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Coppelie Cocq

Deputy director. 

Professor in Sámi studies and digital humanities. 




Works at

Professor at Humlab
Humanisthuset, HUMlab, Korridor A4, Rum: A 408 Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå


Coppélie has a Ph.D. in the Sami Studies 2008 with the thesis Revoicing Sámi narratives. North Sámi storytelling at the turn of the 20th century (Sámi Dutkan, Umeå University).

She conducts research within the focus area of digital practices. Her research interests are cultural forms of expression, storytelling and narrative (from oral to digital) as well as critical studies in minority and indigenous research. Ethical and methodological perspectives on digital research are other topical issues in her research.


Current research projects

- The language of place-making. A mixed-method analysis of the linguistic landscapes (FORMAS, 2019-2021)
The project focuses on linguistic landscapes (languages on signs etc.) in Norrland. The purpose is to investigate how languages as they materialize in our environment contribute to creating public spaces. With the help of qualitative and quantitative methods, we describe and analyze which languages are visible and which are not, and relate these results to demographic, socio-economic and spatial characteristics in different places. This will enable us to understand how urban and rural environments are created with the help of majority, indigenous and minority languages.

- iAccept: Soft surveillance – between acceptance and resistance (The Foundation Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg's Memorial Fund, 2018-2021)
Within this project, Coppélie investigates how surveillance is perceived by the public and various practices linked to monitoring.

Selection of completed projects:

- The Societal Dimensions of Sámi Research (The Research Council of Norway, 2018-2020)
This project is funded by the Research Council of Norway and is based at Tromsø University. It examines the social conditions that framed the production of academic knowledge during different periods. The research group is interdisciplinary and focuses on research and societal relations in the Nordic countries from the Lappology time to the present.

Within the framework of this project, Coppélie is studying contemporary conditions for Sami research in today's society with particular focus on the digital media landscape, on the one hand, and the development of the field of indigenous research on the other.

- DISLIFE Liveable disabilities: Life courses and opportunity structures across time (ERC, 2017-2018)
Coppélie's research examines the use of social media and its role for people with disabilities, eg. for activism, self-representation and negotiation of authority.

- Production and mediation of indigenous knowledge: oral and mediated strategies for expressing Sami identities (FORMAS 2013-2016).
In this project, Coppélie Cocq has investigated the role of the internet and digital technology for the production and communication of knowledge. Thanks to the internet, the opportunities for indigenous peoples to communicate and express their culture have increased significantly. Many stories get a spread far beyond what was previously possible. Digital tools for producing and reproducing folkloric genres provide increased opportunities for the creation of new traditions and new interpretations.

- In the Humlab project Media Places, Coppélie Cocq studied Sami digital environments and the interaction between online and offline cultural forms of expression. Learn more at:

- During the period 2012-2014, she worked on a project on stories about nature, Nature Narrated. A Study of Oral Narratives about Environmental and Natural Disasters from a Folkloristic and Linguistic Ethnographic Perspective (financed by The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences). This study contributes to today's environmental debate with a different perspective, where traditional knowledge is in focus. The project adds a comparative perspective in which different population groups are allowed to speak and focus on the human and her meaning-creating strategies.

