Research project The outcome of the project will be a volume about the role of the popular revivalist Laestadius and Laestadianism in anticolonial Sámi and Tornedalian cultural mobilisation. Literature, film and art will be analysed with theoretical perspectives from Postcolonial and Indigenous studies.
The outcome will be a volume about the role of the popular revivalist Laestadius and the Laestadian movement in anticolonial Sámi and Tornedalian literature, film and art challenging homogenising narratives of the nation. Preparatory work has been done during research periods at Tromsø University 2008–2011 and at the Hugo Valentin Centre 2010 and 2012. Already published articles and presentations will be edited and completed with new contextualising chapters. The project produces new knowledge about transformations of the nation, the identity politics of minorities and alternative historiography, as well as new interpretations of Sámi and Tornedalian cultural mobilisation by establishing connections with indigenous and postcolonial studies.