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The Inuit Studies Conferences began in 1978 in Quebec City when members of the Inuksiutiit Katijamiit Association invited scholars to share their research concerning Inuit. Since then the ISC meeting has met every two years in different cities worldwide.

The Arctic Studies Center at the Smithsonian Institution will host the 18th The Inuit Studies Conference in Washington, DC from October 24 to October 28, 2012. The event will take place across the Smithsonian Campus and will coincide with a number of Northern-themed exhibitions across the institution.

For more than 160 years, The Smithsonian Institution has contributed to northern studies through research and collecting northern materials, with an emphasis on exhibitions, publications, and public education. Proximity to government, foundations, and international agencies, makes the historic district of Washington, DC an ideal location for the 18th Inuit Studies Conference.

The biennial Inuit Studies Conference serves the critical function of drawing together scholars and Inuit representatives to share research results in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, linguistics, political governance, environmental science, health, education, and culture.


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