Centre for Innovation and Research in Culture and Living in the Arctic (CIRCLA)
CIRCLA’s geographical area of interest is the Circumpolar North (including Greenland, the Nordic Region/Countries; , Canada, Alaska and, Russia, the North Atlantic and the Polar Sea). Our field of interest is broadly defined as Arctic Studies, but particular priority 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 the management of the natural resources and cultural heritage. In addition, we prioritize research with a focus on the Arctic and its relationship with other parts of the world – e.g.for instance, with Europe, Asia, Russia, and North America. The Arctic is indeed a global region, and it is important to be attentive to these transregional connections.
Researchers from CIRCLA are committed to developing strong conceptual, theoretical and methodological frameworks and approaches to attending to all themes. The combination of political sciences, philosophy, anthropology, Arctic studies, de-colonial and postcolonial studies, ethnology, and science and technology studies (STS) makes for a strong group that contributes to Arctic research with solid and innovative scholarly engagement,, and it opens up for new alliances and collaborations with partners both within and outside the Arctic region.
Our research currently falls within four broad themes
- Climate change and sustainable development in the Arctic
- Arctic politics and governance
- Coloniality and beyond
- Business development in the Arctic.
News and other activities
Den store Hans Egede-statue-debat i sommeren 2020 kom i kølvandet på ’Black Lives Matter’-bevægelsens opgør med mange historiske monumenter over hele verden. I modsætning til mange andre steder, afviklede Sermersooq Kommune en høring i form af en online afstemning om statuens fremtid, og til manges overraskelse var der her et flertal for at bevare statuen på Kirkebakken i Kolonihavnen.
CIRCLA holiday greetings 2021
While 2020 (really!) turned out differently than expected, 2021 also offered plenty of unforeseen experiences for CIRCLA. As our customary CIRCLA Holiday Greetings will demonstrate, CIRCLA members were to continue old and pursue new activities - online as well as physically. In this Christmas medley, we are happy to share with you some of the various research and collaborative activities, which made 2021 a memorable year! Thank you all for your team efforts and collaboration. See you again after a hopefully peaceful holiday and New Year.