The University of Oulu, University of Lapland and Sámi Education Institute have organized Oovtâst- Together: New concepts, theories and methadologies on Saami Studies will be held from September 25-27 in Inari, Finland. This multidisciplinary conference is aiming for new approaches to Saami studies and will attempt to analyze etic and emic perspectives of Saami society and culture.
Some keynote lecturers include Dr. Else Grete Broderstad from University of Tromsø, Norway, (Indigenous rights and citizenship rights: contradictory or coherent?) Dr. Veli-Pekka Lehtola professor of Saami culture at the Giellagas Institute for Saami studies at the University of Oulu, Finland (Northern histories of Encounters. Some aspects on studying the Saami-Finnish relations in 20th century) and Ylva Jannok Nutti, from University of Tromsø (“Towards a Sami culturally-based learning context: Action research and social practices to revitalize Sami traditional knowledge and language” (Sámi kultuvrii vuođđuduvvan oahppanbiras: Ákšuvdnadutkan ja sosiálalaš praksisat sámi árbevirolaš dieđu ja giela ealáskahttimis)
Besides the lectures, workshops will be held in English, Finnish and Saami. For more information about Oovtâst- Together go to http://www.oulu.fi/giellagasinstitute/node/19026. The schedule can be found at http://www.oulu.fi/sites/default/files/content/Giellagas_oovtast_ohjelma3pv_2.pdf.