Fall 2008: Kick-off Seminar Tromsø and Finnmark

Kick-off Seminar, Tromsø 2008

Kick-off Seminar, Tromsø 2008

This was the kick-off seminar for the partnership between University of Montana and
University of Tromsø. The main topic for this first meeting was to develop a fruitful cooperation in the years to come based upon an Indigenous perspective in past and
present on multicultural societies.

Miranda Laber and Per Klemetsen Hætta visiting the Sámi Parliament, photo: Angelica Lawson

Miranda Laber and Per Klemetsen Hætta visiting the Sámi Parliament, photo: Angelica Lawson

The main questions that was discussed during the meeting were:

  • How do we understand the terms “multicultural” and “Indigenous”?
  • What have national governments done when trying to demographically and geographically define their nations’ minorities?
  • How do Indigenous nations within nation-states configure themselves against and despite outside societal expectations?

The meeting was held during the annual FORUM-conference at Tromso, 22-23 October 2008, arranged by the Centre for Sami Studies.  The 2008 conference focused on Indigenous Peoples and Climate Change.  Read the report from the conference here.

The North American faculty extended their stay in Tromsø and participated in the mentioned workshop and met with the students at the Master’s in Indigenous Studies.
The project members also left for a excursion to Karasjok and Kautokeino.

Shanley Swanson at NRK Sápmi in Karasjok, photo: Angelica Lawson

Shanley Swanson at NRK Sápmi in Karasjok, photo: Angelica Lawson