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Special Territorial Status
Exceptional Sovereignties and Sovereign Exceptions
Territorially based sovereign states are commonly presented as the basic, fundamental units of the international political world system, and they clearly represent powerful, even dominant, forces in global institutions of governance. But the world is also replete with myriad cases that defy the presumed logic of state sovereignty as the elemental operating unit of the global political system. Certain contexts for extraterritorial legal jurisdiction over individuals or places, and the corresponding immunity from local laws, are well-
These extraterritoriality practices take a wide range of forms including, but not limited to, enclave and exclave states, protectorates, realms, dominions, and overseas territories; self-
About Longyearbyen, Svalbard.
Longyearbyen (population 2200) is the world’s northernmost town, the main settlement in the vast Svalbard archipelago. Svalbard is under Norwegian jurisdiction and is administered by a Governor appointed by the Norwegian state. Nevertheless, the terms of the Svalbard Treaty (1920) have placed significant limits on Norway’s ability to control immigration to and economic activity in this distant territory. Longyearbyen is home to residents of over 40 nationalities, Russia runs the mining town of Barentsburg, and the settlement at Ny-
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About the conference.
Delegates will arrive in Longyearbyen on 20 January. On 21 and 24 January, delegates will take excursions out into Svalbard’s spectacular Arctic landscape and industrial heritage: 1) a trip into the polar night by dog sled and 2) a visit to one of Longyearbyen’s old coal mines. (The precise excursions are subject to weather.) Conference presentations by delegates will be held on 22-
How to make a presentation.
This interdisciplinary conference welcomes presentations from any scholarly or performative discipline, or from individuals or collectivities with direct experiences, that address the creation, evolution, or destruction of any special territorial status or condition of extraterritoriality, or address identifiable consequences, outcomes, or results of such a designation, whether tangible or intangible, material, social, economic, political, cultural, philosophical, or otherwise. Possible topics include, but are by no means limited to, territorially conditioned differentiations in economic policies and practices; effects on inward or outward migration; culture, language, and traditions; health; Indigenous self-
To propose a presentation, please fill out this presentation proposal form, and e-
If you have any questions, e-
Convenor: Zachary Androus
The final deadline for registration is 31 October.
Categories of registration.
Full Conference: Covers attendance at all conference events: 5 dinners (20-
Accompanying Delegate: Covers attendance at 5 dinners (20-
We can offer special room rates (approx. 20% discount) at the conference venue, Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen. The special rates include breakfast and WiFi. We strongly recommend that delegates book their rooms directly through Island Dynamics. Accommodation must be booked by the 31 October 2018 at the latest.
We recommend that you arrive on 20 January and depart on 25 January. You can either book these accommodation nights in particular or select an appropriate number of single nights using the form to the right. (If selecting an appropriate number of single nights, please e-
If you have any questions regarding payment or are unable to pay the registration fee using PayPal, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register for Special Territorial Status and Extraterritoriality.
Prices are in Danish kroner: 10 kroner = approx. 1.3 euro.