Rasism mot samer – en kartläggning

Under 2018 genomförs vid Vaartoe (Centrum för samisk forskning), en kartläggning om rasism mot samer i Sverige. Detta ingår i ett projekt som finansieras av Sametinget och som kommer att rapporteras under hösten, i form av en rapport och av ett dialogseminarium.

Projektledaren är Tobias Poggats och jag ingår i arbetsgruppen tillsammans med mina kollegor från Umeå Universitet Patrik Lantto, Per Axelsson och Jon Petter Stoor.

Rasism mot samer i Sverige finns, som t.ex. Sameradions kampanj 2017 under ledning av journalisten Katarina Hällgren, kunde ge konkreta exempel på. Dock saknas det kunskaper om var, hur och när rasismen förekommer samt om dess konsekvenser. Kartläggningen som nu genomförs hoppas kunna bidra till bättre kunskap, föreslå åtgärder samt utgöra ett underlag för vidare undersökningar och forskning om rasism mot samer.




Poster: Linguistic Landscapes

Next week, I will participate to the conference on Digital Humanities “DH Benelux” in Amsterdam.

I will present a poster about our project on linguistic landscape (see here for an early presentation of the project). It develops slowly since we are still applying for fundings, but the DH Benelux conference will be a good opportunity to present and receive feedback and new input.

The Societal Dimensions of Sámi Research

The website for The Societal Dimension of Sámi Research together with Tromsø University is now up and will continue to be updated with research activities and publications. The project is funded by the Norwegian Research Council.

Within this project, I have the responsibility for a Work Package about “Nordic Media as a Field for Negotiating Scholarly Knowledge on the Sámi” that explores how knowledge, produced by scholars working with Sámi issues, is articulated, transformed or omitted through the channels of digital media. How do images and discourses in media affect researchers’ focus and results, and thus the professional and disseminated understandings of Sámi pasts and presents?

Beside this responsible for a work package, I will of course contribute with publications, participation to research activities and editor.

The Inheritance of the Digital

A new issue of the journal Cultural Analysis – for which I serve as guest editor – is now out. This special issue is concerned with timely topics in digital ethnology and folklore. I contributed also with an article about the negotiation of authority through digital use. It is available online in open access here.


Legend tradition on Facebook

New publication!

I have recently published an article about Easter legend tradition on Facebook, co-written with my colleague Fredrik Skott from the Institute for Language and Folklore.

The article discusses in what ways social media can be an arena for folk narratives and for research on traditional legends. It is in Swedish and published in Tidskrift för kulturforskning. But we have plans to publish a version in English…




Digital humaniora blinda fläck, eller, vad kan etnografi bidra med?

Mitt bidrag till antologin “Digital humaniora – humaniora i en digital tid” (Daidalos 2017) har nu publicerats. Jag skriver tillsammans med min kollega Anna Johansson om behovet av etnologiska och etiska perspektiv i forskning om och med digitala data. Texten bygger på min forskning om sociala medier med perspektiv från urfolksstudier. Boken finns tyvärr inte online men går att beställa här.


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Indigenous dimensions of sustainability

The French Institute and Umeå University organize the French-Swedish Research Day 2017, focusing this year on Sustainable Development Goals (see JFSR 2017 prog final).

I have been invited as keynote speaker and my talk presents Indigenous dimensions of sustainability: toward sustainable solutions in the Arctic. 

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Mapping Multilingualism

This week, I was invited as a guest scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and gave a talk about my project about the linguistic landscape of Northern Sweden.

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My stay at UW-Madison is also the opportunity to do some work on my book project about Sámi media and to keep in touch with friends and colleagues in Madison, where I spent time as a PhD student in 2006 and 2007.

Sami Media for Representation, Resistance and Revitalization

My contribution to the Annual Meeting for the American Folklore Society (Minneapolis, October 18-21), is about Language and Self-Representation in Participatory Media. It is part of my ongoing book project about Sámi media.  See abstract below and follow the links if you want to know more about the conference!


Revitalizing Media? Language and Self-Representation in Participatory Media
This presentation examines the use of participatory media for promoting languages and for sharing knowledge about Sámi life and culture. Examining initiatives of Sámi institutions and actors, this paper discusses media use from the perspective of communication and empowerment. Further, this presentation reflects upon the role and impact of participatory media for revitalization. Given the combination of a vivid context for reassessing Indigenous identities and a high degree of digital literacy and internet access, Sápmi represents an ideal vantage point for the broader study of the potential of internet for indigenous communities, and its role in Indigenous contexts.

Narrating Climate Change

New publication!

My article about narratives of climate change in Swedish and Sámi media – written together with my colleague Daniel Andersson – has now been published in the journal Narrative Works.

In the article, we take a narrative approach to Swedish media texts regarding farming, forestry, and Sami livelihoods. The main purpose is to illuminate how a master narrative on climate change is shaped, activated, and put into practice in different ways in different settings and contexts. The study discusses the complex interplay between different levels of narratives and the narrative dynamics that influence and shape collective representations of climate change. We discern a narrative level that does not explicitly challenge the master narrative, but operationalizes it in close relation to cultural contexts and specific goals, resulting in what we call conventionalized narratives.

This article is part of a project that Daniel and I conducted 2012-2015.