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Authors:Eva Silvén: Nordiska Museet, Stockholm, Sweden
Publication title:Nomadising Sami Collections
Conference:Current Issues in European Cultural Studies, June 15–17, Norrköping, Sweden 2011
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Article No.:029
Abstract:This paper outlines the background of a project including three national museums in Stockholm: the Nordiska Museet, the National Historical Museum (Historiska Museet), and the Museum of Ethnography (Etnografiska Museet). My part of the project covers museum artefacts related to the Sami, an indigenous people. Most of these artefacts are counted as cultural historical, but there are also human remains. The aim of my study is to investigate how these collections have been acquired, named, classified, displayed, and moved between the museums, thereby defining the Sami as a part of Us or the Other. One theoretical starting point is that the artefacts have become significant actors in networks, constituted by museums, scholars, and the Sami, and that museum collections are today a strong sociomaterial force in the current global indigenous discourse. A later point of departure will be based on how the artefacts’ biographies and trajectories can be used to analyse social systems of value, power, and aesthetics.
No. of pages:5
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet

Eva Silvén (2011). Nomadising Sami Collections, Current Issues in European Cultural Studies, June 15–17, Norrköping, Sweden 2011;article=029 (accessed 9/17/2014)