Thematic Network Update
CALOTTE ACADEMY 2014: RESOURCE GEOPOLITICS,
Hanna Lempinen & Joël Plouffe
For over twenty years now, the Calotte Academy (CA) has been organized as an international
symposium that travels across borders in the Euro-Arctic as a means to initiate and sustain
dialogue on Arctic security and geopolitics with researchers and practitioners. In 2014, the CA
took place during the first week of June with a focus on key issues under the umbrella of this
year’s theme: Resource Geopolitics – Sovereignty. The CA consisted of 10 working sessions held in
Rovaniemi and Inari, Finland; in Kirkenes, Norway; and in Murmansk and Apatity, Russia.
Altogether nearly 40 participants from 10 countries as well as local stakeholders from the towns
and cities we visited took part in the working sessions.
Similar to last’s year’s CA, the High North went through record warm temperatures for early
June in 2014, reaching almost thirty degrees at Murmansk! It is definitely perfect weather for
continued dialogue under the midnight sun after a full day of sessions, or even for fieldwork in
Hanna Lempinen is a researcher at the Arctic Centre in Rovaniemi, Finland, and PhD Candidate at the
University of Lapland. Joël Plouffe is a researcher at the Center for Interuniversity Research on the
International Relations of Canada and Québec, and a PhD candidate at the École nationale
d’administration publique (ENAP) in Montréal, Québec, Canada.