Panel organisers:

Sanna Kopra, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland (

Monica Tennberg, Arctic Centre, University of Lapland (

“Nature is sending us a message with the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing climate crisis,” said the executive director of the UN Environment Programme, Inger Andersen, in March 2020. However, the discipline of International Relations (IR) has failed to hear this message and acknowledge that international affairs are deeply intertwined with non-human nature. Arctic IR makes no exception but tends to be very state-centric and recognises nature only in economic terms.  To cope with multiple complex and long-term crises of our times, such as global heating, pandemics and biodiversity loss, new imaginaries and practices organising human-nature relations are needed. In Arctic IR, new post-anthropocentric and decolonised concepts and approaches must be developed to rethink the field's state-centric postulates and colonial burden. This panel discusses methodological, onto-epistemological and normative questions related to post-anthropocentric IR in the Arctic context and starts a broader book project on post-anthropocentric Arctic IR.

Abstracts (max. 1800 characters) and enquiries should be submitted to by March 9, 2023. Participants will be notified of their acceptance to the panel on March 13, 2023.

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