FW: Conference on Saami Archaeology, Linguistics and Genetics
johanna.laakso at univie.ac.at
Wed Dec 5 06:55:45 UTC 2007
>From Tiina Äikäs (tiina.aikas at oulu.fi):
The conference "Máttut - máddagat - The Roots of Saami ethnicities,
societies and spaces / places" will be held in Oulu, Finland, on the 4th-6th
Máttut - máddagat is an international and multidisciplinary conference. The
aim of the conference is to approach the subject of Saami "origins" from
different perspectives including ethnisities, societies and concepts of
places and spaces. Linguistics, archaeologists and genetics are asked to
take part in the conversation. Other aim of the conference is to bring
together experts from different countries. The conference is open for both
researchers and students with an interest for Saami issues.
Presentations are wanted for the following sessions:
1. session: Ethnicities. The "origin" of Saami people has been much debated
for centuries and the explanations have varied in different times and within
different disciplines. This session will invite linguistics, archaeologists
and genetics to share the recent knowledge on this subject and to discuss
how the information from different disciplines can contribute to each other.
One of the aims is also to study how relevant is it to discuss "the Saami
ethnicity" or "Saami ethnicities".
2. session: Societies. From historical times siida (lappby) has considered
to be the basic form of the "traditional" Saami society but what were it´s
early stages and what is the relation of the historical siida to the
prehistoric societies and to the cycle of annual migration. And how did
livelihood and connections to other peoples influence social system? How
much can we generalize the forms of siida system considering differences in
time (historical development) and and space (geographical circumstances)?
3. session: Spaces / places. This session will examine the spatial
manifestations of changes in livelihood and culture. Landscape, language,
dwelling places and hunting practices have changed and these changes have
left their mark to the lived environment. Also human perceptions of spaces
and places have altered. The alterations of mental landscapes can be reached
from for example place names and rock art. In this session questions
concerning tangible and intangible marks of cultural change in spaces and
places will be raised.
For more information go to:
The site is under construction and will be updated regularly.
Proposals for papers as well as an abstract of about 200 words should be
submitted by the 30th of April 2008.
Feel free to forward this email to any colleagues who may be interested.
Laboratory of Archaeology
90014 OULUN YLIOPISTO
tel. +358-8553 3265
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