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Performances of Sovereignty in Arctic Policy

  • Datum: 2017-10-03 kl 15:15 17:00
  • Plats: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES) Gamla torget 3, 3 vån, IRES Bibliotek
  • Föreläsare: Corine Wood-Donnelly is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute for Russian & Eurasian Studies, Uppsala University. She is an interdisciplinary researcher in International Relations and Geography, with research interests in issues and models of maritime governance, comparative policy and state performances of sovereignty.
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  • Arrangör: Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies (IRES)
  • Kontaktperson: Jevgenija Gehsbarga
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This presentation compares the Arctic policy of the United States, Canada and Russia through visual texts, demonstrating how these states communicate they are the rightful sovereign agents of the Arctic through performances of authority and effective occupation of the region.

The Arctic is a region characterised by stratified sovereignty, initiated by the practices of imperialism and framed by evolving international law. The result of this evolution is that sovereignty of the Arctic is spatially distributed over different territorial spheres, creating unevenness in state claims to sovereignty. This includes domestic territory, acquired through historically illegitimate practices and other parts of the resource-rich Arctic that spill over into international spaces, considered as spatially beyond the possibilities of absolute sovereignty but subject to claims of relative sovereignty. As the melting of the Arctic escalates resource interests in the region, the policy discourse and performances of sovereignty have correspondingly accelerated. This presentation compares the Arctic policy of the United States, Canada and Russia through visual texts, demonstrating how these states communicate they are the rightful sovereign agents of the Arctic through performances of authority and effective occupation of the region.