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Land Based Knowledge and Indigenous Feminist Technoscience promoting actual innovative technical designs
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies on Racism. LTU history. (Dálkke)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2820-0584
2019 (English)In: NORA conference 2019, May 22-24: Border Regimes, Territorial Discourses and Feminist Politics, 2019Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The growing call for countering climate change along with increasing demands for so called “environmentally friendly” – “renewable” - energy production modes continues and increases the dispossession of Indigenous (including Sámi) peoples from our traditional lands and waters.

What is commonly referred to as “environmental friendly” technoscientific language and imagery continue to shape and reflect racist power relations which favor the colonial nation states and dis-favor/abuses/displaces Indigenous rights and peoples. While challenging this rhetoric is important, another important task is to enter into the very technologies and propose solutions regarding design and development.

I will elaborate on the potentials and possibilities of Sámi land based knowledge as a basis for innovative designs of energy production technologies, in collaboration with the field of fluid mechanics.

Current “renewable” energy productions modes are in fact actually major environmental destructors and are outdated designs: Nuclear power plants are but steam engines, a billion times more environmentally hazardous systems. Design of the current windpower plants gigantic windmills, demanding immense natural resources for their construction while claiming massive areas to be erected and cause the death of whales, insects, bats and birds. Current designs of hydropower kill fish and destroy entire bio systems.

Departing from Sámi /Indigenous Feminist Technoscience, this paper engages with the socio-material, innovative thoughts within fluid mechanics and discusses Sámi perspectives and proposals for sustainable and non-colonial non-racist energy production and consumption - for a good life for all, humans and non-humans and forms part of a research proposal to the Swedish research council.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019.
Keywords [en]
Indigenous peoples, Climate Change, Sámi, Environment, Technoscience, Innovation
National Category
History of Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-392163OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-392163DiVA, id: diva2:1347069
Conference
NORA conference 2019, May 22-24: Border Regimes, Territorial Discourses and Feminist Politics
Projects
Dálkke: Indigenous Climate Change Studies
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 2017-01923
Note

FORMAS, within the Swedish national research programme on climate 

Available from: 2019-08-30 Created: 2019-08-30 Last updated: 2019-08-30

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