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Anthropology of political protest: methods and approaches

Daria Radchenko1

Alexandra Arkhipova2, Anna Kirzyuk1, Leta Yugay1

1 Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Moscow, Russia
2 Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences, Moscow, Russia

Abstract: Public prostest activities – rallies, pickets, marches – are a specific field of study for anthropology. Both collection of data and analysis encounter a range of problems – from positioning oneself in the field and maintaining one’s own political identity to interpreting both off-line and on-line protest activities and performative practices. The panel will include papers on the fieldwork methodology of protest studies in general, challenges and possibilities of observation at different activities in Russia – from memorial march in honour of a killed oppositionary to anti-corruption events, and on innovative forms of rallying on Facebook. The panel also welcomes papers on a variety of problems of protest research in anthropology.

Archive Matters. Unfolding the How and the What.

Charlotte Hyltén-Cavallius1

Susanne Nylund Skog1, Fredrik Skott2, Marie Steinrud3

1 Institute for Language and Folklore, Uppsala
2 Institute for Language and Folklore, Göteborg
3 Stockholm university

Abstract: After severaldecades of substantial scholarly work, we now know a great deal about thehistory of the folklore archives, their scientific background as well as theresearch done therein. Though giving this rich body of scholarly works its fullcredit, we feel that today the perceived image of methodological questionsappears slightly unbalanced.

In this session, we would like to address thisissue and discuss methodological questions regarding archival sources. The aimis to initiate and discuss how research is carried out in and with the archiveand what researchers are focusing on, regarding archival sources. The sessionalso invites discussions about availability and ethics in regard to archivalsources, as well as addresses issues of how to combine the archival sourceswith other types of materials, such as photographs, life stories, interviews,observations, media material and sonic material. How do we work with thesetypes of sources? How do we combine and utilize different materials fromdifferent sources? What character and status do they have? How are archivalsources related to contemporary ideological, political and scientific issues?How do we use the archival matters as sources and what in the sources matters?

We welcome contributions in English and in anyof the Nordic languages. We also hope this session will offer scholars newpossibilities to expand their expertise and networks with colleagues.

Beyond tradition: Scholars, prophets, mystics, and activistsmaking knowledge

Nathan Light1

1 Dept. of Anthropology and Ethnology, Uppsala University, Uppsala,Sweden

Abstract: Knowledge makersare often imaginative and passionate about their craft and committed todisseminating their discoveries, but address widely varying audiences withdifferent goals and legacies. Some such as Marx or Freud have established broadand enduring public traditions, while other system builders such as OlofRudbeck, James Frazer or Joseph Campbell are known for their more quixoticinterpretive quests and more limited followings. Other speculative historiansand seers have established cults and new religious movements through fantastichistories, pseudoscience, and ritual and ethical innovations, such as L. RonHubbard, Falun Dafa or at the extreme, Heaven’s Gate, Charles Manson, orterrorist organizations.

This panel asks how we can apply ethnologicalresearch and theory to understanding diverse knowledge making practices andtheir role in promoting social movements. Knowledge making and its articulationare vital to social life, but despite extensive study of the nexus ofknowledge, power and authority, there is less investigation of knowledge makingitself. Participants in this panel will consider the repertoire of techniques,genres, and logics involved in making and expressing new knowledge.

How do people seek and create new knowledge, orreinterpret and revive existing bodies of knowledge? How do they provideevidence and legitimate knowledge according to the expectations of differentaudiences and to conform to institutional standards? How do people negotiatethe authority to use knowledge in making public claims? How are knowledge ofthe past and future, and assertions about truth, tradition, ethics or thesupernatural used to make political claims?

Dark Matters

Mattias Frihammar1

1 Stockholm University, ERG Ethnology, Stockholm, Sweden

Abstract: We invite researchersto reflect on how ethology and ethologists deal with dark matters in anopen-ended, and hopefully thought-provoking manner.

Darkness is a complex concept. There are myriadways in which it can be perceived; it is used to describe experiences of somethingsad, threatening or even evil, but also to label a sense of comfort.

Darkness is linked to understandings ofimperialism and racism (often trigged by the novel Heart of Darkness by JosephConrad), and has bearings on identity politics. On darknet people live outtheir darkest desires.

On the other hand, darkness provides space forhiding; the potential for acceptance, forgiveness, or reconciliation for thehaunted; it gives shade and nuance in the heat and contours of brightness. Inart and fiction, darkness is often the primary mover.

In an experience economy context, darkness is aresource. Dark tourism sites uses it as a pull factor, at amusements parkspeople can go on dark rides. In the genre of horror fiction, the use ofdarkness as a thrill has a long history.

Among the topics for consideration are:celebrations of darkness, dark legacies, darknet, dealing with threat,commemoration of tragedy; darkness in popular culture, dark rituals, darktourism, darkness at museum, ways of hiding.

Is there a common denominator of histories,heritages, cultures, events and knowledges linked to darkness? That is what wewill investigate in this panel.

Digital ‘objects’ on the move: imported weblore and its use,transformation and domestication in Scandinavian social spaces

Ida Tolgensbakk1

Line Esborg2, Inger Christine Årstad3

1 NOVA, HiOA, Oslo, Norway
2 UiO, Oslo, Norway
3 Mjøsmuseet, Norway

Abstract: Digital loregenres such as memes, gifs and emojis have become intrinsic parts of daily lifefor many Scandinavians. Most of these genres have their technological originstories in the English-speaking world, and most of these genres have had a lifeonline in completely different linguistic, cultural and social contexts beforearriving in Scandinavia.

There are at least two ways that these digital‘objects’ may be of interest to us as studying Scandinavian folklore. On theone hand, internet is part of a globalization process putting Scandinavianlives in more direct contact with foreign popular culture than ever before. Howdo we as folklorist understand its impact? On the other hand, it is obviousthat many of these genres and individual objects have become domesticated.Transformed or simply translated, discrete web phenomena as well as whole webgenres have moved from being cultural loans, marked by a certain foreignness,to become familiar to the point of being homey. But how to capture and tracksuch transient phenomena as internet fads? Is it even possible to retrace theirsteps – and does it matter? Our panel will discuss challenges and rewards withstudying such digital ‘objects’, ranging from racist memes to Muslimmotivational posters.

We welcome one or two other papers/conveners!

Education as an ethnological field

Maria Zackariasson1

Malin Ideland2, Beatriz Lindqvist1

1 Södertörn University, School of historical and contemporarystudies, Stockholm, Sweden
2 Malmö University, Faculty of Education and Society, Malmö, Sweden

Abstract: From a culturalpoint of view, the public education system is highly interesting. The politicalproject of organizing schooling is tightly connected to national dreams ofcultural community as well as economic development. School is the place tofoster citizens of today and the future.  It is thus not surprising thatthe public debate on education is intense. During recent years two themes havestructured the Nordic debates; the seemingly “free falling” PISA-results andthe “challenges” of multi-cultural, multi-lingual classrooms. Often these two problemsare understood as one; decreasing knowledge performances on large-scaleassessments are blamed on a segregated school system. The Nordic dream of anequal education is in the public debate depicted as having turned into anightmare of segregation, exclusion and alienation.

