In defense of Dr. Erika Sarivaara
erika.sarivaara at gmail.com
Tue May 7 09:25:27 UTC 2013
I have chosen to not dignify Professor Sammallahti’s attacks on the
integrity of my research and my character in this forum or anywhere else
for that matter. I stand by my research as one of many truths. If anyone on
this list is interested in hearing my perspective, I will welcome direct
and respectful questions and inquiries.
I am a mother of three young children and therefore respectfully ask that
people keep this in mind when contacting me by phone or when waiting for an
email response from me. I look forward to constructive dialogue on the
meaningful and beneficial issues of our research and work in the fields of
pedagogy and sociolinguistics.
Erika Katjaana Sarivaara
2013/5/7 Pekka Sammallahti <pekka.sammallahti at oulu.fi>
> Dear receivers,
> While I strongly disapprove of sending this circular by people who seem to
> be unaware of what is going on on the ethnic and ethnopolitical scene in
> Finland, let me make known that a detailed review of Sarivaara's thesis
> will be presented.
> Let me also make it known that Sarivaara has been a leading figure in the
> fight against Saami self-determination in Finland and that her thesis is
> constantly used as a weapon in this fight. It is thus appropriate to treat
> it also as a political document and deal with its inadequacies and
> absurdities such as "non-status Saami" by the way of ironic humor.
> Pekka Sammallahti
> PhD, Professor emeritus of Saami Language
> Quoting Scheller Elisabeth <elisabeth.scheller at uit.no>:
> Dear Erika Sarivaara, members of the URA-list, and other research
>> Over the last couple of weeks, we have been made familiar with the
>> content of some discussions on Prof. Pekka Sammallahti's Facebook site
>> concerning Dr. Erika Sarivaara and her PhD thesis Statuksettomat
>> saamelaiset <http://brage.bibsys.no/**samall/bitstream/URN:NBN:no-**
>> Paikantumisia saamelaisuuden rajoilla<http://brage.bibsys.**
>> (2012). In general, Sammallahti's site is none of our business and way
>> beyond our interest. However, the current discussions of Sarivaara and her
>> work signal such a striking absence of common decency that we find it
>> necessary to point out the following:
>> In case anyone forgot: Sarivaara's thesis has been evaluated by a
>> scientific commitee of competent people in her field of research, and it
>> was accepted. Obviously, Sammallahti and some of his Facebook friends find
>> some aspects of Sarivaara's thesis problematic. That is not problematic at
>> all. What is problematic though, is their totally disrespectful way of
>> making fun of Sarivaara and her research in a semiofficial forum on the
>> Internet. Even her mental health has been called into question.
>> In fact, the comments on Prof. Sammallahti's Facebook site say nothing
>> at all about Erika Sarivaara. What they do say, is that some people who
>> find themselves in front of the research field they pursue, seem to lack:
>> 1) social media competence, and 2) basic understanding of research ethics.
>> In the future, we hope that the important questions that our colleague
>> raises in her thesis will be discussed in the professional, scientific,
>> and, last but not least, respectful way that Sarivaara, like any other
>> researcher, deserves.
>> With kind regards,
>> Elisabeth Scheller
>> PhD Student in Saami sociolinguistics
>> University of Tromsø
>> elisabeth.scheller at uit.no<**mailto:elisabeth.scheller at uit.**no<elisabeth.scheller at uit.no>>
>> Åse Mette Johansen
>> PhD Student in Nordic languages
>> University of Tromsø
>> ase.mette.johansen at uit.no<**mailto:ase.mette.johansen at uit.**no<ase.mette.johansen at uit.no>
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