General Description

ICASS X will open on 15 June 2020. The Congress will open with a welcome from officials and Indigenous leaders. Opening remarks will be made by NARFU President, IASSA President and other dignitaries. The participants will also be welcomed by Indigenous leaders and by a cultural event representing Indigenous and local cultures of the host region.  

Each day will have a theme. Most days will begin with a plenary session in which a keynote speaker or panel will address the participants on some aspect of Arctic social sciences and humanities research. Plenary round tables will also be held.

IASSA’s General Assembly will take place on June 18th. Only active members will be eligible to vote.

Much of the conference will be devoted to thematic sessions, in which presenters will give their papers, with time for questions and discussion at the end of each session. Session organizers will provide introductions and commentary. A poster session will also be scheduled.

ICASS X will also host a town hall to discuss the future of Arctic social sciences and humanities in the next five to ten years and start preparations for ICARP IV in 2025. Originally started in the United States, Arctic Horizons (Anderson et al., 2018) brought together members of the Arctic social science and indigenous communities to reassess the goals, potentials, and needs of these diverse communities in respect to research priorities. The townhall at ICASS X will provide an opportunity for social sciences and humanities scholars from around the world to reflect on research priorities in Arctic research.

Time has been allocated for side meetings for various research projects, organizations (e.g. IASC Social & Human Sciences Working Group) and initiatives (e.g., the International Polar Initiative, Arctic Horizons, and Women in the Arctic). Time has also been set aside for meetings with representatives of funding agencies (e.g. NSF, SSHRC). The Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) has already indicated its plans to hold workshops at the Congress.

The IASSA Award, which is granted in recognition for sustained and significant contribution to Arctic Social Sciences and Humanities, will be presented at the ICASS Banquet on 18 June.  A call for nominations will be circulated in the Spring/Summer issue of IASSA’s newsletter, Northern Notes, allowing for all members to nominate persons for this award. The call is posted on the IASSA website.  


Day 1: 15 June (Monday): Russia’s Arctic Throughout Generations 

Conference Registration

Opening Session/ Welcoming Speeches: TBD (with translation)

Keynote 1 TBD: (with translation):

Major Research Project Roundtable


Concurrent Sessions block 1

Concurrent Sessions block 2

Reserved slot for Side Meetings

Excursion: City of Arkhangelsk

Welcome reception at NARFU 

Day 2: 16 June (Tuesday): Theme: Indigenous Peoples and Indigenous Knowledge in the Arctic

Plenary Session – Keynote Panel 2: TBD (with translation): Indigenous knowledge

Concurrent Sessions block 3


Major Research Project Roundtable: Indigenous Knowledge in the Arctic

concurrent Sessions block 4

Concurrent Sessions block 5

Reserved slot for Side Meetings (SDWG)

Poster session

Film Festival (TBC)

Day 3: 17 June (Wednesday) Theme: International Cooperation in the Global Arctic  

Concurrent Sessions block 6

Concurrent Sessions  block 7


Concurrent Sessions  block 8

Reserved slot for Side Meetings: Artic Science Ministerial 3 Townhall

Excursion/cultural event/reception: Malye Korely (Open-air museum)

Day 4: 18 June (Thursday): IASSA Generations: celebrating the 30th Anniversary of IASSA 

Plenary Session –  Keynote Panel 3 (with translation): 

IASSA General Assembly & Elections (with translation):


Concurrent Sessions block 9

Concurrent Sessions block 10

Banquet (and IASSA Award presentation), performance

Day 5: 19 June (Friday): IASSA Future

Plenary Session IASSA/Future  

Concurrent Sessions block 11


Concurrent Sessions block 12

Closing Ceremony (with translation)

New/Old IASSA Council Meeting/Dinner

Day 6: June 20 (Saturday)

Tours and other local events (separate program): Solovetsky Islands, etc. (not included in Congress registration)