Conference: Arctic Voices in Art and Literature in the Long Nineteenth Century

This is a four-day conference that begins at 14.30 / 2.30 pm on Tuesday 9 July at Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum. It consists of talks, discussions, creative workshops and performative exercises. We invite to open dialogue and welcome anyone interested in art and literature representing marginalised peoples and individuals in the Arctic and in meetings between humans and between humans and animals. 

This conference is a collaboration between UiT, Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum and Riddu Riđđu Festivála. It is the start-up event for the project Arctic Voices, which consists of a group of international and Norwegian scholars and practitioners from the university, museum and art scene, concerned with the gathering and writing of a new history of the Arctic. Our purpose is to foreground the presences and – when possible – the experiences and voices of peoples and animals in the Arctic that were subjected to and marginalised by European imperialism and colonialism during the period from the 1700s until the early 1900s.

PROGRAMME

DAY 1 

Tuesday 9 July 

Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum 

Sjøgata 1, 9008 Tromsø 

  

Seminar session 1: Other perspectives and voices in the Arctic and beyond 

 

14.30 – 14.45 Introduction and welcome 

Ingeborg Høvik and Charis Gullickson  

 

14.45 – 15.30 The Unsettled Eye: Colonial Voice and Vision in Australia and New Zealand, c. 1770 – 1830.  

Bruce Buchan, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia. 
 

 

Break 15.30 – 15-45  

 

15.45 – 16.30 Enslaved Fugitives in the Canadian Winter 

Charmaine Nelson, McGill University, Montreal, Canada. 

 

DAY 2 

Wednesday 10 July / Seminar and workshop  

Báldalávvu, Riddu Riđđu 

 

 

9.00 – 09.30 Welcome, coffee/tea in Báldalávvu. 

Kjellaug Isaksen (Centre for Northern Peoples). 

 

Seminar session 2: Sámi voices in art and literature 
 

09.30 –10.15 'Savage' Laughter: Humour as Resistance in Colonial Encounters in Sápmi and Greenland c. 1670 – 1800 

Linda A. Burnett, Linnaeus University 

 

10.15 – 11.00 Imag(in)ing Saami Life: Emilie Demant Hatt’s Arctic Documents  

Hanna Eglinger, FAU Erlangen–Nürnberg.  

 

11.00 – 11.30 Short break (Possible sound outside Báldalávvu: 11.00 – 11.30) 

 

11.30 – 12.15 Ecology and Johan Turi 

Svein Aamold, UiT The Arctic University of Norway.  

 

13.00 – 16.00 Workshop/Intervention + Yéil Ya-Tseen (Nicholas Galanin) (artist) 

Possible sound outside Báldalávvu 15.30 – 16.00 

 

18.00 Opening of festival art exhibitions (Chippewar and Gieresvuodajn/With Love), Center of Northern Peoples 

 

DAY 3 

Thursday 11 July / Seminar and workshop 

Báldalávvu, Riddu Riđđu 

  

9.00 – 09.30 coffee/tea in Báldalávvu. 

 

Seminar session 3: Arctic presences in European narratives 

 

09.30 – 10.15 Absent or Present, Part of the System or of the Land: The representation of animals in some nineteenth-century narratives of Arctic exploration 

Sigfrid Kjeldaas, UiT The Arctic University of Norway.  

 

10.15 – 11.00 Pictures from the Bering Street: Louis Choris’ Voyage pittoresque autour du Monde (1823).  

Marie-Theres Federhofer, UiT / Humboldt University, Berlin. 

 

11.00 – 11.10 Break 

 

11.10 – 12.35 Workshop / Intervention + Raisa Porsanger (artist) 

 

13.30 – 14.15 ‘Arctic Hysteria' or 'Polar Eufori'? Voicing Otherwise in Early Arctic Narrative 

Renee Hulan, Saint Mary’s University, Canada.  

 

14.15 – 15.00 An Alternative Vision of the Friendly Arctic? Ada Blackjack’s Diary from Wrangel Island 

Silje Gaupseth, Polarmuseet, UiT The Arctic University of Norway 

 

 

15.00 – 15.10 Break (10 min) 

 

15.10 – 15.50 Intervention 

Possible sound outside Báldalávvu 15.30 – 16.00 

P.S. We have to be out of the lavvo by 16.00  

 

 

DAY 4 

Friday 12 July / Seminar and Workshop 

Báldalávvu, Riddu Riđđu 

 

9.15 – 09.30 Coffee/tea in Báldalávvu     

 

Seminar session 4: Arctic presences in Western imagery 

 

9.30 – 09.50 Curatorial Strategies 

Charis Gullickson, Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum. 

 

9.50 – 10.35 Tea and Sympathy in the Arctic: sociability and survival among Western women and Inuit, 1840-1900 

Sophie Gilmartin, Royal Holloway University of London.  

 

10.35 – 10.45 Break 

 

10.45 – 11.30 ‘Exceedingly Good Friends’: The Representation of Indigenous People during the Franklin Search Expeditions to the Arctic (1847-59) 

Eavan O’Dochartaigh, Umeå University.  

 

11.30 – 12.15 Traces of an Arctic Voice: The Case of Qalasirssuaq 

Ingeborg Høvik, UiT The Arctic University of Norway. 

 

13.00 – 15.00 Workshop 

Curating and designing an exhibition on historical otherness 

Charis Gullickson (introduction) 

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Information
Starts: 09. July 2019 kl. 14.45
Ends: 12. July 2019 kl. 17.00
Where: Nordnorsk Kunstmuseum and Riddu Riđđu Festivála, Kåfjord
Location / Campus: Tromsø, Other
Target group: Employees, Students, Guests, Invited