8th International Summer School in Lapland


8th Summer School in Lapland “Politics of Nature”, 2-10 August 2014

The Department of Political Science at the National Research University Higher School of Economics and the Aleksanteri Institute at the University of Helsinki call for applications to the 8th International Summer School in Lapland “Politics of Nature”.

The Summer School will be held in Kilpisjärvi (Finland) on 2-10 August, 2014.

The main topics:

NATURE: The Limits of Modernity
BORDERS: Geography and Identity
THE ARCTIC: Geopolitics and Ecology
NORTH: An Alternative to Modernity?

The School welcomes the students of:

  • political and social sciences
  • free arts and philosophy
  • anthropology
  • ecology
  • geography
  • regional economics
  • sustainable development
  • The program includes:

  • Trekking and open-air class in tundra at the border of Finland, Sweden and Norway<
  • Climbing up the fells
  • Bicycle trips to Norway
  • Northern film screenings: Arthouse movies every night

The School is held annually at the Biological Station of the University of Helsinki in Kilpisjärvi, Lapland. The School is a unique educational and environmental experience – we retreat into nature in order to understand the limits and challenges of the modern world. Free time allows us to trek in the tundra, to take bicycle rides, to relax in sauna or around a campfire.

The School organises a charter bus from and to Rovaniemi. The price of the board and lodging at the biological station varies according to the background of the guests. Thus, the price "after Rovaniemi" is approximately 300-550 euros per person.

Applications must be sent by 4 May, 2014 via the electronic form at https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/42177/lomake.html

Tapani Kaakkuriniemi
Tel. +358 400 289 942
E-mail: tapani.kaakkuriniemi@helsinki.fi


In the map, Maiden of Finland (Suomi-neito) raises her right arm, pointing to north-west. Kilpisjärvi is located in the utmost corner of the territory of Finland. When Finland in general is not mountainous, this arm makes an exception. While Finnish landscape is typically forested, the arm has no forests. In this arctic corner, the thickness of snow cover often exceeds 1½ metres but the summer and autumn offer all the variety of nature.

Students and professors come from Russia, Finland and other countries. The working language of the School is English.

The School is led by Sergei Medvedev, Professor and Associate Dean at the Department of Political Science at the HSE, and by Tapani Kaakkuriniemi, Head of the Finnish Master’s Program in Russian and East European Studies coordinated by the University of Helsinki.

The School will take place at the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station of the University of Helsinki, situated 400 km beyond the Arctic Circle and 50 km south of the Arctic Ocean, near the beautiful lake Kilpisjärvi between the scenic fells (tunturi) Saana and Malla. This place is regarded to be one of the most beautiful areas in Northern Europe.

In the Higher School of Economics, the School is part of the educational project “Escapes from Modernity”.