Final Conference Programme


Final Conference

Held in conjunction with the summer school of the Durham Arctic Research Centre for Training and Interdisciplinary Collaboration (DurhamARCTIC)

 25-27 April 2019

Rooms ED310 and ED314

School of Education Building

Durham University

Durham, UK




1630-1700 – Registration

1700-1915 – Opening session

  • Welcome – Philip Steinberg
  • Keynote 1: Resilience under Rapid Climate and Land Use Change in Arctic Social-Ecological Systems: An Emphasis on Northwest Eurasia – Bruce Forbes (University of Lapland)
  • Keynote 2: Deciphering the Secrets of Polar Ice in the Book of Nature – Michael Bravo (Cambridge University)

1915 – Reception and initial meeting of DurhamARCTIC students, followed by dinner for all



0900-1030 – Poster presentations by Early Career Researchers attending DurhamARCTIC summer school

1030-1130 – Coffee break / Viewing of DurhamARCTIC posters

1130-1315 – Paper session 1: Freshwater Ice and its Materialities

  • An International Water Law Approach to Ice – Imad Ibrahim (Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies)
  • A Moving Border: Alpine Cartographies of Climate Change – Andrea Bagnato, Marco Ferrari, Elisa Pasqual (Italian Limes Project)
  • The Sublimity of Sublimating Ice: Critiquing Climate Change Narratives as Ruin Appreciation – Mia Bennett (University of Hong Kong)
  • The Materiality of Icebergs, Resource Sovereignty and the Case for Governance – Corine Wood-Donnelly (Uppsala University)
  • The Role of Geological Reconstructions in Contemporary Regulation and Governance in Northern Alberta – Jeremy Schmidt (Durham University)

1315-1400 – Lunch

1400-1530 – Paper session 2: Knowing Northern Natures: Predicting and Designing Sustainable Futures

  • The Anticipatory Protection of Ice-Dependent Species: Emerging Legal Approaches to the Challenges of Melting Habitats – David Caddell (University of Cardiff)
  • Circumpolarity and the Trophic Architecture of Ice: Animals in Ecology and Law – Stephanie Kane (Indiana University)
  • Inuit Knowledge and Data: An Exploration of Data Harmonization and Knowledge Integration in the Eastern Canadian Arctic – Claudio Aporta (Dalhousie University)
  • Towards Sustainability of Arctic Indigenous Communities: Benefit Sharing Arrangements in the Russian North and Alaska – Maria Tysiachniouk (Centre for Independent Social Research / Durham University)

1530-1545 – Coffee break

1545-1715 – Paper session 3: Legal Institutions…and Beyond

  • Is There a Relationship between UNDRIP and UNCLOS? – Aldo Chircop (Dalhousie University), Timo Koivurova (University of Lapland), Krittika Singh (University of Lapland)
  • Implementing Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) in the Arctic: Indigenous Autonomy, Contractual Approach, and Space – Yu Long (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)
  • An Inquiry into the Social Territories of Outer Space: Territory, Reductionism, and the Risk of State-Centrism in the Governance of Outer Space – Maria Manoli (McGill University)
  • International Law and State Responsibility – Private and Autonomous Operations in the Arctic and Outer Space – Elena Cirkovic (Helsinki University)

1715-1815 – Keynote 3: Permafrost and Sustainability Near the Western Arctic Coast of Canada – Chris Burn (Carleton University)

1930 – Dinner for ICE LAW subproject leaders. All other attendees are on their own.



0900-1000 – Keynote 4: Indigenous Sovereignty: its depth and breadth – Rachael Lorna Johnstone (University of Akureyri / University of Greenland)

1000-1030 – Coffee break

1030-1230 – What We’ve Learned about Ice and ICE: ICE LAW Subproject Leaders’ Roundtable / Open Discussion

1230-1400 – Lunch



Note: The public conference concludes at 1400 on Saturday 27 April. The DurhamARCTIC summer school continues through 1300 on Sunday 28 April. The ICE LAW Project subproject leaders’ working meeting continues until the evening of Sunday 28 April.



Ice Law ColourAbout the ICE LAW Project (http://icelawproject.org)

The ICE LAW Project investigates the potential for a legal framework that acknowledges the complex geophysical environment in the world’s frozen regions and explores the impact that an ice-sensitive legal system would have on topics ranging from the everyday activities of Arctic residents to the territorial foundations of the modern state. The ICE LAW Project is convened by IBRU: the Centre for Borders Research at Durham University, with sponsorship from the UArctic Thematic Network on Arctic Law and funding from a Leverhulme Trust International Network Grant. The ICE LAW Project’s leadership team consists of Philip Steinberg (Director, Durham), Kate Coddington (Associate Director, Albany), Claudio Aporta (Dalhousie), Gavin Bridge (Durham), Aldo Chircop (Dalhousie), Stuart Elden (Warwick), Stephanie Kane (Indiana), Timo Koivurova (Lapland), Jessica Shadian (Toronto), and Anna Stammler-Gossmann (Lapland).


