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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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. 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”.
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.
Foto: Petter Engman
Redaktion: Coppélie Cocq, Jans Heinerud, Thomas Larsson
och Britta Lindgren Hyvönen
Boken finns att köpa på Västerbottens museum.
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.
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.