Jeppe Strandbjerg publishes an article in Tidsskriftet Politik

Geopolitik, naturlige grænser og “kartopolitik” i Arktis


Geopolitik, naturlige grænser og “kartopolitik” i Arktis

Drawing on insights from Critical Geopolitics and the science studies of Bruno Latour, this article argues

that geopolitics in the Arctic today is not only a question of interstate competition but also a struggle about

how to define space. If we challenge the notion of geography as being something given or natural, geographical

space itself becomes a contested phenomenon. With such a perspective, it appears that there is a more

profound geopolitical struggle taking place between indigenous people, represented in this article by the

Inuit Circumpolar Council, and states, than there is between states. I introduce the term ‘cartopolitics’ to

describe the way in which cartography and measurement establish a particular spatial reality that is necessary

for international law to function in relation to sovereignty claims made by Arctic states. In contrast to this

scientific rationality of space, the Inuit have laid claim to a different spatiality characterized by shared use and

movement across ice. By implication we must recognize this contest over spatiality as a geopolitical struggle

that is as important for life in the Arctic as the one that takes place between states only.


Jeppe Strandsbjerg: Geopolitik, naturlige grænser og “kartopolitik” i Arktis, i Tidsskriftet Politik nr. 1, årg. 14, 2011. ISSN 1604-0058


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