A Digital Approach to the Discursive Construction of National Identity: the Example of the Sámi Council’s Declarations

Past event

Alexandre Zeitler - University of Strasbourg


18 March 2021
18h 19h30
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Cycle Mythemes of the North

In the words of Ricœur, “narration creates identity” – so does the declarations of the Sámi council, a non-governmental organization founded in 1956 to provide safeguards for the unity and homogeneity of the Sámi indigenous people. Because of their digital nature, they (re)create a discursive space for the (re)definition of the sámi identity beyond national Nordic frameworks. The aim of this presentation is therefore to present a cartography of knowledges shared by Sámis on their identity within these documents. Two key clusters within the network, the discourse on a homogenous sámi ‘nation’ and the stabilization of nowadays classic representations of the Sámis as reindeer herders will be particularly discussed during the lecture.

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