The term ‘art’ should be interpreted broadly to include, for example, design, crafts, indigenous making, media and product or service design. Proposals for chapters are sought for this book, which will focus on the general theme of New Genre Arctic Art Education beyond Borders’.

We are interested in submissions that investigate art and art education practices and discuss the potential of contemporary arts for the Arctic region. The socio- and ecocultural challenges facing the Arctic region call for innovative responses. The concept of new genre Arctic art refers to Indigenous and other artistic expressions, interventions, and new forms of crafts and cultural heritage that share interests in the Arctic’s material culture and handcraft skills. In addition, we seek present- and future-oriented chapters on, for example, art and art and culture education related to the new genre Arctic art. We especially welcome your visions and insights that challenge the notion of ‘borders’.

Contributions are invited that critically reflect on, for example:

  • Exploration of the metaphorical notion of borders in the North and Arctic as related to art, craft, design and visual culture education.
  • The challenges facing the natural world in the North and subsequent social and cultural implications.
  • Reports of locally appropriate solutions, with a focus on the wider perspective of collaborative practices in design, art, research and education in the Arctic and Northern regions.
  • Context-sensitive research methods as they relate to art, design, craft and education.
  • Questions of ‘borders’ in arts, culture and education from the perspectives of the needs, rights and responsibilities of northern and Arctic communities, including Indigenous peoples.
  • Borders between formal and informal education sectors, traditional and contemporary art practices or the opportunities presented by technological advances.
  • Post-humanist perspectives related to art in the Arctic and the Circumpolar North.
  • Consideration of responsible, ethical, ecological, economic and social models of art, design and education to meet the challenges and possibilities caused by the North and the Arctic conditions.

About the Relate North series

This book will be number eleven in the Relate North series connected to the Arctic Sustainable Arts & Design (ASAD) Thematic Network of the University of Arctic and the fourth to be published by InSEA Publications. The Relate North series explores and shares contemporary practices in arts-based research and academic knowledge exchange in arts, design and visual culture education. Each volume consists of peer-reviewed chapters. The series interests academic researchers, artists, designers, art educators and practice-based researchers. This call is for contributions to the latest book, scheduled for publication in late 2024.

To download previous volumes of Relate North, go to:

Submission and review process, timeline

In the first instance, the editors invite the submission of a synopsis (abstract) of the proposed contribution (no more than 500 words). Deadline for submission of a synopsis is:  Monday 29 January 2024

Synopsis should be emailed to all editors Timo Jokela, Maria Huhmarniemi and Kathryn Burnett:;;

  • Editors select synopses.
  • The InSEA Publications Board will review the synopses and notify editors by Monday 4 March 2024.
  • Editors invite authors to write chapters for the next stage (editorial review).
  • All contributors should note that the final deadline for full manuscripts is Monday 11 May 2024.
  • After the review period (11 May – 10 June 2024) authors will get the final decision.
  • Autumn 2024, editing and final corrections.
  • The book will be published in November 2024.

Review Policy: Double-blind review (Jufo level 1)

Guidelines for authors

  • Authors should bear in mind the overall themes of the series, Sustainable Arts and Design in the Arctic and the North when writing.
  • Complete chapters should be 5000 (+/- 10%) words (excluding references).
  • Relate North uses the APA7 author-date bibliographical referencing system. References should be listed alphabetically at the end of the paper and must adhere to APA7 conventions.
  • A short (maximum 80 words) author biographical note is also required. The article should not contain this but can be sent in the same file. It should include a contact email address and ORCID number (if applicable).
  • Do not include an abstract or keywords
  • Do not use footnotes or endnotes
  • Send text documents in Microsoft Word (.docx) format with low-resolution images embedded to show preferred position (if the chapter or visual essay is accepted, high-resolution images will be required). Authors are responsible for copyright clearance of images.
  • Articles may include between 6 and 10 illustrations (Figures, drawings, etc.). Please prioritise all the illustrations with numbers. This will give us flexibility in working with the layout. The final images may be in TIFF, PNG or JPG format (300 dpi, 145mm/1740 pixel width). Title all the files with your full name and Figure number.

Potential authors may want to consult the previous issues:

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About the publisher

InSEA publications has published the last four  books in the Relate North series. The publisher does not charge an article handling fee (unlike many), but it is a condition of publication that authors of chapters accepted after peer review, become InSEA members (

If the chapter is accepted for publication, authors must be, or agree to become, members of InSEA.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Timo Jokela:

Maria Huhmarniemi:

Kathryn Burnett: