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Relate North: Beyond borders, symposium and exhibition

Time Monday 13 November until Friday 17 November, 2023 at 00:00 - 00:00
Place Ljusgården, Lärarutbildningshuset

ASAD is inviting proposals for the network’s 11th annual symposium and exhibition, Relate North with the theme Beyond Borders. The event is a collaboration between the University of the Arctic’s Arctic Sustainable Arts and Design thematic network (ASAD), the Department of Creative Studies, Umeå University, and the University of Lapland.


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People's lives and contextual understanding are governed and regulated to a great extent by borders and boundaries of various kinds, such as political, cultural, material, ideological and geographical divisions. A boundary can be physical in the form of an actual obstacle in the landscape, as well as mental beliefs grounded in our culture and social norms. Borders can thus limit us, but at the same time act as a catalyst for creative actions and resistance. Art has often served as a way for people to challenge, renegotiate, redefine and transgress boundaries. In a time characterized by political and environmental concerns, this theme is important to investigate – especially in relation to the unique context of the Arctic and circumpolar north.

For further information about sub-themes, the call and proposals please visit:



Important dates

Submission of proposals/abstracts: May 15, 2023
Contributors will be notified: June 15, 2023
Registration open: Aug 15, 2023
Registration deadline: Sep 15, 2023
Symposium/exhibitions: Nov 13-17, 2023, at Umeå University
Registration/opening venue: Nov 13 at 18.00, Teacher Education building, Umeå University

Event type: Conference
Lotta Lundstedt
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