This one-day symposium will discuss the role that museums have in the production and dissemination of knowledge relating to the Sámi since the early 20th century. During the day, an international group of researchers will speak about the development of Sámi research in museums in changing social contexts in Finland, Sweden and Norway, focusing on the work of key “Lappologist” researchers, and on the question of how paradigm change towards new “Sámi research” and decolonization of research has impacted their legacy.
The event launches a forthcoming special issue “Museum as arenas for the production and dissemination of knowledge on Sámi cultures, societies and identities” which will be published in December 2019 in the journal Nordisk Museology, (2019, vol. 3). The journal issue is edited by Dr. Cathrine Baglo and Dr. Rossella Ragazzi (The Arctic University of Norway, UiT) and it consists of eleven contributions which examine the relationship between museums, Sámi research and social change in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia.
The symposium is organized by the research project The societal dimensions of Sámi research (Sodi-Sámi) which is funded by the Norwegian Research Fund and based at Tromsø University Museum, the Arctic University of Norway (UiT).
Thursday 10 October 2019, Siida Museum, Inari
The organisers warmly welcome everyone interested in the topic. Most parts of the symposium will be streamed online at https://www.youtube.com/c/SiidaSamiMuseum/live. Streaming will end at 15:00.
PROGRAM, Thursday 10.10.2019
13:00 – 13:15 Introduction; Rosella Ragazzi and Cathrine Baglo (Tromsø University Museum, UiT)
13:15 – 13:45 “Religion of the past or living heritage? Dissemination of knowledge on Sámi religion in museums in Northern Finland”; Tiina Äikäs, University of Oulu
13:45 – 14:15 “The Exhibition Samekulturen - A Social Actor at the Tromsø University Museum: Knowledge Production, and Shifting Circumstances”; Trude Fonneland, Tromsø University Museum, UiT.
14:15 – 14:30 Coffee break
14:30 – 15:00 “Skolt Sámi heritage, Toivo Immanuel Itkonen (1891-1968) and Sámi collections of the National Museum of Finland”; Eeva-Kristiina Harlin & Veli-Pekka Lehtola, University of Oulu.
15:00 – 15:30 “Sociomaterial intertwinements in Sami research – the Nordic Museum in Stockholm and the legacy of Ernst Manker”; Eva Silvén, Nordiske museet.
15:30 – 16:00 PhD research project presentation; Eli-Anita Øivand Schøning, Sodi-Sámi doctoral student. Tromsø University Museum, UiT.