Category Archives: Publications

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.


Exploitation or Preservation? Your Choice!

New publication!

My chapter ” Exploitation or Preservation? Your Choice! Digital Modes of Expressing Perceptions of Nature and the Land” is now available for reading (open access). It is published in the book The Environment in the Age of the Internet. Activists, Communication, and the Digital Landscape (Ed. Heike Graf, Open Book Publishers).

You can read below the information posted by the publisher about the book. See Open Book Publishers for accessing the pdf or if you wish to order a copy!


This timely and necessary book examines the impact of digital media on how we talk about the environment. The Environment in the Age of the Internet is an interdisciplinary collection that draws together research and answers from media and communication studies, social sciences, modern history, and folklore studies. Edited by Heike Graf, its focus is on the communicative approaches taken by different groups to ecological issues, shedding light on how these groups tell their distinctive stories of “the environment”. This book draws on case studies from around the world and focuses on activists of radically different kinds: protestors against pulp mills in South America, resistance to mining in the Sámi region of Sweden, the struggles of indigenous peoples from the Arctic to the Amazon, gardening bloggers in northern Europe, and neo-Nazi environmentalists in Germany. Each case is examined in relation to its multifaceted media coverage, mainstream and digital, professional and amateur.

Stories are told within a context; examining the “what” and “how” of these environmental stories demonstrates how contexts determine communication, and how communication raises and shapes awareness. These issues have never been more pressing, this work never more urgent. The Environment in the Age of the Internet is essential reading for everyone interested in how humans relate to their environment in the digital age.




Från kolonisation till gruvexploatering: Nyttoperspektiv på naturen i Sápmi förr och nu

New publication!

An article that I wrote together with my UmU colleague Daniel Andersson has now been published in the journal Kulturella Perspektiv (nr 1, 2016) in a special issue about Environmental Humanities.

The article is in Swedish and will be available as a pdf on the journal’s website in a few months.

Here follows a short abstract in English.

From Colonization to Mine Exploitation. Resource Perspectives on Nature in Sápmi Now and Then


Nature is found at the centre of important place-making processes in northern Sweden today. One example is conflicting discourses surrounding mining exploitations in reindeer herding areas. In this article, we discuss these processes in the light of the settler colonisation during approximately 1750–1850. Then, as well as now, a resource perspective on nature positions different ways of living of the lands against each other. Although the Swedish state in some regards have been replaced by global corporations, and the local people that are against the mines also turn the struggle to a global level, the situation today bears much in common with what happened during the colonisation in 18th and 19th centuries. We argue that a deeper understanding of contemporary processes – and their historical contexts – is needed in order to prevent conflicts and tensions between groups of people.



Small Data and Ethics

My article on ethics and digital data in Indigenous contexts has now been published in a volume edited Gabriele Griffin and Matt Hayler at Edinburgh University Press, Research Methods for Reading Digital Data in the Digital Humanities.  My contribution in the book discusses ethical decision-making in research processes dealing with small samples of digital data, more specifically in relation to principles defined by Indigenous methodologies.




Naturen för mig

Naturen för mig. Nutida röster och kulturella perspektiv” är en populärvetenskaplig bok som getts ut av Institutet för språk och folkminnen. Boken är även resultat av ett projekt som undersöker naturens roll för oss idag.

Jag har tillsammans med min kollega Daniel Andersson (Umeå Universitet) bidragit med ett kapitel om “Ro, trygghet och tröst: naturen som sammanhang”.



Rock Art in Sápmi: Images and Stories

Som en del av Kulturhuvudstadsåret 2014 och projektet Rock Art in Sápmi har vi gett ut en ny bok.

Rock Art in Sápmi: Images and Stories presenterar ett antal platser med för- historiska hällbilder i Sápmi, från Västerbotten, Västernorrland och Jämtland i Sverige, samt från två av de största platserna inom de norska och finska delarna av Sápmi – Alta och Värikallio. I den samiska berättartraditionen spelar naturen och landskapet viktiga roller. Berättelser kan förklara varför en sjö, en klippa eller ett fjäll benämns som de gör. Vidare lämnar berättelserna vittnesmål om hur man har levt, om förhållanden till naturen och landskapet, och hur dessa har förändrats över tid.

