Arctic Sustainable Futures?

28 - 29 aug. 2013, 09:00
Luleå, Hus A, A3024
Gratis (Lunch och middag på egen bekostnad)
Publicerad: 9 januari 2018

Invitation to participate at the international symposium. Arctic Sustainable Futures? – Visions and Perspectives from Indigenous Studies and Peoples.

The Arctic is currently undergoing a vast and rapid transformation through climate change and industrial exploitations, affecting livelihoods and cultures. Different visions of sustainable futures collide and clash; perspectives on what long-term sustainability should look like are vigorously debated. Whose perspectives are valued and prioritised? How can Indigenous experiences of and perspectives on sustainability be included into policymaking?

Whereas Indigenous persons have been active within academia far longer than this – for instance Sámi individuals have been educated at university level since the 17th century and the first PhD in the field of Sámi Studies was defended in 1943 (I. Ruong)  - Indigenous Studies as an academic field on an international level is considered to be around fifty years of age.

The International community of Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars seek to define and evolve the field of Indigenous scholarship in various ways The common denominator is however 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 crucial.

Leading countries in the field are Canada, the USA, New Zealand, and Australia. In FennoScandinavia the field is acknowledged, including both education and research, mainly in Norway and Finland. In Sweden, while Sámi Studies is established at certain universities, the wider field as described above is still in its very beginning.

This symposium will

  • Bring together prominent international scholars from Canada, Australia, and Sweden to share experiences and develop networks;
  • Discuss what Indigenous Studies could bring to the Arctic communities in general and to  Luleå University of Technology, inhabitants in Norrbotten county and Luleå in particular;
  • Promote the establishment of Indigenous Studies at Luleå University of Technology, as being the northernmost Swedish university, located in Sápmi – Sábme.

Organised by:

Unit of History, Luleå University of Technology, in collaboration with Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University and Sámeednama friddja universitehta – Sámi Land Free University.

Co-sponsored by:

The research node Science, Validation, Partial perspectives: Knowledge production beyond the norms, Uppsala University and Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta, Canada. Main organiser is Dr May-Britt Öhman, Unit of History, LTU; Centre for Gender Research and CEMFOR, Uppsala University; and Sámeednama friddja universitehta.

Plats och program

Plats: Luleå Tekniska Universitet, Luleå, rum A3024. Ingång närmast från Tekniktorget, Hus A. 

Program (may be subject to changes) 


Opening and Welcome


Åsa Wallström,  Head of the Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences

Roine Viklund,  Subject Coordinator,  Unit of History, LTU


Opening address


May-Britt Öhman, Unit of History, LTU; CfG, Uppsala University and Sámeednama friddja universitehta – Sámi Land Free University

The Arctic, Sámeednama friddja universitehta, and the importance of combining Indigenous Studies with Technoscience Studies




Adam Gaudry, Elaine Alexie , Faculty of Native Studies,  Univ. of Alberta, Canada

Land-based Learning in Teetł’it Zheh: Thinking About and Practicing Community-Engaged Research in the Canadian Arctic


Coffee break






Henrik Andersson,  Gällivare Forest Sámi Village

Reindeer herding in the coastal area – Luleå archipelago








Frances Wyld, Univ. of Adelaide and Sámeednama friddja universitehta – Sámi Land Free University

Into the Landscape: Three Stories from an Australian Indigenous Curriculum Developer




Curt Persson, Unit of History, LTU

”Educated porters – in the shadow of fame”: Indigenous Sámi and Tornedalians role in early scientific explorations and mining prospecting in the north of Sweden




Christina Allard, Law, LTU

Scandinavian jurisdictions and recognition of Sami rights – the hidden reality


Coffee break






Roine Viklund,  Unit of History, LTU

Changing place – how place attachment affects identity in times of change




Lars Elenius,  Unit of History, LTU

The encounter of Finns and Sámi in northern Fennoscandinavia




Lena Maria Nilsson, Arcum, Arctic Research Centre at Umeå University and Kristina Sehlin MacNeil, Vaartoe – Centre for Sami Research, Umeå University

Teaching community based participatory research from a multi-perspective approach




Panel discussion on  Indigenous studies and Indigenous Perspectives




End of symposium




For registered participants – please register latest by January 21st