Call for papers – Special issue on Indigenous peoples’ cultural heritage (15.10.2021)

DUTKANSEARVI invites researchers and other experts to write articles in a special issue on Indigenous peoples’ cultural heritage, which will be published in Dutkansearvvi Dieđalaš Áigečála in the beginning of next year. From the perspective of Indigenous peoples, cultural heritage is a holistic concept, which is founded on the material, cultural, and spiritual values and includes the collective, over generationally accumulated knowledge and practices, which are expressed, shared, and (re)lived in language, livelihoods, literature and arts, ceremonies, cosmos, and nature, as well as human and non-human blessings among other things. Cultural heritage is related to the sovereignty of Indigenous peoples and their near relations to the land, territories, and natural resources. The articles can deal e. g. with intellectual property and cultural heritage, repatriation and revitalization of the cultural heritage, possible abuse or misinterpretation of cultural heritage, sacred places, clothing and cultural heritage, cultural heritage in connection to traditional livelihoods and the representations of them, cultural heritage in connection to language and representations.

Please send your abstract (100-150 words, preferably in some Sámi language) latest 15.10.2021 and we’ll answer you in couple of days. Manuscript submission by 17.12.2021, after that it will be sent to peer review. This time we prefer articles in Sámi languages as so many earlier issues have been published in English. Issue will be edited by Hanna Guttorm and Irja Seurujärvi-Kari. Please send your abstract and articles to and

SÁMI DUTKANSEARVVI Webinar 20th October and 23rd October 2020

When: week 43, 20/10 and 23/10

Time: 17:00-20:00 CET

Where: Zoom

Dutkansearvvi vuosttaš guovtti webinára prográmma/Program/Ohjelma

Maŋŋebárga/Tiistai 20/10:

17.00 CET/18.00 in Finland:  Professor Pirjo Kristiina Virtanen, Helssega universitehta: Indigenous Studies at the University of Helsinki and collaboration with Amazonian Indigenous peoples. Relational epistemologies in a local context – ovdasáhka lea eaŋgalasgillii/in English

15 minuhta boddu/minute break

18.15 CET/19.15 in Finland: PhD. Hanna-Máret Outakoski, Ubmi ja Romssa universitehtat: Eamiálbmot čálamáhttu ja čállindidaktihkka sámeskuvllaide: ovdamearkkat, vejolašvuođat ja hástalusat [Developing Indigenous literacy and writing didactics in Sámi schools: examples, possibilities and challenges] – ovdasáhka lea davvisámegillii/in North Sámi

19.15-20 CET/20.15-21 Finnish time: possibility to join the following discussion

Bearjadat/Friday 23/10:

17.00 CET/18.00 in Finland:  University researcher Laura Siragusa, Helssega universitehta, Suopma: In one blow: questioning the language and materiality dualism – ovdasáhka lea eaŋgalasgillii/in English

15 minuhta boddu/minute break

18.15 CET/19.15 in Finland: Marja-Liisa Olthuis, Oulu universitehta: Anarâškielâ kielâiäláskittem digiääigist: kielâteknologia tiädutteijee tutkâmhaahâ – ovdasáhka lea anárašgillii/ in Enare Sámi

19.15-20 CET/20.15-21 Finnish time: possibility to join the following discussion

Dieđut Zoom ja registrerema birra/ Information about the Zoom-meeting and pre-registration in case you want to participate in the following discussions/ Lisätietoja Zoomista ja alustavasta rekisteröinnistä, jos haluat osallistua esityksiä seuraavaan kyselytuokioon

Hanna Outakoski is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Sámi Dutkansearvvi Webinárat


        Oct 20, 2020 05:00 PM CET (18.00 Finnish time)

        Oct 23, 2020 05:00 PM CET (18.00 Finnish time)

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Meeting ID: 640 2103 4397 Passcode: DS2020

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Register for discussion at hanna.outakoski@umu.sethis only in case you want to participate in the discussion after the presentations. 

Ongoing call for papers

The Sámi Language and Culture Research Association Dutkansearvi invites you to write scientific articles on various themes. Articles are compiled by thematic issue and published as they are completed. Possible research areas and themes include the following topics:

  • Indigenous research
  • Linguistics
  • Sociolinguistics and language contacts
  • Teaching (we are currently looking for papers for this issue!)
  • Indigenous ethics
  • Revitalization of Sámi languages
  • Sámi language history

In addition to this, you can also propose a new thematic issue or a theme related to Sámi life, languages, culture, history or other aspects of life and community.

Instructions for the format of the articles can be found on our website. Articles will be submitted for peer review. Please note that for teaching articles in particular, there is a separate ongoing writing invitation on our website which explains in more detail what kind of articles and blogs we are looking for.

In addition to scientific articles, we invite people to write blog posts in Sámi. Blog posts can be more informal than scholarly articles and are not submitted for peer review. Blogs are welcome to use visual material for which the author has the necessary rights. Right now, we are especially looking for blog posts about teaching in Sápmi.

Regards / Editorial Board of the Sámi Language and Culture Research Association


Ongoing writing invitation for a thematic issue focusing on didactics and teaching in Sápmi from different perspectives. Particular emphasis is placed on language and culture teaching, models, case studies, ongoing projects in schools, teaching materials and other issues related to didactics. In this context, didactics refers to a broader concept of teaching that addresses the questions WHAT, WHY and HOW. The thematic issue will include articles on both language teaching and cultural education as well as the teaching of other related content. The texts may focus on the Sámi language and its teaching, teaching in the Sámi language or teaching that deals with Sámi related content in, for example, majority schools, kindergartens, higher education institutions or, for example, vocational schools. The research association invites scientific articles for peer-review, as well as freelance blog posts that are more free-form and do not need to be peer-reviewed. The articles in the thematic issue will be published as they are completed. Possible topics are:

  • models and practices of language teaching
  • models and practices of cultural education
  • case study in schools (e.g. language immersion and distance learning)
  • teachers’ experiences
  • students’ experiences
  • good and worse ways of working
  • new models
  • indigenous didactics in Sámi schools / Sámi didactics in majority schools
  • or other current topics in the field of didactics

Hanna Outakoski is responsible for the special issue. Abstracts (100-150 words) should be sent to as soon as possible. Please write “Dutkansearvi” as the subject line of the email. We also ask you to write your contact information at the top of the abstract: author (s), institution / department / university / department, and your own email address.

You will be notified of abstract approval within a few weeks. The abstract can be written in any Sámi language, Finnish, English, Swedish or Norwegian. It would be ideal if the final version of your article would be written in Sámi, but if necessary, we also accept texts in other languages. Publications written in Sámi language about didactics are still very few, and so we encourage the articles to be written in Sámi. The authors should take care of the correcting the spelling before the article goes for peer review or the blog is published. The editor-in-chief of the journal checks the spelling of scientific articles before peer review to ensure that it corresponds to the language level of the scientific publication. For more information on formal style issues, visit the research association’s website. Completed articles and blogs should be sent to the address above.