Besides an ongoing political debate on how tosolve the school-problem, a science war has started in the same field.Neurological studies are coming up as an alternative to understand how welearn, but is blamed for being too narrow, while pedagogical research is blamedfor being useless and fuzzy. We argue that a cultural perspective can give abetter, more nuanced understanding of the kind of complex issues that schoolingand education comprise. In this panel we therefore welcome papers on how we canunderstand pre-school, school and higher education – but also other learningcontexts – from an ethnological/folkloristic point of view. How canethnological/folkloristic questions, theories and, not least, methodscontribute to understanding and handling the changes and challenges withineducation and schooling?

Ethnographic knowledge in political decision-making – what’s thepoint?

Pia Olsson1

Tiina-Riitta Lappi1, Karoliina Ojanen1

1 University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

Abstract: Ethnographicresearch is often presented in a way that may not open up to someone outsideour field as it does to those more familiar with the conventions ofethnographic writing. We have a tendency to explain our research in a verymultidimensional way when providing the reader with as much information aspossible to reason for our case in question. Ethnography calls for a holisticapproach, but it may be difficult to sum up our most important arguments.Should we pay more attention to practices and means of presenting ethnographicknowledge, especially when dealing with parties outside the academia?

In a world of “alternative facts” it isimportant to “get out there” with what we are doing. Ethnographic knowledgeopens up new perspectives and offers invaluable insights on issues beingdecided in the field of politics but how can we promote it in a way that ismore focused, e.g. easier to grasp for those not so familiar with ethnographicwriting. How can we make our knowledge and ways of producing it more availableand better achievable in the context of decision-making?

We welcome papers presenting experiences andpractices of making good use of ethnographic knowledge for the benefit of thesociety at large, whether in social services, integration policies, urbanplanning or health care, to name a few examples. Papers discussing howapplication of ethnographic knowledge in contexts other than academia affectsthe research process in general are invited as well in this session.

Ethnology matters –

Joakim Forsemalm1

Elias Mellander2

1 Radar arkitektur & planering
2 Insiti

Abstract: The session seesfive invited persons, that defines themselves as ethnologist and are usingethnological theories and methods in their everyday practice outside ofacademia, in a discussion around how ethnology matter – in a wider sense, i.e.outside the academic framework – at the end of the 2010s. In what way doesethnologists function as "cultural brokers" (Meyer 2010) in society?What particular "communities of practice" (Wenger 1998) exists aroundethnology outside acacemia and how does it interact with other communities?What empirical matters becomes "boundary objects" (Akkerman &Baker 2011) for sustainable development or other politically infused practices?The invited panelists,  will be interviewed by the panel conveners and thethere will be two invited discussants and senior researchers to comment andreflect upon ethnological outreach and effects on society at large: RobertWillim (ass. professor in Ethnology at Lund university) and Kirsti MathiesenHjemdahl (senior researcher at Agderforskning and Mittuniversitetet).

The idea of this session is thus not to produceabstracts and presentations in an ordinary conference manner, but to inviteconference participants to an open discussion around how (to make) ethnologymatter.

Gender matters

Birgitta Meurling1

1 Institutionen för kulturantropologi och etnologi

Abstract: Genus/kön spelarroll i olika tider, på olika platser, i olika sociala och kulturellasammanhang. Frågan är hur och på vilket sätt. I denna session välkomnar viföredrag som på olika sätt tar upp genus och intersektionella aspekter. I linjemed kongressens övergripande tema fokuseras här hur och på vad sätt genus har förinnebörd och form – och på hur betydelse och materialitet är könade. Härryms bidrag som har historisk ansats likaväl som bidrag med samtidsfokus. Dengemensamma nämnaren är att genus/kön spelar roll.

I denna session välkomnas föredrag på denordiska språken liksom på engelska.


Gender matters in time, in space and is sociallystructured. The question is how and in what ways. In this session we welcomepapers on the topic of gender in all it’s possible intersections. In line withthe conference title a special focus is upon how gender matters and how matteris gendered.

We welcome contributions in any of the Nordiclanguages and in English.

Gjenstandsskrøner: Å gjøre fakta med ting

Anne-Sofie Hjemdahl1

Bjørn Sverre Hol Haugen2, Kristina Skåden3

1 Statens vegvesen, Drammen, Norge
2 Anno museum, Norge
3 Universitetet i Oslo, Norge

Abstract: Kulturhistorikere,museer og kulturminnevernet har lenge holdt fram tingene for å formidle forholdi fortid.  Se her, slik var det! Gjenstandene er gjerne presentert somsannhetsbevis på en historisk fortid. Gjennom innflytelse og videreutvikling avvitenskapsstudier og aktør-nettverksteoriene har også de kulturhistoriskefagene bidratt til å problematisere produksjonen av fakta, i særdeleshet irelasjon til tingenes gjøren. Med inspirasjon fra Bruno Latour, har f. eks densvenske etnologen Wera Grahn interessert seg for de transformasjons- ogstabiliseringsprosesser som særlig museene bedriver for at tingene skal kunneframstå som sannheter, gjennom begrepet om museale fakta (Grahn 2006).

Når gjenstandene må gjennom en særskilteprosesser for å bli til fakta, hva var de før dette? Var gjenstandene falske,var de løgnaktige og kunne de fortelle skrøner om den fortida de hadde opplevd?Og hva med dagens gjenstander, har de jugekraft eller er de sannferdige?

Denne sesjonen fokuserer på de kulturhistoriskefagenes omgang med tingene/gjenstandene/föremålen – og diskuterer hvordan disseinngår i et større arbeid med å etablere kunnskap. Hvordan kan fokus påpraksiser, prosesser og relasjoner bidra til forståelse for hvordan ting blirforstått som henholdsvis fakta og/eller fiksjon?

Vi inviterer innlegg som fokuserer på hvordangjenstander inngår i kunnskapsproduksjon – hvordan de gjøres til fakta oghvordan de gjøres som fakta. Det er også velkomment med innlegg somproblematiserer teknologier i bruk for å gjøre gjenstandene stabile og egnedesom fakta.

Havet som grav: om legitimitet och autenticitet i denexistentiella etnografin

Simon Ekström1

Hanna Jansson2

1 Stockholms universitet, Institutionen för etnologi,religionshistoria och genusvetenskap
2 Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för historia ochsamtidsstudier

Abstract: Havet som gravär en trop och en praktik som återkommer inom flera olika empiriska ochkulturella kontexter. Hur skapas legitimitet och autenticitet i dessasammanhang. Hur hanteras havet som grav i exempelvis media och fiktion; privatabrevsamlingar; människors  ritualer och berättelser; på museer ochminnesmärken?

