Indigenous Studies, Politics of Memory and Regimes of Exclusion

This continued focus of CEMFOR’s work covers historical and contemporary research on discrimination, stigmatisation and exclusion of groups formally recognised as Swedish minorities and indigenous communities. With our particular focus and expertise with regard to Sami and Jewish communities and more recently also Roma, we study how they have been historically discriminated and stigmatised in Sweden and, comparatively, beyond, and how corresponding persistent regimes of exclusion still influence both contemporary politics of memory of indigenous groups and minorities as well as effectively fuel their contemporary life-worlds and opportunities.

Current research projects:

  • Environmental Justice, Land Based Learning and Social Sustainability in Sábme. Principal investigator: May-Britt Öhman
  • Sijddaj máhttsat betyder "kommer hem"
    Principal investigator: May-Britt Öhman
  • Leva utan olja?! 
    Principal investigator: May-Britt Öhman
  • Indigenous perspectives on forest fires, drought and climate change: Sápmi Principal investigator:  Ignacio Acosta

Past research projects:

  • Dálkke: Urfolksperspektiv på klimat.
    Principal investigator: May-Britt Öhman
  • Pandemi i det arktiska Norr. 
    Principal investigator: May-Britt Öhman


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.


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

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