Disparidades. Revista de Antropología, Departamento de Publicaciones, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) 2021, Vol. 76, (1)
Cocq, Coppélie
CEUR Workshop Proceedings : 224-229
Cocq, Coppélie; Granstedt, Lena; Lindgren, Eva; et al.
Digitala metoder inom humaniora och samhällsvetenskap, Studentlitteratur AB 2021 : 27-44
Cocq, Coppélie; Liliequist, Evelina
Routledge international handbook of research methods in digital humanities, Oxon & New York: Routledge 2021 : 203-217
Foka, Anna; Cocq, Coppélie; Buckland, Philip I.; et al.
Journal of American Folklore, Vol. 133, (527) : 110-111
Cocq, Coppélie
Nordicom Review, De Gruyter Open 2020, Vol. 41, (2) : 179-193
Cocq, Coppélie; Gelfgren, Stefan; Samuelsson, Lars; et al.
GERUM Geografisk Arbetsrapport
Cocq, Coppélie; Granstedt, Lena; Lindgren, Eva; et al.
Alter;European Journal of Disability Research ;Journal Europeen de Recherche Sur le Handicap, Elsevier 2020, Vol. 14, (2) : 71-84
Cocq, Coppélie; Ljuslinder, Karin
Disability & Society
Gelfgren, Stefan; Ineland, Jens; Cocq, Coppélie
Washington: University of Washington Press 2019
Cocq, Coppélie; DuBois, Thomas A.
Perspectives on indigenous writing and literacies, Leiden: Boston: Brill Academic Publishers 2019 : 1-10
Cocq, Coppélie; Sullivan, Kirk P H
Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, Vol. 21, (1) : 238-249
Ineland, Jens; Gelfgren, Stefan; Cocq, Coppélie
Perspectives on indigenous writing and literacies, Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers 2019 : 215-219
Sullivan, Kirk P.H.; Langum, Virginia; Cocq, Coppélie
Indigenous Efflorescence: Beyond Revitalisation in Sapmi and Ainu Mosir, Australian National University Press 2018 : 95-98
Cocq, Coppélie
Media International Australia: Incorporating Culture & Policy, Sage Publications 2018, Vol. 169, (1) : 21-31
Outakoski, Hanna; Cocq, Coppélie; Steggo, Peter
Samisk kamp: kulturförmedling och rättviserörelse, Umeå: Bokförlaget h:ström - Text & Kultur 2017 : 280-298
Cocq, Coppélie
Sápmi i ord och bild: en antologi. 2, Västra Frölunda: On Line 2017 : 528-543
Cocq, Coppélie
Samisk kamp: kulturförmedling och rättviserörelse, Umeå: Bokförlaget h:ström - Text & Kultur 2017 : 7-15
Liliequist, Marianne; Cocq, Coppélie
European Journal of Communication, Sage Publications 2017, Vol. 32, (2) : 131-150
Lindgren, Simon; Cocq, Coppélie
Narrative works, New Brunswick: Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Narrative 2016, Vol. 6, (2) : 1-27
Andersson, Daniel; Cocq, Coppélie
Kulturella perspektiv - Svensk etnologisk tidskrift, Vol. 1 : 42-49
Andersson, Daniel; Cocq, Coppélie
The Environment in the Age of the Internet: Activists, Communication, and the Digital Landscape, Open Book Publishers 2016 : 53-74
Cocq, Coppélie
Research Methods for Reading Digital Data in the Digital Humanities, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press 2016 : 111-125
Cocq, Coppélie
Indigenous people and mobile technologies, New York: Routledge 2016 : 147-159
Cocq, Coppélie
Dagens Nyheter
Allard, Christina; Axelsson, Per; Brännlund, Isabelle; et al.
Sápmi i ord och bild: en antologi. 1, Västra Frölunda: On Line 2015 : 540-553
Cocq, Coppélie
Journal of American Folklore, Vol. 128, (509) : 273-285
Cocq, Coppélie
Arv. Nordic Yearbook of Folklore, Uppsala: 2015, Vol. 71 : 209-210
Cocq, Coppélie
Samiskt språkcentrum och Umeå universitet, institutionen för språkstudier 2015
Cocq, Coppélie; Lindgren, Eva; Belancic, Kristina; et al.
Naturen för mig: nutida röster och kulturella perspektiv, Göteborg: Institutet för språk och folkminnen 2014 : 183-190
Andersson, Daniel; Cocq, Coppélie
Västerbotten, Vol. 2 : 3-7
Cocq, Coppélie
Folklore, Estonian Literary Museum 2014, Vol. 57 : 80-100
Cocq, Coppélie
Kulturella perspektiv - Svensk etnologisk tidskrift, Umeå: Umeå universitet 2014, Vol. 23, (4) : 22-29
Cocq, Coppélie
Kulturella perspektiv - Svensk etnologisk tidskrift, Umeå: Föreningen Kulturella Perspektiv vid Umeå universitet 2014, Vol. 23, (1) : 5-12
Cocq, Coppélie
Umeå: Västerbottens Museum 2014
Cocq, Coppélie; Heinerud, Jans; Larsson, Thomas B; et al.
Kulturella perspektiv - Svensk etnologisk tidskrift, Umeå: Föreningen Kulturella Perspektiv vid Umeå universitet 2014, Vol. 23, (1) : 2-4
Liliequist, Marianne; Cocq, Coppélie
Journal of Northern Studies, Umeå: Umeå University & The Royal Skyttean Society 2013, Vol. 7, (1) : 98-100
Cocq, Coppélie
Oral Tradition, Columbia, MO: Center for Studies in Oral Tradition 2013, Vol. 28, (1)
Cocq, Coppélie
Hybrid media culture: sensing place in a world of flows, London: Routledge 2013 : 51-66
Cocq, Coppélie
Folklore: the journal of the Folklore Society, Routledge 2013, Vol. 124, (1) : 1-14
Cocq, Coppélie
Språkets gränser - och verklighetens: Perspektiv på begreppet gräns, Umeå: Institutionen för språkstudier, Umeå universitet 2012 : 17-32
Andersson, Daniel; Cocq, Coppélie
Rethinking Cultural Transfer and Transmission: Reflections and New Perspectives, Groningen: Barkhuis 2012 : 33-48
Cocq, Coppélie
Svenska landsmål och svenskt folkliv, Uppsala: Kungl. Gustav Adolfs Akademien 2010, Vol. 133
Cocq, Coppélie
Samer som "den andre", samer om "den andre": identitet och etnicitet i nordiska kulturmöten
Cocq, Coppélie
L'image du Sápmi: études comparées, Örebro: Humanistic Studies at Örebro University 2009 : 372-387
Cocq, Coppélie

Research groups

Research projects

1 January 2011 until 30 December 2016

Coppélie Cocq teaches at undergraduate, advance and postgraduate level in ethnology, Sami studies/minority studies and digital humanities, for instance on the topics of cultural heritage issues, ethics, qualitative methods, digital ethnography and other digital research practices.