Resisting Finnish Colonialism: The Case of Sámi Activism

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Pinni B Building, lecture hall B1096 (address: Kanslerinrinne 1, 1st fl.)


UTA: Institute for Advanced Social Research (IASR) and The New Social Research Programme (NSR)

University of Tampere
Institute for Advanced Social Research (IASR) in cooperation with
New Social Research Programme (NSR)

Speakers Series 2018-2019, Autumn

Open lecture by Professor Tarja Väyrynen, IASR

This lecture discusses the nexus of colonial violence and peacebuilding through the example of Finnish-Sámi settler colonial relations. Violence that functions through the (gendered) indigenous bodies renders the bodies mute as violence embedded in these relations is structural, slow as well as epistemic. Yet, the multiple forms of colonial violence can be resisted as new Sámi activism demonstrates. Dismantling colonial relations requires comprehensive processes, approaches and stages that transform the relations toward more sustainable, peaceful, relations. Nations do not always want to recognize colonial relations and the existence of the indigenous populations at the core of the nation and, thereby, long-term peacebuilding and reconciliation is difficult.

What is the Speakers Series of the University of Tampere?
– The Speakers Series is a series of Studia Generalia Lectures in the Study of Society organized weekly by the University of Tampere Institute for Advanced Social Research (IASR) in cooperation with the New Social Research Programme (NSR). The lectures are given by the Research Fellows as well as the distinguished guests of the IASR and the NSR. For the programme, please check the IASR website


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