Som forskningsfält är havet som grav knutet tilldet kulturvetenskapliga utforskande av  lidande, sorg, förlust och död.Därmed ansluter sig sessionen till det växande intresset för vad som kan kallasför existentiell etnografi. Med detta avser vi etnografiskaundersökningar av miljöer som utmärks av de rör vid själva grunden för detmänskliga varat. Det kan handla om att med etnografiska metoder närma sigmänniskor i olika tillstånd av utsatthet, kris eller andra starkt omvälvandekänslomässiga upplevelser. Men det kan också vara empirinära undersökningar avinstitutioner som i sin verksamhet hanterar frågor med tydlig bäring på liv ochdöd.

Med utgångspunkt i dels (1) den snäva rubrikenhavet som grav och dels (2) den betydligt vidare existentiella etnografinuppmanar vi till reflektioner kring hur vi som forskare skapar användbara ochtrovärdiga källmaterial på fält som kan vara såväl såriga som starktemotionellt laddade. Hur motiverar vi som etnologer och folklorister vårtdeltagande i en sådan forskning? Vilka etiska och forsknings_mässigasvårigheter ställs vi inför? Och utövar den existentiella etnografin kanskeockså en egen forskningsmässig lockelse? 

Sessionen välkomnar bidrag som vänder sig tilldet ena eller båda av de teman som presenterats ovan. Presentationer kan hållaspå antingen skandinaviska eller engelska.  

Health Matters – Culture, Health and Body in Medical Humanities

Kristofer Hansson1

Rachel Irwin1, Maria Johansson2

1 Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences, Lund University, Sweden
2 Study Programme for Culture, History and Philosophy, Åbo AkademiUniversity, Finland

Abstract: Ethnological andfolkloric research has a long tradition of exploring issues within medicallandscapes.  These include, but are note limited to: cultural beliefsaround long-term illness, explanations of health and healing, the ways in whichsociety’s controlling mechanisms work across bodies, and how modern biomedicineprovides new cultural perspectives on our internal bodies. In this session weare interested in papers that present ongoing ethnological and folkloristicresearch based on the medical field in the broadest sense. These may beempirically grounded papers, or more theoretical and methodologicalreflections. The session will take stock of the current state of ethnologicaland folkloristic research regarding health, illness, healing and the body.Participants will discuss questions such as:  In what empirical fields arewe working? Into what additional fields should expand our research? Whatmethodological or theoretical trends are we seeing? What role does ethnologicaland folkloristic research play in the emerging field of medical humanities? Howdo we work with / within healthcare? How do we participate in interdisciplinaryresearch on healthcare, and with disciplines that have different empiricalorientations? What are good examples of a more integrative humanities? Throughthe session, we wish to make visible and strengthen the ethnological andfolkloristic research in the Nordic region dealing with health and medicine,and to create a stronger network of researchers in the field of medicalhumanities.

How matter(s) come to matter in cultural history

Anne Folke Henningsen1

Tine Damsholt1, Brita Brenna2, Line Esborg2

1 University of Copenhagen, Denmark
2 University of Oslo, Norway

Abstract: How are artefacts,pictures, memories, bodies, historical sources, and long gone sensations turnedinto objects of study and into allies of narratives in cultural history? Howare bits and pieces, processes and sentiments stabilized and turned into‘cases’, ‘data’, and ‘empirical material’? And how do they contribute as activeco-creators in the production of knowledge? How do we escape the masternarrative of the superior scholar observing and organising ‘reality’ into anobjective truth – the God-eye-trick (Haraway 1991)? If we alternatively presentour results and insights as matters of co-construction and dialogue, that mighthave been different, then how can we maintain our credibility? Cultural historycan be said to be about destabilizing a present that has forgotten itscontingency and about historicizing those aspects of our lives that appear tobe outside history, in order to make the present open to reshaping (Rose 2007).If so, and if furthermore we consider knowledge production to be distributedand always on going and open-ended, then how can we make important argumentsand strong claims within cultural history? What are the implications of theseassumptions for curatorial practices in archives and collections? And forexhibition making? How can museums facilitate civic dialogue and involvementand yet give credit to the professional craft of making cultural history and tothe objects of the past?

We invite papers dealing with these issues intheoretically and/or empirically informed analyses within the range of subjectsand arenas (universities, museums, archives) constituting academic productionof cultural history.

Hållbar utveckling – något för oss?

Carina Johansson1

Anders Häggström1

1 Institutionen för kulturantropologi och etnologi, Uppsalauniversitet

Abstract: Etnologer harlänge haft en samhällskritisk ingång, men får ofta höra att vi är bra på attframföra kritiska synpunkter utan att komma med konstruktiva lösningar.Hållbarhet har vuxit fram som ett viktigt forskningsfält inom mångadiscipliner. Hur kan etnologer bidra till detta och använda våra metoder ochteoretiska ingångar för att praktiskt skapa hållbarhet och resiliens? Dennasession välkomnar deltagare som vill diskutera hur vi kan arbeta med mertillämpade studier i gränslandet mellan etnologisk forskning och administrativpraktik. Det kan gälla hållbarhetsfokus inom områden somdestinationsutveckling, flyktingmottagande samt glesbygd.

I denna session välkomnas föredrag på de nordiskaspråken liksom på engelska.
We welcome contributions in any of the Nordiclanguages and in English.

Institutions and Ethnography: Methodological, Theoretical andEmpirical Matters

Kim Silow Kallenberg1

Maria Björklund2

1 Södertörn University, Ethnology, Stockholm, Sweden
2 Stockholm University, Ethnology, Stockholm, Sweden

Abstract: The ethnography ofinstitutions is a well-established research field in ethnology and anthropologyand is often overlapping with the fields of medical humanities and medicalanthropology. This panel address questions of methodological and theoreticalcharacter in the ethnographical study of institutions. We welcome empiricalcontributions on institutions such as – but not limited to – schools,hospitals, psychiatric facilities, prisons or treatment homes. Suggested themesare:
-multidisciplinarity in the studies ofinstitutions; what contribution can ethnologists make to fields wheredisciplines such as social work, sociology, psychology and medicine dominatethe knowledge production?
-method and methodology in the studies ofinstitutions; do studies of institutions require special methods, and what arethe limits of ethnography in institutional settings? What kind of empricialmaterial do ethnography of institutions produce?-ethical questions in thestudies of institutions; what are the critical ethical questions to be asked inthe ethnography of institutions, and how do we ensure consent from highlyvulnerable research subjects suffering from incarceration and/or illness ofsome kind?
-theoretical questions in the studies ofinstitutions; what theoretical tools are relevant in current studies ofinstitutions? For many years the theories of Michel Foucault have beendominating institutional studies, is that still the case or do we see othertheoretical tendencies today?

