Invitation to Symposium October 10-12, 2012, Uppsala RE: Mindings Co-Constituting Indigenous/Academic/Artistic Knowledges and Understandings of Land-, Water-, Body-, and Lab-scapes” Uppsala Second Supradisciplinary Feminist TechnoScience S

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May-Britt Öhman

Aug 26, 2012, 10:16:19 AM8/26/12

IInvitation- call for participation/presentation

May-Britt Öhman

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 RE:   Mindings  

Co-Constituting  Indigenous/Academic/Artistic  Knowledges and Understandings of

Land-, Water-, Body-, and Lab-scapes”  

Uppsala Second Supradisciplinary  Feminist TechnoScience S




For indigenous peoples place, land, sovereignty, and memory matter.[1]


This symposium departs from the recognition that the field of indigenous studies, in the Swedish context in general – and in relation to Sápmi and Sámi in particular - in comparison to recent developments in Norway, the US, Canada and Australia is still surprisingly under-theorized.

The conference aims at establishing a network between scholars in the field and supradisciplinary collaboration partners, as well as to develop our capability in our understanding of modern state – indigenous peoples’ relationships in regard to Land-, Water-, Body-, and Lab-scapes.



The production of technological modern identities has rested in part on dispossessing indigenous peoples from their traditional lands and thus their land- and waterrelated identities.

However, it is not only resource transfers from indigenous to settler populations that has both supported and been enabled by colonization. Technoscientific language and imagery also shapes and reflects power relations that favor the modern nation state, and de-favor indigenous rights to traditional lands-and waterscapes. Therefore within this symposium, we depart from the understanding that technoscientific knowledge production needs to be decolonized, that is democratized and made less hierarchical in order to enable indigenous peoples' continuance, healing and regeneration.


The current situation in Sweden is highly problematic, as it contributes to the creation of epistemological contexts which support a continued and even increased colonial exploitation of Sámi traditional territories.  In Sápmi there is an increased number of mining concessions given to foreign corporations, expanding mining areas of already established mines, ongoing and planned wind power park establishments, expanding military tests and training areas and an increase of military activities. All these activities affect the livelihoods of the Sámi and other local inhabitants in terms of relationship to the land- and waterscapes in general, but also in terms of direct impacts on water quality including risk for toxic contaminations. At the same time, we see that the majority of research projects on Sámi related issues are being pursued by non-Sami scholars, while at the same time there are Sámi who are academic scholars, but who do not find it beneficial- or rather detrimental - to self-identify as Sámi within the current Swedish academic context. Departing from these points, the ultimate aim and focus of the symposium is to provide a platform for a comparative and critical analysis of the Swedish situation in regard to Norway, the US, Canada, Japan and Australia, and thereby to further the theoretical development.


 Questions to be addressed at the symposium:


How can we understand and critically analyze the modern nation state – indigenous peoples’ relationships, in Sweden and elsewhere and what are the prospects for change in these relationships?


What contributions can be made departing from feminist technoscience and gender research?


How can supradisciplinary collaborations and methodologies be of use?


What identity formations can be developed through different modes of expression and supradisciplinary collaborations?


How can/should academic research be developed in regard to indigenous studies and an increased participation of indigenous scholars/scientists?


What are the prospects for embodied research strategies and self-identifications as indigenous/non-indigenous as well as hybrid identities?


Departing from a focus on waterscapes, and watery riverine identities, how can perceptions and understandings of these relationships be developed?




The symposium is organized by Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University departing from the research project DAMMED: Security, Risk and Resilience around the Dams of Sub-Arctica (VR, 2010-2012) in collaboration with UPPSAM, the Association for Sámi Related Studies in Uppsala [Föreningen för samiskrelaterad forskning i Uppsala] and Silbonah Samesijdda. The symposium is linked to the ongoing interdisciplinary research program Mind and Nature, funded by the faculty of Arts at Uppsala University and is also a SALT (Forum for Advanced Studies of Arts, Language and Theology) sponsored event, supported by the Hugo Valentin Center and History of Religion at the Department of Theology, Uppsala University.


The program committee consists of May-Britt Öhman, UPPSAM/Centre for Gender Research; Åsa Virdi Kroik, Dept. of Theology and Carl-Gösta Ojala, Dept of Archeology and Ancient History, Uppsala University; Agneta Silversparf (Silbonah Samesijdda); Eva-Lotta Päiviö, UPPSAM/Dept. of Economic History, Stockholm Univ. and Annika Idenfors, project assistant to DAMMED.





We wish to stimulate a creative conversation where each presenter’s contribution will receive encouragement and support.  We also wish to have discussions where each participant can feel free to contribute from his/her own perspective - according to a supradisciplinary methodology. The reference to supradisciplinarity not only expresses the inclusion of and collaboration between different academic disciplines, but also addresses the desire to blur the boundaries between academic and other knowledge production, recognizing that knowledge produced outside of academia should be equally considered and criticized as academic knowledge production.


Presentations that depart from Sámi/indigenous traditional or untraditional knowledges and methodologies are most welcome.


For each presentation one or two discussants will be assigned with the specific task to present their reflections on the presentation, in terms of how did this specific talk/presentation inspire me, what will I bring with me, what are my suggestions from my specific point of view?  The discussants are also asked to, after the symposium, send in comments in written and/or as photo/film, departing from their own reflections as well as if they have had any new thoughts coming up. These comments will be part of the published symposium report.





This symposium is open to all interested persons to participate, i.e. students on all levels are welcome (student, master student, PhD student) as well as scholars from any field. Persons currently not active within academia are also most welcome. In particular, Sámi and other indigenous people, whether inside academia or outside, are much welcome to participate. Presentations may be between 5-10 minutes long, and be paper presentations, photo exhibition, movie/videos, yoik interventions, performance or other.

However, there is a limited space for presentations available, so if you wish to present something please send in your registration form as soon as possible to get the confirmation if your presentation can be accepted within the program.  The symposium can accept up to 50 participants in total. If there is a risk of too many participants, those that offer their contribution as chair and/or discussant will be prioritized.



The fee for participants with an annual income greater than SEK 300 000/year or if the participation is financed through an organization/institution is SEK 1 000.

The fee for participants with an annual income less than SEK 300 000/year is SEK 400. The fee includes coffee/fika, lunches as well as reception 10th and dinner 11th.


Discount for discussants and chairs. If you agree to sign up as discussant and/or chair, please state this in the registration form. The fee for participants with an annual income greater than SEK 300 000/year or if the participation is financed through an organization/institution is then SEK 400. The fee for participants with an annual income less than SEK 300 000/year is then SEK 100.


Payment instructions:

Payment should be made at the time of registration, and latest by October 1st. If payment is done later, please bring a copy of the payment slip to the symposium.

Payment within Sweden: UPPSAM, Plusgiro: 59 79 49 – 7, Reference: RE:mindings, and your full  name.

Payment from outside Sweden – please use these references:

Bank and its office address: Nordea Bank Sverige AB (publ)
Box 276, SE 751 05 Uppsala, Sweden

 IBAN: SE06 9500 0099 6026 0597 9497

BIC-kod (SWIFT-adress): NDEASESS

Account holder: UPPSAM



Please fill out the registration form and send in as soon as possible and latest by October 1st.


Questions can be addressed to ,

or to any of these persons within the organization committee:

Eva-Lotta Päiviö (;

Agneta Silversparf (;

Annika Idenfors (,

May-Britt Öhman ( or

C-G Ojala  (


[1] Byrd, Jodi A. (2011). The transit of empire: indigenous critiques of colonialism. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press

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