ICE Project Seminar, 8 March 2018
On Thursday 8 March, the ICE project held their first seminar at UiT. Members present were (left to right) Hilde Sollid, Else Grete Broderstad, Bengt-Ove Andreassen, Torjer Olsen, Kjersti Fjørtoft, Annamari Vitikainen and Jarle Weigård. (Photo by research assistant Jean Kavanagh)
There was a round of introductions, where each member presented themselves, their background, and their role in the research project.
Kjersti Fjørtoft gave a presentation about ‘Active Citizenship’, and how the idea of citizenship fits into the Liberal and Republican political models, which sparked a lively debate concerning the concept of citizenship, how the indigenous mindset intersects with these models, and how this can be applied to education and the teaching of citizenship.
Some interesting questions were raised regarding citizenship – as a set of knowledge and skills; how an indigenous perspective can be incorporated into the curriculum; observation research of the educational framework; and some general thoughts on what makes a ‘good citizen’.
It was an enthusiastic start to the project, and certainly gave members some ideas for further discussion. As Torjer Olsen remarked, ‘It was good to meet in person and to start the conversation about the project. Most importantly, the seminar enabled us to reflect upon the concept of citizenship and how to apply this in the actual research’.
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