Arctic Explorers - Arctic-fund

International Conference «Lend-Lease and Arctic Convoys: From Regional Cooperation Towards Global Coalition»

Venue: Arkhangelsk, Russia, Higher School of Social Sciences, Humanities and International Communication, Northern Arctic Federal University.

Sphere of knowledge: Social Sciences, Humanities, Political Sciences

Call for Papers:Download

Deadline of application: 15.02.2021

Deadline for paper submission: 12.04.2021

Participants: The Conference is open to researchers and decision-makers interested in the history, politics, social implications and economic effects of Lend-Lease.

Conference program includes: a plenary session, section speeches.

Conference focus areas:

  1. Strategy of the anti-Hitler coalition during the War;
  2. Role of the Lend-Lease policy;
  3. Political and historical context of the Northern Convoys history;
  4. Convoy operation management;
  5. Contribution of different nations to the convoy operations;
  6. Importance of the Northern Route for the victory.

Working languages: The working languages will be Russian and English, but we will do our best to provide interpretation for presentations in other languages.

Participation: personal participation or participation in absence.

Selected presentations and papers from the Conference will be published in a printed volume. The selection will be carried out by a coordination group appointed during the Conference.

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Merry Сhristmas and a Happy New Year to all of you from Tromsø Library!
We are proud to be a part of this ongoing project, and hope we will be able to see you all in 2021

Merry Сhristmas and a Happy New Year to all of you from Tromsø Library

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NArFU Will Host II International Phd “Russia in the Arctic Dialogue: Local and Global Context”

International PhD School «Russia in the Arctic Dialogue: Local and Global Context» took place at NArFU from 5 to 11 April 2019. The event was held within the framework of the International Forum «Arctic — Territory of Dialogue» and gathered students and top-level experts from 13 countries: Norway, Sweden, Finland, China, India, Turkey, France, USA, Canada, Germany, Czech Republic, Republic of Korea and Russia.

Participants discussed a vast scope of current issues of the Arctic: northern governance and economies, environmental challenges, Arctic law, life of the local communities, human adaptation and international cooperation in the Arctic. The PhD students shared their research projects with colleagues and experts within presentation sessions and a panel discussion.

The intensive and diverse programme of the course provided the participants with the possibility to attend lectures given by Russian and foreign experts and scientists, get acquainted with NArFU scientific infrastructure as well as to visit key regional enterprises and organizations such as a Diamond mining company «Severalmaz», a scientific vessel «Professor Molchanov» and a National Park «Russian Arctic» office.

At present Northern Arctic Federal University is preparing to host the II International Phd «Russia in the Arctic Dialogue: Local and Global Context» as a side event of the X International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS Х) in June 2019. The aim of the event is to facilitate international collaboration between young scholars, experts and academia from Arctic and non-Arctic countries in studying and discussing contemporary issues of the Arctic Region in global context.

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NArFU Library Launches Arctic Explorers Exhibition

foto-Taisii-Menshikovoy- 3 NArFU Research Library has opened an exhibition entitled Arctic Explorers.

The initiative is implemented under the international project «Bibliobridge: Arctic Explorers & Towards a New Vision» funded by the Norwegian Barents Secretariat. The exposition centers on Norwegian and Russian polar heroes that have set a mark in the history of polar explorations.

The opening ceremony was attended by Andrey Shalyov, Norway’s Honorary Consul and Head of the Barents Secretariat in Arkhangelsk, and gathered representatives of all Norwegian partner libraries who addressed the project team via skype.

«The idea was to find parallels in the personalities of Norwegian and Russian explorers and teach polar history across borders. When we were discussing the possibility of turning the spotlight on female Arctic explorers, our Norwegian colleagues proposed to tell the story of Hanna Resvoll-Holmsen, who studied Svalbard. From our side there is Ksenia Gemp, with her seaweed research and long history of expeditions. We also looked for characters connecting our countries and found Alexander Kuchin and Gennady Olonkin, both natives of what is now Onega District. Alexander Kuchin, who together with Roald Amundsen explored the route to the South Pole aboard the Fram, was also one of the writers of a Russian-Norwegian dictionary. Engineer and meteorologist Gennady Olonkin accompanied Amundsen on board the Maud, received the Norwegian Order of Saint Olav and took Norwegian citizenship,» explained Svetlana Tyukina, Deputy Director at NArFU Research Library.

