CFP: Climate Change & Health Adaptation in the Circumpolar North

Folks, I’m organizing a session at the ICASS 2014 conference and would love you to submit. See below for details.

Deadline Extended: Call for Papers for ICASS VIII Session: Climate Change and Health Adaptation in the Circumpolar North

Local observations and scientific monitoring have documented rapid changes in climate and environment throughout the Circumpolar North. Recent evidence has demonstrated that these changes are negatively impacting the health of some Circumpolar peoples, causing an increased frequency and distribution of foodborne, waterborne, and vectorborne diseases, increased respiratory challenges from changing air quality; increased incidences of heat stroke and sunburns; increased mortality and morbidity from changing travel conditions and extreme weather events; disruptions to food security and nutritional intake; and negative implications for mental and emotional health and well-being. Finding ways to adapt to the health effects of climate change, then, is a priority.  Recognizing these needs, a special session on Climate Change and Health Adaptation in the Circumpolar North is being organized for the 8th International Congress on Arctic Social Sciences at the University of Northern British Columbia, May 22nd to 26th.

This session aims to bring together diverse and multidisciplinary participants and presentations to discuss the numerous ways that climate change is, or is likely to, impact on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health of Circumpolar peoples, with a particular focus on highlighting locally-appropriate health adaptation strategies. Participation from Circumpolar Indigenous peoples, community-based participatory projects, and those working in policy are particularly encouraged. Please see the attached CFP for more details.

Please email abstracts (150 words max) to session organizers, Ashlee Cunsolo Willox ( and Eleanor Stephenson ( by Monday, December 9, 2013.  

Please note: if chosen for this session, you will then have to submit an abstract to the ICASS conference organizers by December 17, 2013, following their directions, and indicating that you are part of the Climate Change and Health Adaptation in the Circumpolar North session.  Please visit the ICASS Website for more information.

Click here for detailed CFP

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