Doing Sámi archaeology includes relating to a variety of ethical issues concerning inter alia the historical repression of the Sámi and Sámi culture, and their current rights to govern their own cultural heritage.
These are complex matters that need to be constantly considered and discussed, which is really best done in dialogue with others. Consequently I was very happy to learn that the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History at Uppsala University will host an international workshop on Oct 24-26 called “Archaeologies of “Us and “Them” – debating the ethics and politics of ethnicity and indigeneity in archaeology and heritage discourse“.
Due to a cancellation, I have now been asked to step in on Friday Oct 25 and present a paper about the current debate on Sámi archaeology and the concept of indegeneity in Norway. I look forward to this opportunity to present the issues I am concerned with to a broad international panel of participants, and not least to learn more about the current debates in other parts of the world.
As a “warm-up” I have been lucky enough to get to participate in another highly interesting international workshop on Wednesday Oct 23: “Heritage and Critical Postcolonialism“, hosted by the Swedish History Museum. In other words, I have a good week ahead with lots of possibilities to discuss politics, ethics, and theories in Sámi archaeology!