Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


We are in the process of putting together and editing a book of collected papers on the role(s) of librarians, archivists, and information professionals working in and with the Arctic social sciences and humanities. The working title of the book is “Arctic Social Sciences and Humanities: The Role of Library, Archival, and Information Sciences in the Circumpolar North.” Our aim is to publish the book through Routledge, the international academic publisher, who has expressed interest in the project.

We are seeking proposals for papers on topics related to the roles, activities, and scholarship of librarians, archivists, curators, and information professionals specifically within the context of Arctic social sciences and humanities.

Priority consideration will be given to submissions from:

  • Persons currently working within Arctic geographies and/or working directly with Arctic materials, information, data, and populations
  • Persons currently involved with library/archival/museum/information/data projects in Alaska, Canada, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, and Sweden

Proposals pertaining to all types of libraries, museums, and information centres—including academic, public, government, etc.—will be considered. Possible examples of topics might include, but are not limited to:

1. Current, real-life, applied projects and topics in: special collections, archives, digital humanities, cultural heritage, literacy, education, etc.

2. Current, real-life, applied projects and topics in: information representation and retrieval with indigenous languages, particularly in terms of website and/or database development, language translation, online information-seeking behaviours, etc.

3. Current, real-life, applied projects and topics in: social sciences data/dataset management and curation, particularly related to libraries’ involvement in quantitative or qualitative data for specific disciplines such as anthropology, communication, geography, history, political science, psychology, sociology, etc.

4. Critical, conceptual, and theoretical papers about: libraries and museums as spaces for the communication, display, and critique of Arctic societies and cultures—perspectives from anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, communication studies, gender studies, philosophy, psychology, etc. are encouraged

We are only interested in high-quality proposals. If you have an idea or project in mind and would like to submit a proposal for consideration, please email, in English, the following:

  • Names, institutional affiliations, and brief biographical information of all intended authors
  • Email address of primary author/main contact
  • Proposed title of paper
  • Proposed abstract of paper (i.e., tell us about your intended paper, please be as specific as possible)

Deadline for proposal submissions: 17 April, 2017.

Authors will be notified of proposal status on: 1 May, 2017. Authors of accepted proposals will be asked to write a paper aimed for academic and professional audiences. Papers must be original submissions not published elsewhere. Papers must be submitted to the editors in English to be included in the book. Complete details for writing the full paper will be sent to authors whose proposals are accepted.

Expected deadline for final paper submissions: 1 September, 2017.

If you have any questions about the proposal process, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!

Thank you and best regards,

Spencer Acadia, editor
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Marthe T. Fjellestad, editor
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