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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.

Presentations last 15 minutes and will be followed by around 5 minutes’ question time. The deadline for abstracts is 30 June 2018. You can submit your abstract here. The deadline for early registration is 31 July, and the final deadline registration 31 October.

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: 1) a trip to an ice cave and 2) a trip out into the polar night by dog sled (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.