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MatchPoints Seminar 2015

Security and Governance in the Global Arctic: Nordic and International Perspectives

Interdisciplinary conference at Aarhus University 12 – 13 November 2015

The Arctic region has risen on the global agenda during the last two decades. As the ice is thinning and shrinking, it is opening the Arctic for more activity – including the extraction of oil and gas, sea transportation, fishing, mining and energy intensive industries – but also challenging the military, environmental, social and human security of the Arctic region and its peoples.

Therefore it is important to examine the background and conditions for Arctic cooperation on matters of security and governance, including issues of sovereignty, self-determination and social, economic and environmental sustainability, and human security.   

The purpose of the conference is to provide a forum for policy-makers and academics to deliberate on how the security, resilience and sustainability of the globalized Arctic region and its peoples may be enhanced and what instruments of governance may most suitably contribute to that.  

The question of security - broadly speaking - plays a central role in today’s Arctic context. The conference will help to spell out how the different relevant dimensions of security (military, economic, and human) manifest themselves in the governing arrangements in the Arctic; how the challenges associated with each manifest themselves, individually and together; and what forms of governing arrangements can best help to address the challenges.

The conference will, among other things, focus on how the Nordic countries, including Greenland and the Faroe Islands, may contribute to the peace, stability and prosperity of the Arctic region through collaborative efforts on issues of military, environmental and human security based on their shared social, human and democratic values.  

What motivates this agenda is the conviction that, by virtue of their legacy of environmental, social welfare and human rights policies and their geographical position, the Nordic countries and peoples have a unique potential to play a proactive role in the Arctic and the North Atlantic which will benefit the global community, the Arctic peoples and their own interests. Due to increased tensions and contradictions in international politics there is growing concern that the high stability of the Arctic region, which has greatly benefited the region, its states and its peoples, deteriorate.

Organizers and institutional partners 
The conference is organized by a number of Nordic universities and academic research academies. It is connected with the GlobalArctic project initiated by the Northern Research Forum devoted implementing an interplay between science and politics.  Among its institutional partners are also the Danish ministries of foreign affairs, defence and research, the Folketing and the Nordic Ministerial Council.  

The first day of MatchPoints 2014: Inspiration Day on trust and voluntary organisations
The other face of MatchPoints: young football players from DGI showing their skills in front of Concert Hall Aarhus
Per Kirkeby auditorium, MatchPoints Seminar 2013

Deadline for proposals and abstracts

Proposals and abstracts must be submitted by June 15 2015 at the latest.

Proposals should be sent directly to the organizer of the relevant workshop or panel. See Programme for session titles and contact details.

Length of submissions cannot exceed 300 words and must include submitter's contact details in the document.

Hosts, organisers and partners

University of Aarhus and City of Aarhus

University of Aarhus
Aalborg University
Copenhagen University
University of Oslo
University of Tromsø
University of Iceland
Ilismatusarfik/University of Greenland
University of Lappland
Royal Danish Defence College

Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Higher Education and Science
Nordic Council of Ministers,
Embassy of Canada
Northern Research Forum
Det Udenrigspolitiske Selskab
Folkeuniversitet i Aarhus


Information and contact: Michael Böss,, +45 2093 4818

Venue: Aarhus Campus, 8000 Aarhus C

Date: November 12-13, 2015

Conference fee: Forthcoming

Registration date forthcoming

What is MatchPoints Seminar?

The MatchPoints Seminar is an annual, international and interdisciplinary conference presenting high profile speakers and addressing subjects relevant to contemporary public debates.
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