We welcome contributions in english or swedish.

Integrativ etnologi, forskning och samvrkan

Inger Lövkrona1

Lena Martinsson2, Birgitta Meurling3, Britta Lundgren4

1 Institutionen för kulturvetenskaper, Lunds universitet, Lund,Sverige
2 Institutionen för kulturvetenskaper, Göteborgs universitet,Göteborg, Sverige
3 Institutionen för kulturantropologi och etnoologi, Uppsalauniversitet, Uppsala, Sverige
4 Institutionen för kultur- och medievetenskaper, Umeåuniveersitet, Umeå, Sverige

Abstract: Panelen vill taupp frågan om hur vetenskaplig forskning kan föras ut till praktiker isamhället samt hur vi utvecklar vetenskaplig kunskap i samarbete medprofessionella grupper och organisationer. 

En av forskningens uppgifter är att bidra tilllösningar av centrala samhällsutmaningar. Sådana lösningar kan varatvärvetenskapliga inom akademin, men också utgå från samverkan medsamhällsinstitutioner, myndigheter och organisationer utanför akademin.Forskning och forskningsansökningar saknar ofta ett tydligtsamverkansinitiativ. Det saknas  även ett ansvarstagande från akademinssida att vägleda professionellas omsättning av vetenskapliga resultat i enförändrad praxis. Professionella förutsätts ofta att agera utan stöd iforskning vilket leder till att stereotypa föreställningar om exempelvis kön,etnicitet, generation  inte utmanas, liksom dikotomier som rör stad/land,människa/natur m m upprepas. Samtidigt är det betydelsefullt att forskare tartill sig kunskap och problembilder från de praktiska fälten i den egnavetenskapliga kunskapsproduktionen.

Vi som inbjuder till denna panel är involveradei tematiskt vitt skilda forskningsprojekt, som har en tydlig samverkansprofil.Inger Lövkrona (tillsammans med Gabriella Nilsson) i ett projekt om Ungdomaroch sexuellt våld samverkar med kommuner i Skåne; Britta Lundgrens projekt rörområdet One Health, alltså smittsamma sjukdomar som människor delar med djur.Lena Martinsson forskar om och samarbetar med olika sociala och feministiskarörelser nationellt och internationellt och Birgitta Meurling samarbetarregelbundet med Svenska kyrkan samt med museisektorn. Sammantaget kan de olikaprojekten vara exempel på integrativ etnologi.

Vi vill diskutera frågor såsom prevention ochberedskap, praktikorientering kontra teori eller vetenskapliga och samhälleligahierarkier i relation till de olika forskningsfrågorna.

Knowing Nature

Lars Kaijser1

Elin Lundquist1

1 Stockholm University, Ethnology/ERG, Stockholm, Sweden

Abstract: What passes asreliable and credible knowledge when it comes to the understanding of nature,with its inhabitants of plants and animals? During the past centuries, the viewon nature has been inflected by religious beliefs and folk models as well asscientific explanations. This panel highlights these knowledge makingprocesses. These could be found in the wide range of activities taking place inarenas such as museums of natural history and universities, for example throughinvestigative and exploring expeditions to supposedly unknown territories, aswell as on hunting grounds and during bird watching. Today – against aback-drop of climate change, threatened biodiversity and issues of sustainability- actors in professional and citizen science work together in producing anddisseminating a deeper understanding of nature and its wildlife. Alongside thisthe relation between man and nature is continuously debated and disputed. Theseconcerns are for instance addressed in the contemporary discussions of theAnthropocene, a concept used to emphasize the interdependence of human andnature. With its longstanding tradition of comprehending the intersection ofdifferent worldviews, be it religious, scientific or any other standpoint,ethnology and folklore have the opportunity to contribute to a widerunderstanding of these knowledge producing processes. In what ways doethnographic explorations through observations, interviews and archive studies bringfurther understanding of these fields of inquiry? This panel invitesparticipants with an interest in problematizing the ways that knowledge andunderstandings of nature, animals, and plants is produced, disseminated andpresented.

Käk, konsumtion, konflikt och kulturarv – vad äger rum i kök?

Kerstin Gunnemark1

Eva Knuts1

1 Institutionen för kulturvetenskaper, Göteborgs universitet,Sverige

Abstract: Käk,konsumtion, konflikt och kulturarv – vad äger rum i kök?

Keywords: Kök, mat, materialitet, kulturarv,trender, måltidsseder 

Kök sägs vara hemmets hjärta, en betydelsefullplats för matlagning och samvaro. Trenderna om hur köken ska inredas ochutrustas har förändras över tid, men hur har uppfattningar om måltidssederpåverkat kulturarvsrelaterade (re)konstruktioner i köken? Vilka föreställningarom mat, middagar och andra aktiviteter i vardagslag och till fest fåracceptans? Förväntningar om värme, mat och gemenskap kan både relateras tillminnesvärda stunder och överdrivna förhoppningar. För köket är också en arenaför konflikter mellan familjemedlemmar, kollektivboende och arbetskamrater. Hur(re)produceras föreställningar om kökens utformning och vilka umgängesnormerska gälla där? Hur framställs kök i olika tidskontexter relaterat till klass,genus, generation och etnicitet via museala utställningar, kockprogram,mäklarannonser och reklam?

Vi välkomnar paper som på olika sätt har kök somutgångspunkt. Vad äger rum i kök? Allt från matvanor och meningsskapandepraktiker i dagens kök, till kulturarvsperspektiv på konkreta och imaginäraföreställningar om det som har producerats och konsumerats i köken.

Title in english: Grub, consumption, conflictand cultural heritage – what takes place in kitchens?
Keywords:  Kitchen, food, materiality, culturalheritage, trends, meal customs and traditions

Living with fashion, dress and textile. What accounts of an oldsubject in new research areas

Marie Riegels Melchior1

Mikkel Venborg Pedersen2

1 The Saxo Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
2 The National Museum of Denmark, Denmark

Abstract: Dress, fashion andtextile are is among the classical fields of European Ethnology. Museumcollections are broad and vast and scholarship in museums and at universitieshas followed, expanded, developed and continued the exploration of dress,fashion and textile in all social layers, traditional and un-traditionalsettings, in the past and present. Theory and empirical data meet in this fieldoften in a direct way nursing methodological considerations both in EuropeanEthnology itself and together with an abundance of other, such as Art andFashion History, Sociology and Gender Studies, Philosophy and Semiotics.

This session deals with methodological challengeswhen such an old field with its in-built tracks of empirical data, methodologyand theory meets new questions for gaining new knowledge.

The following two lectures will address the areain question from two equally prominent and current interesting points of view:dealing with the use of the discipline’s findings in present day politics andthe re-invention of the old collections and data from archives.

