Events 2021

Film screening: Wind power "Green?"

How can racism studies contribute to the analyse of ongoing windpower exploitations in Sámi territories? (Film screening: Wind power -"green?": Sami and scientific perspective on fossil-dependent and environmentally destructive wind power design).

The film screening is followed by conversations led by Arne Müller, journalist, with participants in the film reindeer herder Henrik Andersson, Gällivare forest Sami village, associate professor Eva Charlotta Helsdotter, CEMFOR, filmmaker Petri Storlöpare, and Elle Eriksson, Tina Eriksson, Michael Eriksson, all reindeer herders in Flakabergsgruppen Gälliv forest Sami village. Comments by Irene Molina, professor of cultural geography and Director of research at CEMFOR.

Date: 27 October
Time: 15.15-17.00
Location: room 22-1017 Engelska parken - also via Zoom here

Large windpower industrial areas with up to 1000 windpower plants are under construction in Sábme - Sámi territories. The Swedish state, as well as actors within the energy market, environmental organisations and climate activists promote windpower as green, fossil free and environmental friendly, but is this really true? 

Events 2020


Date: 28 april
Zoom link
zoom link - Password: 024490

Program and speakers

13.00 May-Britt Öhman Introducing Dálkke: Indigenous Climate Change
13.15 Hampus Andersson When the climate apocalypse comes I’ll make it: 16 year old Hampus Andersson’s survival month living off the lands and waters in the forests of Norrbotten, Sweden
13.45 Henrik Andersson Winds of destruction: A documentary project on wind power, Indigenous people and human security –case from Hällberget, Överkalix, Gällivare Forest Sámi Reindeer Herding area
14.15 Eva Charlotta Helsdotter Who owns the river? Combining water resource management and Sámi traditional relationships with nature and waters for sustainable futures
14.45 Break/paus
15.15 Erica Violet Lee Wīhkohkē: Urban Indigenous Resistance from the Past into the Future
16.00 End

Erica Violet Lee, a feminist scholar of prairie Indigenous studies and Nēhiyaw philosophy, her work focuses on the intersections between social movements and bodily sovereignty. She is currently a master’s student at OISE, the University of Toronto, writing about urban Indigenous resistance and joy.

In Canada, currently the Wet’suwet’en resistance movement is set to protect lands and waters against destructive extractive industry, which are allowed and supported by colonial state laws, and law enforcement. But what is law? From an indigenous standpoint, love and law are one and the same.

Disrupting the notion of “ceded and surrendered” lands and based on a methodology of urban Indigenous lifeways and survivance, and with the ongoing Wet’suwet’en resistance as one of many examples I will discuss what it means – in practice – to refuse consent for extractive projects on our lands. And to promote laws that are tied to love.
This refusal is tied to our freedom of movement and our agency as Indigenous women, girls, Two-Spirit and LGBTQ people on the frontlines of movements in North America and across the world.

Guided by frameworks of decolonial love and the resurgence of Indigenous law, language, and ceremony that have never fully been eliminated despite genocides, we embrace the experience of joy as an embodied treaty and a living act of sovereignty.

Based on my work of Wastelands theory (“In Defense of the Wastelands: A Survival Guide”, 2016), I argue that Indigenous presence and futurisms pose a necessary challenge to the notion that we are primitive or extinct people, as we shape and create the sacred and ceremonial through our movements on the land. At the end of this world, we work toward a universe of beautiful livelihoods for Indigenous communities, free from state oppression and coercion. 

AbstractHenrik Andersson: "Winds of destruction: A documentary project on wind power, Indigenous people and human security –case from Hällberget, Överkalix, Gällivare Forest Sámi Reindeer Herding area".
Abstract, Hampus Andersson: "When the climate apocalypse comes I’ll make it: 16 year old Hampus Andersson’s survival month living off the lands and waters in the forests of Norrbotten, Sweden".

 is based at CEMFOR, Department of Theology at Uppsala University, and collaborates with Luleå University of Technology, Michigan State University and universities in Canada, US, Australia and Japan, as well as Indigenous communities and associations. The project forms part of ongoing efforts by Indigenous and allied scholars, knowledge keepers, scientists, change-makers, and leaders to create a field to support Indigenous peoples’ capacities to analyze and address the consequences as well as mitigate the impacts of anthropogenic climate change – thereby contributing to the establishment of the field Indigenous Climate Change Studies.


Brenda J. Child, Northrop Professor and Chair of the Department of American Studies at the University of Minnesota

Date: Tuesday January 21st 2020
Time: 10:00-12:00
Venue: Engelska Parken, UU, Thunbergsvägen 3C, House 22, room 22-1009

The talk will explain the history of the Jingle Dress Dance, an important dance tradition among American Indian women today, and why it is associated with both healing and anti-colonialism. The jingle dress dance began a hundred years ago among the Ojibwe, whose tribal nations are along the Great Lake and US and Canadian border, and number 200,000 people today. The talk will also discuss the dance at Standing Rock during the fall of 2016.

Brenda J. Child is Northrop Professor and Chair of the Department of American Studies at the University of Minnesota. She received her PhD in History at the University of Iowa. Child was born on the Red Lake Ojibwe Reservation in northern Minnesota where she is a citizen and member of a committee writing a new constitution for the nation of 12,000.

Child is co-founder of a major digital humanities project, the Ojibwe People’s Dictionary Recently, she led a collaboration between University of Minnesota students and the Mille Lacs Ojibwe community on an exhibit, Ziibaaska’ iganagooday: The Jingle Dress at 100, at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum in Onamia, Minnesota, 2019-2020.

