Indigenous Peoples’ Rights to Cultural Heritage Seminar by Helsinki Indigenous Studies

By 27.09.2017
16.11.2017 @ 09:00 – 17.11.2017 @ 17:00
University of Helsinki
Yliopistonkatu 4
00014 Helsinki

This conference addresses indigenous peoples’ rights to their cultural heritage from the perspective of indigenous peoples themselves as well as international and national legal frameworks. The concept of ‘heritage’ will be examined in indigenous languages and understandings, dynamism of tradition, as well as forms of indigenous intangible and tangible cultural heritage. Furthermore, the roles of the environment, nonhuman agencies, language, indigenous knowledge, gender, and digital technologies in the production and transmission of cultural heritage will be addressed. The aim is also to shed light on indigenous peoples’ contribution to the cultural heritage of nation states.

This event is also part of Finland 100 years -programme. Therefore, it lastly asks how the indigenous peoples are represented in national histories and what is their role in them?

The conference will provide an opportunity for an exchange among researchers, representatives of indigenous peoples, museums, ministries, governmental and non-governmental institutions, and students. The conference is organized by Indigenous studies of the University of Helsinki and organised in the follow-up of UN Human Rights Council’s Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) study on cultural heritage.

The keynote speakers are Dr. Margaret Kovach (University of Saskatchewan) and Dr. Rauna Kuokkanen (University of Lapland).

Programme and more information on the conference website:

The event is open to the public and free of charge for all participants, but a registration before November 9, 2017 is compulsory.


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