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EUCE Center of Excellence Arctic Initiative Lecture: Until the Sun Returns: Sami Cultural Resilience

Speaker

Troy Storfjell, Scandinavian Studies, Pacific Lutheran University

Date Feb 12, 2013
Time 6:00 pm  
Location

Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Languages Building (map)

Phone (217) 265-7515
Event type Lecture
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Originating Calendar European Union Center Events

Abstract: Despite enduring centuries of colonization and oppression, the Indigenous Sámi people of northern Scandinavia and northwestern Russia continue not only to survive, but to thrive. As we enter a period of increasing racism, violence, and an apparent return of state support for colonialism, we can take heart in the resilient staying power of Sámi culture and ways of knowing.

Speaker Bio: Troy Storfjell is Associate Professor of Norwegian and Scandinavian Studies at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. A Sámi scholar himself, he has focused much of his research on Nordic colonialism and Sámi culture and literature. Recently Troy has been working in the area of Indigenous methodologies and epistemologies. He also serves on the board of Romssa Sámi Searvi, the Tromsø Sámi Association. Troy received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2001.