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Arctic Domus team members announce 'Arctic Worlds' book series

Arctic Domus team members announce 'Arctic Worlds' book series
21 August - 21 December 2016

The Arctic Domus team is pleased to announce a new book series from Routledge entitled 'Arctic Worlds: Communities, Political Ecology, and Ways of Knowing'. The series is edited by David G. Anderson (Aberdeen) and Robert Losey (Alberta). It aims provide a place to publish interdisciplinary research which highlights different knowledge traditions (including the history of science) and perspectives of a wide range of Arctic communities including those of indigenous peoples.

The series has an international editorial board representing each region of the Arctic:

Dmitry Arzyutov, Aberdeen, and Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology, Russia
Hiroki Takakura, Tohoku University, Japan
Per Axelsson, Umeå University, Sweden

One interesting feature of the series is our call for “short topical” single authored books of approximately 100 pages addressing current issues or controversies to provide a space for longer arguments, which may not find a place as journal articles.

A preliminary website has been opened by Routledge, which is still under construction.

We would like to make an early invitation to interested authors to take contact with one of the lead editors with their ideas for a manuscript. Further details on how to make a formal proposal we hope will soon be placed on the website.

David Anderson, University of Aberdeen, david.anderson@abdn.ac.uk
Robert Losey, University of Alberta, rlosey@ualberta.ca

General Aims and Scope
The circumpolar Arctic has been increasingly becoming a region of interest for a range of scholars crossing the humanities, social sciences and the natural sciences. The circumpolar North – once exoticised as a remote and unknown “blank spot” on Imperial maps – is now acknowledged to be the homeland of a variety of indigenous nations many of whom have won or are seeking home rule. The region had been the central axis of frozen confrontation during the Cold War. At the start of the 21st century it is a resource hinterland offering supplies of subsea gas and iron ore for aggressively new markets with great cost and risk to the environment. The indigenous nations of the region are unique for their “ways of knowing” which approach animals and landscape as alive sentient entities. Many share cultural commonalities across the Arctic Ocean sketching out a human community, which unites disparate continents. This book series aims to integrate humanities, social science, and social philosophical work on the entire region thereby transcending overviews which focus on one region or one discipline. The series promises a strong representation of the Eurasian Arctic. We aim to take history seriously by bringing together archaeological work on ancient arctic societies with ethnohistorical studies of the alternate idioms by which time and meaning are understood by circumpolar peoples. The series will also take seriously the way that the environment is perceived by different Arctic communities ranging from indigenous experts to natural scientists.

The Types of Titles
We propose to contract a mixture of single authored and coedited volumes with a preference for single author works. We would like to experiment with a series of “short topical” single authored books of around 100 pages addressing timely controversies. We feel the latter would fill a gap not currently covered by digital journal articles (10,000 words) and the more costly and cumbersome volumes of 120,000 words. The short topical works might be marketed as digital resources.


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