Picture1About DurhamARCTIC (http://dur.ac.uk/arctic)

DurhamARCTIC is a doctoral and training research centre established in recognition that the Arctic is a complex region that requires interdisciplinary interpretation and understanding. It currently hosts the Leverhulme Trust-funded Doctoral Training Programme in Interdisciplinary Understanding for a Changing Arctic, which is supporting 15 doctoral students at Durham University, each of whom is pursuing a research project that contributes to and benefits from a blend of disciplinary expertise and interdisciplinary enquiry. Four DurhamARCTIC students began their studies in 2018 and six will be joining in 2019, with another five to be recruited for 2020. The 2019 DurhamARCTIC Summer School joins the ten students from the first and second cohorts with an additional fifteen Early Career Researchers from around the world. The Summer School is being led by DurhamARCTIC Associate Director Bob Baxter (Associate Professor of Biosciences at Durham University).



Conference organisers wish to thank IBRU administrator Liz Buxton and DurhamARCTIC administrator Jennifer Gadouleau for their assistance.


Migrations and Mobilities Sub-Project Workshop entitled ‘Questioning territory: extending concepts of territory through engagement with experience, affect, and embodiment’ – March 2019 in Albany, NY



Questioning territory: extending concepts of territory through engagement with experience, affect, and embodiment

Friday, March 8, 2019

University at Albany, State University of New York

Sponsored by the Leverhulme Trust Ice Law Project International Network


What could be the promise of a territory thus made “other,” this territory under tension whose quality or value would depend on the quality and value of the relationship with others? (Gardey 2016: 128)

Put differently, it shifts attention away from an emphasis on control over territory and towards a consideration of how power works through territory, the political and conceptual work that the term does, and how it shapes prospects for social justice (Bryan 2012: 216).

Feminist geographers have long been concerned with the differential impacts of the intersections of power and space: indeed, Hyndman (2001: 210) concludes that a feminist geopolitics must be characterized by re-scaling geopolitical analysis to account for these differential impacts. Theories of embodiment that consider it as a strategic methodological, theoretical, and geographically situated positioning have allowed geographers to explore the everyday and embodied relationships that constitute concepts such as sovereignty, citizenship and the state (Mountz 2004; Coddington et al. 2012). Theories of affect and feminist geographies of emotion have similarly allowed geographers deconstruct concepts such as nationalism, imperialism, and race (Closs-Stephens 2016; Tolia-Kelly 2016). Similarly, a focus on lived experience has allowed geographers to consider the human implications of wider narratives of national security and humanitarianism (Hiemstra forthcoming; Williams 2015). Meanwhile, geographers and other social scientists continue to expand upon Elden’s (2013) investigation of the historical roots of the concept of territory (Peters et al. 2018), focusing on the political geographic implications of fluidity (Steinberg and Peters 2015), exclusion of non-citizens (Culcasi 2017; Maillet et al. 2018) and property (Blomley 2016) for the notion of territory. Smith et al. (2015: 3) bring these two strands of thinking together, using feminist geographical understandings of intimacy to argue that, “embodied practices and the materiality of bodies affect and are inseparable from the production and maintenance of territory” but other scholarship using feminist geographical frameworks to better understand the times, spaces, and power relations entangled in the notion of territory is limited.

In this workshop, we aim to fill this gap, exploring how feminist thinking can help extend contemporary theories of territory. We draw inspiration from two avenues of critical scholarship that reinforce the contemporary instability and malleability of ideas of territory in framing our questions. First, we are inspired by changing climatic conditions that are destabilizing formerly solid territory, particularly the icy spaces of the Arctic and the changing terrain of Pacific island nations, forcing new and diverse understandings of what territory might come to mean in these contexts (Elden 2017; Steinberg and Williams-Reed 2018). Secondly, we are inspired by diverse and pressing indigenous critiques of territory in different parts of the world, from Canada’s Idle No More movement to Aboriginal Australians’ challenges to settler colonial policies (Barker 2015; Cox 2015). How do indigenous approaches towards territory and territoriality upend the stability of the concept, and force new questions about land, ownership, sovereignty and belonging? We invite provocations from scholars interested in feminist legal studies, international relations, political theory, and geography who are considering the relationship of embodiment, experience, affect and territory in interesting and diverse ways, and seek to bring together emerging work on the intersection of feminist thinking and studies of territory in order to develop new collaborations, writing opportunities, and future research topics.



