The Inuit Studies Conferences began in 1978 in Quebec City when members of the Inuksiutii Katimajiit invited scholars to meet and share their research concerning Inuit. This meeting has met every two years since then in different cities worldwide. In 2012 the 18th ISC will be hosted by The Arctic Studies Center at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. The Smithsonian Institution has contributed to over 160 years of northern studies through research and collecting northern materials, with an emphasis on exhibitions, publications, and public education. The meeting will be held in close proximity to government, foundations, and international agencies, making the historic district of Washington, DC an ideal location for the 18th Inuit Studies Conference. This is the first time the conference will be held in the contiguous United States.

Conference Sub-Themes
  • Heritage Museums and the North
  • Globalization: An Arctic Story
  • Power, Governance and Politics in the North
  • The ‘New’ Arctic: Social, Cultural and Climate Change
  • Inuit Education, Health, Language, and Literature
  • Visual Anthropology, Film and Media
  • Perceptions of the past, a more inclusive archaeology

Please contact Lauren Marr at the Arctic Studies
Center for additional information:
National Museum of Natural History
PO Box 37012
Anthropology Department, MRC 112
Washington, DC 20013-7012