Thursday and Friday this week I participated as chair and discussant at “Re:Mindings”, a seminar focusing on “Co-Constituting Indigenous/Academic/Artistic Knowledges and Understandings of Land-, Water-, Body-, and Lab-scapes”, also known as Uppsala Second Supradisciplinary Feminist TechnoScience Symposium.
In a variation of presentations, Sámi and non-Sámi participants highlighted a range of issues that affect indigenous life and research among indigenous groups. Having a Norwegian background, it was especially rewarding to get more insight into the Sámi issues and research on the Swedish side of the border, as well as some input on what is going on within indigenous studies in Japan, North America, Australia, and Chile. As a result of the conference I was also made aware of a network for Sámi research in Uppsala, UPPSAM, which I hope to join, even though based in Stockholm.
A big thank you to the organizers of the conference for a great initiative!