This article is part of a series with short updates about the different project members. Both Kjersti Fjørtoft and Annamari Vitikainen work at the philosophy department at UiT and are part of the ICE project. Fjørtoft’s current research focuses on the core curriculum in Norway. She looks at traditional concepts of citizenship and if there are alternatives to conceptualise citizenship, that will better grasp the duality in indigenous citizenship. Vitikainen adds that they are both philosophers who look at traditional and new notions of citizenship. However, where Fjørtoft focusses on education, Vitikainen’s starting point is to understand what indigenous citizenship means and which challenges are related to it.
Fjørtoft explains that most exciting with the ICE project is the combination of the topic, the cooperation with New Zealand and Australia, and the interdisciplinarity of the project. This combination leads to many good discussions with a variety of different perspectives. For Vitikainen, one of the interesting parts of the project is that the members come from different contexts which often shows how depended theories are per context. This makes it interesting to see how the project develops. Fjørtoft agrees that there are major differences between the countries and that they learn a lot from it. Furthermore, she adds that it is interesting to work together with other researchers who work close to the field, which forces her to think more broadly. Besides learning from the others, it provides also the opportunity to use parts of each other’s research. Vitikainen recognises what Fjørtoft describes, although she does still the same kind of theoretical and foundational research as before, the work of the other ICE members has influenced how she thinks.
Fjørtoft is one of the editors of the book and looks especially forward to this process. Furthermore, it will be interesting to see how the different parts of the project will be connected to each other. Besides also looking forward to book, Vitikainen is especially interested in participating in the conference in September. She would like to learn more about what the other members are working on and how indigenous citizenship and citizenship education is constructed in different contexts.