Wednesday 5. June 209, Castren Hal, in the University of Lapland
Artistic research, cultural research and the shadow of colonialism are just three of the key topics addressed here under the broad heading of ‘research’. What insights might be gained by participating in these sessions, each led by an expert from a University in Canada, Iceland or Finnish Lapland?
The purpose of this session on “Cultural research and research-creation projects in the circumpolar North” is to bring together artists, writers, curators, organizers of cultural events, professors, researchers and graduate students to enable them to share their expertise, by presenting their projects related to the North and the Arctic. Participants are invited to explain the objectives, interest and assumptions of one of their creation, dissemination or research projects. Projects can address either one of the northern circumpolar cultures, comparative or global aspects of the North, the Arctic or Winter. Whether it is to understand the cultural components of the "Imagined North" or to study particular disciplines (literature, theater, visual arts, design, architecture, cinema, music, or traditional practices), all the projects of study, research-creation, dissemination and research are welcome.The general objective is to review the state of current research, to foster links and contacts between researchers, artists and cultural workers from different cultures of the North and the Arctic, and thus to allow transversal collaboration in cultural studies, and especially between disciplines.
Daniel Chartier (CA)
Daniel Chartier is full professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal, Research Chair on Images of the North, Winter and the Arctic and director of the International Laboratory for Comparative Multidisciplinary Study of Representations of the North. In recent years, he has published some twenty books and a hundred articles on the representation of the North, the Arctic and Winter, Québec, Inuit and Nordic cultures, cultural pluralism, including The End of Iceland's Innocence (2010), Le lieu du Nord (2015), Le froid (2018) and a multilingual essay in 14 editions (in 14 languages of the North) on What is the ‘Imagined North’? Ethical principles. Over the course of his career, he has led many peer-reviewed projects which led to hundreds of public interventions (books, articles, chapters, interviews, conferences, communications, conference organizations). He has lectured in many universities, including Lund, Paris 3, Paris Sorbonne, Helsinki, Stockholm, Iceland, Greenland, Buenos Aires, Fribourg, Groningen and Yale.
Linda Tuhwai Smith argued in her foundational text Decolonizing Methodologies (1999) that although Indigenous researchers—such as curators, professors, museum practitioners, artists and art historians—often train and work in non-Indigenous institutions under specific disciplinary methodologies, they emphasize Indigenous culture and knowledge in their work through a variety of decolonizing strategies. This emphasis is necessary because Western art historical paradigms of pedagogy, research, and exhibition practice are invariably inadequate to describe or present the complexity of Indigenous culture and artistic practices. This discussion will focus on Indigenous strategies for advancing decolonial research and engagement practices within institutions that hold Sami, Inuit, and other circumpolar peoples’ collections, art, and art histories. Affirming the politics of resistance that has sustained Indigenous cultures through to the present day, and acknowledging the critical moment we are in to undertake daring action together to challenge and creatively disrupt the colonial underpinnings of museums, art galleries and universities, this panel invites circumpolar Indigenous arts research-practitioners and their collaborators to share and explore innovative, critical approaches to decolonizing and indigenizing research and engagement in institutional practices.
Heather Igloliorte (CA)
Chair: Decolonizing Research Practices in the Arts
Inuk (Nunatsiavut) scholar
Heather Igloliorte is a research chair and associate professor at Concordia
University in Montreal, Quebec. She has published extensively on Inuit and
other Indigenous arts, and is the recipient of the CAA 2017 Art Journal Article
of the Year Award for her essay, “Curating Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit: Inuit
Knowledge in the Qallunaat Art Museum.” Heather has been an independent curator
for thirteen years; her nationally-touring exhibitionSakKijâjuk: Art and Craft
from Nunatsiavut(2016) received a 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award from the
Canadian Museums Association. Her current projects include the co-curated
exhibitions Among All These Tundras (2018-2020); the retrospective Alootook
Ipellie: Walking Both Sides of an Invisible Border (2018); and the inaugural
exhibitions of the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Inuit Art Centre, opening 2020.
Heather leads the SSHRC Partnership Grant "Inuit Futures in Arts
Leadership: The Pilimmaksarniq / Pijariuqsarniq Project" (2018-2025). She
Co-Chairs the WAG’s Indigenous Advisory Circle, serves on the Indigenous
advisory committees of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of
Canada and the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, is a
Faculty Council member of the Otsego Institute, and is a member of the Board of
Directors for the Inuit Art Foundation, Native American Art Studies
Association, and the Nunavut Film Development Corporation.
Global communities are constantly in flux. As the world’s population continues to grow, artists are increasingly engaging in the international dialogue on sustainability and the intricately-connected, if not overlapping, issues— environmental, economic, cultural, and social—that surround it. In the Arctic region where we strive for sustainability, it is important to observe and value different forms of knowledge. Creating art is not a meaningless exercise. Instead, one might say that works of art serve as a window that interprets the world. Sustainability is becoming an issue where artistic involvement and creative approaches in education and research could be crucial in creating much needed awareness of our place in the world and the context of our existence and behavior. The participants in this session will be offered to introduce their artistic research/ art-based research, artistic activities or pedagogy that have the potential of opening up diverse understanding and experiences of the Arctic.
Ásthildur Jónsdóttir (IS)
Ásthildur Jónsdóttir, Iceland has PhD from University of Iceland and Doctor of Arts from University of Lapland. MA from NYU and Med from University of Iceland. Ásthildur Jónsdóttir is an artists, researcher, curator and art teacher living in Geneva Switzerland. She has worked as a university lecturer at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, since 2009. She has studied artistic actions for sustainability, community based art and participatory art practices when finding a balance between well-being and the integrity of nature. Concepts from critical, place-based education for sustainability, participatory pedagogy, collective efficacy and places /spaces are fundamental to her research interests.