Aktasne – Together

Sámi conference in Umeå, March 9th-11th 2016. 

Following on from the highly successful conference, Oovtâst – Together. New concepts, theories and methodologies on Sami studies that was held in Enare, Finland, the Department of Language Studies, Umeå University together with Vaartoe Centre for Sami research, and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) are happy to announce the second triennial Aktasne – Together:  New concepts, theories and methodologies on Saami studies conference.

Call for papers

The conference on Sami studies will bring researchers, students and policy makers together to create a platform for dynamic and constructive debate, networking and research initiation. The conference focuses on current Sami research with an emphasis on
(1) Traditional Knowledge and Cultural Expressions
(2) Education, Language and Revitalisation
(3) Global challenges, sustainability and livelihood
(4) Decolonization and self-determination.

Through these themes we will provide a multidisciplinary venue to generate constructive debate and explore new thoughts, and directions around methodological, conceptual and epistemological approaches to Sami studies. This specialist conference offers opportunities for Sami study research to enter into dialogue with decision-makers, and the general public. The Sami languages and English are the languages of the conference.

Keynote speakers:
Professor Gunvor Guttorm, Sámi University College, Kautokeino, Norway Professor Nancy Hornberger, University of Pennsylvania, USA.
Professor Sari Pietikäinen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Associate Professor Jacinta Ruru, University of Otago, New Zealand Hanna Outakoski, Umeå University, Sweden
Dr Per Sandström, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden Dr Anna-Lill Ledman, Umeå University, Sweden

Abstract deadline for papers and poster presentations: Sunday October 4th 2015. Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words, written in English or in some Sami language (accompanied by a simple English translation), and emailed to: aktasne@umu.se. Send your abstract together with information on how you want to be contacted in case your presentation is accepted to the conference. Also, inform us under which main theme you want to place your paper/presentation. You are welcome to send us several abstracts in case you are doing multidisciplinary research

Organizing committee:
Hanna Outakoski, Language Studies, UMU
Isabelle, Brännlund, Vaartoe- CESAM, UMU
Kirk P.H. Sullivan, Language Studies, UMU
Coppélie Cocq, HUMLAB, UMU
Göran Sjöberg, SLU

See the Conference website for more information


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