Sámi Songs, Andes Health Plants and Icelandic Identity

Sámi Songs, Andes Health Plants and Icelandic Identity

Tomorrow's seminar (26 October 2017) 3pm in Room F61 will be devoted to PhD student Alexandra Falter and two visiting PhD students - Stéphane Aubinet and Johanne Verbockhaven.

  • Alexandra Falter recently returned from fieldwork in Bolivia
  • Johanne Verbockhaven is a photographer/anthropologist who works in Iceland
  • Stéphane Aubinet is a music student who works in Sáapmi 

Between their presentations there will be a break followed by further discussions afterwards at the St Machar Pub - all welcome.

15:00 – 15:40 - Alexandra Falter -  In Conversation: An Anthropological Encounter with Medicinal Plants, Health Practioners and Scientists in the Andes

15:40 – 16:20 - Stéphane Aubinet - Sámi songs (joik): presence, horizon, and soul (University of Oslo, Norway) Abstract below.

Joiks are songs performed by the Sámi people, who dwell in the northernmost part of Europe. Each song is either tied to a person, an animal, or a landscape. Singing them is a way of summoning presence and memories. The abundant academic literature on joik has paid little attention to its entanglement in a more-than-human world described by the Sámi in animic terms. In this talk, I present three directions of my current research: (1) the role of meaning and presence in joik in the context of human-animal communication, (2) the relation of joik to the horizon line and perspectivism, and (3) a redefinition of joik as a animic concept for soul

16:20 – 17:00 - Johanne Verbockhaven (University of Leuven, Belgium) - The farmers’ exile from Northern-West fjords area in Iceland and the principle of ambivalent national identity:  Art & Anthropology research”. 

Further details available from Dr Jan Peter Laurens Loovers, Research Fellow at ERC Arctic Domus, University of Aberdeen, School of Social Sciences, Department of Anthropology, AB24 3QY, Aberdeen, Scotland. Tel: +44 (0)1224-273138

Project website: www.arcticdomus.org

Personal page: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/socsci/people/profiles/p.loovers

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