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Colonizing the North: Global Trends and Local Interaction - Sweden and the Sámi in the early modern period

Date and Time: 
Thursday, October 30, 2014. 05:00 PM - 06:15 PM
Meeting Location: 
Building 500-106 (Stanford Archaeology Center)
Workshop: 
Archaeological Histories and Futures
Meeting Description: 

Jonas Monié Nordin has a BA, MA, and PhD from Stockholm University and is docent in historical archaeology at Lund University. He conducts research on the archaeology of early modern globalization at the Swedish History Museum and at Uppsala University where he also teaches historical archaeology. Nordin’s scientific focus can be divided into two main areas: medieval archaeology and global historical archeology. In both, there is a common theme in landscape analysis and spatial studies—from global contexts to studies of the significance of singular buildings. In Nordin’s ongoing research, materiality studies and post-humanism perspectives have gained an increasingly significant role. Nordin is currently working in two research projects founded by the Swedish research council, and focused on colonial relations between Sweden and Sápmi, the land of Sámi. The project Collecting Sápmi is focused on examining the construction of Sámi through collecting and dispersing of Sámi material culture in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. This project is based at the Swedish History Museum and is run together with Carl-Gösta Ojala, Uppsala University. The project A Colonial Arena is dedicated to the understanding of the emergence of industrial production in the far North of Sweden and how the metal works of the seventeenth century gained the roles as contact zones between Sámi, Dutch migrant workers and Swedish officials. Nordin was nominated by the Department of Anthropology.

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