The International Scientific and Practical Conference “Polar Readings” is held every year on the eve of the Icebreaker festival on the Neva River. The world’s first Icebreaker festival took place in 2014 under the leadership of the working group responsible for organising the “Polar Readings” conference.
The theme of the Polar Readings conference changes every year. Each year’s theme is carefully chosen as to reflect the most pressing issues in the world of polar studies.
The conference’s main focus is on historical and cultural research, nevertheless, the chosen topics are not limited to these two subjects. This two-day conference brings together researchers, various specialists, and many interested listeners. All the research and presentations are published in the conference proceedings after the conference. Several thematic exhibitions are also held during the conference.
- Polar Readings 2013: «Severnaya Zemlya Archipelago: Discovery, Research, and Modernity (100th anniversary of Boris Vilkitsky scientific expedition)»
- Polar Readings 2014: «Russia’s Icebreakers Fleet: History and Development Prospects»
- Polar Readings 2015: «The Arctic during the Great Patriotic War»
- Polar Readings 2016: «Cultural Heritage in the Arctic: Study, Conservation, and Promotion»
- Polar Readings 2017: «Museums in the Arctic and Arctic in the Museums»
- Polar Readings 2018: «Practices and Equipment in Arctic Exploration»
- Polar Readings 2019: «Practices and equipment in Arctic exploration»
- Polar Readings 2020:«State and public organisations in the management of the Arctic: past, present, future»
- Polar Readings 2021: «Art exploration of the Arctic: Polar Regions in culture, art and philosophy»
Partners of the «Polar readings» conferences
- PAO Sovcomflot,
- ZAO SMM,
- State Museum for the Arctic and Antarctic,
- St. Petersburg Committee for Arctic Affairs,
- Association «Maritime Heritage»
Polar Readings – 2022
The next Polar readings (2022) will be devoted to the history and modern vector of international cooperation in the Arctic and Antarctic, international projects for the study and development of the Polar Regions. The topic is connected with the fact that since 2021 Russia has been chairing the Arctic Council and will work in the direction of “responsible governance for a sustainable Arctic”.
Specialists, researchers of the Arctic and Antarctic from research institutes, archives, museums, libraries, representatives of state and public organizations are invited to participate in the conference.
In this regard, on May 18-20, 2022 on the eve of Russian Polar Explorer’s Day (May 21) in St. Petersburg on the basis of the Arctic and Antarctic research Institute will be held the next “Polar readings”.
The conference is hosted jointly by the Museum and Exhibition Center for Technical and Technological Development of the Arctic (Arctic Museum and Exhibition Center) and the State Scientific Center “Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute.”
- St. Petersburg Arctic Affairs Committee;
- Branch of the Museum of the World Ocean in St. Petersburg – “Icebreaker Krasin “;
- Russian State Museum of the Arctic and Antarctic;
- Maritime Heritage Association;
- PJSC Sovcomflot;
- ZAO “SMM”.
The following areas expected for the conference:
- History of international scientific cooperation in the polar regions.
- History and prospects of international cooperation at drifting stations.
- History of major international initiatives of scientific cooperation in the Polar Regions (IPG, MGG, MGSS, etc.).
- History of international expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctica.
- History of international Arctic development projects. International cooperation on the development of transport routes. International cooperation in the field of industry.
- History of international cooperation in the polar regions on aviation and space.
- Development of international institutions and tools for managing and coordinating activities in the polar regions: past, present and future.
- History of international environmental activities in the Arctic and Antarctic.
- The history of international demarcation in the polar regions.
- History of military operations in the polar regions.
- Cooperation projects in the field of culture, art and sports in the polar regions.
- Development of international polar tourism: past, present and future.
- History of international cooperation of the indigenous peoples of the Arctic.
- Comparative analysis of various aspects of international cooperation in the Arctic and in the Antarctic.
Based on the materials of the conference, the publication of the collection is planned.
The deadline for submitting applications for participation and abstracts (up to 500 words) is until March 1, 2022. In the application for participation in the conference, please include the title of the report, your coordinates (place of work, position, academic degree and title, phone, fax, and e-mail). Abstracts will be published on the Polar Readings website. With the application and abstracts, the manuscripts are accepted for publication. The final submission deadline is June 1, 2022
Requirements for Submitting Articles
Papers are accepted prior to each year’s conference. The application for participation in the conference, please include the name of the report.Texts of the reports up to 15 pages in Word, font Times New Roman, size 12, interval 1,5. Black-and-white photographs, drawings, charts in JPEG format (minimum 300 dpi), no more than 5 fig.; with a legend under each figure; within the text should be indicated by reference to the fig., eg. (photo 1). Links and references are made using footnotes.
Abstract: should be no more than 300 words and translated into English. It should also include title of the article, the author's data, abstract and keywords.
The final deadline for submitting the texts of articles is July 1, 2022.
Acceptance is contingent on the final article meeting peer-review standards and, with regards to consistency with the themes outlined in the submitted abstract, and the organising committee approval of the article. Examples of accepted publications from previous conferences can be found here.