Helsinki Hub of Emotions, Populism and Polarisation (HEPP) organizes an open event in Pyhätunturi Nature Centre Naava to discuss and reflect questions on ethnonationalism and colonialism in Europe. The event addresses the questions relating to ethnicity, nationalism, colonialism and discrimination both in the context of Sápmi and the Arctic region, as well as the wider European context.
The panel consists of Alexander Alekseev (University of Helsinki, Finland), Alina Mozolevska (Black-Sea University, Ukraine), José Olivas Osunas (London School of Economics, UK / Spain), Laura Junka-Aikio (University of Lapland, Finland), and Sabine Volk (University of Passau, Germany).
The evening will culminate in the free screening of Katja Gauriloff's new film Je'vida, which received its Finnish premier in October 2023, and was screened at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Je'vida is the first full-length fictional movie that has been filmed in Skolt Sámi language, a severely endangered Eastern Sámi language that currently has only about 300 speakers. The director Katja Gauriloff will join us for a discussion about the film and answer the questions raising from the audience after the film.
The evening will take place at the auditorium of the Pyhä nature center Naava (Luontotie 1) on Saturday, December 16, at 14:00. Free entrance.
This event is the third and final step of the D.Rad -hub on the Ethnonationalism in Europe that started at the HEPP4 conference in Helsinki 11-13 December. It is funded by the European Commission and the Kone Foundation's fund for Now-Time Us-Space project. Both projects are part of the Helsinki Hub on Emotions Populism and Polarisation (HEPP)
International workshop on populism, social contract, Global North and South and multimodal media in hegemonic struggle
Pyhätunturi, University of Lapland, 14-18 December
This workshop exploring ethnonationalism in Europe will engage in a dialogue with scholars from across the Nordic countries, Europe and the Globe to discuss hegemonic struggles and mechanisms of populism, social contract and contemporary media. The workshop particularly addresses the Sami indigenous community with scholars from this ethnic community to conceptualise how hegemonic struggles take place in the North of Europe. These are also addressing minority politics.
The workshop is the third part of the D.Rad Hub on Ethnonationalism in Europe, in the De-radicalisation in Europe and Beyond: Detect, Resolve, Reintegrate project, funded by the European Commission. Further funding has been received from the Kone Foundation project Now-Time Us-Space which is addressing Hegemonic Mobilisations in Space and Time, where we also include scholars from Ukraine, displaced by the Russian violent attack in Ukraine. Both projects are part of the Helsinki Hub on Emotions Populism and Polarisation (HEPP). The workshop hopes to reach the local community through an open event at the Naava Centre at the Pyhä-Luosto National Park (still TBC).
Workshop concept: During the workshop we will have three panel discussions that will be held in Fishbowl format. In this format, the panel comprises of three rounds of discussions. The first round is initiated by scholars and professionals who have been working closely with the session theme (e.g. political research, media studies, etc.) while other workshop attendees listen to the discussion. The discussion is guided (but is not limited) by a predetermined set of questions. After 15-20 minutes of discussion the first group moves away from the table, and people who have listened to the discussion start the second round of discussion around the same set of questions. After 15-20 minutes of discussion there will be a concluding discussion of about 20-30 minutes.
Our accommodation is in Keropirtti, University of Lapland’s resort cabin and Pyhä Suites (for those staying until Saturday)
Our site for seminars Friday-Saturday is the Pyhä-Luosto Visitor Centre Naava - Nationalparks.fi
Fishbowl: Populism, Violent Radicalism, and the Social Contract
Questions to discuss:
- How articulations of us and them are central part of politics? Who are the “us”?
- What mechanisms contribute to the inclusion and exclusion in the social contract?
- How ethnonationalism is contributing to exclusion and violent radicalism, and are there ways to counter this?
Lunch at Tsokka on top of Pyhätunturi
Fishbowl: Media - centres & peripheries
Questions to discuss:
- How are global and local media intertwined in hegemonic struggles, both emancipation and political polarisation?
- How could one better connect with the local perspectives in the global media landscape?
- What is the role of indigenous/local media in the framing of hegemonic struggles?
17.30-19.30. Fishbowl: Contemporary hegemony challenges in the Arctic North
Departures for some
14-18 (@Auditorio) (Detailed information on the event below)
Ethnonationalism and Colonialism in Europe: panel discussion & screening of the film Je'vida
14.15-15.15 Discussion on "Ethnonationalism and colonialism in Europe" Tentative list of speakers: Alina Mozolevska (Black-Sea Univeristy, Ukraine), José Olivas Osunas (Spain / LSE UK), Alexander Alekseev (Helsinki, Finland), Sabine Volk (Passau, Germany), Laura Junka-Aikio (Lapland, Finland)
Comments: Susan de Groof-Heupfner (Dean, Australia), Mercedes Barros (CONICET, Argentina)
15.50-17.30 Movie: Je'vida
17.30 Q&A with director Katja Gauriloff
Synthesis session: Final discussion on the European and Arctic challenges in the context of the emerging ethnonationalism. TBC @Keropirtti.
Plans for report publication.
Sauna and evening.