to submit abstracts and respond to a survey on the acceptable format of the conference embedded in the abstract submission form. This will help us to determine what to do.

For questions, contact:
Andrey Petrov
Email: andrey.petrov [at] uni.edu
Phone: 319-464-9966