Arctic Justice Roundtable
- Date: –17:00
- Location: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES) Gamla torget 3, 3rd floor, IRES Library
- Lecturer: Hugh Beach (Dept. of Cultural Anthropology & Ethnology, Uppsala University), Donald Mitchell (Dept. of Social & Economic Geography, Uppsala University), Elena Miskova (Dept. of Ethnology, Moscow State University), Darren McCauley (School of Geography & Sustainable Development, University of St. Andrews) Corine Wood-Donnelly (IRES, Uppsala University (moderator) ), Vladislava Vladimirova (IRES/Dept. Cultural Anthropology & Ethnology (moderator))
- Organiser: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES)
- Contact person: Jevgenija Gehsbarga
- Phone: 01 471 1630
The Arctic is undergoing rapid transformation at the present, not only as a geographical, natural, climatic and social area. Conceptions, ideas, and symbols of the Arctic are discussed in political, economic, and scholarly debates. In this context the Arctic justice consortium suggests that our understanding and exploration of the Arctic should presuppose it as a conceptual area rather than a predominantly geographical region of the Earth. Our thinking of it should then consider better the variables and results of a systemic change that produces a specific physical and conceptual space: the Arctic. While this space has its particular processes and phenomena, environmental and social, its production is a global process, in which political, economic, and climatic factors are globally triggered.
Within such a conceptual paradigm of the Arctic, the Arctic justice consortium likes to focus on the area of justice in the Arctic. Here the consortium can think of justice in different ways, including John Rawl’s influential perspective on transcendental justice built in institutions. The consortium, however, has so far worked within conceptualizations of justice that come closer to Amartya Sen’s ideas of comparative justice where focusing on the possibilities for removing injustices where they are remediable. Justice then is defined in opposition to injustices, it is situated and culturally specific, it can be fallible and imperfect.
Beyond these definitions, field research reveals that there exist diverse perspectives of justice and injustice, which can be culturally informed and a subject of negotiation within and between communities and social groups. Given this, scholars have recently focused their attention to post-humanist justice that is attempting to avoid anthropocentrism, a perspective that can be useful in building up a new social ideology in a rapidly deteriorating natural environment.
With this round table the Arctic justice consortium will continue the discussion on developing perspectives on justice for the Arctic. The consortium has thus invited internationally outstanding scholars representing different disciplines and focusing on different materials or empirical settings. Each speaker will make a short presentation of how justice has been an issue in their research and will discuss questions posed by the moderators.