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The International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA) has posted the announcement of the X International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS X), which will be held at the Northern (Arctic) Federal University in Arkhangelsk on June 15-19, 2020.

ICASS X will mark the thirtieth anniversary of the International Arctic Association of Social Sciences (IASSA). ICASS X: “Arctic Generations: Looking Back and Looking Forward”.

The ICASS Congress is held every three years and brings together scientists from all over the world involved in social and humanitarian research in the Arctic. The previous ICASS IX, held in June 2017 in Umeå (Sweden), brought together 800 participants from 25 countries.

“Research in the field of social and human sciences is of great importance for solving the problems of sustainable development in the Arctic. Particular attention should be paid to the past, present and future generations of residents of the Arctic. The generational nature of changes and reactions to these changes has recently been recognized by a large number of representatives of the authorities and the scientific community. Generational emphasis highlights the long-term, fundamental nature, and scale of change, impacts and adaptation strategies. Another important area for ICASS X is indigenous knowledge and interdisciplinary research in the Arctic, ”said Andrei Petrov, President of the International Arctic Association of Social Sciences.

Proposals for organizing sessions within the framework of ICASS X are accepted until October 10, 2019. Proposals are sent to the President of the International Arctic Association of Social Sciences, Andrei Petrov (), copies are sent to Elena Golosova (). In the letter, indicate the name of the session, the name of the organizer(s), the full contact information of the organizer and add a brief description of the session (150 words). Please also indicate up to two topics to which the proposed session is most suitable (see the list below). General ideas on organizing sessions are also welcomed.

ICASS welcomes sessions and reports on all thematic aspects of the study of the Arctic and Subarctic, as well as contributions on all other issues related to the work of IASSA members.

IASSA encourages the participation of indigenous peoples, people from the northern regions, decision-makers, and scientists. Thus, ICASS X provides a convenient platform for discussing sustainability issues in the Arctic and the North, as well as other northern issues.

Acceptance of abstracts will begin in the fall of 2019 in accordance with the preliminary list of sessions. Participants' travel expenses may be available on a competitive basis.


  • Arctic infrastructure;
  • Archeology;
  • The future of the Arctic: scenarios, prospects;
  • Gender in the Arctic;
  • Mining industry and natural resources;
  • Law and legal regimes in the Arctic;
  • Health and well-being;
  • Indigenous knowledge and co-production of knowledge;
  • Art and design;
  • History;
  • Culture;
  • Literature;
  • International relations and scientific diplomacy in the Arctic;
  • Research methodology;
  • Migration and mobility;
  • Arctic youth and intergenerational relationships;
  • Museums and Heritage;
  • Arctic population: generations and places of residence;
  • Indigenous Societies;
  • Environment and climate change;
  • Arctic settlements;
  • Religion and spirituality;
  • Knowledge systems and education;
  • Social work in the Arctic;
  • Technology and innovation in the Arctic;
  • Tourism;
  • Control;
  • Sustainability;
  • Economics, labor, and development in the Arctic;
  • Languages.