Research project The basic concept of the project is boundary.Cultural boundaries constituting structures firmly established within a geographical area are studied as well as dynamic forces which affect the area in various ways and, sometimes obliterating a cultural boundary, while, at other times leaving an old boundary untouched.
In order to successfully penetrate this interdisciplinary field, researchers from eight disciplines take part in the project. The northern part of Sweden is eminently suitable for many studies within the project. In this respect the Skellefteå area is an important "study area" but studies are also being carried out in Tornedalen, among other places. Our aim is to apply a diachronic perspective. The cultural and linguistic interaction between Sami, Finnish and Swedish elements at different times is another theme where the linguistic, historical, economic and ecological projects work in close co-operation. Another important theme is the shifting of the timber frontier, especially during the 19th century.