This week, I participated to a conference on Digital Humanities in Oslo. It was the first conference organized by the organisation Digital Humanities in the Nordic countries.
I presented a joint paper with my Humlab-colleague Anna Johansson, “The blindspot of Digital Humanities or What Ethnography can contribute.” Our presentation addressed the relation between digital humanities (DH) and digital ethnography (DE) with focus on the significance of small and thick data for understanding digital culture. Ethnography as the process and product of qualitative research is applied in several disciplines in the humanities in order to describe, explain and understand cultural practices, constructions and interactions. Although ethnography is an important method for the study of digital culture, it is rarely addressed in literature about DH. Our paper discusses the relation between DH and DE and explain how and why DE can be a productive contribution to DH with focus on reflexivity and ethics.
Longer abstract available here.
13.00 Äldre samer – resurs i kampen för kulturell överlevnad – Marianne Liliequist, Etnolog.
13.20 Skogen, myren, människan och renen, ett samiskt förhållande styrt av renen – Krister Stoor, Samiska studier
13.40 “Mitt språk är mitt land”. Språkval i sociala medier – Coppélie Cocq, HUMlab
14.00 Samisk populärmusik – identitet, politik och estetik – Marika Nordström, Etnolog.
Mer om programmet och övriga föreläsningar här
Från folktro till gruvmotstånd: samiska berättelser om naturen
I kvällens föreläsning handlar det om samiska berättelser om naturen. Berättelserna är hämtade dels från äldre källor och dels från nutid, som t.ex. debatten om gruvexploateringar. Samarrangemang med Johan Nordlander-sällskapet
Forskningsarkivet, Umeå universitetsbibliotek
Onsdag 30/10 19.00-20.00
Last week, I participated to the SIEF Congress in Tartu, the Annual Meeting of the international society of Ethnology and folklore (see previous post).
With over 400 participants and 10-15 parallel sessions along the 3 days of the congress, I can only write here about a fragment of the event. Based on the keynotes and the sessions I attended, I found the congress fantastic by its quality and by the open climate for scholarly discussions.
The keynotes are available online. I particularly enjoyed Kristin Kuutma’s critical talk on cultural heritage and Rob Howard’s lecture about his research on the vernacular web.
Despite some technological difficulties at the start, our panel went well and we had not only inspiring papers, but also interesting discussions about online/offline hybridity.
The theme for this year’s congress, circulation, turned out to be very productive. The circulation of culture and the role of media (mass media, ‘new’ media etc) in this process was a central topic in several sessions. Among the panels I attended, I found one about polymedia particularly interesting. The sessions about food styles were also – as always – inspiring and appetizing… in many ways 😉
Already looking forward to the next congress in Zagreb!
Föreläsning på tisdag:
Under rubriken “Tradition och innovation i samiskt berättande” kommer jag föreläsa om muntligt, skriftligt och digitalt berättande med olika exempel på sagor och sägner från dåtid och nutid.
Öppen föreläsning på Folkuniversitetet, Nygatan 43, Aulan. Kl. 18.30.
Next week, I’ll participate to the 32nd Nordic conference of Ethnology and Folkloristics in Bergen, Norway.
My paper Traditions as selected pasts investigates the use of the concept of ”tradition” in Sámi digital environments and as a label of practices within Sámi revitalization processes. The recurrence and abundance of the occurrence of the term in Sámi websites motivates my investigation, encouraged by the strong theoretical attachment of the concept in folkloristics (cf Noyes 2009, Bronner 2011).
Based on the study of Sámi produced websites, this paper examines how Sámi expressive culture online emphasizes the continuity of cultural aspects and particular aspects of the past in traditional settings in negotiation with the emergence of new practices and meanings. Folklore on the Internet is approached as hybrid practice, i.e. in relation and interplay with offline practices (cf Howard 2005). This study considers the processes behind what Jones calls the “symbolic construction of the past in the present for the future” (2000:116), achieved in this case by the selection and (re)creation of the past in the contemporary Sámi context of revitalization. The labeling of practices as traditional underscores continuity and articulates a historical past that legitimates discourses about identity and nationalism. Thus, this paper critically analyzes the implications and consequences of the uses of the concept of tradition.
My presentation is part of a panel entitled History culture and selected past. I look forward to interesting papers and discussions!
På söndag (22 maj) kommer jag att hålla en föreläsning på Västerbottens museum i samband med det samiska året de organiserar.
Jag kommer att presentera en del av mitt projekt om Internet för språk- och kulturrevitalisering. Utifrån några exempel på nutida samiska berättelser på internet kommer jag att diskutera berättandets roll och funktion idag, samt vad en anpassning av äldre sägner till ett nytt medium innebär.
I want to share with you 2 interesting and inspiring talks that are available online.
Anders Ekström (KTH) visited HUMlab on April 14th and talked about Performing publics at the early twentieth-century fun fair.
Rita Raley from UC Santa Barbara was in HUMlab yesterday. Her presentation about Interactive text events is archived here.
These two seminars are part of HUMlab’s seminar series for the spring semester. All presentations are streamed and archived. Enjoy!
This is my abstract for the annual congress of the International society for ethnology and folklore (SIEF) in Lisbon in April.
The theme for this year’s congress is People make places and my paper will be presented at the panel Performing identity and preserving heritage in real and imagined places.
Real and imagined places in Sámi identity discourse on Internet
This paper investigates the production of space in digital environments with focus on Sámi identity discourse. For this indigenous people of Fenno-Scandinavia, geographical origin in terms of roots and landscape is a recurrent topic in the ongoing processes of linguistic and cultural revitalization.
The creation and expression of Sámi identity and traditions in relation to the production of a common cultural heritage can be observed in digital folklore. Digital environments are local and global places, i.e. regional and transnational at one and the same time. Since the 90s, the situation for the Sámi has taken a turn for the better not only as a result of political action, but also through a change of attitudes toward minorities. This comes to expression in Sámi identity discourse in digitally born expressive culture.
Sápmi (Sámiland) has gained importance in the politics of cultural heritage in Fenno-Scandinavia. Sápmi is not a defined territory, and the lack of consensus about its historical boundaries causes still today conflicts regarding land rights. However, we find a recurrent and homogeneous representation of Sápmi in digital environments. Based in contemporary examples, this paper investigates the meaning of place as a mindscape, an experiencescape or a landscape.
Further, it investigates the role of folklore on Internet in the ongoing processes of linguistic and cultural revitalization. Also, this study brings to discussion challenges and possibilities to articulate difference without exoticization, or heterogeneity without non-cohesiveness.