Thursday, 10 October 2013

Field Trip to the Solovetskii Islands - August 2013

Monastery on Solovki - photo by Abi Sutton
In August, Network partners and invited specialists participated in a field trip to the Solovetskii Islands in the White Sea. These islands have a unique flora and fauna and have been inhabited since pre-history, hosting, among others, a fishing community, an Orthodox monastery and the first Soviet labour camp (gulag). The islands are designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offer rich materials to investigate the relationship between state, society, culture, religion and nature, and the role of science and technology, in Russia’s Arctic region.

The programme for the trip, together with essays and photos by participants, can be found at: 

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