Several stands are devoted to contemporary Arctic studies. Research conducted by the organizers also revealed similarities between Arctic research vessels: the «Professor Molchanov» hosting the Arctic Floating University expeditions has a Norwegian sister ship — UiT’s «Kronprince Haakon», also used for student research travels.

A similar exhibition is simultaneously held in Bodø, Norway. The initiative is primarily aimed at educating the schoolchildren and academia of Norway and Russia on the shared history of polar research.

«I am really proud of the result of this project — a tangible exhibition developed as part of the Bibliobridge cooperation between Northern Arctic Federal University in Arkhangelsk, the Library at the Norwegian Arctic University in Tromsø, the Public Library and Archives in Tromsø, and Stormen Library in Bodø.

In both countries we know a lot about polar explorers, but we in Norway know little about the Russian ones, and you know little about the more unknown explorers from Norway. Together we have all learned a lot about the traces of Norwegian and Russian polar heroes, and about our joint heroes, as Alexander Kuchin. I really look forward to telling all the exciting and important stories to school children from Tromsø and Bodø,» shared Trud Berg, Director at Stormen Library in Bodø and the project’s coordinator.

The exhibition will provide content for children’s classes at NArFU Library and lectures in the framework of the university’s traditional Days of the Arctic scheduled for the end of February. In addition, the Arctic Fund website now has an English section on Arctic explorers telling the stories of polar heroes and displaying relevant bibliography. The section will be regularly updated with archive materials from Russian and Norwegian libraries.

About the project:

The Russian-Norwegian library project «Bibliobridgе» was kicked off in 2017. The project focuses on the development of cooperation with the Norwegian libraries in Bodø and Tromsø in the field of education, information and library technologies.

During the first project periods the partners visited each other and experienced how the different libraries operate on a daily basis. In the framework of the project «Bibliobridge: Bridging Libraries Across Borders: Towards New Vision and Role in Society» experts shared their experience of developing open access resources and innovative courses aimed at building academic and research skills.

In 2019 the partner libraries embarked on the action project «Bibliobridge — Reading the Arctic» aimed at gathering information about the pioneers of Arctic travel from the Russian and Norwegian side. Under the project «Bibliobridge: Arctic Explorers & Towards a New Vision», the year 2020 has been dedicated to Russian and Norwegian Arctic explorers.

The project’s new line of activity will involve organizing a seminar on the currently extremely relevant topic of information literacy and critical thinking skills development.

Project partners:

  • Stormen Library in Bodø, Norway;
  • NArFU Intellectual Centre — Research Library, Arkhangelsk, Russia;
  • University Library — UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway;
  • Tromsø Public library and City Archives, Norway

Arctic Floating University Explores Barents Ice

The eleventh expedition has completed its agenda. The project team is expected to arrive in Arkhangelsk on 11 July.

Research conducted during the voyage which started on 22 June encompassed the study of Barents hydrological processes, spatial-temporal variability of weather phenomena and the concentration levels of aerosol in the surface air along the route, microplastics, biodiversity and dynamics of microbial communities inhabiting the Barents Sea and the Spitsbergen environment, evolution and biodiversity of marine invertebrates, etc.

This year’s expedition also included investigation of Arctic ice within the framework of «Ice Operations», a project supported by Kolarctic CBC 2014-2020 programme. Among the project team members are the Norwegian Research Institute (Norut), Northern (Arctic) Federal University, Oil and Gas Industry Suppliers’ Association «SOZVEZDYE», Luleå University of Technology, the Finnish Meteorological Institute, Maritimt Forum Nord (Norway) and Storvik&Co OY (Finland). Barents ice observations are conducted from onboard the Professor Molchanov by the Higher School of Information Technologies and Automated Systems’ lead engineer Dmitry Polikin. More information about Dmitry’s work is available on NArFU website: