When people meet in Lapland, they usually start with a short family history by explaining whose daughters and sons they are. Here are my roots.
The VIII International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences was held in the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), Prince George, Canada, in May 2014. The Northern Political Economy (NPE) research team actively participated in the conference. One of the contributions by the team was to organise a session on critical Arctic studies. The session welcomed presenters that identified with a critical approach to the current research, concepts and phenomena in the Arctic. The aim was to foster a dialogue between research disciplines, researchers and approaches in order to grasp the current Arctic developments more fully, and to see beyond the short-term political needs and desires.
KEMU “Sustainable immigrant entrepreneurship” project aimed to promote favorable entrepreneurship for immigrants in Lapland. The project was funded by the European Social Fund. One of the projects’ main phases included interviewing immigrant entrepreneurs who are running businesses in Lapland, as well as women and young male immigrants interested in establishing a business in the same region. The blog posting is about my personal experiences on the field during the project and on the kinds of challenges we faced when trying to bring immigrants together for group discussions in Lapland.
The "Comprehensive Sustainable Development in Arctic Societies" Summer School took place in Sisimiut, Greenland in mid-May 2014. The Summer School was organized by UArctic, Ilisimatusarfik (University of Greenland) and CIRCLA, Aalborg University, Denmark. Fourteen postgraduate students – mostly PhD students but also some who had recently obtained their Master´s Degree – from all parts of the Arctic area had been selected to participate.
Sanna Ovaskainen is a researcher in the Sustainable Development research group and a member of NPE team at the Arctic Centre and a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Lapland. She is enrolled in the ARKTIS Doctoral Program at the Arctic Centre. Her doctoral study focuses on the ecological way of life in Lapland.
I am a passionate fisherwoman as many of the people in Lapland are. I cannot point to any single reason for this passion but I can evaluate the main importance of this activity. Before getting in to the arts of fishing I want to pinpoint that my life with fish (and reindeer) as a whole conducts the basics in my thinking and writing anthropology – e.g. concepts of enskilment and tacit knowledge. Here I talk about my personal knowledge, from the special locality of the upper stream of Ivalo River.
Marjo Lindroth is a researcher in International Relations at the University of Lapland and a member of the NPE team of the Arctic Centre. She is enrolled in the LeCTra Doctoral Program at the University of Lapland. Her doctoral research focuses on indigenous peoples in international politics.