Place: Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University, Villavägen 6, Uppsala, KWB - seminar room in the basement . Thursday, February 9, 15-17
Celebrating Sámi and Dakota (fore) mothers:
a conversation with Kim TallBear and May-Britt Öhman
In 2017 Sweden as a colonial nation turns 493 years. Colonisation of the Americas started 525 years ago. 2017 is also the centenary for the first Sámi congress, held in Tråante/Trondheim 1917, February 6-9.
The congress was organized by a Sámi women’s association, founded Elsa Laula Renberg. Although the Swedish state has done, and still does, its best to erase Sámi culture and tradition, Sámi have never been silent. Sámi women have long been in the forefront to claim space, challenging genocide and erasure and to educate and empower other Sámi. There are several examples, the earliest known being the Sámi woman Margareta in the 13th century. As a celebration of Sámi and other Indigenous women’s incessant work to uphold, strengthen and nurture Indigenous cultures we will have a conversation about our (fore) mothers and how they inspire us in our own work and lives.
Dr. Kim TallBear will talk about how her mother's work as an Indigenous planner in both Dakota reservation-based communities and in multi-tribal urban communities paved the way for her own planning career and her subsequent approach to academic work that centers research for social change.
Dr. May-Britt Öhman will talk both about Sámi women that she is not directly related to and a couple of her own foremothers, and their work for claiming space and challenging colonization.
Chair: Dr. Gunilla Larsson, Technoscience research group, Centre for Gender Research; Chair of Uppsam – the association for Sámi related studies in Uppsala; Sámi Land Free University, Lule/Forest Sámi.
Commentator: Dr. Doris Leibetseder, Researcher, Centre for Gender Research
Kim TallBear was raised by her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother in Flandreau, South Dakota and in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate. She is also descended from the Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. Associate Professor at the Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. www.kimtallbear.com
May-Britt Öhman was raised in Luleå and Jokkmokk, in the Lule river valley, Julevädno, although she lived with her parents in Uppsala and in Stockholm until she started school. She is Lule and Forest Sámi, PhD and researcher at the Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University, founder of the Sámi Land Free University.
www.maybrittohman.com and www.samelandsfriauniversitet.com
The seminar is organized by the Technoscience research group, Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University, Uppsam – the association for Sámi related research in Uppsala and the Sámi Land Free University.