Aktasne - Together

Aktasne - Together: New concepts, theories and methodologies on Sami studies II .

Place: Umeå University, Umeå, Sweden
Event Date: March 9 2016–March 11 2016

Following on from the highly successful conference, Oovtâst – Together. New concepts, theories and methodologies on Sami studies that was held in Enare, Finland, the Department of Language Studies, Umeå University together with Vaartoe Centre for Sami research, and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) are happy to announce the second triennial Aktasne - Together: New concepts, theories and methodologies on Saami studies conference.

The conference on Sami studies will bring researchers, students and policy makers together to create a platform for dynamic and constructive debate, networking and research initiation. The conference focuses on current Sami research with an emphasis on

  • Traditional Knowledge and Cultural Expressions
  • Education, Language and Revitalisation
  • Global challenges, sustainability and livelihood
  • Decolonization and self-determination.

Through these themes we will provide a multidisciplinary venue to generate constructive debate and explore new thoughts, and directions around methodological, conceptual and epistemological approaches to Sami studies. This specialist conference offers opportunities for Sami study research to enter into dialogue with decision-makers, and the general public. The Sami languages and English are the languages of the conference. More information about the conference and e.g. the hotels will be announced later this summer.

Keynote speakers

Professor Gunvor Guttorm, Sámi University College, Kautokeino, Norway
Professor Nancy Hornberger, University of Pennsylvania, USA.
Dr Anna-Lill Ledman, Umeå University, Sweden
Professor Sari Pietikäinen, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Associate Professor Jacinta Ruru, University of Otago, New Zealand
Dr Hanna Outakoski, Umeå University, Sweden
Dr Per Sandström, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden

Conference fees

Student Registration: 1 000 SEK
Early Bird Registration, before 1st January 2016: 2 000 SEK
Late Registration, after the 1st January 2016: 2 500 SEK


Abstract deadline for papers and poster presentations: Sunday October 4th 2015. Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words, written in English or in some Sami language (accompanied by a simple English translation so that the experts in the scientific committee are able to assess your abstract) and emailed to: aktasne@umu.se. Send your abstract together with information on how you want to be contacted in case your presentation is accepted to the conference. Also, inform us under which main theme you want to place your paper/presentation. You are welcome to send us several abstracts in case you are doing multidisciplinary research.

See more information on the conference website

The conference has received financial support from Stiftelsen Riksbankens Jubileumsfond and Umeå University.

On the behalf of the organizing committee:

Hanna Outakoski, Umeå, Sweden

Organisationskommitté: Hanna Outakoski, Coppélie Cocq, Kirk Sullivan, Göran Sjöberg, Åsa Össbo.

Department of Language Studies' web

For questions, please contact: Hanna Outakoski

Sidansvarig: Magnus Nordström