sobota, 24 sierpnia 2013

Arctic: Call for Papers (ENG)


Student-doctoral conference within Canadian Culture Festival
Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora of the Jagiellonian University
21 – 22 November 2013

The Arctic. At first glance, ice, snow, wind, cold, and not a single living soul within a radius of several hundred kilometers. In fact, this area is the field of research of both politicians and scientists from around the world. Arctic issues are so important that organizers decided to make it the main theme of the student-doctoral scientific conference within the second Canadian Cultural Festival.

There are many reasons for such huge interest in this area. One of them, perhaps most important, are natural resources that are located there. Oil, natural gas, and even gold, diamonds and platinum are tempting prospect, not only for Canada. The Northwest Passage also plays a significant role, because of its ability to shorten the route of ships. It appears to be an interesting geopolitical situation, when we add the prospect of global warming and consequently, the greater availability of obtaining natural resources. The Arctic is an area of strategic value, which for the last several decades attracted the attention of major players on the international scene and is currently becoming a dominant topic in the policies of the countries concerned. Canada, which has such areas as the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut within Arctic, has great impact on the development of the situation. However, the Arctic is not only Canada, but also the United States, Russia, Denmark and Norway, which are also actively involved in the "battle for the Arctic."

Seeing the enormous interest of researchers in this subject, we decided that the Arctic will be the main topic of student-doctoral conference within the second edition of the Canadian Cultural Festival. As organizers, American Studies Student Circle of the Jagiellonian University in collaboration with the Jagiellonian University Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora, we encourage you to send abstracts presentation issues related to the Arctic. We are interested in the such issues as history, international relations, economics, and culture, all of which has to refer to the main theme.

We encourage everyone who is interested in our conference to send your application, containing abstract of the presentation (about 250 words) and author’s brief biographical note at no later than 20th October 2013. Presentations can be given in both Polish and English and their planned length must not exceed 15 minutes. Each speaker will be required to pay a registration fee of 40 PLN before 4th November. The plan is to release post-conference publication.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the conference or Canadian Cultural Festival, please contact us via the e-mail address above or through official Facebook page of the festival.

American Studies Student Circle of the Jagiellonian University