Welcome to the Land of Midnight Sun – Bridging Event field trip to Inari

Call for papers open! Art and design based methods to support connections between mainstream and indigenous people
June 1–2, 2019 Rovaniemi-Inari, Finland
Proposal submissions by March 22, 2019

Post Conference Event of Cumulus Conference Rovaniemi 2019

Leader: Päivi Tahkokallio, Tahkokallio Design+, paivi@tahkokallio.fi, tel: +358 50 324 3517
Organizer: Art Promotion Centre Finland
Price: €100/€120 depending on hotel, all single rooms, including breakfast
Focus: The Arctic, Arctic Design, Co-design, Connectivity, Capacity building, Sustainability, Cultural Tourism, Art and Culture, Indigenous people, Sámi people

Where the sun does not set. Join us in a field trip of your lifetime
While you already have decided to travel to the Arctic you really should not miss the opportunity to visit the north of Lapland with 24h daylight in the beginning of June already. We welcome you to a field trip to Inari, centre of the life of Sámi people, the only indigenous people living in the European Union. The 400 km bus drive from Rovaniemi will be a dive to the everyday life of people bold enough to live north of the Arctic Circle.

The field trip includes

June 1st
• bus trip from Rovaniemi to Inari with a dialogue session. See call for papers below, if you are interested in giving a presentation.
• hotel accommodation in Inari, one night
• dinner with ingredients from the surrounding nature

June 2nd
• co-design workshop with meeting local people in Inari
• bus trip from Inari back to Rovaniemi sharing and wrapping up the experience
• and of course, if you are up to it — experiencing the nightless night in-between


Call for papers — Art and design based methods to support connections between mainstream and indigenous people

The bus trip to Inari is a workshop session on wheels. We invite you to join the dialogue. If you wish to contribute to the dialogue with a presentation, a call for papers is launched here. Note that you can participate in the field trip also without a presentation.

The session on wheels aims at encouraging a dialogue between mainstream and margins, in this case especially between mainstream and indigenous people, and to discuss art and design based methods to support the dialogue.

Connectivity, both as concrete access to broad band and as a cultural and social issue, is seen as a prerequisite of good and sustainable life for people in the Arctic. Respect of indigenous knowledge has long been an issue in the region. Indigenous knowledge should always be taken into account when decisions concerning the Arctic are made. It should be part of research made in the Arctic and for the Arctic, and it should be part of developing industry in the region, i.e. tourism. It is now recognised by both indigenous people and mainstream culture representatives that this requires capacity building of both parties.

We are looking for inspiring proposals on art and design-based methods to support a dialogue between mainstream and indigenous or minority cultures to ensure participatory and inclusive processes and to enhance capacity building of all parties.

A 200 word proposal for an inspiring 15 minutes presentation should be sent latest 22 March 2019. Both academic and non-academic proposals are welcome, and they can be collective or individual. Proposals will be peer reviewed. The maximum number of presentations approved to be presented in the bus trip session is 25.

More information and registration/submission links at https://www.cumulusrovaniemi2019.org/Cumulus-2019/Pre-and-Post-conference-events

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