The Centre for Innovation and Research in Culture and Living in the Arctic (CIRCLA) is a research group based at the Department of Culture and Global Studies.
CIRCLA - Centre for Innovation and Research in Culture and Living in the Arctic
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CIRCLA's geographical area of interest is the Circumpolar North (including Greenland, Nordic Region/Countries; Canada, Alaska and Russia, the North Atlantic and the Polar Sea). The field of interest is broadly defined as Arctic Studies, but particular attention is given to research in the human sciences within the areas of social, cultural and political analysis, discourse, communication, post-colonial governance, culture-driven innovation, and sustainable development (including tourism and management of natural and cultural heritage). Additionally, we prioritize research with a focus on the Arctic and its relationship with other parts of the world – e.g. EU, Asia, Russia, and the United States.
CIRCLA contributes with new problem-based research that discusses the real-life problems which Arctic communities are facing today. Thus, understanding and studying Arctic developments in dialogue, collaboration and exchange with local communities is of the essence.
News and other activities
Seminar: China's activities in Greenland - business, politics and the question of independence
With the publication of China’s white paper on Arctic strategy and the goal of establishing a Polar Silk Road, Chinese investment supported by the Chinese state is expected to increase in the coming years. Greenland has a prominent place in this strategy and Chinese companies view Greenland as a new frontier for business. There are also concerns, however, especially in Denmark and the US, that China is trying to boost its strategic position in the Arctic.
Seminar: Det geopolitiske stormagtsspil i Arktis
2018 er tiåret for Ilulissat-erklæringen, der indeholder et løfte om, at de fem arktiske kyststater vil løse konflikter og uenigheder i det arktiske område med fredelige og diplomatiske midler. Men meget er sket på de 10 år. Arktis har fået en stadig større rolle og bevågenhed i international politik.
12.12.2018 at 02.00 PM - 04.00 PM
Invitation to Arctic Politics Research Seminar 2018 - 12 December
Open seminar with Benjamin de Carvalho and Kristian Søby Kristensen & Ulrik Pram Gad. All interested are welcome!
10.01.2019 at 02.00 PM - 04.00 PM
Invitation to Arctic Politics Research Seminar 2019 - 10 January
Open seminar with Richard Powell and Rasmus Leander Nielsen. All interested are welcome!