Papers methodologically dealing with theinterconnection of empirical data and theory in the field of fashion, dress andtextile from what-ever angle is welcome in this session aimed at forming theframe for a methodological discussion.

Marie R. Melchior: Are fashion historiessustainable? Some Concerns about Engaging the Past in Present Fashion Practicesin the Age of the Anthropocene

Mikkel V. Pedersen: ”Gentlemen around 1900”. Aresearch project on the background of museum collections and archival materialsspeaking to modern discussions of manly ideals and expressions.

Lägerliv och flyktingskap i Norden

Markus Idvall1

Fredrik Nilsson2

1 Lund University, Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences, Lund,Sweden
2 Lund University, Center for Öresund Studies, Lund, Sweden

Abstract: Sommaren ochhösten 2015 växte antalet flyktingar i Europa. I de nordiska länderna fick detökade antalet flyktingar olika genomslag och konsekvens. En opinion som villebegränsa flyktingars möjligheter att passera gränser och söka asyl växte framsamtidigt som många frivilliga deltog i flyktingmottagandet tillsammans medstatliga aktörer.

Denna session har som syfte att undersökaflyktingskap och flyktingmottagande i nutid och i historisk tid, med särskiltfokus på hur flyktinglägret, flyktingförläggningen eller flyktingboendetpåverkar formeringen av flyktingskap. Flyktingskap ses i detta avseende som envardaglig kulturell praktik där olika aktörer, intressen och former avmaktutövande – men också motstånd – ställs mot varandra. Sessionen vill riktasärskilt fokus mot de olika erfarenheter, villkor och stämningar som harpräglat och präglar lägerliv, förläggningsvardag och flyktingboende i Norden.

Genom att fokusera på lägerliv,förläggningsvardag och boende välkomnar sessionen bidrag som problematiserarhur nationsgränser utövas, utmanas, kontrolleras och överskrids i vardagligasituationer och på olika typer av platser där ett flyktingliv äger rum.Sessionen fäster således vikt vid olika staters roll för hur flyktingmottagandeutförs och iscensätts, men tar sin utgångspunkt i hur lokala praktiker ochsammanhang formar och förändrar flyktingskapet. Här menar vi att etnologi kanspela en viktig roll för att utveckla nya teoretiska, metodologiska ochempiriska perspektiv på flyktingskapets och flyktingmottagandets kulturellavariation.

Sessionen önskar därmed bidrag som på enmångfald sätt och utifrån varierande teoretiska, metodologiska och empiriskainfallsvinklar diskuterar och problematiserar flyktingskap ochflyktingmottagande i nutid och i historisk tid.

Men in the post-factual world – masculinity revisited

Katarzyna Herd1

Gabriella Nilsson1

1 Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences, Lund University, Sweden

Abstract: This panelinvites papers representing a variety of empirical and theoreticaltakes on men and masculinities. We address such themes as narrations,conceptions, performances, and experiences of what is, or has been,referred to as “men” and “masculinity”.

In the international context of a changingpolitical field, with the events of the US elections, the rise of thenationalist movement all over Europe, the war in Syria and the “refugeecrisis”, an image of a conservative, narrow-minded and toxic masculinityemerges. Associated with popularized concepts such as “fake news”, “rapeculture” and “internet trolls” masculinity is explicitly addressed as asocietal problem. Furthermore, conceptualizations of masculinity are oftenintertwined with stereotypes about class, ethnicity/race, sexuality and age aswell as situated within dichotomies such as center/periphery,modern/traditional, and good/evil.

Simultaneously, the gender binary is criticizedby the growing trans-movement, demanding a change in our view on what it meansto be a man. Nevertheless, masculinities still tend to inform power structuresand accumulation of various capitals. It is a powerful social marker whethertreated as a hindrance or a desirable quality. Masculinities matter.

Traditionally, ethnologists have been in theforefront of pursuing empirical studies on men and masculinities. What is therole of ethnology today? How is the growing interest in intersectionalperspectives influencing ethnological research on men and masculinities? Howcan studies on men and masculinities work as an entry to investigate largersocietal challenges?

With this panel we wish to revisit theethnological interest in men and masculinities.

Narrating a climate changed future

Camilla Asplund Ingemark1

Lone Ree Milkær2

1 Institutionen för kulturantropologi och etnologi, UppsalaUniversitet, Sverige
2 Institut for arkeologi, historie, kultur- og religionsvidenskab,Universitetet i Bergen, Norge

Abstract: Climate change isnot merely rising temperatures and sea levels, melting glaciers and extremeclimate events. Climate change has become the dominant environmental narrativeof our time and is intrinsically linked to human conditions and humanexperiences. Hence, the study of climate changes is also the study oflifeworlds, experiences and expectations.

How can we as humans imagine and narrate aclimate changed future? How do we narrate global processes both exceeding ourability to experience changes and stretching our comprehension of the timespanof change? How do we relate to changes that we both experience in our everydaylife and yet do not experience at all? We know the changes are coming and weknow that the human species is to blame. As a collective we continuouslynegotiate the possibilities of understanding and handling the changes in ourvarious articulations of expectations of the future, in various arenas: media,politics, everyday conversation, narratives, family life, consumption, dreamsand hopes etc.

Nowhere is the tension between the predictableand the unexpected more present than in our narratives about a future we canonly imagine based on our experiences, which are insufficient for the task. Howmay folklorists and ethnologists analytically approach the complex task ofunderstanding the reality of climate change and how can we contribute to theinterdisciplinary field of climate change studies?

 In this panel we invite contributions thatfocus on climate change narratives.

New Wine in Old Bottles? Imaginative Worlds in History Revisited

Camilla Asplund Ingemark1

1 Institutionen för kulturantropologi och etnologi

Abstract: In recent years,we have seen a burgeoning interest in older folkloristic, ethnological,historical and literary material, as the application of contemporary methodsand theories have opened up new vistas in the study of older oral traditionsand world views. With the advent of retrospective methods, folkloric materialfrom the 19th and 20th centuries has been brought to bear on Old Icelandicsagas, for example, as a resource employed in the exegesis of Old Icelandicliterature. Similarly, recent developments in digital humanities haverevolutionised the ways in which archival material is made available, displayedand analysed, for instance using GIS technology in a fresh twist on the oldcartographic method. Finnish and Swedish folklorists have also revisited thehistoric-geographical method of the Finnish school, melding it with theinsights gained from contemporary theory, producing new hybrids of knowledge.

In some ways, these trends might be said tosignal the return of present-day ethnologists and folklorists to the kinds ofempirical material favoured by our predecessors, while viewing them from newpoints of view. Thus, this session is open to anyone who wishes to addresstopics related to imaginative worlds in history from any angle, be itempirical, methodological, theoretical or analytic. 

