Organicism as the methodology of integration of natural sciences and humanities in the study of cold

Theme 4. Education
Session Name 4.12 Creating knowledge and developing practices:Arctic citizen science in quality education and decent work
Presentation Type Oral
Author(s) Uliana Vinokurova (Arctic State Institute of Culture and Arts, Russian Federation), Audra-Kristina Zabulionite (Saint-Petersburg State University, Russian Federation), Daria Burnasheva (University of Warsaw, Poland)
Abstract text

We will present the project proposal submitted to the Russian Foundation for Fundamental Research. The project aims to search the ways for stabilisation and growth of the Arctic population using the integrative theories.


Key issue of the project is the cold which is most widely studied in relation to medical and biological aspects. The focus will be on its social aspect which lacks thorough academic study. We develop the organicist approach which offers scope for integration of natural sciences and humanities in the studies of impact of the cold on human. We employ the indigenous methodology to develop the alternative way of thinking and insider perspective to the phenomenon of the cold. 


In line with this approach, the project aims to challenge the established ‘outsider’ perception of the cold as a predominantly negative factor which prevents the human development in the Arctic. It argues that the cold influences the education and socialisation of northeners and should thus be regarded as a perspective that can unfold their human potential. 


We use the ontology of Whole which allows to develop the perspectives for human and natural co-evolution in the Arctic. 


The research project is thus a statement of how we should be studying the cold in relation to human and his culture. Our intent is to open up new opportunities for inquiry.

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