This workshop will have two main components: (1) provocations from a variety of speakers engaging in work related to conceptual challenges of territory from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, who will share their conceptual entry points in pairs of 20-minute sessions followed by wider discussion from the whole group; (2) roundtables, which will address both conceptual and practical issues stemming from conceptual challenges to territory, including possibilities for publications.Albany Schedule


Travel logistics:

As an invited speaker, your travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the conference funding. We will organize to fly you to Albany, NY on Thursday 7 March 2019 and depart Saturday, 9 March 2019. We will have a dinner for invited speakers on Friday evening, 8 March 2019.



Barker, A. J. (2015). ‘A direct act of resurgence, a direct act of sovereignty’: Reflections on idle no more, Indigenous activism, and Canadian settler colonialism. Globalizations, 12(1), 43-65.

Blomley, N. (2016). The territory of property. Progress in Human Geography, 40(5), 593-609.

Bryan, J. (2012). Rethinking territory: social justice and neoliberalism in Latin America’s territorial turn. Geography Compass, 6(4), 215-226.

Closs Stephens, A. (2016). The affective atmospheres of nationalism. Cultural Geographies, 23(2), 181-198.

Coddington, K., Catania, R. T., Loyd, J. Mitchell-Eaton, E., & Mountz, A. (2012). Embodied possibilities, sovereign geographies, and island detention: negotiating the ‘right to have rights’ on Guam, Lampedusa, and Christmas Island. Shima: the international journal of research into island cultures., 6(2), 27-48.

Cox, E. (2015). Sovereign Ontologies in Australia and Aotearoa–New Zealand: Indigenous Responses to Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Overstayers. In Knowing Differently. Devy GN, Davis G, and Chakravarty KK (eds) Routledge India, pp. 161-179.

Culcasi, K. (2017). Displacing Territory: Refugees in the Middle East. International Journal of Middle East Studies, 49(2), 323-326.

Elden, S. (2013). The birth of territory. University of Chicago Press.

Elden, S. (2017) Legal Terrain: The Political Materiality of Territory. London Review of International Law.

Gardey, D. (2016). “Territory trouble”: feminist studies and (the question of) hospitality. differences, 27(2), 125-152.

Hiemstra, N. (2019) Detain and Deport: The Chaotic US Immigration Enforcement Regime, University of Georgia Press.

Hyndman, J. (2001). Towards a feminist geopolitics. Canadian Geographer/Le Géographe Canadien, 45(2), 210-222.

Maillet, P., Mountz, A., & Williams, K. (2018). Exclusion Through Imperio: Entanglements of Law and Geography in the Waiting Zone, Excised Territory and Search and Rescue Region. Social & Legal Studies, 27(2), 142-163.

Mountz, A. (2004). Embodying the nation-state: Canada’s response to human smuggling. Political geography, 23(3), 323-345.

Peters, K., Steinberg, P., & Stratford, E. (2018). Territory beyond terra. Rowman & Littlefield International.

Smith, S., Swanson, N. W., & Gökarıksel, B. (2016). Territory, bodies and borders. Area, 48(3), 258-261.

Steinberg, P., & Peters, K. (2015). Wet ontologies, fluid spaces: Giving depth to volume through oceanic thinking. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 33(2), 247-264.

Steinberg, P. and Williams-Reed, E. (2018) In a world of land and water, where does ice fit in? A report from the ICE LAW Project. Current developments in Arctic law.

Tolia-Kelly, D. P. (2016). Feeling and being at the (postcolonial) Museum: Presencing the affective politics of ‘race’and culture. Sociology, 50(5), 896-912.

Williams, J. M. (2015). From humanitarian exceptionalism to contingent care: Care and enforcement at the humanitarian border. Political Geography, 47, 11-20.

Resources Sub-Project Workshop entitled ‘Economizing the Offshore Arctic: Dynamic Marine Policies and Global Production Networks in a Thawing World’ – April 2019 in Durham, UK

The Resources Sub-Project will be holding a workshop on ‘Economizing the offshore Arctic: Dynamic marine policies and global production networks in a thawing world’, to be held at Durham University in April 2019.

This workshop, featuring invited presentations, will take forward discussions from the Resources Sub-Project’s previous event on ‘Anticipating Abundance’ (https://icelawproject.org/news-events/news-archives-2017/report-from-anticipating-abundance-economizing-the-arctic-resources-subproject-workshop-durham-may-2017/).