We welcome contributions in any of the Nordiclanguages and in English.

Participatory research in a post-factual world

Tytti Steel1

Eerika Koskinen-Koivisto2

1 University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
2 University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland

Abstract: In this panel weshall discuss the forms of participatory, embedded or engaged research inEthnology and Folklore Studies. In its strictest meaning, participatoryresearch is understood as a process in which the participant (the ‘object’ ofthe study) takes part in the whole research process from planning to analysisand dissemination. However, our definition is broader, including all forms ofresearch that enable the active agency of the participants, rendering ‘objects’into ‘subjects’.

In the panel we discuss the implications of suchresearch in a post-factual world. What is the relation of the researcher to theparticipants? What consequences can the agency of the participants have to theresearch process? What makes participation successful? We would like toencourage researchers to share examples of collaborative and participatoryresearch, including cases in which the research did not offer mutual benefit,and to openly reflect on different interests that participants may have.

Likewise, we encourage the participants todeliberate upon the different aspects of participatory research in apost-factual world. What is the way forward with participatory or collaborativeresearch?

Queer history matters – documenting lesbian lives

Tone Hellesund1

1 University of Bergen

Abstract: In a time wheremany countries actively try to erase traces of queer lives from their nationalhistories, it seems crucial that the Nordic countries actively document anddisseminate the complex histories of various genders, and sexualities in ourcultures throughout time. Since histories of same sex love and sextraditionally also have been excluded from Nordic archives, and certainly notbeen actively collected until recently, we also know far too little about whatlove and desire between women has meant, how it has been practiced, whichidentities have been built, and what cultures have been constructed aroundthis, in our part of the world. This Nordic panel will focus on the lived livesof lesbians after the development of a lesbian/gay liberation movement in the1950s.

There is a wealth of theoretical andmethodological questions to be raised when culturally exploring sexualities ofthe past. In this panel we will raise some of them. The panel will focus onempirical work on lesbian history in the Nordic countries, using archivematerial, oral histories, fiction and other source material.

Reflecting and overcoming shifting and intersecting methodologicaldilemmas in ethnographical research

Fataneh Farahani1

René León Rosales2, Maryam Adjam3

1 Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
2 Mångkulturellt centrum, Stockholm, Sweden
3 Nordic Museum, Stockholm, Sweden

Abstract: In this session,we welcome researchers to reflect over different intersecting methodologicalchallenges that they have faced during their ethnographic studies, particularlywhen addressing power related issue. We are interested in reflections regardinghow researchers encounter problems as well as how those methodological dilemmasimpact on the produced knowledge. The focus is on critical processualreflections of methodology, theory and dissemination. The methodological andethical concerns that interest us include but are not limited to:  


·Studying how positions are createdand negotiated through method

·Studying shifting current social andpolitical issues

·Studying intersectional powerrelations

·Studying archival material

·Studying vulnerable and/orprivileged groups

·Studying as an insider and/or as anoutsider

·Studying ways of representing vsways of experiencing

·Methodological dilemmas in combiningdifferent types of research material (interview, field work, visual, archival,media and literary sources)

·Methodological dilemmas concerningcomparative studies

·Methodological dilemmas concerninginstitutional and organisational studies

·Methodological dilemmas concerningnarrative analyses


We welcome papers that address the themesoutlined above with distinctive theoretical and methodological insights.

Reflexivity and beyond: Community based research and the insiderposition as means to enhance the relevance of ethnographic research

Evelina Liliequist1

Christine Bylund1

1 Department of Culture and Media Studies, Umeå University, Umeå

Abstract: A crucial part ofethnological methodology is the emphasis on the researcher as an interactivepart of the field as well as a producer of knowledge. In this session we aim toexamine the ways in which ethnologists integrate and account for positions asresearchers and/or community members, and what impact this has on theunderstandings of knowledge production validity and credibility. How does thisimpact the understanding of ethnographic researchers as active catalysts in theresearch process within the field itself? What questions does it raise aroundthe perceived dichotomy of distance and closeness and its impact on achievingvalidity and credibility in ethnographic research?
We propose a further discussion on thepotentials, pitfalls and possibilities that the insider position gives to theethnographic fieldwork and ethnological knowledge-production.

Drawing from our experiences as doctoralresearchers having shaped our research design and methodology in dialog withthe respective communities we belong to and intend to study, the lgbtq anddisability community, we argue that our insider position demands that we workethnographically with a heightened awareness of ourselves and our interestbeyond the notion of mere reflexivity.  We believe that this outlook inour research is a vital tool to develop and strengthen the significance andrelevance of ethnological research in a world of marginalisation as well asincreased suspicion around science, academic work, and knowledge production.

We welcome submission from doctoral,postdoctoral and senior researchers with experience from and interest in thematters.


Rethinking Heritage and Why it Still Matters so Much

Lizette Gradén1

Tom O’Dell2

1 Lund University, Division of Ethnology
2 Lund Univeristy, Division of Ethnology

Abstract: 2018 is the“European Year of Heritage” by the European Commission. As part of thiscelebration of heritage, the commission encourages the citizens of the EU to,“reflect on the place cultural heritage plays in our lives”. The objective ofthis panel is to do that by placing the concept of heritage, and how it isused, into a critical cultural perspective. Many of the groundbreaking textsthat are still commonly referred to in heritage studies date to the mid 1990sor earlier. Reflections made by Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Barbro Klein,David Lowenthal and others, still inform our understanding of heritage. Fromthese scholars we have learned that heritage involves processes through whichthe past is re-framed to meet the needs of the present. Heritage, after all,“is made, not found” as Kirshenblatt-Gimblett argued (1998).

It’s hard to disagree. However, much hashappened in the world since the 1990s. What new perspectives on heritage havedeveloped, or need to be developed? In what ways have contemporary politicalprocesses, neoliberal market forces, and identity politics of the 21st century affected understandings of heritage? Has this changing contextaffected the manner in which people invoke heritage and allow it “to play outin their daily lives” to paraphrase the European Commission’s words above?

This session invites papers (in English as wellas the Scandinavian languages) that address aspects of tangible, intangible andnatural heritage, and which strive to push the concepts in new directions.

