First Rievdan project seminar in 2019 held in Kautokeino

January 18, 2019 • Alena GerasimovaBlog
Robert Corell at the Rievdan seminar in Kautokeino

Participants of the Rievdan project gathered in Kautokeino (Norway) January 16-17, 2019 to learn on status updates from all Working packages and to discuss future actions and deliverances. Seminar was organized by leaders of the Rievdan project – Ellen Inga Turi and Anders Oskal, among participants of the seminar – representatives of the Sami University of Applied Sciences, International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry, PhD students and professors and scientists. The seminar was also attended by a doctor Robert Corell – American global climate scientist, ambassador for ClimateWorks, professor II at the University of the Arctic’s new Institute of Circumpolar Reindeer Husbandry and a professor II at the University of Tromso. “The Rievdan project is very much delighted to have Robert Corell in Kautokeino. After almost 20 years working together we are now developing a new research strategy for the future shifts in reindeer Husbandry” – said prof. Svein Mathiesen, the leader of the UArctic EALAT University of the International Centre for Reindeer Husbandry and professor of the Tromso University, Sami University of Applied Science and North-Eastern Federal University. 

Rievdan a project about traditional knowledge in sustainable reindeer husbandry in times of change. Reindeer husbandry represents a livelihood and way of life based on practices and knowledge developed through long-term experiences in living under harsh and highly variable conditions in the arctic environment. The project will research traditional cultural capabilities in Sámi and Nenets reindeer husbandry and the opportunities embedded in traditional knowledge and scientific knowledge with focus on adaptation to change and reconciliation, explain the tensions between the two interlinked spheres of knowledge involving different approaches to basic aspects of reindeer husbandry and herding, contribute to new knowledge and understanding in order to increase sustainability in reindeer husbandry and herding, and finally strengthen the reconciliation between the interlinked and conflicted spheres of knowledge.