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An urban future for Sápmi?

Welcome to a conference about indigenous Sámi urbanization and Sámi urbanity, a part of Tråante 2017, Trondheim October 19-20 2017

Place: Sverresborg Folk Museum, Trondheim Date and time: Thursday 19. October 2017 09:00 - Friday 20. October 20:00

Urban sapmi?

A conference on Sámi urbanization and Sámi urbanity will take place in Trondheim during the fall of 2017. The conference will be held in Sverresborg Trøndelag Folk Museum, lasting two days, October 19.-20, 2017

“An urban future for Sápmi” aims to gather researchers on Sámi urbanization and urbanity from different institutions and states. Researchers on indigenous urbanization in other countries will also be present as specially invited guests.

The main part of the conference will be open to the public and there will be no participation fee. No registration is neccessary, but we would appreciate an email to  post@sverresborg.no if you intend to attend.

“An urban future for Sápmi” is  part of Tråante2017, the centenniary celebration of the first border-transcending Sámi political meeting. It is organized by the NIBR Institute of the Oslo and Akershus Unviersity College and  Sverresborg Folk Museum, in cooperation with the Institute for Social Research. The conference is also part of the NUORGÁV project, and financed by the Norwegian Research Council‘s Programme for Sámi Research.

Buerie båeteme Tråantese / Welcome to Tråante!

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Thursday October 19th

09.00 Registration. Chair: Daniel Johansen.

09.30 Conference opens

09:40 Welcome speech by Saemien Studeenth Tråantesne – Trondheim Sámi Student Union. Presentation of the organization.

09:55 Kristin Strømsnes (Co-authors: Per Selle and Anne Julie Semb): “Er en urbanisering av den moderne urfolkspolitikken mulig?” [Is an urbanization of modern indigenous politics possible?]. Discussant: Astri Dankertsen.

10.40 Break – free coffee and fruit will be available

10:55 Mikkel Berg-Nordlie: “Urbane samiske rom – nettverking og konflikt rundt samiske arenaer i byer” [Urban indigenous spaces – networking and conflicts concerning the establishment of urban Sámi arenas]. Discussant: Anna Afanasyeva.

11:40 Torunn Pettersen og Jo Saglie: “Samer i byer og samer sør for Sápmi – om “nye” bosettingsmønstre som tema i valgprogram ved sametingsvalg i Norge” [Sámi in the cities and Sámi south of Sápmi – about «new» settlement patterns as a subject in election platforms during Sámi Parliament elections in Norway]. Discussant: Marte Winsvold.

12.30 Lunch – food may be bought in the cafeteria

13.00 Astri Dankertsen: «Skape rom for bysamiske identiteter» (Creating spaces for urban Sámi identities). Discussant: Daniel Johansen.

13.45 Keynote speech: “Urbanization of the Sami in Scandinavia: Between recognition and contestation?” by Torill Nyseth and Paul Pedersen. Discussant: Mikkel Berg-Nordlie and Tanja L. Joona.

16.00 Conference closes

Friday October 20

09.00 Registration. Chairs: Halvor Haugan

09.30 Welcome speech by Aili Keskitalo, President of the Norwegian Sámediggi.

09:45 Sverresborg Museum’s Sámi-oriented activity and Sámi urbanity in Trondheim by Ingeborg Collin Høgseth.

10:00 Tanja Joona: “Safeguarding Cultural Rights of Sámi Children and Youth in Finland with special emphasis to Identity – In Theory and Practice”. Discussant: Marte Winsvold

10.45 Break

11.00 Anna Afanasyeva: “Mechanisms of Sami cultural preservation in urban localities of the Murmansk region, North-West Russia”. Discussant: Mikkel Berg-Nordlie

11:45 Ellen Marie Jensen: “Indigenous Diasporic Communities in Urban America: Sámi Americans in Critical Alliance with Urban Indigenous Peoples in the USA”. Discussant: Anna Afanasyeva.

12:30 Lunch

13:00 Keynote speech: Dr. Chris Andersen: “I Met a Man Who Wasn’t There”: Indigenous Presences and Absences in Canadian and Scandinavian Capital Cities”. Discussant: Astri Dankertsen

16.00 Conference closes

18:00 Researcher dinner


Anna Afanasyeva , Phd fellow UIT- Arctic University of Norway, carries out research in her own community – the Sami of the Kola Peninsula. Afanasyeva has been involved in various project-related activities targeted at indigenous cooperation across the Northern borders, such as the project “Skolt Sami culture across borders” and ”Indigenous Entrepreneurship 2”, as well as community–based research such as documentation of endangered Sami languages of the Kola Peninsula. Her PhD project is devoted to analysis of assimilation of the Kola Sami in Russia through education policy, 1917– 1990.

Mikkel Berg-Nordlie is a researcher (PhD) at the NIBR, Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research at the Oslo and Akershus University College. His research is mainly on indigenous peoples’ and ethnic minorities’ political organizing, state-civil society interaction, representation, governance, and discourses. His research is mainly on Russia and the Nordic countries.

Ellen Marie Jensen is a PhD research fellow in Indigenous studies in the department of language and culture at UiT - Arctic University of Norway. She holds master degrees in Indigenous Studies and English Literature and Cultural Studies. Jensen has also worked as a teacher, editor, and translator. She is the author of We Stopped Forgetting: Stories from Sámi Americans (2012) and the editor of What We Believe In: Sámi Religious Experience and Beliefs from 1593 to the Present (2015).

Tanja Joona is a Doctor of Social Sciences who works as a senior researcher at the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland. Joona’s main research interests focus on comparative legal and political aspects of Sámi society and especially issues dealing with traditional livelihoods, international human rights law and identity questions. She has several positions of trust at the University of Lapland, e.g. member of the Arctic Centre Board. She is also the Chair of the Doctoral Programme “Communities and Changing Work”.

Torunn Pettersen has a part time position as researcher at the Sámi University of Applied Sciences. She has a master in political science and a PhD in health science. Her research interests include conditions for gathering knowledge on Sami societal conditions, studies of Sami and other indigenous people’s living conditions, and Sami elections.

Jo Saglie has a doctoral degree in political science and is senior researcher at the Institute for Social research. His research interests include local elections, local democracy, political parties, elections to the Sami Parliament, and indigenous politics.

Kristin Strømsnes is professor at the Department of Comparative Politics, University of Bergen. She is also a senior researcher at Uni Research Rokkansenteret. Her research includes political participation and voluntary organization. She has co-authored the book «Den samiske medborgeren (The Sami Citizen)» (2015). She has published several articles on Sami identity, Sami civil society and Sami political participation.

Marte Winsvold is a political scientist (PhD) and researcher at the Institute for Social Research. Her research interests include political participation, local democracy, youth participation, and political leadership.