Date: 2017-12-15—2017-12-16
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: Samverkanshuset, Triple Helix
The event is for: students - anyone - employees

Welcome to a conferense at Umeå University on the theme of ”Reconciliation”. The arrangement is part of a ongoing cooperation between Umeå University and University of the Western Cape, South Africa. 


Friday 15 December 2017

09.00–09.30 Welcome and introduction. Professor Karin Sporre & Professor Daniel Lindmark, Umeå University

09.30–10.45 Reconciliation in a Southern African context. Contributions from colleagues at University of the Western Cape, Bellville, Cape Town, South Africa. (Continues after the coffe break)

  • Dr John Klaasen, Khoisan Identity: A Case Study in Reconciliation, Power and Personhood
  • Professor Christo Lombard, "Reconciliation and Justice" in the Work of Selected Faith-based Organisations in Southern Africa

10.45–11.15 Coffee

11.15–12.30 Reconciliation in a Southern African context. Contributions from colleagues at University of the Western Cape, Bellville, Cape Town, South Africa

  • Dr Lee-Shae Salma Scharnick-Udemans, The Ethics of Religious Diversity: Reconciling Constitution and Culture in South Africa
  • Professor Hans Engdahl, Assessing the Work of the TRC: Truth? Reconciliation? Justice? Perspectives from Post-graduate Teaching on Reconciliation in Cape Town

12.30–13.30 Lunch at Restaurant Universum

13.30–14.10 Professor Tomas Lindgren, Umeå University, Social Identity, Conflict, and Conflict resolution

14.10–14.50 Associate Professor Ilse Hakvoort, Gothenburg University & Senior Lecturer Agneta Lundström, Umeå University, Re-thinking Conflict in Educational Contexts

14.50–15.30 PhD Student Johan Runemark Brydsten, Umeå University, The Sami Wreath of Christ as a Teaching Material

15.30–16.00 Coffee

16.00–16.40 Professor Thomas Kazen, Stockholm School of Theology, Forgiveness and Revenge between Biology and Culture: Applying Cognitive and Bio-psychological Perspectives to Ancient Text

16.40–17.20 Professor Göran Collste, Linköping University, Global Rectificatory Justice

18.30 Conference dinner at Restaurant Officersmessen, Umeå företagspark, Umeå

Saturday 16 December 2017

08.30–09.00 Professor Daniel Lindmark, Umeå University, The White Paper Project on the Church of Sweden and the Sami: Background, Assignment and Organisation

09.00–09.30 Associate Professor Björn Norlin, Umeå University, Results from and Scholarly Reflections on the White Paper on the Church of Sweden and the Sami

09.30–10.00 PhD Student Mardoeke Boekraad, Umeå University, Improving Human Interaction between Indigenous and Non-indigenous Populations: The Church of Sweden as Mediator in a Conflictual Rural Community

10.00–10.30 Coffee

10.30–11.00 PhD Student Tore Johnsen, University of Edinburgh, Moving from Acknowledged History to Transformed Relationships: Perspectives on Reconciliation Processes between the Church and the Sami

11.00–11.30 Professor Carl Reinhold Bråkenhielm, Uppsala University, The Church of Sweden and Sami Religious Traditions: Ethical and Theological Aspects

11.30–12.30 Concluding Discussion. Reconciliation – Reflections on the Exchange of South African and Swedish Experiences

12.30 Lunch at Hotel Björken

14.00–15.30 Planning the future of the PIER programme. Participants: South African guests, Karin Sporre and Daniel Lindmark


If you wish to participate in (parts of) the conference please contact Daniel Lindmark no later than Friday 1 December. Participation is free of charge.

Arranged by

Organizers: Daniel Lindmark, and Karin Sporre.

The colloquium is arranged by Politics of Identities, Ethics, and Reconciliation (PIER), an academic cooperation and exchange programme between Umeå University, Sweden,and University of the Western Cape, South Africa

The colloquium also serves as the concluding conference of the research project  “Sami Voices and Sorry Churches: Use of History in Church-Sami Reconciliation Processes”, funded by the Swedish Research Council Formas


Contact person: Daniel Lindmark
Event type: Conference
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