Secular religion and the sacred city

Swaminathan Ramanathan1

1 Uppsala University, Campus Gotland, Visby

Abstract: The relationshipbetween religion and the city has largely been explored along the deep faultlines of modernity and tradition. Religion is seen as a realm of age oldbeliefs, inter-generational faith, communally performed rituals and a strictset of sociocultural norms and rules. Religion defines the otherworldly, divineand the traditional in daily life. In short, religion is sacred. The city incontrast is conceptualised as a landscape of worldliness architected by highmodernity, scientific spirit, rationality and predictability. In short, thecity is constructed as a realm of the secular. This panel seeks to bringtogether researchers, academicians and practitioners from think tanks and civilsociety organisations who are working at the different intersections ofurbanity where the relationship between religion and the city doesn’t followthe predictable faultlines. The panel aims to explore three questions indetail. First, has the notion and conceptualisation of the ideal global cityacquired undertones of divinity and sacredness complicating conventionaldefinitions of secular and sacred? Second, do the daily manifestations ofreligion create an overarching secular framework of urban ‘sense and meaning’of work and leisure? Third, is there an emerging contestation between the dailypractices of ‘new urban’ secular religion and the ritualistic doctrinesof ‘old urban’ orthodox religion? The panel has generated initialinterest from academicians who are exploring these questions in Mumbai,Stockholm and Singapore. Their sites of research range from Sufi dargahs inMumbai and Singapore to secularisation of circumcision in Sweden.

Senmoderna mobiliteter, platsidentifikation ochkulturarvsproduktion

Paul Agnidakis1

Carina Johansson1

1 Institutionen för kulturantropologi och etnologi, Uppsalauniversitet

Abstract: I det senmodernasamhället förutsätts människor vara rörliga och kunna förflytta sig mellanolika platser och sammanhang. Det handlar om rumsliga förflyttningar mellan ochinom nationer, såsom mellan fastland och öar, samt stad och land. Häri omfattasexempelvis pendling, samt säsongsbaserat resande. Dessa vardagliga företeelserinfattar ofta starka element av identitetsbygge och kulturarvsproduktion.Debakomliggande orsakerna kan vara relaterade till arbete, familj, rekreations-och upplevelsebehov. Förflyttningarna sker såväl enskilt som i grupp.

Hur påverkas människor och platserna de resermellan av mobiliteter av det här slaget? Det gäller både platserna de reserfrån och till, vilket kan ses som en tvådelad identitetsprocess. Vad görförflyttningar mellan olika rumsligheter med människors relation till platser?Hur omförhandlas platsers identiteter där kulturarvsproduktion utgör en viktigaspekt?

Denna session välkomnar deltagare att reflekteraöver etnologiska metoder och tekniker och hur de kan användas för insamling avmaterial som skapar förutsättningar för kunskap om platsidentifikation ochkulturarvsproduktion i det senmoderna mobila samhället.

I denna session välkomnas föredrag på denordiska språken liksom på engelska.
We welcome contributions in any of the Nordiclanguages and in English.

Skilda världar? Högerpopulismens orsaker, platser ochsamhällsklasser

Maria Vallström1

1 Södertörns högskola, Institutionen för historia ochsamtidsstudier, Huddinge, Sweden

Abstract: Landsbygden och”icke-urbana” platser pekas idag ofta ut som fästen för högerpopulism ochmissnöje med den etablerade demokratin och politiken, både i Sverige ochinternationellt. Förklaringar som ökade spänningar mellan globaliseringensvinnare och förlorare, klassklyftor och sociala skillnader, tudelningen mellanstad och land, samt ökad migration eller misslyckad integration förekommer isamband med detta utpekande.

Allt detta sammanfogas till en berättelse ellerförklaringsmodell som appliceras på vissa platser och händelser. Dessa platseroch dess befolkning beskrivs då som utvecklingens förlorare och som motsatsentill utveckling (bakåtsträvande, tröga, inskränkta, etc.). Från det att landsbygdenoch icke-urbana platser setts som en icke-fråga betraktas den nu somproblematisk och potentiellt farlig på grund av populismens framgångar och detutbredda missnöjet. I den här sessionen vill vi påbörja ett problematiserandeav den här förklaringsmodellen. Är det i själva verket andra grupper ochsamhällskrafter som underblåser populismen? Hur ser egentligen kopplingarnamellan högerpopulism och plats, klass och etnicitet ut, och vilketförklaringsvärde har de? Skapandet av globaliseringens ”andra” avspeglar ensituation där de som pekar ut och de utpekade lever i skilda världar. Detmotstånd som finns är kraftfullt; de utpekande betraktas som hycklare, som”politiskt korrekta” och som förvrängare av verkligheten. Istället hävdas”alternativa fakta” som den nakna sanningen. Hur kan vi som etnologer bidratill en ökad förståelse av denna situation?

Sessionen är initierad av en forskargrupp medbasen på Södertörns högskola (Mats Lindqvist, Elisabeth Wollin Elhouar, DanielBodén) och Hälsinglands utbildningsförbund (Mikael Vallström, Sara Helmersson,Lotta Svensson)

Stad och land

Lars-Eric Jönsson1

Håkan Jönsson1

1 Lunds universitet

Abstract: Relationen mellanstad och landsbygd är och har varit en väsentlig del av etnologin, och Mats Hellspongsoch Orvar Löfgrens bok Land och stad (1972, 1994) har varit en grundbok förgenerationer av etnologistudenter. Trots att det är länge sedan boken gavs utvill vi påstå att relationen stad och land äger hög relevans, inte minst föross etnologer.

I dagens offentliga diskussion fångas intesällan relationen upp via talet om ekologisk hållbara och eller alternativalivsstilar, social marginalisering och klyftor mellan städer och landsbygd.Ibland framställs staden som ett stort problem och landsbygden somalternativet. Ibland är det tvärtom. Landsbygden representerar problematikenoch staden dess lösning. Ofta tycks landsbygden befinna sig i ett slagsförfluten tid medan staden representerar framtiden. Så enkelt är det knappast.Vi ser hur det urbana och rurala ständigt tar sig ny skepnad. Medstadsodlingsprojekt har landet flyttat in i staden, urbana entreprenörerstartar nya verksamheter på landsbygden, och migranter från mångmiljonstäderplaceras på avfolkningsorter på landsbygden. 

Med den här sessionen vill vi undersöka ochpejla på vilket sätt dagens etnologer undersöker relationen mellan stad ochland. Sessionen välkomnar inlägg som problematiserar, ställer frågor till ochundersöker hur stad och land förhåller sig till varandra. Vi välkomnar bådenutida och historiska studier och perspektiv.

The Humanities as Field of Culture: Making, transferring, andchallenging knowledge

Helena Pettersson1

Eddy Nehls2, Katarzyna Wolanik Boström3

1 Dept. of Culture & Media Studies/ Ethnology Umeå UniversitySE-901 87 Umeå Sweden + 46(0)90-786 70 55
2 Dept. of Business Administration University West SE 461 86Trollhättan Sweden + 46(0)520223876
3 Dept. of Culture & Media Studies Ethnology Umeå UniversitySE-901 87 Umeå Sweden +46(0)90-786 97 02

Abstract: What is the valueand identity of the Humanities? And how can we understand the Humanities as acultural field, theoretically and empirically, in a post-factual world?

