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Whose rules? Indigenous historicities from the north 
Karina Lukin (University of Helsinki)
Dmitry Arzyutov (KTH Royal Institute of Technology)
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Wednesday 23 June, 10:00-11:45 (UTC+3)

Short Abstract:

This panel discusses the ways of practising and narrating the indigenous historicities in the North which have been intertwined with other "western" and "eastern" narratives of the past. We especially welcome papers based on case studies from different parts of the Arctic.

Long Abstract

What does 'history' mean for the various Arctic indigenous and minority groups? To what extent are the non-western 'historicities' intertwined with the dominant "western" narratives such as national/imperial histories or histories of scientific theories, and may even undermine them? To answer these questions, the panel seeks papers from indigenous scholars and the scholars working in the Arctic as well as historians of science. We invite you to reflect with us on the ontological diversities of the concepts of the past and their narrative and practical entanglements with materiality, bodies, non-human beings, environment, and the invisible. These diversities paradoxically lead us to reveal rather the underappreciated relatedness and mutual dependences of the "western" and "non-western" ideas of history. The encounters of the urban administrators and scholars with the divergent ways of narrating and practising the past could not but affect the further development of "western" epistemologies. The converse was equally true. The colonial authorities tried to persuade local people into following the evolutionistic, linear and event-based history. The inclusive way between the two is still rarely taken. And therefore we intend to do this at our panel. We hope it may allow us to "break the rules" in the discourses about the "Other" within anthropology and ethno- and oral histories and open a new avenue for theorizing the indigenous historicities and their (in)visible presence and involvement in the co-production of knowledge. We particularly welcome papers based on long-term field and/or archival/museum research.

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