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Special Territorial Status

and Extraterritoriality

20-24 January 2019, Longyearbyen, Svalbard

This conference explores tangible consequences of territories subject to exceptional forms of governance or jurisdiction: enclaves and exclaves, autonomous zones, reservations, reserves, domestic dependent sovereignties, export processing zones, sham federacies, subnational island jurisdictions, overseas territories, military installations, protectorates, realms, free-trade zones, and any other forms of specially designated territory, the status of which creates identifiable outcomes. These outcomes include (but are not limited to) territorially conditioned differentiations in: economic policies and practices; inward or outward migration; culture, language, and traditions; health; Indigenous self-determination; military alliances and installations; scientific and research practices; environmental issues; jurisdictional capacity; and diplomatic or paradiplomatic practices.

How to make a presentation.

This interdisciplinary conference welcomes presentations addressing any region of the world as well as innovative perspectives that highlight the complex intersections of multiple peoples, places, and polities.

To propose a presentation, please fill out this presentation proposal form, and e-mail it to Write ‘Abstract for Special Territorial Status’ in the subject line of the e-mail.

If you have any questions, e-mail convenor Zachary Androus (

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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-Ålesund hosts research stations from more than a dozen countries. The polar night, when the sun never breaches the horizon, lasts from late October until mid-February.

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 22-23 January at Radisson Blu Polar Hotel Spitsbergen. Registration covers five dinners and all conference activities.

Convenor: Zachary Androus


The final deadline for registration is 31 October.

Categories of registration.

Full Conference: Covers attendance at all conference events: 5 dinners (20-24 January), excursions on 21 and 24 January, and conference presentations on 22-23 January. Registration fee: 5500 Danish kroner.

Accompanying Delegate: Covers attendance at 5 dinners (20-24 January) and excursions on 21 and 24 January. Does not cover conference presentations on 22-23 January. (Only open to individuals accompanying another delegate.) Registration fee: 4900 Danish kroner.


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-mail convenor Zachary Androus ( with the precise nights of your stay.

If you have any questions regarding payment or are unable to pay the registration fee using PayPal, please write to

Register for Special Territorial Status and Extraterritoriality.

Prices are in Danish kroner: 10 kroner = approx. 1.3 euro.

Full Conference


Accompanying Delegate


Single Room, 5 nights, 20-24 Jan.


Double Room, 5 nights, 20-24 Jan.


Single Room, 1 night


Double Accommodation, 1 night