High North News reported on the first ERC Arctic Cultures project workshop on ‘Knowledge Formations and Colonial Encounters in the Arctic’ held at the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge on 9-10 January 2020.
The article quotes Richard’s keynote lecture explaining that “Today’s imaginary of the Arctic is not new at all. Throughout history it has been depicted as a ‘natural region’, leaving very little room for indigenous peoples’ cultures which have been silenced for around 500 years. This project aims to uncover how this silencing happened!”.
The workshop brought together more than 60 international delegates, including professional artists, museum curators, and academics for two days of discussions on a range of topics, including knowledge formations, indigeneity, ethnographic collections, power and governance in the Arctic regions. The workshop was organised by the team, who presented papers and facilitated practical sessions with maps and objects. It was part of a series of both research-focused and public-facing events to present work-in-progess by the team. These are aimed to develop wider conversations about the project, and so we are delighted to receive this international coverage. We hope to attract more attendees to future events.Home