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Sámi Histories of Colonization

This program is sold-out. Please call 612-871-4907 to be added to a waitlist.

The Sámi people, also known as Sápmelaččat, are the only recognized Indigenous group in Europe. Their lands, Sápmi, are claimed and divided by the nation-states of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. Despite their significant contributions to the political, economic, and cultural histories of Northern Europe, the Sámi are often portrayed as marginal and ahistorical. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

The following lectures will be held on Wednesday evenings over Zoom:

In the first session, “Sámi History 101,” students will learn about the basics of Sámi Studies, oral and archaeological histories, and land tenure. They will also examine what it means to theorize about Sámi history and methods of research.

In the second session, “Sámi Histories of Colonization,” students will dive into the colonial histories in Sápmi. They will learn about how historical relations, encroachment, taxation, and borders, among others, constructed Fennoscandic forms of colonialism.

In the third session, “Sámi Today: Survivance,” students will trace those legacies to the present to contextualize Sámi survivance. They will look at activism, rights, contemporary forms of colonization, and current events in Sápmi.

A recommended reading list will be provided at the end of the session. Attendance requires a device with audio and video functionality and a reliable internet connection. Please note that each lecture has a separate registration.