WS8: The Arctic seen with Indigenous Eyes: perspectives on rights, environment and future

Published: 8 October 2018

Chairs 

May-Britt Öhman (Luleå University of Technology): may-britt.ohman@ltu.se  
Lovisa Solbär (ARCUM/Umeå University)

The Arctic is currently undergoing a vast and rapid transformation through on the one hand climate change and on the other industrial exploitations, both affecting livelihoods and cultures. Different visions of sustainable futures collide and clash; perspectives on what long-term sustainability should look like are vigorously debated.  

The International community of Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars seek to define and evolve the field of Indigenous scholarship in various ways and meet under the field name of “Indigenous studies”. While a widely diverse field, with many disciplines coming together, the common denominator is a strong focus on Indigenous peoples’ own aspirations, values and perspectives and thereby developing supporting research theories, methodologies and education. Ethically sustainable research relationships with Indigenous communities and individuals are a crucial aspect. This WS will focus on Indigenous peoples’ perspectives on nature, environment, climate change and thereto linked subject matters. 

The WS welcomes papers that:  

  • Examine potentials for influence and agency from Indigenous peoples on environmental policies, scientific studies, technological constructions, industrial exploitations and climate change in the Arctic region.  
  • Discuss impacts of natural resource management/extraction on Indigenous livelihoods
  • Discuss what Indigenous Studies and Environmental Social Sciences and Humanities may bring to the Arctic communities and vice versa.
  • Discuss case studies and ongoing actions by Indigenous peoples and activists with the aim to protect lands and waters.  
  • Discuss methodologies and ethical approaches beneficial for Indigenous communities
  • Focus on Indigenous rights (land-use rights, self-determination etc.)
  • Propose new ways to approach the themes mentioned above  

We look forward to discussions of papers from a wide spectrum of disciplines, including social sciences, humanities and law, as well as Indigenous studies with local, regional, national and even global perspectives. Comparative studies on any of these levels are welcomed.