Arctic Encounters: Animals, People and Ships

INTL-I302 — Fall 2018 — Themester

Course Description

Eight nation-states claim sovereign powers in the High North, the region centering on the North Pole and Arctic Sea. Their claims overlay vast, isolated territories of indigenous peoples and animals. As the sea ice melt accompanying climate change opens heretofore frozen hinterlands, possibilities excite the imagination of global shipping, mining and tourist industries as well as scientists, scholars and artists. Interdisciplinary study of ecological, cultural and legal knowledge and practice will guide our understanding of these rapidly transforming animal/human encounters.

Instructor: Stephanie Kane