Organised by Dr May-Britt Öhman, within the research project Dálkke: Indigenous Climate Change Studies at the Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies on Racism, CEMFOR, Uppsala University, in collaboration with Sámeednama friddja universitehta - Sámi Land Free University, and UPPSAM – the association/network for Sámi related studies in Uppsala.


Welcome to Climate Futures Workshop by Dálkke: Indigenous Climate Change Studies.

Datum: 13 november 2019
Tid: 09.00-17.00 (plus postseminarium och middag)
Plats: Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3C, Uppsala universitet.

The purposes of the workshop are to:

  • Present the ongoing work for discussion. What results do we have so far? How to proceed?
  • Prepare for further applications to expand the research project and activities.
  • Expand collaboration to interested, for future research projects and activities.


09.00 Káffabådda Coffee
09.30 Introduction to Dálkke: Indigenous Climate Change Studies project and this workshop. May-  Britt Öhman, project leader, CEMFOR, Uppsala University.

09.45-10.30 Indigenous IT innovations for environmental protection: The journey from Tannak´s birth 17 years ago and today with respect to its heritage within indigenous communities. Björn Lindgren, Susanne Spik and Karin KuoljokTannak International AB.

10.30-11.15 Plants as innovators: On Oassje as a model for energy harvesting of flow-induced vibrations, Ida Jansson, Luleå University of Technology, Fluid and Experimental Mechanics.

11.15-13.00 Lunch Matikum, Kajutan, Engelska parken.

13.00 -14.30 Wind power in Sámi territories - fossil free, green and environmentally friendly? Eva Charlotta HelsdotterUppsala Univ, CEMFOR

13.45- 14.30 Knowledge from the Sámi past for a sustainable future - archeological and historical studies of Forest Sámi on the Swedish side of Sápmi, Gunilla Larsson, Uppsala University, CEMFOR.

14.30-15.15 Káffabådda Coffee

15.15-17.00 Seminar organized by CEMFOR, ”How do I tell an academic organisation that the land is a research participant?”: Reflections from an ongoing project on climate change and Indigenous perspectives. Frances Wyld, Doctor of communication, researcher, Australia, Dálkke: Indigenous climate change studies project participant

17.00-19.00 Post seminar mingle
19.00 Dinner at restaurant in Uppsala (participants at own cost)

The workshop is open to all interested free of charge. Lunch and dinner is at own cost for participants.  Please register latest by November 4 at: Please note that the number of participants is limited, the registration will be closed down if we have reached the maximum earlier than Nov. 4. 

Organised by the research project Dálkke: Indigenous Climate Change Studies, FORMAS Dnr 2017-01923, led by Dr May-Britt Öhman, Uppsala University, within the Swedish National research programme on climate
Languages: We will present and talk in English, as we have a project participant from Australia. We will help each other with translation to and from Swedish, and if needed/possible also from other languages. 

D´álkke: Indigenous Climate Studies - CEMFOR, Uppsala University


Date: 13 November 2019

Lecturer: Dr. Frances Wyld is a Martu woman (Aboriginal people of the Pilbara region of Australia) and Doctor of Communication.

Abstract: In this presentation I reflect on the methodology and ethical considerations of an Australian sub-project that is part of the research project Dálkke: Indigenous Climate Change Studies, funded by FORMAS, within the Swedish National Research Programme on Climate, and placed at the Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies on Racism, CEMFOR, at Uppsala University.

The Australian sub-project documents stories and opinions about climate change, caring for country and the use of Indigenous knowledges in design and innovation to better care for the environment. The work is ongoing during 2019 and the results will be presented at conferences and in articles during 2020. The methodology is a blend of western and Indigenous knowledges characterised by the logos and mythos of information gathering. The logos is the academic pursuit of knowledge on the subject undertaken through literature review and the interviewing of Indigenous academics. The mythos represents Storywork and the stories collected from Indigenous communities and people alongside the needs of this diverse land. But how do you give the land a voice in academia beyond what can be known within science? How do we tell an academic organisation that the land is a research participant? Ethical considerations involved in working with Indigenous communities are important, protocols in academia in Australia were put in place for this. Yet something has been lost in translation; a colonising voice had taken command yet again, leaving the land without a voice and the researcher disconnected from a fundamental participant in research - the environment itself.

Frances Wyld
, is a Martu woman (Aboriginal people of the Pilbara region of Australia) and Doctor of Communication. She has taught in the areas of Indigenous Knowledges, education, cultural studies and has worked extensively within curriculum development. Her doctorate title ‘In the time of Lorikeets’ uses autoethnography, storytelling and mythography to centre Indigenous Knowledges within an academic environment to establish an Indigenous worldview for ethical research and teaching.

She takes great pride in her ongoing collaboration with Sámi academics and community persons. Her publications include both scholarly and creative writing elements. Dr Wyld is currently working on a project led by Uppsala University to research climate change, Indigenous perspectives and innovation. She lives in Adelaide, Australia with her son.

Project: Indigenous Australian perspectives on Climate Change.

DÁLKKE: INDIGENOUS CLIMATE CHANGE STUDIES at aotearoa annual meeting, naisa

Aotearoa (Nya Zeeland) Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Annual Meeting, 26-29 juni, 2019. 


Date: Mars 20th, 2019, time:15:15-17:00, Location: Engelska parken, House 22, room 22-1017.

Participant: Karin Eriksson, PhD student in Scandinavian studies at the University of Washington, USA, specializing in feminist studies. Kaisa Huuva, doctoral student in Sami studies at Umeå University.


Date: February 28th, 2019.

Presentations of and from the research project Dálkke: Indigenous Climate Change Studies. Participants can read here

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