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Fires of the Forests of Norrland

Time Thursday 25 April, 2024 at 15:30 - 17:30
Place UmArts Research Studio

Future Forests invites interested researchers to participate in the seminar organized and led by the Geopolitics of the Forest Group at UmArts.

Fires of the Forests of Norrland

Artist and researcher Ignacio Acosta, and forest ecologist and historian Lars Östlund will discuss fires and land stewardship in the forests of Swedish Norrland. Ignacio will make a presentation based on his research focusing on “understanding Indigenous land stewardship” and “the negative impacts of the nation state disrupting traditional Indigenous ways of managing the land, where burning is one important aspect". As expert respondent, Lars will co-moderate a follow-up conversation with Ignacio, chaired by Luis Berríos-Negrón.

Lars Östlund is Professor at Department of Forest Ecology and Management at SLU. He is focusing on “forest history” where he works to try and understand the relationship between people and the forests from a long time perspective.

Ignacio Acosta is an artist and researcher based at Uppsala University’s Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies on Racism, working in territories under pressure from extractive industries. He leads a FORMAS funded project "Indigenous perspectives on forest fires, drought and climate change: Sápmi" based at CEMFOR, Uppsala University. He is part of Traces of Nitrate, a UK AHRC funded collaborative visual research project based at the Royal College of Arts and the University of Brighton.

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Organizer: UmArts
Event type: Seminar
Clara West
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