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Writing and teaching to re-claim and heal my own Sámi body and our Sámi history, culture, traditions and rights to live
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Gender Research. (Technoscience)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2820-0584
2014 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Writing and teaching to re-claim and heal my own Sámi body and our Sámi history, culture, traditions and rights to live



Sábme, the land of the Sámi, stretches across the borders of the nation states of Sweden, Norway, Finland and Russia. Sábme has been inhabited by the Sámi people for as long as any human can remember. There are major Sámi languages which are totally different to those of the Nation states, nine different major Sámi languages. Until early 16th century, the Sámi was part of the Swedish elite, and Swedish regional chiefs – kings – would be proud to claim Sámi heritage. With the establishment of the modern Swedish nation state in the 1520s Sábme became a territory to conquer and control, as the Sámi people. However, the major and most extensive industrial colonization started from late 19th century. From this point racism, amongst other racial biology projects with skull and body measurements  - went hand in hand with aggressive industrial colonization.

The colonization and racist projects have caused severe traumas in the Sámi community. Furthermore our Sámi history, culture and tradition being completely invisibilised within Swedish – and Nordic – education systems. We as Sámi deal with the consequences of this earlier and ongoing situation, both as a community and individuals.

The paper deals with all these aspects, the traumas of racism and colonization in the past as well as the current reinforced industrial colonization through amongst other mining projects – as they cannot be separated from how I today, as Sámi and academic and feminist activist, work with healing and reclaiming my, our, rights to live as Sámi, within our traditional territories. Placing myself and my family history at the center of the study, the paper draws upon feminist technoscience approaches, epistemology and methodologies as well as Indigenous, Sámi, methodologies and thinking.


Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Ann Arbor: Institute for Research on Women & Gender, University of Michigan , 2014.
Keyword [en]
Feminist Technoscience, Indigenous studies, Decolonization methodology
National Category
Gender Studies Social Sciences Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-234834OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-234834DiVA: diva2:757946
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Available from: 2014-10-23 Created: 2014-10-23 Last updated: 2014-10-24

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