Out of nearly 4 million inhabitants of the Arctic, approximately 500,000 belong to a number of different Indigenous peoples. The Arctic is undergoing substantial and accelerating transformation. Besides global climate change, cultural, social, political, and economic changes are also affecting the region and especially its Indigenous peoples, including their political participation, political institutions, traditional governance and grassroots activism. This session will examine these changes specifically in the Sámi context in Scandinavia.


  • Post-State Indigenous Feminist Sovereignties?, Rauna Kuokkanen, Research Professor, University of Lapland
  • Sámi Siida Governance: Reindeer Herding in an Era of Finnish Colonialism, Anne-Maria Magga, PhD Student, University of Lapland
  • Contested Nation: Demanding and Dismantling Sámi Nationhood, Saara Tervaniemi, PhD Student, University of Lapland
  • Everybody's Sámi Research: Institutionalisation, Neo-politicisation and the problem of defining a research field ethico-politically, Laura Junka-Aikio, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Tromsø University Museum, UiT