The workshop is being is co-organised by Gavin Bridge, Durham University (Resources subproject leader) and Berit Kristoffersen, UiT – The Arctic University of Norway.

“Angry Inuk​: An Inuit Response to Willfully Ignorant Environmentalism.” Based on undergraduate Noelle Ibrahim’s conversation with Stephanie Kane (Kane)

Dr. Stephanie Kane, one of our Migrations & Mobilities Sub-Project Leaders, has produced a blog post based on her conversation with undergraduate Noelle Ibrahim on October 4, 2018.

The blog talks about the film Angry Inuk that she introduced and carried out a Q&A for, for Themester at IU Cinema. It deals with animal rights issues, related to the general topic of the Arctic, environmentalism and the law.

To read Dr. Kane’s blog post, visit the following link: http://blogs.iu.edu/aplaceforfilm/2018/10/04/angry-inuk-an-inuit-response-to-willfully-ignorant-environmentalism/



October 2018: New Podcast: ‘Losing Ground’ about the course “Arctic Encounters: Animals, People, Ships” (Kane)

Dr. Stephanie Kane is one of the Migrations & Mobilities sub-project leaders for the ICE LAW Project. Her field of study is water. As a professor in the School of Global and International Studies, she researches how humans interact with waterways and flooding and how they shape the development of our living spaces and economies.

She is currently teaching a class on the political ecology of the arctic circle, where she  looks at how animals and humans are adapting in a region that’s in a constant state of flux and environmental turmoil.

To listen to Stephanie’s podcast ‘Losing Ground’, visit the following link: https://themester.indiana.edu/news-events/podcasts/2018/kane.html


ICE LAW Final Conference (April 2019)

Call for Papers

The ICE LAW Project investigates the potential for a legal framework that acknowledges the complex geophysical environment in the world’s frozen regions and explores the impact that an ice-sensitive legal system would have on topics ranging from the everyday activities of Arctic residents to the territorial foundations of the modern state.

The ICE LAW Project is holding its final conference over 25-27th April 2019 in Durham, UK.

The conference will feature the following elements:

  • ICE LAW subproject leaders will discuss findings from the workshops and community meetings that they have been holding for the past three years.
  • Four keynote speakers will share their thoughts on topics that join the physical and regulatory environments of the Arctic:
    • Michael Bravo (Cambridge) – Professor of Geography and Convener of Circumpolar History and Public Policy Research, Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge University, UK
    • Chris Burn (Carleton) – Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies., Supervisor of Carleton’s Graduate Programs in Northern Studies, Carleton University, Canada
    • Bruce Forbes (Lapland) – Professor of Global Change, Environmental sciences and Social and economic geography, Leader of the Global Change Research Group at the Arctic Centre.
    • Rachael Lorna Johnstone (Akureyri/Greenland) – Professor of Law, Arctic Oil and Gas Studies, at Ilisimatusarfik (the University of Greenland) and Professor of Law at the University of Akureyri, Iceland.
  • The ICE LAW conference will be held in conjunction with the first annual Summer School of the DurhamARCTIC programme, an interdisciplinary training initiative for PhD students and early career researchers. Funding will be available for eligible PhD students and Early Career Researchers to attend this joint event. A poster session by Summer School participants will be integrated into the ICE LAW Project conference, and Summer School specific training will follow the conference, on 27 and 28 April. Application material for Summer School participants is available at https://www.dur.ac.uk/arctic/conference/ .

The conference will run from 1700 on Thursday 25 April through noon on Saturday 27 April, and will be free of charge.


Durham is located in the North East of England about 250 miles north of London and 19 miles from Newcastle upon Tyne. It is easily accessible by rail from London and other points in the UK, as well as Newcastle and Durham Tees Valley airports.


For more information, please contact ice.law@durham.ac.uk

NOAAcorp2518_croppedAn interdisciplinary project sponsored by IBRU: Durham University’s Centre for Borders Research & the UArctic Thematic Network on Arctic Law
Ice complicates a world view where solid, stable land is positioned opposite liquid, mobile water. Ice melts and freezes; it breaks apart and moves; it has both land-like and water-like social properties; its edges are unclear. Ice is as challenging for international lawyers, boundary practitioners, and political theorists as it is for geoscientists and global environmental policymakers.
The ICE LAW Project investigates the potential for a legal framework that acknowledges the complex geophysical environment in the world’s frozen regions and explores the impact that an ice-sensitive legal system would have on topics ranging from the everyday activities of Arctic residents to the territorial foundations of the modern state.
Between 2016-2019, the Project will be supported by a Leverhulme Trust International Network Grant.

IBRU: Centre for Borders Research · Department of Geography · Durham University · DH1 3LE, United Kingdom
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