Iqualit, City of Sovereignties

Date and time
Monday 16th March 2009

Room 214, New Academic Building, LSE

Iqualit, City of Sovereignties

Prof Rob Shields (Sociology/Art and Design, University of Alberta)

Alan Latham (Geography, UCL)


How is a city on Baffin Island, an arctic capital even, changing Arctic sovereignties? Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut, in Canada’s high Arctic, is a point of contact between traditional circumpolar Inuit mobilities and newer global flows and knowledge constructions.

This talk considers the emergence and impact of Iqaluit as a cultural and political centre for notions of sovereignty and metropolitan visions of the Arctic as a white wilderness.