What do the concepts "indigenous people" and “indigeneity” mean? Are they terms that promote indigenous and human rights, or are they tied to changing power relations in discursive ways? What is the role of these terms in the Finnish context? What are the past and current experiences of indigeneity?

Indigenous peoples’ experiences are closely tied to colonialism, which has shaped indigenous languages, cultures, and livelihoods. But, how is colonialism experienced at micro-levels? What kind of forms did and does colonialism(s) take? How is colonialism reflected in the current research on indigenous peoples? Who defines and decides on research subjects and research topics?

The second day of the conference examines the Arctic and especially Sámi peoples issues. It aims to open new perspectives to the history and presence of indigenous peoples in the Arctic’s multicultural and -lingual history. By bringing together several disciplines, the aim is to foster academic research on understanding the local indigenous communities and the borders of “indigeneity”. During the conference, a broad range of standpoints, results and research problems will be put in enriching, constructive dialogue to provide new insights into the studies on ‘indigeneity’.

The registration is now open! Please fill in the online registration form here: https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/76209/lomake.html. The event is open to the public and free of charge for all participants but a registration before January 10, 2017 is compulsory. The available places will be filled in the order of registration. Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements. A detailed schedule will be announced closer to the event. The event will be held in English.

In case you have any questions, please contact glocal-conference@helsinki.fi.