The UArctic Læra Institute for Circumpolar Education, in partnership with the Glasgow Calendonian University Mary Robinson Centre for Climate Justice, will host a session entitled 'Educational innovation and pedagogy for the Anthropocene Arctic' at the 25th Arctic Science Summit Week, taking place 17-23 February 2023 at the University of Vienna, in Vienna, Austria.

This session is devoted to educational innovation and pedagogical scholarship related to the Arctic or Circumpolar North in university, school or community contexts.  We invite papers not only on regular classroom teaching, but also on online delivery (e.g. the UArctic Circumpolar Studies Programme) and on experiential and other forms of learning (e.g. Model Arctic Council, outdoor learning, land- or community-based learning, etc).  Papers may focus on any learner group, whether children, youth or adult learners.

In keeping with the ASSW 2023 theme of 'The Arctic in the Anthropocene', one primary goal of this session is to explore how teaching and learning about the Arctic can best promote understanding of the Arctic’s place in both the human community and the planetary physical system.  We welcome papers on the educational role of the Arctic Anthropocene concept, as well as of other Arctic ‘framings’ or ‘imaginaries’, whether positive or negative.  Also welcome are papers on topics such as civic education, environmental competence, learning for sustainability or climate justice, and the like, as well as papers concerning how education can promote constructive thought and action in the face of Anthropocene-related concerns such as ‘eco-anxiety’ or ‘climate doom’.

Papers may deal with either conceptual or practical learning, including skills learning (e.g. practical, communication or leadership skills) or character development (e.g. self-confidence, leadership, coping with stress, etc).  We encourage papers that take an interdisciplinary approach, including the Arctic humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.  We especially encourage papers in the field of Indigenous Knowledge education, or papers that aim to bridge Western and Indigenous epistemologies.  Finally, we hope that this session will go some way to promoting international linkages and the sharing of best practice between educators concerned with the Arctic or Circumpolar North.

Interested scholars or practitioners should please submit abstracts following the submission guidelines on the Arctic Science Summit Week website.

The deadline for abstracts is 20 September 2022.  We look forward to your submissions!

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