Boken ges i en trespråkig utgåva, på engelska och sydsamiska och svenska.

Rock Art Omslag kopia

Foto: Petter Engman

Redaktion: Coppélie Cocq, Jans Heinerud, Thomas Larsson
och Britta Lindgren Hyvönen

Boken finns att köpa på Västerbottens museum.

New Publication about Sami Storytelling in Digital Environments

My article “From the Árran to the Internet: Sami Storytelling in Digital Environments” about the re-emergence of narratives online has been published in the journal Oral Tradition and is now available here.

Screen shot OT copy

Anthropological Places, Digital Spaces, and Imaginary Scapes

My article “Anthropological Places, Digital Spaces, and Imaginary Scapes: Packaging a Digital Sámiland”, published Folklore, the journal of the Folklore Society, is now available online.

This article investigates the production of place in digital environments. Place-making practices are approached through the study of expressive culture. This article also discusses the consequences of these practices for linguistic and cultural revitalization and for the articulation of Sámi identity.



Folklore as political tool and ideological weapon

I have completed an article entitled « Savoirs traditionnels et Traditions de recherche. Le folklore comme instrument politique et arme idéologique » (Traditional knowledge and research traditions: folklore as a political tool and ideological weapon) to be published in L’image du Sápmi 2, edited by Kajsa Andersson, Örebro University. The book is a collection of contributions in French and English by scholars from diverse fields such as literature, archeology, linguistics, anthropology etc.

Very few publications about sámi research have been published in French. What can be found is principally the result of work done in the 70s. A lot has happened as regards both the situation in Sápmi and in sámi research, which makes these sources problematic. Last year, when helping a colleague putting together a list of readings for a master course at the Musée National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris, I realized how little the students could access about sámi culture in their language – and that most of it was out of date. Therefore, although my academic writing in French is both poor and painful, I decided to make an effort to improve the situation.

My contribution in L’image du Sápmi 2 is a critical historical approach on sámi research. It provides a historical overview of examples where sámi traditional knowledge and folklore were in the service of philology, lappology and other research traditions, as a political tool and an ideological weapon.

Today, we have access to ethnographic descriptions published in other political contexts and it is necessary to redefine their position and value for contemporary research. A critical look at the history of research traditions demonstrates how folklore and traditional knowledge were used in order to establish an authority or for political purposes. Thus, my article calls for a reflexive vigilance about the origins of research about minorities in general and the Sámi in particular.

The book is to be published at the beginning of next year.

For the first volume published in 2009,
I wrote an article about the storyteller and writer Johan Turi.

Platser, traditioner, expressiva former

Jag har tidigare publicerat några inlägg om datainsamlingen, nu mer om upplägget och analysen.

Jag studerar materialet utifrån tre aspekter, som behandlas i vars sin artikel (givetvis överlappar de varandra!).

Den första fokuserar på ”plats” som begrepp och konstruktion. Frågor som berörs är hur platsen ”sápmi” produceras och materialiseras i digitala miljöer, förhållandet mellan geografiska platser och platser i virtuella miljöer, samt konsekvenser och implikationer av det digitala sápmi på föreställningar och förväntningar. Ett första utkast kommer att presenteras vid en konferens i april, se abstrakt nedan.

Den andra artikeln kommer att fokusera på ”tradition” som begrepp, såsom den används i digitala miljöer och som analytiskt begrepp. Syftet är att studera vad som menas och hänvisas till när vi talar om traditioner i samiskt producerade hemsidor, och vad detta skapar i sin tur.

I en tredje artikel kommer expressiva former i dessa digitala miljöer att studeras.

Artiklarna kommer att publiceras i internationella vetenskapliga tidskrifter. Detta är planeringen såsom den ser ut idag… det hinner hända en del på vägen, men följ bloggen så håller du dig uppdaterad!