Project team

For questions regarding the project, please contact project leader Astri Dankertsen:

The team:

The Faculty of Social Sciences at Nord University, Norway, will host INDHOME. The Project leader is Associate Professor Astri Dankertsen, Norwegian Sámi expert on Sámi identities, colonisation, Indigenous perspectives, gender perspectives, urban Indigeneity and activism. She is a member of the NAISA Council, the leading group of international organisations for Native American and Indigenous research. Furthermore, the project group at Nord University consists of Associate Professor Astrid Marie Holand, who specialises in economic, political and welfare history as well as media history and journalism, and two doctoral research fellows on Greenlandic homemaking and Sámi historic housing policies and indirect assimilation. The project enlists several international partners. Senior Researcher Astrid Nonbo Andersen, at the Danish Institute for International Studies, is an expert on the History of Ideas and Memory Politics who specialises in past and present relations between Denmark and its former colonies, including Greenland, claims for reparations, apologies and Truth- and Reconciliation processes. She has an extensive network of scholars, activists and artists engaged in Greenlandic-Danish relations and is associated to the University of Greenland. Associate Professor Krister Stoor, Department of Language Studies, Director of Várdduo – Centre of Sámi Research at Umeå University, Sweden, specialises in Indigenous intellectual traditions, folklore, narratives and yoik, the Sámi way of singing. Dr. Stoor is Sámi and an active yoiker. Dr. Inge Høst Seiding, University of Greenland, historian and former archive leader at the National Museum, Archives in Greenland is an expert in Arctic social and cultural history, and Greenlandic colonial history, in particular marriages between European men and Greenlandic women between 1750-1850. Majken Paulsen, assistant professor, Nord University, who specializes in Sámi reindeer herding, climate change, colonization and human-animal interaction in the Arctic.

The expert group consists of researchers and Indigenous individuals with specific Indigenous competences and networks. Through seminars and dialogues with the project team, they will ensure that the project delivers high quality research with both theoretical, empirical and societal impact. They are listed as follows: Professor Britt Kramvig, at the Department for Tourism and Northern Studies, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, an expert on decolonisation and Indigenous/Sámi ways of knowing, locally embedded practice of reconciliation, memories and landscape. Professor in Nordic Studies Troy Storfjell, Pacific Lutheran University, a Sámi-American expert on Sámi and Indigenous studies, Indigenist criticism, decolonising methodologies and Indigenous intellectual and philosophical traditions. Associate Professor of Environmental History May-Britt Öhman, Center for Multidisciplinary Studies of Racism, Uppsala University, a Lule Sámi expert on gender, science and technology studies, resilience, decolonising and Indigenous theories and methodologies, racism and colonialism. Associate Professor Tone Huse, Department of Archaeology, History, Religious Studies and Theology, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, an expert on geographies and materialities of politics and leader of a project on climate change and the continuing effects of colonialism in Nuuk, Greenland. Dr. Anna Afanasyeva, PhD in Sámi history, an Russian Sámi expert in Russian Sámi history, assimilation, decolonisation and gender perspectives and also a lecturer at the Sámi University of Applied Sciences. PhD student Liisa-Ravna Finbog, Department of Cultural Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo, an active duojár and Norwegian Sámi expert on Sámi archaeology and museology, and the relation between Sámi identities, Sámi handicraft (duodji) and Sámi museums. PhD student Áile Aikio, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Lapland, Finnish Sámi expert on indigenising and decolonising processes, especially how to indigenise cultural heritage research and management. Associate Professor Ebbe Volquardsen, Head of Department of Cultural and Social History, University of Greenland, expert on Danish-Greenlandic relations, collective memory, postcolonialism and decolonisation; Marianne Jensen, former Mayor of Ilulissat, former Minister, Government of Greenland. Maria Hernes, Stormen Sámi Center in Bodø, Norway; Stig Morten Kristensen, Duoddara Ráfe, Pite Sámi Center in Norway. Elen Ravna, Noereh, Norwegian Sámi youth organisation. We will also invite other Indigenous individuals and organizations to participate in our workshops during the project period.

The project has both a strong Indigenous and international profile, and will contribute to recruitment of future Indigenous scholars through its combination of PhD students, early scholars and more established scholars. It is interdisciplinary and brings together researchers from a range of fields such as sociology, social anthropology, history, journalism, history of technology, history of ideas, and literature. Finally, the project team has an even gender balance, with a female project leader.