Call – Interpolar Pathways

:  an interdisciplinary evening of presentations on Arctic and Antarctic research

We invite participation in a discussion evening event exploring interdisciplinary and cross-cultural links between Arctic and Antarctic research.

The discussion will form part of the SCANZ 2011: Eco sapiens symposium to be held at Owae Marae (Waitara, Taranaki, NZ). Presenters are welcomed to physically attend the symposium, or can present remotely.

Format — Remote and on-site 10–15 minute presentations (pre-recorded version requested)
When — January 15, 2011, 6pm New Zealand time (7am Finland time / 9pm, Jan 14th, PST)
Where — On-site: Owae Marae, Waitara, Taranaki. Remote: skype preferred, please discuss other.

Topics—The session aims to create dialogue between artists and scientists whose work has a focus on polar regions: to highlight the commonalities, differences and interrelatedness of their research and practices, and encourage unsuspected insights.

Presentations could encompass:

  • Global climate change, pollution, and ecosystems
  • Pathways between Arctic and Antarctic: e.g. global migrations, meteorology, food chains
  • What the poles represent to others: scientifically, politically, philosophically
  • Representation of the Arctic and the Antarctic: indigenous peoples, governments, NGOs, UN
  • People and the landscape

Proposal Contacts:
Please email us at:, with a proposal title and a few sentences to describe your interest in joining the dialogue of presentations.

Required by December 15th
in order to ensure appropriate presentation arrangements.

Project Partners:

  • Ars Bioarctica, Finnish biological arts organization,
  • Ramon Guardans, scientist/artist studying persistent organic pollutants,
  • Intercreate, the organisers of New Zealand’s SCANZ 2011 event,

Further information:

  • SCANZ 2011: Eco sapiens event —
  • Ars Bioarctica —

Please forward as appropriate.