The Project on Indeterminate and Changing Environments: Law, the Anthropocene, and the World (the ICE LAW Project) will query how human interactions with the geophysical environment of the world’s frozen regions challenge Western normative principles of state power and legal authority that assume an idealized binary between land and water. Six subprojects led by ten scholars (representing seven institutions in six countries) will investigate how normative principles of state territory are challenged by the dynamic nature of geophysics. Subprojects will explore how complex geophysical processes and changes are encountered through regulations and practices of territory, resource use, law, mobility, and migration, including a focus on local and indigenous perspectives.
The Leverhulme Trust’s International Networks Programme will be funding a series of workshops, conferences and meetings organised by IBRU: Durham University’s Centre for Borders Research with the support of the UArctic Thematic Network on Arctic Law.
Over the next three years, beginning in January 2016, each subproject will be a holding a number of workshops, and there will also larger conferences, as well as sessions at the 2017 International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS) in Umeå, Sweden. The plan of action follows directly from the Workshop on the Ice-Land-Water Interface held in June 2014 in Durham.
I will be leading the ‘Territory‘ subject. The other subproject leaders are Claudio Aporta & Aldo Chircop (Mobilities), Gavin Bridge (Resources), Kate Coddington (Migrations), Timo Koivurova (Law), and Stephanie Kane, Jessica Shadian, & Anna Stammler-Gossmann (Local & Indigenous Perspectives).
Phil Steinberg at Durham is the PI for the overall project.