 The state of the Humanities as field ofknowledge has been debated over the past years, not only in media, but alsowithin academia, battling over research and teaching resources and cuts. TheHumanities as a field of knowledge includes a heterogenic group of disciplines,yet often defined as a single homogenous unit, and sometimes described as not“useful” or to be unaccustomed into the current market of  highereducation.

 How can the Humanities as field ofknowledge be understood from a cultural perspective? The aim of our panel is to broaden the understanding of theHumanities in relation to changing cultures within academia and also totheoretically problematize the Humanities from an epistemological perspective.How do different discourses and practices affect identity, knowledgemaking/narratives, and working conditions within the Humanities?

From an ethnological perspective, we take on areflexive approach through theoretical analysis, empirical cases, studies oftransdisciplinarity, and debates of pros and cons of the Humanities as field ofknowledge. We invite papers with the following focus:

 – Humanities as cultural ideal amongprofessionals/policy-makers;

 – Makingof humanist identity and knowledge in transdisciplinary work and researchcontexts;

 – Humanistresearch traditions and national and global encounters;

 – Humanities and the demands ofinternationalization;

 – Humanities in the era of economicand political challenges;

 – The value of qualitative methodsand bildung perspectives on knowledge

The Social, Political and Cultural Meaning of Sound and Music

Oscar Pripp1

1 Institutionen för kulturantropologi och etnologi

Abstract: The presence,meaning and impact of sounds and music is an increasing phenomenon in aglobalized world. This panel focuses on all kinds of relations between soundsand/or music and people´s social formation, in everyday lives as well as inexpressive forms. It highlights the role of music and sounds and the symbolicconstruction of communities and meaning, for exclusion and inclusion of people,strengthening or exceeding demarcation lines in cities and rural spaces.

The panel welcomes participants representing awide range of interests and perspectives, from performance of music and danceto the impact of sounds, from contemporary ethnographical methods to historicalarchive and text studies. 

We welcome contributions in any of the Nordiclanguages and in English.

Till saken i etnologiska studier av sport och fysisk aktivitet

Karin S Lindelöf1

Annie Woube1

1 Centrum för genusvetenskap, Uppsala universitet, Uppsala, Sverige

Abstract: Essensen av sportoch fysisk aktivitet är en kropp i rörelse. Samtidigt har humanistiskaoch samhällsvetenskapliga studier av detta fält ofta tappat bort själva denaktiva materiella kroppen till förmån för studier av de kulturellaföreställningar och diskursiva landskap som omger den fysiska aktiviteten ochsportandet.[1] Hur kan den materiella kroppen i rörelse studeras etnologiskt ochetnografiskt? Hur kan den individuella och kollektiva upplevelsen avkroppsrörelse, sport och fysisk aktivitet inkluderas i dessa studier? Vilkenroll spelar annan sportrelaterad materialitet som kläder, idrottsutrustning,pulsklockor och träningsappar? Och hur förhåller sig allt detta till kulturellaföreställningar, samhälleliga villkor och dominerande diskurser om justkroppar, sport och fysisk aktivitet?

Syftet med denna session är att samla forskare iNorden som arbetar etnografiskt med studier av sport och fysisk aktivitet, förgemensamma diskussioner kring betydelsen av etnografiska metoder i förståelsenav olika fenomen på detta fält, inklusive den fysiska kroppen, alltså själva”saken” i sport och idrottsutövning. Målet är att våra bidrag ska resultera ien samlad publikation om etnografisk idrottsforskning i Norden. Välkommen attskicka in abstracts på svenska, norska, danska eller engelska.

[1] Några undantag finns dock t ex iantologierna Tolvhed & Cardell, red. 2011 Kulturstudier, kropp och idrottsamt Fundberg, Ramberg & Waldetoft, red. 2005. Tankar från baslinjen.


Carina Johansson1

Jens Petter Kollhøj2, Consuelo Griggio1, Anders Häggström3

1 Institutionen för kulturantropologi och etnologi, Uppsalauniversitet
2 Nasjonalbiblioteket, Oslo
3 Institutionen för kulturantropologi och etnologi

Abstract: In today’sever-changing world where images are omnipresent, visual ethnography not onlyfaces new challenges but also embraces new opportunities and perspectives.Visual data, being pictures, videos, drawings etc, have been interpretiveelements for a long time, but also become new ones that not only enrich butalso shape the analysis and understanding of ethnological research by elucidating,documenting, and adding value and meaning to the empirical material.

In this session, we invite fellow scholars todiscuss the following issues in regard to the place visual data have inethnology/anthropology and folkloristic research and in the world today with aparticular focus, that of sustainability. How can visual data develop newengagements both within and outside academia? How can visual data be presentedeffectively so that it enables sustainable theories and practices both within andoutside academia? How can the collection of visual data and the collectionsthemselves become more sustainable?

We welcome contributions in any of the Nordiclanguages and in English.

What is the matter with labour studies?

Daniel Boden1

1 Institutionen för kulturantropologi och etnologi

Abstract: Tools, technologyand the organisation of labour have long been an important field in ethnology.Over the years many themes and approaches have been applied to ethnographicallystudy and analyse the conditions and ways through which people produce theirsubsistence. For example: attempts to study labour have involved interests inthe construction of tools and their practical application, as well as relationsand social integration in the workplace, or the ideological and discursivegovernance of the working subject. But what is the status of ethnologicalstudies on labour today? This session is a call to researchers studyingdifferent (contemporary or historical) forms of work. It especially invitespapers discussing the material conditions surrounding the organisation oflabour, but any paper dealing with the ethnographic study of working life iswelcome.

We welcome contributions in any of the Nordiclanguages and in English.

What matters in the research process? On collecting of empiricalmaterial.


Anneli Palmskökd1

Karin Gustavsson2

1 Department ofConservation, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
2 Division of ethnology, Department of Arts anc Cultural Sciences,Lund university, Lund, Sweden

Abstract: Research is always based upon some kind of material; in ethnologyit can be of widely different characters. This is something that connect theethnology of the past as we know the discipline from early and mid 20:thcentury with ethnology of today. Collecting of material is made in a contextthat is characterized by spirit of the time, scientific environment and theindividual researcher’s prerequisites and networks. But what matters inthe research material? And how is the research process influenced by thecharacteristic of the material? Can a material collected with a special aim fora specific project be re-used in other projects? 

Our aim is to explore how the research processis affected by the material, and how the material is affected by the researchprocess and the researcher. Is it possible to separate collecting of materialfrom production of scientific knowledge? Which are the stages in the collectingof material, and when does it become scientific production? Are the scholarsown driving forces discernible in the result?

This session invites papers (in English as wellas the Scandinavian languages) that address aspects of research material –collecting, sources of knowledge, inventories, documentation, as well as therelation between the material and the production of scientific knowledge andresearch outcomes and results. We are welcoming papers concerning questionsrelated to the history of our discipline as well as papers that reflect bothethnology of today, and the future.