Book launch of "Bridging Cultural Concepts of Nature" (HUP) – first book in the new HCAS book series AHEAD

The new HCAS book series is launched at the Helsinki Collegium on April 7 at 5:00 pm with Andersson, Cothran & Kekki (eds.) Bridging Cultural Concepts of Nature: Indigenous People and Protected Spaces of Nature (Helsinki University Press)

Venue: Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, Fabianinkatu 24 A, 3rd floor

Time: Thursday April 7, 2022, at 5:00 pm 




5:00 pm Welcome and Introduction to the AHEAD series by the Series Editor Hanne Appelqvist (HCAS) and Managing Editor Anna-Mari Vesterinen (HUP)

5:10 pm Editors' notes:

  • Rani-Henrik Andersson: How and why this book came about
  • Saara Kekki: Introducing the book
  • Boyd Cothran: The changing paradigms of nature conservation and Indigenous people

5:20 pm Comments by Professor Reetta Toivanen

5:40 pm Drinks & canapés


Book description:


For generations Indigenous peoples have suffered from dispossession, treaty violations of hunting and fishing rights, and the loss of sacred places at the hands of national parks and other protected spaces of nature around the world. In recent years, Indigenous communities and practitioners, such as park rangers and educators, working alongside non-native policymakers, park administrators, and NGOs, have found productive ways to engage with and in national parks and similar places. Bridging Cultural Concepts of Nature brings together anthropologists and archeologists, historians, linguists, policy experts, and communications scholars to discuss these differing views and presents a compelling case for the possibility of more productive discussions on the environment, sustainability, and nature protection.

Drawing on case studies from Scandinavia to Latin America and North America to New Zealand, Bridging Cultural Concepts of Nature challenges the old paradigm that Indigenous peoples are not included in the conservation and protection of natural areas and instead calls for the incorporation of Indigenous voices into this debate. It offers a global perspective on the social, cultural, economic, and environmental challenges facing Indigenous peoples and their governmental and NGO counterparts in the co-management of the planet’s vital and precious preserved spaces of nature. 


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